Monday, 30 September 2013

365 Handstands- Week 11

Day 71

Day 72- Today was one of those perfect days in the park where you feel like life couldn't get any better.

Day 73

Day 74- Working up to a one handed handstand. 
Getting used to not having two hands flat on the ground.

Day 75- Late night restorative chest opening handstand. 

Day 76- More practice with uneven ground handstands.

Day 77

Monday, 23 September 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013

Week 9- 365 Handstands

Day 57

Day 58

Day 59- Ah home again. It's great to be back and doing handstands in the shirt Dave made in high school!

Day 60-You can just see little Mio sleeping on the couch, she's never far away from my yoga practice.

Day 61- New pants perfect to brighten up my asana practice! And a little Mio to watch me :-)

Day 62

Day 63

Monday, 9 September 2013

365 Handstands- Week 8

Day 50!

Day 51- Today was the day I buried Mio's placenta so I chose this spot to place my hands for today's handstand. You can also see India's wood creations nailed together (I particularly like the robot)

Day 52- In Perth to visit my mum. Looks like my brother needs to mow the lawn!

Day 53

Day 54

Day 55- Handstands with mum's friend after some morning exercise. Always great to have someone to do handstands with!

Day 56- More handstands at mum's house. My little bro really does need to mow the lawn!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Returning to the Soil

Spring has arrived, and with it the sunshine and warm days. Our courtyard is cold and damp all through winter with no direct sunlight meaning it's not my favorite place to be. With the longer and warmer days now the sun is reaching over the high north facing wall bringing light and warmth.

Since Mio's birth we have had the placenta safely stored away in the freezer waiting for the right time to return it to the soil. As Winter at our house is so cold and damp I decided to wait for Spring and the new beginnings it brings. I was home alone with Mio on the day she turned 3 months and decided it was time to bury her placenta. Digging the hole gave me time to reflect on the experience of bringing Mio into the world once again and to give thanks to my body and the earth for the amazing experience.

Digging the hole.

Filling the hole and thanking the earth.

3 Months

My transition into motherhood the second time round has been relaxed, happy and easy. My baby is wonderfully chilled out and has been smiling lots and has even been laughing. She has started dribbling and has had a couple of unsettled moments which I suspect indicates the onset of teething. So much growing, so much changing.

Spring is here and with it has come beautiful warm sunny days which means I can get out of the house and relax in the park (and I've been doing this nearly every day). It's been so warm that Mio has even been able to get her little feet out and wear some more summery clothes. Growth and a change of season means that I need to get knitting (and crocheting, and sewing) so my girls both have some lovely things to wear through Spring.

My woven baby wrap finally came in the mail after an order mess up, it was well worth the wait though because it is gorgeous and soft and super supportive. Being a busy mumma in and out of the house all day with the school run and all the things to do around the house I probably carry Mio for 10 hours a day so it was a fantastic investment.
Carrying her on my back is definitely a favorite; at home it means I can get things done while still being close to each other.
Baby wearing has many benefits for both mum and bub. A baby's need to be touched, cuddled and held
is easily achieved when you wear your baby. A baby who has it's needs met is a happy baby. I also think that a mother has the need to be close to their baby as well and this way everyone can be happy and still get work done and make good food to eat all at the same time.

Monday, 2 September 2013

365 Handstands- Week 7

Day 43

Day 44- Magnolias have got to be my favorite flower, they provided the perfect backdrop for today's handstand. Feeling so strong and balanced these days.

Day 45

Day 46

Day 47

Day 48- First day of Spring!

Day 49