I remember all of that so well. Not that long ago, I was doing this with my son Kristjan, now a busy toddler. He was and still is the light of my life (although he is now sharing that title with his baby sister, Eevi).
With 11 years of experience working with kids as an occupational therapist, I thought I had a leg up on this whole shebang. “No problem,” I thought, “I got this whole mom thing!” Well, I did…sort of. Yes, I knew how to play with my baby, and I knew how to encourage him to meet his milestones on time—I talked and sang to help him develop language, I bounced and rocked to calm him....But what I didn’t know, or anticipate was the pure exhaustion and brain fog from sleep deprivation, the fear of him choking when we started solids, the loneliness that comes with having no one but your little person to talk to day in and day out. There were definitely (many) days, when it just seemed just easier to not get dressed and not leave the house.
Through my professional journey and my experience as a new young mom, Play & Bloom came to be - I wanted to find a way to create a bonding community of moms and babies by blending my experience as a pediatric therapist, my experience as a mother of two young children, and my interest in yoga, essential oils, and family nutrition. After the loves of my life, my husband, son, and daughter, Play & Bloom is certainly a work of passion.