Thursday, May 28, 2009

People Pickney


Just a little Jamaican flavour :-) Enjoy

By: Shanoy Coombs
None a wi like dem people pickney
Who ever seem full of ills and bad will.

None a wi like how dem ‘loose’ and stay
For after all we never grow our pickney dem ways.

Dose skool girls, dem force ripe ones and dem crusty boys
Is how we curse, swear and get vex

Yes dem pickney, seem to have no pride
And we swear dem could never bloom from our insides.

Is dem filthy ones who are the worse generation
Dem that bring dem family to shame

Is dem same people pickney
We scrutinize, nuh apologize and pon di parents lay di blame.

Yes dem people pickney, could never be like ours
For we keep our pickney well decent
And mek dem speak the best words.

Its dem people pickney dat need to be transformed….

It only blow me bubble when i find it ring true
Dat my nice pickney, when outta my view
A do the same ting dem weh dem people pickney a do

Having Kids Mean


I got this one from one of our avid readers Tya Willis, feel free to add what having kids mean to you in the comments box below or use the inline comment box at the top of the page.

So this morning at 6"am" on a Saturday, my girls were awake. I got to thinking..do they not know its a satiday and i wanna sleep late?

So for me having kids mean:

1. No more late mornings
2. Death of a social life
3.Always being tired
4.Cleaning someone else's poop for the next 3 years..at least..
5.Never sleeping "soundly" again
6.Always "dressing someone else b4 you dress yourself....I remember when it used to take me 1hr. to just do me..ha
7.Having to sit through Disney movies...Did u see Spy kids?..kiss teeth...
8. Always being broke
9.You're gonna spend at least 1 night at the hospital...all night...
10. Always having to make breakfast

BUT:....having kids also mean:-

1.Getting "ga-ga" over new teeth..old teeth..first steps...first smiles...the birds..the bees..the flowers and the trees...
2.You become a:
Provider
A fierce Protector
A teacher
A medicine woman
A diplomat
A "road Angel"
In short..you become your mother

What does it mean for you?..You've been tagged..you know what to do
I'd love to see your list


Enjoy
Shan

Cutie Patootie Entries










Now Meet Contestant #5 Abigail Palma, From Kingston pictured at 16 months. Now isn't she a sweetheart?




And our 4th entrant is the 'shy one' Kayandra Humes , 2 years old from St. Catherine



Meet Clive Deacon Jr..our 3rd entrant who is 6 years old and located in Kingston












We also have Lil Miss Sunshine Rihanna Ferdinand,
24 months and located in the UK who is our 2nd entrant


















Presenting Azhara Medley, 4 months old from Spanish Town our first Cutie Patootie entrant. Check her out saying heyyy Mommy, whatcha doing? Now isn't she a sweetheart.


So what are you waiting for? enter your sweet little one too, so we can get the voting going.


send all pics to minshasterialjm@gmail.com

Cheerio

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ode to my lil Princess

When Rajneesh uttered the words "The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new" he must have done so on a whim of extraterrestrial inspiration. This quote proves to be only too relevant and true.


Rewind to a year or two ago. The very thought of having a child scared me. I was a bit intimidated by countless annoying face offs with my 3 year old niece and it didn't sit quite well having to hand over the remote control and endure countless cartoons, but what scared me most was what i deemed my inability to take care of a child. I was dead scared that I wouldn't be good enough, caring enough, devoted enough, loving enough...

Fast forward to present and now i've learnt that all my fears and concerns were quite natural for many soon to be moms. Imagine persons in possession of a most precious piece of jewellery and see how they go to great lengths to ensure that their prized possession is properly protected.

In much the same way, since becoming a mother, life has made me into more of a protector, a savior even and made me truly understand that its not always what you think you'll fail at, but the effort you put into making things work.

Its therefore no wonder that the first time you touch a little hand, see a new face and hear the first cries that you know that whatever the odds, you'll be able to do your very best for that other life.

Seems like nothing short of a magical transformation really. But nothing you could have done, experienced or seen before could fully protect you for the immeasurable joy that being a mother brings. It sounds very cliche i know and had i not been cast into life's wonderful net of motherhood, i would have discarded such a statement as being superfluous, but thankfully not any more. My life has no doubt been changed for the better and in a way that no level of verbosity can fully describe.

My heartstrings have been claimed, True love was being delayed for this exact moment, Thoughts and actions once thought impossible were waiting for this very arrival. Now my love knows no bounds...I've truly been claimed.

To my little Princess you have absolutely removed all my fears, made me into a mother, given me immeasurable experience that no presentation, school, professor or literature could give. I remain thankful for the blessing that you are and continue to be. You have truly made me know how to show unconditional love
XO
Shan

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Being a child again


I'm sure you've all thought at some point just how carefree children are and how much innocence and absence of responsibilities are the greater desirabilities of life. At the same time, isnt it funny that things that you were once oblivious to becomes so pronounced once you're a mom? Funny eh?

Not quite, but at the same time it does make you do a double take when you realise just how much you live for a little smile, a laugh and the odd number that seems to totally make your day. Still not sure what i'm talking about? Try to remember the first time your baby or growing toddler started really smiling, or the day he/she rolled over, walked, said the first words, sang the first song and blessed be, slept through the night..Now it becomes much clearer, doesn't it?

Children sure do allow you to have a different take on things. Jokes that once seemed corny start cracking you up, learning the ABC's or doing the latest funky moves all make for an interesting mother and child experience and get this it helps you to feel young (or younger) again. Make no bones about it that laughter is indeed the best medicine and going in for a good laughing session with your little (or big) one can truly make your day through and through.

Case in point, i watched my 3 month old daughter, lying on her back in her crib, looking up at her mobile. Suddenly she pulled the pacifier from her mouth, waved it around in excitement then popped it back in. Now i know this might sound a bit trivial but it truly got Daddy and i going all goo goo ga ga and our excitement showed since the baby was smiling through and through on realisation that for each small 'step' her parents would rejoice. It also somehow got me thinking about being a child again and how the most minute accomplishment simply tops, the Oscar's, grammy's, heck even being invited to meet your favourite celebrity.

So each time your day seems to drag on, find the strength in being a child again...With responsibilities in tow it may be very difficult to be as carefree as a child again, but just 15 minutes of seeing the world through a child's eyes and acting accordingly can truly make your day.

And while you're there nodding off in approval, go grab the remote and watch your kid's favourite cartoon, Sing or listen to a goofy song, do the funky chicken dance, play a game of hopscotch or just cuddle up with your little one for a smiling session or a tickle spree.

After all, life is full of surprises, but some surprises are not repetitive, so enjoy the little ones, with your little ones and take the time daily to be a child again, if only for a moment.

XO
Shan

Sunday, May 24, 2009

HELP US TO HELP YOU


Please leave all questions, comments, suggestions and queries in the shout out or c box to the right. Also feel free to share your triumphs and down times as a mom. In the event you want to be added to our mailing list, please send your email address to jamaicanmommies@gmail.com so you can be updated each time a new post is added.

Thank you
Shanoy

FYI: Child Development Agency


Did you know that the Child Development Agency (CDA) in Jamaica addresses issues such as child abuse in Jamaica? They also provide useful tips on parenting and is the state's legal entity for issues related to adoption, child safety and the rights of a child. For more detailed information, check out their site here

Every 3rd Friday in the Month we'll be taking questions from Jamaican Mommies and having them answered by a representative from the CDA. Send all questions to jamaicanmommies@gmail.com.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Putting yourself first as a mom


If you're anything like me...you would be caught up in the thrill and tense moments of being a mom, moreso a new one and at times it seems there are just never enough hours in a day. You wake early, retire late and fit a hundred things and more (related and unrelated to your child/ren) and go to bed drained...Well as impossible and as selfish as it seems, you need to put yourself first . On many levels following this advice reaps advantages for mother, child/ren and spouses on a whole.

I know I've always heard to put myself first but for moms especially this seems nearly impossible with diaper changes, applying bandages to wounds, administering medicines and generally being teacher, doctor,friend and a 'saviour' on all fronts, but i found the article below quite useful. Check it out.

Source: Babyfit. com...

Before I was a Mom


Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.



Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby..
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom .
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