I am happy and excited that my little business is growing! I decided I would share a little about myself with you all. I found a questionnaire on this blog and and tweaked it a bit. I hope you enjoy!
Name // Paige Tillie, Tillie is after one of paternal great grandmother's.
Age // 29
Zodiac Sign // Gemini - I grew up with my mother and sister also being Gemini's... it was wild at times!
Nationality // According to Ancestry, I am 23% Eastern European (Polish, Yugoslavian/Czechoslovakian), 22% Great Britain, 18% Scandinavian, 15% Western European (German), 12% Southern European (Italian/Greek), 6% Finland/NW Russian, and 4% Irish. Many of these are a big surprise to me! Genealogy fascinates me by the way! I was either going to be a nurse or history major!
Fears // Driving over bridges close to the water, losing my children and husband
Favorite Holiday // Christmas, I love getting the house decorated and the way it makes me feel. It makes me remember Christmas' when I was a kid. Playing music, tricking my dad into eating a warhead every year. Going to church in my new dress. Waking up to find Santa's presents. I want to let my children experience these magical moments.
A confession // I am always in my head, I overthink everything. Thankfully I have Jared to be my sounding board.
Things that annoys me // Loud eaters, it literally makes me cringe. I think I have mysophonia
Favorite animal // Horse for sure, I used to have one I named Bingo. They are the most gentle creatures. You have to take time and gain their trust. I always wanted a farm to have my own one day.
Pets // We have two cats, Molly and Max. They were our first babies. With the cat hair though, I will never own another indoor animal.
An embarrassing moment // I am really good at sticking my foot in my mouth. With age I am getting better ha... I was getting a massage for the first time in a few years. I forgot if I was supposed to get completely undressed. I went to ask and as I was opening the door, the massage therapist was on the other side opening the door. She literally jumped three feet in the air and was clenching her chest. It was horrible and I couldn't relax during the whole massage! HA
Favorite store // ELEGANT MOMMY of course. Check them out. They have everything a pregnant woman/mom could need. I once went through every room in my house, my garage and both vehicles. I have something in every room!
Something I fantasize about // Sleeping all night long, sleeping in in the morning... ahh to be 24 again. I work evenings and get home a little before midnight. With kids up at night and being up early in the morning I am learning to be a functioning zombie.
Where I work // I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Registered Nurse. I work part time at an inpatient Behavioral Health Center and I teach Birth Boot Camp childbirth classes.
Favorite band // Matchbox Twenty, Jewel, Brooks and Dunn
Favorite food // My favorite food of all time is called petahe, also known as three corners, cheese buttons, pyrohy. They are Ukrainian, my mother in law's specialty. Basically they are a noodle dough, filled with a cottage cheese mixture. They are boiled then covered with fried onions in butter and sour cream.
This is a Christmas eve tradition with my husbands family. We just made them last night because we were craving them!
This is followed close by Crave's Tropical Poke Bowl... it is literally amazing!
Favorite drink // Diet pepsi... yes I know it's not good to drink. I am trying to end my obsession.
Favorite book // Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Favorite Movie // The Life of David Gale, Zootopia
Favorite TV shows // Parenthood, This is Us, Law and Order: SVU
Things I find attractive // Being genuine, hardworking, sense of humor
My idea of a perfect date // Dinner followed by the Johnny Holm Band! We were able to have this date a few months ago and it was so much fun.
How many siblings do I have // I have two older sisters, an older brother and a little sister.
Something I am talented at // I am really good at crocheting. I have been working on things for probably 15 years. I can make almost anything with yarn.
Things I love // My family, summer nights, vacations, smores, belly laughs from my kids, the smell of my husband's cologne, finishing a good book, finishing a crochet piece
Number of kids I want // Well before kids I said 4-5... now that I have two and don't get sleep I am thinking 3 eventually... Every day we change our minds. Check up with us in 5 years!
Can I cook // Yes! I love to cook and bake. I wish I had a person devoted to cleaning up my mess though!
Favorite Color // Well since my house, our truck (and all my past vehicles), our recliner, washer and drier are all red... I say red :) Thanks grandma
Turn offs // Bad drivers, being self-centered, narcissism
How I feel right now // Tired... both kids have a cold, M is teething which equates to very little sleep. I try to remember my mantra that gets me through the hard times, "This is only a phase."
Someone I miss // My dad, he died ten years ago. For my sisters 21st birthday my mom and I made her a bracelet that has my dads handwriting on it. They surprised me with one as well! I love having a piece of him with me. Check out Say Anything Jewelry.
That is enough about me. I would love to hear from you! If this reaches you, please comment below! Tell me something that makes you unique.
Also, if you were stranded on a desert island for one year and could take two things with you, what would they be?
Paige lives in South Dakota with her husband and two toddlers. She is a registered nurse and Birth Boot Camp instructor.
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As a first time mom, I wanted to do everything PERFECT. I researched EVERYTHING.
My child, never ate anything that wasn't organic. I steamed his carrots, and froze them into cute little trays. I never let him eat anything that had fallen on the floor. I took weekly pictures, documented every milestone, and shared way too many pictures. I was so proud I created this little perfect human!
Now, don't get me wrong. I love my second child to the moon and back! She is the sweetest, chubbiest, cutest little cherub! Things are different though...
I thought of this specifically last week. My son dropped a bunch of "puffs" (those little air filled snacks that don't really have any nutritional benefit) on the floor. My little lady scooted right over and began eating them all up. I just laughed and watched her. Kid one... I would have picked them all up and thrown them away. Kid two... eat away sweetheart! This is our house right...
I still feed her mostly organic food, but I buy a lot of it... I do get pictures of her monthly milestones. We haven't had a professional picture in awhile though...
There are benefits though to this that comes with more than one child. I am much more comfortable nursing her in public. I was much more self conscious with my first. I covered during my 6 week postpartum exam... I mean COME ON they were there when I had him!?
The biggest thing I have realized is I have relaxed as a mother. I am starting to understand what is really important. Maybe I am just losing time to care so much about the little things.
Don't get me wrong, it is not all sprinkles and rainbows around here. Like today... nap time was torture. I can rarely get the toddler down anymore. I took away his new tent and "threw it away." Not my proudest moment. Not getting sleep and trying to get my children to sleep is in my opinion the hardest part of parenting!
Moral of the story: We are all just doing our best. We all mother differently and that is what is beautiful! I have learned so much from my experienced mother friends and hope I can pass along some tiny pearls of wisdom to those mothers in need.
Some days I feel like I have it all together, then the next day my son cracks raw eggs, colors on the walls, and takes off his diaper during his nap... Trust me, when I see you on the struggle bus I will be there to help! please do the same for me. This IS my circus and these ARE my monkeys!
Women have so much to think about during pregnancy. We spend so much time planning the perfect birth, nursery, shower etc. We often forget about the fourth trimester!
The fourth trimester is a time that describes the first three months of a babies life. When I had my first squish, I remember someone saying to me that my little guy looked like a little frog. He was all squished up laying on my chest. He loved this position. I wondered why that was?
Babies love their mamas! We are all they know! Our smell, the sound of our voice, the warmth of our skin, and the sound of our heart beat can often times instantly calm our babies! These little babes don't know they are even born! They want and need us.
This time can often be challenging. As mothers now, we are changing. We are exhausted, healing, learning how to breastfeed and just adjusting to new life with our new baby. I want to share some easy tips to survive the fourth trimester.
It is easiest to try and think about what a baby experienced in the womb and try to recreate it! They spent their whole lives inside of our womb and that is all they know! By using our common sense we can often times meet their needs.
- The placenta was constantly feeding your little one in the womb. They never felt hunger before. Feed your baby! Feeding on demand lets your little one know you are there for them. Don't worry about a time clock and how long it has been since their last feeding. Nursing them not only relieves their hunger but it comforts them as well.
- Our womb is a noisy place! The sounds of our digestion, heartbeat and muffled sounds soothes baby. putting on a sound machine, fan or running water helps recreate this noise and can soothe them.
- Babies are constantly lulled by our daily movement in the womb. by carrying our baby, or baby wearing, we are recreating this movement they are used to. it can help them fall asleep as well!
- Our babes are used to constantly hearing the sound of our heart beat! doing skin to skin with mom or dad can calm them by this sound they are so used to being comforted by. Not to mention it releases oxytocin, helping us bond!
- Baby is used to hearing us and others talking. talking, singing and laughter can soothe our babies and let them know we are near.
- Our baby has never felt cold before! they are most comforted being warm.
6. Closed Quarters
- Baby is constantly snuggled up tight in our womb. recreate this by arm swaddling, baby wearing, and keeping close.
I hope these tips help you survive the fourth trimester. This time of life is so sweet. The days are long, but the years are short. Cherish every moment, every snuggle, every late night feeding. All too soon they grow up and you find yourself missing these moments. Breath them in, remember their littleness. We are so blessed to be called to be mamas.
You can learn this and SO MUCH MORE by taking a birth boot camp class. Visit www.birthbootcamp.com to find an instructor in your area. We also offer online classes you can take from the comfort of your own home! Visit siouxfallsbirth.com to learn more about me and the classes I offer in the sioux falls, sd area!
Paige Goldade - A Birth Boot Camp Instructor living and loving in South Dakota. She is a wife and mother of two rambunctious toddlers. She works as a childbirth educator and Board Certified Registered Nurse.