Tomorrow is the day! I’m going to start doing some @growco.rehab from home! The classes are focused on the pelvic floor and the core (rhymes). 

Before having Milo I had zero issues with my pelvic floor. I was told I had almost Olympic strength pelvic floor muscles! 🏋🏼‍♀️ 

I wasn’t worried about having postpartum issues. I had a pretty normal birth experience. Don’t get me wrong, it sucked and I had tearing, swelling, and didn’t feel back to normal for a long ass time. WAY longer than 6 weeks! 

After recovering I didn’t notice any issues until about 18 months postpartum. First it was a sneeze and leak, then it was a TikTok dance and a leak. Then came the horrible lower back pain. 

Think about a sprained ankle. If you don’t do the proper rehab, even though you are “recovered” and you can walk again, over time issues start to arise. Stiffness, tightness, pain, etc. Then you start compensating for your bad ankle and issues start to arise in your knee or other random places you never previously injured. 

THE SAME THING HAPPENS TO YOUR PELVIC FLOOR/CORE AFTER PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH! 

After just learning to breathe into my pelvic floor and relax my muscles, my lower back pain is almost non-existent. 

Now I’m ready to do more with the help of @drallicain and @growco.rehab. 

They have a Black Friday sale on this week. 50% off your one time payment to be a life long member! 

If you’re interested in joining me in this postpartum rehab journey, click the link in my bio ♥️ 
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The Mom Room Podcast 🎙

EP37. Renee has an honest chat with sleep and wellness consultant, Angela Bueno (@nurtureevesleep). Topics include: the difference between your baby BEING independent and ACTING independent; emotional regulation or \"self-soothing\"; attachment; validating a mother\'s instincts, and; so much more. 

There is a lot of pressure to get your baby sleeping through the night now a days. Angela is all about doing what is best for YOUR family and not letting other people decide what is a problem for you. Nurture Eve Sleep offers sleep support that focuses on connection and validates your instincts. #themomroompodcast

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We had such a rough morning with Milo today. He was having a hard time. The biggest meltdown happened after his granola bar broke in half. You would have thought someone just told him he could never see Buzz or Woody again. That was the level of meltdown. 

I tried to fix everything by offering him a new granola bar. Just when I thought everything would be okay, that one broke too. Cue an even worse meltdown. I felt bad because clearly that was very upsetting for him. 

When he calmed down we went for a walk (him being constrained in a stroller was appealing). After our walk we decided to go for a car ride to McDonalds and get lunch. He watched Paw Patrol on our way there. 

I handed him french fries on the drive home. He was so happy. And it was at that moment that I realized why they call it a “Happy Meal”. 🍟 @mcdonaldscanada ————— 

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We had such a rough...

Prior to me hitting record Milo was NOT having his socks and shoes. I thought he was gonna have to go barefoot. But, the recording and all the options to make him feel like he was in control really helped! 😃 my first #winning toddler life IGTV!

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Teeth brushing has gone through so many phases. Went well for a while, wouldn’t do it for a while, now he’s obsessed with toothpaste... 🤦🏼‍♀️ #momcomedy #honestmom #toddlermom #parentingtips #toddlers #toddlersofinstagram #tiredmomsbelike #toddlerlife #parentingishard #momsbelike #tiktok #parentsbelike #momhumour #momhumor #funnymoms #parentingmeme #momprobs #bloggermom #sarcasticmom #momsbelike #mommeme #funnymoms #motherhood #momtruths #momstruggles #parentinghumour #parentsbelike #parentingmeme #parenting101 #myhonestmotherhood

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Episode #35. Renee chats with pediatric physiotherapist, Jennifer Halfin about all things physical development. They discuss the physical development milestone ranges (the ranges are huge by the way), tips for helping your little one to master certain skills, and playground safety. Milestones can be a very stressful part of parenting but, it doesn\'t have to be. We hope the information in this episode will be educational for parents and decrease any stress they may have around common physical milestones like sitting up, crawling, and walking.  @torontokidsphysio #themomroompodcast

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Toddlers on a plane: A list of items to make it suck less

I hated flying before having Milo and I hate it even more now. Before I had Milo, I mostly hated the airport part of flying. Line-ups, waiting around, shitty food, and trying to pee as many times as possible before boarding. Once I was settled on the plane it was okay. I would pay big bucks to be able to sit on a plane by myself and binge watch random shows and listen to podcasts now. If only I had known what a luxury that is!! Now that we have Milo, the worst part about flying is definitely the actual flying part. In the airport he is restrained in his stroller. It’s glorious. Once you board the plane he has freedom to move around and be a crazy-ass toddler in a tiny area with people crowded around. It’s a rather undesirable situation. To alleviate as much stress as possible on the plane, I plan out our carry-on bags days before we leave. Below you will find my list of carry-on items. I hope I can make your travels a little easier with my neurotic/Type-A packing guide!

 

A few days before we leave I start laying everything out on the kitchen table. I also keep a list beside the pile of things that we have pack the morning we leave (i.e., chargers, soothers, etc.). So we don’t forget anything!   

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT THINGS:

  • iPad + Charger (Download your child’s favourite TV shows/movies on Netflix before you leave the house. Fill that sucker up!! If you’re a no-screen kind of parent… stop trying to be a hero and just do it. You will thank me when you’re thousands of feet up in the air with a screaming child).
  • Phone + Charger (duh).
  • Baby Bluetooth Headphones (Milo doesn’t really use these yet. He just watches without sound. But, I think as he gets older these will definitely come in handy).
  • Toys (Bring some favourite small toys and a couple new toys they have never seen before – don’t bring any that play obnoxious sounds… obviously).
  • Books (Milo loves books. We always bring 2-3 of his favourites.)

COMFORT THINGS:

  • Lysol Wipes (Wipe everything down before everyone gets comfy. These are great to have on hand for when they drop toys or books or soothers on the ground. I usually put 10-15 lysol wipes in a little zip-lock bag in my purse).
  • Disinfectant Hands Wipes (Wipe everyone’s hands often – especially before eating – we use the Wet Ones brand because they kill germs and come in a thin little package that is easy to throw in your purse).
  • Face Wipes (I know what you’re thinking – “how many fucking wipes does this woman need” – my answer is ALL THE WIPES! We use the Aleva face wipes for babies. Throw a pack in your purse!).
  • Warm Socks (Sometimes planes are cold so be sure to bring warm socks for everyone).
  • Kleenex (Plane tissues suck! I always bring my own soft luxurious Kleenex).
  • Change of Clothes (I don’t know if you know this but, toddlers are messy AF. I threw two extra t-shirts and pairs of comfy pants in the diaper bag. If your child is really messy, you may want to bring an extra t-shirt for yourself also!).
  • Blanket (A small blanket – throw it in a re-usable shopping bag – easy to carry and when they’re using the blanket you can fold up the bag and throw it in another bag).
  • Favourite Pillow (We bring Milo’s favourite Paw Patrol pillow. This is so handy when your child has their own seat because you can lift the armrest and put the pillow on your lap so they can lay down comfortably. We fold it up and put it in the reusable shopping bag with the blanket).
  • Ovol (Life saver when your child is gassy or has an upset tummy).
  • Tempra (Just incase there is a fever, or your babe is teething).
  • Camilla (These are great for teething!).
  • A Favourite Stuffed Animal (for cuddles if your lucky and your child naps on the plane).

YUMMY THINGS:

  • Sippy Cup for Water (The absolute best sippy cup is the no-spill cup by Re-Play. Throw it in the diaper bag but make sure it’s empty when you go through security. We buy a huge water bottle after security and fill it up).
  • Pouches (Easy for them to eat. Keeps them entertained for a bit. Easy to pack!).
  • Snacks GALORE (Bring all their faves – Cheerios, Arrowroot cookies, Rice Puffs, Berries, Goldfish, Banana).
  • Bottles + Milk (Bring at least one empty bottle and whatever your baby is drinking – breastmilk, formula, cow’s milk, Bebe Latte, etc.).

OBVIOUS THINGS:

  • Diapers (duh).
  • Change Pad (duh – we also Lysol the change tables down before we change him – Lysol wipes come in handy again!!).
  • Butt Wipes (duh).
  • Dirty Diaper Bags (These aren’t necessary, but, they are nice to have if you can’t dispose of the diaper right away – you can throw it in a little scented baggy and not smell like shit till you reach a garbage).
  • Hand Sanitizer (We always have sanitizer in our diaper bag. Sometimes you have to change a diaper in a weird place. There may not be a sink nearby).
  • A collapsing/lightweight stroller (Apparently Air Canada is starting to not allow bigger strollers to be checked at the gate. Do you know what that means? You will have to carry your freaking child through the airport. Sounds like the plot of a horror movie. Our travel stroller is the BabyZen Yo-Yo. This stroller has been a life saver. You can easily collapse it, put it in it’s backpack, and check it at the gate).
  • Straps (By this I mean those little straps you can put attach to toys or soothers on one end and attach to the stroller on the other end. These are to prevent your child from throwing things on the ground. We didn’t have any of these on our last trip and they would have been super handy!!).

Your carry-on list may look a bit different than this, but, I think this is a good starting point. If there are specific things you would bring that I don’t have listed here, mention it in the comments!

XOXO Renee Reina

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