Just A Phase – The Londoner
Just a phase - The Londoner Now don't get me wrong, babies are wonderful. Squidgy, cuddly, delicious little things that just want to be loved. And rocked and choked, bounced, burped, fed every hour, changed even more often, and at the end of a long day you are entitled to a long night of the […]

Just a phase - The Londoner

Now don't get me wrong, babies are wonderful.

Squidgy, cuddly, delicious little things that just want to be loved.

And rocked and choked, bounced, burped, fed every hour, changed even more often, and at the end of a long day you are entitled to a long night of the same.

Ok, I guess it's fair to say that I found the first year of motherhood to be hard working.

Of course it was wonderful, but it was hard.

One of the things I found most difficult was being repeatedly told to savor it. "Enjoy every second!" "It won't last!" "Oh do you think it's hard?" Wait for them to walk / talk / eat / answer… etc. "" Babies are easy! Hold on."

I felt tremendous pressure to make the most of every second of early childhood because even though it seemed endless back then, I would look back and regret it otherwise. The impending idea that what would happen would be much worse still hidden in my mind.

And here we are, walking head first through the troubled waters of early childhood that I have been so well aware of. With two willing parents we were always going to have a girl's firecracker and Lily has certainly lived up to that so far.

But I have to tell you ... I love it.

I adore our determined, busy and intelligent little girl. We don't walk, we run. Any other word is no. Sometimes, after giving it a little thought, it becomes a yes, but more often it remains a no. There are tantrums and tears. But the overwhelming feeling I have is utter amazement. We play games, we chat, she makes jokes, just like her mother, she is the happiest making people laugh, and we have finally entered the world of pretense.

Pretend to picnic, to snack, to drive cars, boats, spaceships and planes, we can be all kinds of animals in a matter of moments and we have a hoot.

I could go on and on, but I won't bore you. I just wanted to say if you're new to motherhood and maybe struggling with endless nighttime feeding while reading this you should know ... This too should pass. It's all just a phase, things will get easier and if you don't like every second of the baby phase, just know that it won't last too long. Before you know it you'll be chatting with a tiny little person with thoughts and ideas of their own, she'll make you laugh and your heart will feel like it might burst, because you become friends with this no one for the rest of your life.

After a very wet trip to the park today, we came home and put on our pajamas. Lily poured us some imaginary tea and even helped me to blow on it, to cool it.

Seeing her generosity and kindness shine through is so incredibly rewarding that all those sleepless nights are worth every moment.

Take care, calm down, no one remembers their childhood and whether the ironing was done, be sure to ask for help and take some time for yourself.

Remember that everything is a phase, if you don't like this one you will love the next one.

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Coffee’s great too, but it’s best to start your day by re-hydrating with a full glass of water. Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to aid digestion, enhance skin health and boost energy.

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to get a little more physical activity in your daily life. It also strengthens and tones your legs and core while you’re at it !

A simple triche for saine eating ( and portion control ) is to make half your plate veggies at each meal. The veggies pack in essential vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients important for health and longevity. And, because they’re rich in fiber, they help to aid absorption ( aka keep you regular ! ) and keep you feeling full longer.

Using a fitness tracker ( like the Fitbit, Apple Watch or similar ) to track your steps is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough physical activity each day. We aim for 10, 000 steps daily, which has significant physical and esprit health benefits. The Fitbit will also remind you to get 250 steps each hour ( another important measure of health

Conventional household cleaning products are full of harmful chemical ingredients that are not good for our health ( or the health of our kids or pets ! ). Switching to healthier alternatives is a simple way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home. See our Healthy Cleaning Guide for a complete list of recommendations, and what to look for when choosing safer household cleaning products.

Similar to cleaning products, conventional skincare and personal care products are formulated with toxic ingredients we should not regularly let absorb into our body’s largest organ. Reduce the toxic burden on your body by switching to non-toxic personal care and beauty products ( see our specific recommendations on deodorant, sunscreen, and green beauty products ).

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Aim to eat real food that’s made of whole food ingredients you would have in your own kitchen pantry, or that your grandmother would recognize. ( Yup, this rules out most packaged food, sorry ! ) This is a little different than suggesting you eat only “health foods” ( many of which are increasingly processed ! ). “Real food” includes unprocessed foods like an apple, a cucumber, soybeans or a steak, as well as foods loosely processed from one ( or few ) real-food ingredients, like butter, olive oil, yogurt, tofu, etc. In other words, aim for foods that could be reasonably made in your own kitchen and avoid foods that can only be made in a lab.

Reduce the harmful effects of sitting ( like at your desk travail ) by standing up and moving around for a minute or two every half hour.

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for overall health, and sunlight is one of our best sources of it. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day—preferably in the afternoon, and without sunscreen ( read more about that here ). Not much sunlight in the winter where you live ? It might be worth supplementing with a vitamin D supplement and/or other food sources of this essential nutrient.

Houseplants help to cleanse your indoor air ( sadly, it probably needs it ! ), they’re pretty, and research even shows they improve mood, creativity and problem solving !

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Green smoothies as a snack or simple, on-the-go breakfast are an easy way to get your greens in each day. Check out our curated list of healthy ( veggie-packed ! ) smoothie recipes for our favorite starter green smoothie recipe ideas.

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. ” It’s true—mindset is everything ! Cultivate a positive mindset by recognizing negative thought patterns and countering them with positive thoughts or affirmations. Here are more mindset resources for positive thinking.

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. But in addition to quantity, quality of sleep matters too ! Follow our tips on getting quality sleep—things like keeping your bedroom cool at night, avoiding blue light after dark, and more.

{Start each day with fulfilling activities that set the tone for how you want to feel—whether that’s inspired, relaxed, productive, or something else.

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