Every home should have a Natalie!
Reflecting with gratitude on our amazing doula who comes to our home three times a week. First of all, sharing because I think people don’t know what doulas do, or how truly magical they are.
Also, it’s important to normalize having support! Sometimes it feels like moms are in the Exhaustion Olympics… and it’s frowned upon if you drop out by taking care of yourself by expanding your home team, instead of running around doing all the things for all the people all the time (or is that just me?).
Officially, she comes to take care of the baby but as you can see by this photo she also just folds into our family. Besides entertaining my bigger kiddos so I can focus on a spreadsheet or something. My favourite thing she does is make me drink my lactation tea (I constantly forget!) and make me nap (hard to do even though I am exhausted!).
She’s also a great sounding board for anything and everything I am working on – from organizing the fridge to changing up the baby’s sleep spot – and she is sincerely excited whenever we get the little domestic wins that make up the constant work of parenting and running a household worthwhile. I get this feeling of calm and relief when she is around and that is worth EVERYTHING.
She’s an extra pair of hands and a very capable one, but she is so much more than that! We love you Natalie. We are so grateful for the time you spend with our family!