Saturday, April 30, 2011

Yoga Bonding Time

I am using my yoga skills and learning to teach my daughter yoga. It is also a great bonding time for us, since her baby brother arrived. She will do yoga with me with her mat next time mine or by herself to one of her yoga video's. From personal experience I know how beneficial yoga has been for me over the last 15 years. I have seen and read the many benefits for children. My hope is she will continue to practice yoga throughout her life. My only wish is I would have started yoga when I was a child, but then it wasn't taught where I lived.

Here is a great article on the benefits of kid's yoga
Yoga is a form of exercise, meditation, and breathing practices designed to bring unity to the mind, body, and spirit. Adults have vouched for yoga for years, saying it makes them feel better physically, enhances their ability to concentrate, and brings tranquility to their lives. Now parents and yoga instructors are looking at the possible benefits of yoga for kids.

First, children experience many of the same physical benefits adults do from practicing yoga. Yoga strengthens them and helps them become more flexible and coordinated.

Second, yoga for kids also enhances self-awareness. Children who practice yoga learn early on to tune into their bodies. Self esteem is bolstered as the children gain control over their bodies and minds.

Third, yoga for kids enhances imagination and empathy. Children are asked to strike poses from nature. They might assume the pose of a snake, or a tree, or a dog. Then they are asked to imagine what it would be like to be those life forms. In this way, children learn early on to connect with all the life on the planet and realize that similarities far outweigh differences.

Fourth, yoga teaches children to have fun and move their bodies in a con-competitive environment. Yoga isn't about being right or wrong, or being best or worst. It is about bringing unity to one's own life. Children can work together to help each other reach this goal.

Fifth, yoga for kids teaches self-discipline. As part of the practice of yoga, kids need to slow down, hold certain postures, breathe or think in a certain way. Yoga encourages children to master themselves rather than wait for an adult to control them.

Sixth, yoga for kids can also be a way to strengthen families. Yoga is an exercise that parents and children and even grandparents can practice and talk about together. As children participate in yoga with their families, they feel closer to their loved ones.

Seventh, through practicing yoga, children can learn ways to relax and get control of stress in their lives. A child worried about a test, for instance, might use the meditation or breathing techniques of yoga to help her calm down and focus.

Yoga for Special Needs Kids By teaching self awareness, self control, and concentration, yoga can also help to manage children who have been diagnosed with ADHD - attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Yoga has also been used with some success to help children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. Yoga for kids has also been used to help kids with cancer cope with their diagnosis and with scary medical procedures.

Overall, children seem to derive great benefits from doing yoga. The next time you put on the DVD for your own workout, think about including your little one in the fun. Chances are you'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Play Time and Bath Time

Aidan had his first official bath in his bathtub and loved it!! Now I can't say the same about Abigail's first bath, but now she loves baths. She enjoys swimming in the big tub! Abigail enjoyed helping and watching her little bro in his bathtub. Of course the boy peed, my gosh do boys pee a lot!! Need I say more!

This morning Abigail and Aidan enjoyed some play-time before Mommy and Abigail when to Bible study.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!!

In celebration of Easter we all attended the Easter Egg Hunt Celebration at our church. And YES, Ryan was home to join us!! Ryan is usually on a train and misses holiday fun events, but since he is still on FMLA he was able to enjoy and attend with us this year!! We enjoyed some time with friends while eating lunch and letting the kiddo's play. Then the kids had an Easter egg hunt, Abigail had a great time running around collecting eggs, as you can see in her basket. Aidan slept through it all. Before we left Abigail and Kiya enjoyed some time on the swings while there daddies pushed them. A fun time was had by all!!

Tomorrow we head to church to serve and attend church service. I even have Ryan helping out, he will be one of the guys driving a golf cart around helping with parking and getting our members/guests to the church doors.

Wishing my family and friends both far and near a very Blessed Easter!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Family Pics

We had our family pictures taken by Emily Hoffman, she is so talented, heck this whole family is. First of all Emily is one of my babysitters, along with her sis Mikaela. Mikaela makes extremely yummy cakes!! This family rocks!! I love the photos Emily took, sharing some of them here.

Love seeing the love between siblings and our family in the pictures, plus the fun silly moments too. After a photo shoot what else is there to do, but refresh with some ice cream, yummy!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Abigail and Aidan

People are asking if Abigail looked like Aidan when she was a few days old, and I have to say nope not seeing it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Abigail meeting her brother for the 1st time

While we were in the hospital for our short stay Abigail came to visit her new baby brother. At first she was a little shy around him. Very interested in my bracelets (aka: hospital ID wear), but she quickly warmed up to him! Now the first thing in the morning she says is "brother".

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Big Sis and Little Bro

Since being home it has been wonderful to see Abigail be a big sister. She is so helpful and thinks Aidan is her baby. We took some pics of her today and when we wanted to take him from her she said "no my baby". She loves to kiss and hug her brother, gets sad when he cries, saying "baby cry".

Family is now visiting us, our first guests, Ryan's dad and step mom. This weekend my parents arrive for a short visit, as my dad has a semi-load to deliver. Plus we have so many wonderful friends that are providing us meals and offering help, which we are so thankful for. I am looking forward to all our friends and family meeting the newest addition to our family!! So feel free to call or stop in! Bellville is really a wonderful supportive community and I am so happy to be raising a family here!! May will bring more guests Ryan's mom and step dad, plus Ryan's sister, and then my parents will come for a longer stay. Which will be nice for me as Ryan will be back to work, though I know he rather stay home with us all day, but someone has to make the money to provide diapers!! :)

Aidan's birth

What seemed like a long pregnancy, because of constant all day morning sickness, turned into a very fast labor and delivery! Not sure why I seem to have short labors, but I am very blessed and thankful to God! Because both times now I have been able to have natural non-drug labor/delivery, which is something I have planned for with both my pregnancy's. I try my best to eat healthy, stay active and do yoga, which I know always has helped me in many ways.
Aidan arrived at 8:17am on Monday April 4th!! Labor started at 5am on Monday morning, made a call to my husband who happened to be away due to work to get him home in time and a call to Tracye to take care of Abigail. After a few minutes of making those calls I decided to call Mona to take me to the hospital as contractions were so close that I was losing count and not able to walk. I kept on doing my yoga breath while I waited for my friends to arrive. While hoping hubby would make it to the hospital to meet us later. When I arrived at the hospital it was 7:50am. The nurse said you are dilated at a 9 and that I would be delivery baby anytime minute. I thought already no it can't be happening that fast!! Ryan wasn't there and at the time we there was no way he was going to make it, as he was in Beaumont. Nurse Nancy said we need to get everything set up and an IV in you, and make the call to the doc, but don't worry if he doesn't make it I have delivered many babies. I was still thinking it's really happening that fast!! The doc got there and says ok couple pushes and he will be out! Aidan arrived at 8:17am. 7.2 lbs and 19.6" long!! I was the talk of the hospital, they said they needed a drive through service for labor and delivery. We had an excellent short stay at Scott White in Brenham, the nurses were all wonderful, especially Nurse Nancy and also my doctor, Dr. Nobles!! Also I couldn't have done it without Mona's support!! Of course I must thank Tracye too for taking care of Abigail!! I know Ryan was so disappointed he missed being there for me and seeing his son being born. He did arrive a few hours later and is now enjoying every moment of having a son. We are so blessed and feel we have the perfect little family!! Thank you God above for watching over us!!