Halloween Photos – Baby First Trick or Treat

This week was so much fun preparing our little lady bug for her first halloween. We went Trick or Treating, and I was a proud new mom.

Baby Celina did so well with her thank you’s. She really did not want me to hold her pail. She wanted to do it all herself.

David and I had a blast, while Baby Eden slept peacefully for a nap with her granny! I thought I would share some photos! I hope you guys enjoy!

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What’s in My Diaper Bag – Natural Mama – Christian Mom

In this video I share what’s in my diaper bag! I am a natural mama and needed a change. This diaper bag really has made such a difference for this Christian mom. See what I have inside! Watch!

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My Other What’s in My Diaper Bag Video: https://youtu.be/VqSupMT34l8

Influenster Vox Box – Uncle Bens – New Mom

 

This Influenster Vox Box contains Uncle Bens Flavor Infusions. It is a tasty rice blend for a busy new mom. I gave this rice a awesome positive review my family loved it! It is great to pair with chicken and sides! I hope you like it, and if you try it let me know!

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8 Week Baby Update – Two Month Postpartum Update – Christian Mom

So excited to share my 8 week baby and two month postpartum update! As a Christian mom I am having so much fun experiencing the blessings and challenges of motherhood! Can you believe that Baby Eden is already two months old? Time is flying! I am so excited to share with you all what has been going on with us over the past month! Watch!

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How I Weaned My Toddler – How to Wean Your Toddler

In this video I share my experience with weaning my two year old daughter from breastfeeding. As a natural mom who valued the breastfeeding experience weaning my toddler was very emotional. I found it very challenging to say no as breastfeeding was such a huge part of our relationship. It had become routine for us to breastfeed throughout the day, and I did not want to make her feel unloved in the process of weaning her.

Watch the video for weaning tips and my experience as a new mom weaning my toddler.

Being First Time Mom/New Mom is Overwhelming

So about a week ago, I heard myself utter these words to a friend, “Oh being a mom of two is not as hard as I thought.” Boy did I eat the words today.

Now, its true we all have our good days and bad, but sometimes you just feel stuck in a rut. The truth is nothing particularly bad happened today. It is just everything seems a bit harder when you add not one but two kids to the equation.

Honestly it’s amazing that I even have a second for reflection. Thanks to a husband a couple of  nappers, I had a chance to  share these thoughts.

When you are a new mom it can be overwhelming to figure it all out.

Then you realize, you don’t. You just take it day by day, and as a Christian woman, I pray my way through it.

Getting out of the house seems to be an undertaking. I know ya’ll mamas out there feel me on this. I saw my mom struggle through it, and I thought “no it won’t be that hard for me.” Boy was I wrong. I now know exactly how my mom felt.

Babies are more than a blessing, they are a miracle, and I thank God for mine, but boy having a newborn and a toddler is some work! Shout out to all my mamas out there!

Can anyone relate? What do you do to get through those rough days?

By the way, as I finish this post, nap time is over. LOL. Hubby just called me and told me they are both awake and ready for mommy.

So, time to get back at it again. If you are experiencing a day like today, just know you are not alone.

Confessions of a Mommy Blogger,

Chauntel

3- 5 Week Postpartum and Baby Update – 1 Month Postpartum

In this video I share my three, four, and five week postpartum and baby update. At one month postpartum I am doing really well, just trying to get adjusted to being a natural mom of two girls. I am breastfeeding fulltime and pumping. Let me tell you it is a lot of work, but I am adjusting! It is so much fun with these two girls! I would love to share more! Watch!

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26 Month Update – Two Year Toddler Update

In this video I share Celina’s 26 month baby development update covering 17 to 26 months. I cannot believe she is already two years old, and there is so much to update you on. We are especially focusing on sharing her updates for months 23, 24, 25, and 26. We have been focusing a lot on her learning abcs and counting! How are your toddlers doing?

Confessions of a Mommy Blogger – The Emotional Scars of Being a Therapist

Happy Monday Jewels and Gems!

Todays walk down memory lane takes us to the moment that I had decided that Clinical Psychology was not for me.

If you are just beginning to read these blogs, be sure to go back and read the other entries under the Confessions category of the blog!

So, as I participated in the my psychology internship, I quickly learned that there are many aspects to the Clinical Psychology profession that just didn’t mesh well with my personality.

My main concern was that the internship was emotionally taxing for me. I found myself having a hard time separating work from home. I was bringing all of those emotions of sadness home with me, even at the intern level. Becoming a therapist, would mean more emotional encounters, and I did not want to be sad all of the time.

Also, when I participated in the intake interviews, I was able to get the feel of a therapy session. I did enjoy helping the families, but their situations and what they were going through also made me sad. It was hard to find joy in what I was doing.

In addition to being sad from the the Intake Interviews and Monitored Visitations, the phone calls and interactions that I had with customers were usually unpleasant.

The frustration that the families felt was understandable, but I didn’t feel that I should be punished for the system and what they were going through. However, I felt attacked most of the time, and I was unable to help them out of there situation.

In addition to my hands on experience at the internship. I was also surrounded with Marriage and Family Therapy(MFT) students who were in their Masters Programs, and I was of course still in my Bachelor’s Program at CSUF. So, being the inquisitive girl that I am, I began asking them questions.

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I also had some heart-to-heart conversations with some of the students who were completing an internship in counseling, while I was completing my undergrad psychology internship.

Many of these interns were struggling financially because I believe they  were working for free, just like me. They also had to pay the bills, so they were also working part time and going to school.

These MFT students soon taught me that getting your MFT is at least a 4-year-program. Not only did you have to complete your masters program, which takes about 2.5 years. You also had to complete a huge number of internship hours, that took most people about 2 years to complete. Most of the students I ran into told me they had to complete something like 3,000 hours of internship. Their internship including giving therapy sessions and shadowing a MFT. They also got feedback from their MFT after playing back some of their therapy sessions.

To me, it made more sense to get my doctorate than it would to get my masters since it is more of an advanced degree, and takes about the same amount of time to complete, 4 to 5

Next week, I will explain how these experience propelled me to the next stage of my career!

Please let me know what you think if you would like to share your thoughts!

Lots of Love

xoxo

Chauntel

 

 

How to Stop Procrastinating – Ask Chauntel

In this video I share the importance of being disciplined in order to avoid procrastination. When we procrastinate we become overwhelmed and create bad habits for ourselves. Here I share how I have avoided the pitfalls of procrastination lately, and how you can do the same!

Let me know what you think!

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