Our Second Birthday!

We’re celebrating our second year in business today, and we are just so excited to see how far we’ve come in the last year!

It has been a great year full of learning and growth, and I am so thankful for the humility that allows for that to happen. I’ve continued to meet so many wonderful families in 2019, and look forward to continuing to support them in their parenting journey!

Here’s what Stay’n’Play Parenting has been up to this year:

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It’s been an exciting year! In addition, we’ve had a few personal milestones:

  • Moved 2 times in 2 months with 3 children in tow (it was not an easy thing)
  • Got pregnant (yay!) and are expecting our 4th babe in July 2020

Life always has it’s fair share of adventures, and I can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring both in business and personal!

Cheers to our second year!

Can We Stop With the “Single-mom”?

Something that has always bothered me is when married mamas say they are a “single-mom” when their hubby’s are out of town working, or busy with commitments, or working overtime, or whatever.

It took me a while to find out why.

Then after talking to a single mom friend, I found the answer.

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As married women we take SO much for granted with our hubby’s.

We need a break from the kids? Just gotta make it until hubs is home then we can escape to a coffee shop.

Overwhelmed with housework? Ask your hubby to pitch in (they may complain about it, but usually they’ll assist in some way)

Who’s going to watch the kids while I pick up an extra shift? Oh right, hubby is home that night.

Forgot to get milk? Just ask hubby to grab some on the way home.

Have a bill to pay? Good thing hubby is working overtime.

You get the point.

The thing is, we as married women rely SO MUCH on our hubby’s. So when they are away we feel like a single mom. But, we aren’t. We have access to our hubby’s support almost 24/7.

Is it tough when they’re gone? Absolutely. It is freaking exhausting. I am always frazzled by the time Brian cones hone from a work trip.

But, we don’t need to worry about making ends meet on one income.

We don’t need to worry about housework AND making ends meet on one income.

We don’t need to worry about our kids well-being, the housework, AND making ends meet on one income. PLUS all the other chaos that comes with being a mama.

We don’t need to do it all ourselves.

When we as married women say we are “single-momming” we are doing such a disservice to those women that are single-momming 24/7. They do need to do all those things, and they often don’t get the support from their child’s dad like we do from our hubby’s. They truly are amazing! They have all my love, respect, and support as they take on their parenting journey on their own.

So let’s stop with the “single-mom” and let’s replace it with: parenting solo. Because that’s what it is. We are not single. We are just parenting solo for a short time.

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Yes, Please Touch My Baby

There have been a lot of negativity about strangers touching their babies. I get it, we don’t want people touching our babies for health reasons, especially when they are little. A common cold for us, can be terrible for a newborn. Or they may be medically complex and can have serious side effects from minor germs.But, once babies grow a little more their immune system toughens up. Especially once they get mobile. We find them in all sorts of places and they eat so much junk off the floor, it’s hard to keep track of!WP_000417So once my babies get to be around 6 months, I’m not so uptight about a stranger oodling over them and here’s why:Those sweet little old ladies at the store are past their baby rearing days. And you know what? I bet they miss it! They probably have grand babies that are small, but don’t get to see often. They crave the babies.Most are mamas too, just in a different phase then us. That small interaction with your baby, might be the highlight of their day. They might go to coffee with their friends and talk about that cute baby in the store and reminisce in their baby rearing days. Or they may go home and call their children to speak to their grand children.600-00983802I know that when I reach their golden age, I will probably be like them; longing for the sweet days of babies. And I’ll probably be one of those old ladies that plays with the baby in the line up, or tickles their toes. Heck, I do it now.

I hope that when I get old enough to have my kids grown and out of the house with babies on their own, I can reminisce about their littleness after interacting with a baby in the store. Or at the mall. Or in the park.

So yes, please touch my baby. Tickle their toes. Tickle their arms. Play peek a boo. For I believe in karma and hope someone will return the favour when I am your age.