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Namaste (nah/mas/tay);  is a common greeting and blessing used throughout India, often accompanied by a slight bow with the individual’s palms together.  Namaste acknowledges and honors the soul in one by the soul in another.  In Sanskrit, it is translated to mean, “I bow to you.”

Momaste (mom/mas/tay); a greeting between mothers which is loosely translated to mean, “the mom in me bows to the mom in you.” (says me!)

Hi!  Thanks so much for stopping by! Momaste  is a place where I share my process of becoming more mindful in a maelstrom of a modern world, while offering encouragement, love, and respect for other moms.  I am a mom to two amazing and complicated souls, who challenge and teach me every day. Professionally speaking, I work as a clinical social worker, doing child and family therapy with a very high-risk population.  The intersection of my private and professional lives makes life very dynamic.

My favorite topics to write about are breast feeding, family, my struggles as a working mom, and moving towards self acceptance.  I also find my way into the occasional poem.

Kwan Yin with a baby

Kwan Yin with a baby

I try to write at least once or twice a week, but bear with me!  I am a full-time, working mother of two, and sometimes life gets a little hectic, necessitating a brief hiatus here or there.

Please feel free to comment on my posts.  I love hearing from readers, moms, and other bloggers!  I try my best to reply to all comments, and encourage lively discussion, as long as it is supportive and respectful.

You can also find me on Facebook at Momasteblog and follow me on Twitter @momasteblog.  You are welcome to share and/or reblog for good karma!

(All names have been changed to protect my friends’ and family members’ privacy.)

Momaste to you and have a great day!

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    • No. I don’t live in India. I live in New England. But I love and respect Indian and Buddhist culture so much! I also love the concept that mom’s should honor and support and “bow” to one another rather than a lot of the sniping that I see so often online and in real life. Momaste to you Valerie!

  1. Oh, ok – cool! I agree, the “Mommy Wars” are horrible these days. I think it probably stems from all the online sharing of our lives (and the judgement that tends to follow) :/ Momaste to you too! I am going to be spotlighting some of my favorite posts from the week and want to include one of yours. Would mind sharing your first name so I can give an intro to your post? Also, I can say New England, or your can share what state you are in – either one is fine! 😀

    • Valerie,
      I cannot for the life of me figure out how to accept this award! I am apparently a total computer loser, can’t copy and paste the image, can’t figure out how to do links, gaaahhh!!! I just didn’t want you to think that I wasn’t honored and touched. Also, as I have only been blogging for a few weeks, I’m not sure what other blogs to nominate… can you nominate me again in a few months, lol! Talk about mommy-brain moments! Hugs!

    • You are too kind!! I have to figure out how to reply to all these nominations (I’ve gotten three in the last week). It sounds stupid but I have the darndest time trying to cut and paste everyone’s info into the acceptance post. Do you have any tips? Thanks again, Val!

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  3. Hi Charlotte,
    I came across your posting on offbeat family & immediately checked out your blog.
    I’m not really a blog-reading person, but I am a social worker yoga-loving mom of a one year old son here in Rhode Island. We need to form a club–I’ve been dying to find other like-minded mothers nearby. Thanks for being there. ~ Erin

    • Thank you so much for reading and stopping by! It means so much to me that my post struck such a chord with people. Blogging is awesome– you should try it; I’m sure you would have a lot to say. Do you use yoga in your practice or just personal life? I don’t get much time to do any these days and miss it! Hope you have a wonderful day. It is great to hear from you!

  4. I signed up in the little box thing–but of course I messed it up & had to do it again.
    I use yoga both professionally & personally–I teach every other Sunday & I’ve also taught kids in residential tx settings as well as OP. I would love to eventually have a private practice & teach groups. Sigh…someday. I wonder if our paths have crossed professionally–if not, I’m sure they will soon. 2 degrees of separation. I’m hoping to go through your blog someday soon–I’m interested to see if you have any posts on birthday parties & the mommy clubs that flock. LOL.

    • Thank you Erin! It is great to have you along for the ride on my little blog adventure, lol. Your suggestion about a post about kiddie bday parties is a great idea! I had actually thought of that before. I remember being at a party of some sort one time, and trying to make small talk with a flock of moms, and just thinking, “These people terrify me!” because they were so coiffed and bronzed, etc. Amazing how other moms can trigger the insecurities in us, huh? It is so amazing that you are using yoga with kids in residential and OP. I bet they really respond to it. I have a deck of yoga cards and when I don’t know what else to do, sometimes I whip it out to try, and it is amazing how even just having a kid do mountain pose can really ground and center… I’m not trained in yoga, or in using it therapeutically, so I don’t want to front, lol, but I think it is amazing. Yeah, I am sure our paths will cross at sometime, but until then, Momaste to you!

  5. I’m a full time Social Worker and mum who is currently sick and feeling pangs of guilt for the state of my house (apparently if I’m ill nothing gets done), that my daughter hasn’t had everything she needs (although she is 15 so should be capable of doing it herself) and of all the things that I should be doing at work. Reading your blogs today has really cheered me up, thank you.

    • Becs, thank you so much for reading and taking the time to leave a comment! I’m glad you enjoyed your stop here at my little blog. . . feel free to sign up and follow via email for constant commiseration and support on all things mama-social worker-guilt-yadda yadda. It is awesome to find other people in the same boat, since it is a pretty unique boat. I can’t even begin to describe how social work affects motherhood, and vice versa. I’m so touched that I could help shed a little slight on your day. . . your comment made my day!

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  8. I love the word namaste and use it frequently in my blog. I even have it on a bumper sticker on my Subaru. Within a few months of buying that vehicle, a young man at a stop light got a little excited and distracted, and rear-ended me, leaving my new Forester with a scratch. He offered to get it repaired, but I declined, quickly knowing that it was perfectly acknowledging our flaws = “the scratches on me honor the scratches on you.”

    I love your blog name!

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  11. Hi Charlotte. Firstly congrats on being freshly pressed 🙂 Secondly, I am glad that you were because that is how I found you and your fabulous blog. I have read through quite a few of your posts and they all resonate with me. Your son Jack sounds a lot like mine. He too is a very sensitive boy who I have been told is gifted (in the spiritual sense) and has a natural affinity to animals. I was intrigued by this as sometimes I feel like he is a 6yo boy with the worries of a grown man. I am now following you and am excited about your future posts. Keep smiling, Kat 🙂

    • Yay! It is nice to meet you, Kat! I am sure that we will be able to share many stories and similarities about our kids. If there is one thing I have learned through blogging it is that I am not alone as a mom in these struggles and triumphs. I will have to mosey over to your blog and check it out as well! Peace!

  12. HI Charlotte, great to read some of your amazing stories and experiences with your little one. I am a mom of a 3 year old and I am not sure if I ll get the chance to have another, but if I do I would love to re live the whole breast feeding experience,, with my girl I breast fed till 6 months- I loved it when I did it, the beginning was really tough as I did not trust m body and its milk enough- I have inverted nipple or at least was told I did so I used ( cant remember the name now) the plastic nipple extensions which as you know reduced milk supply ,,, I had a problem with latching on… So this is my question do you have any article son latching on?
    By the way what saved my milk supply was a supplement called Fenugreek… I went from only pumping 30 cc at max to bottles of milk…. it does affect the smell and taste of the milk but mine was too small to realise.. and its good for them Fenigreek… just a little note to all those with little milk supply. Lara

    • I talk about fennugreek in my post about practical pumping tips for the working low supply mom; it is amazing how it works! As far as info on latching, I would advise you to consult a lactation consultant, if you ever have another baby you can ask to see one right in the hospital. She can maybe show you how to use a nipple shield or work on latch. Youtube also has a ton of videos which show good latch and how to get your baby on well. Good luck to you! And great that you nursed until six months; what a beautiful gift you gave your little one. Be well and thanks for stopping by my little blog! xoxo.

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  14. Hey, I wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for the Most Influential blog Award – I guess it is kind of like a chain letter. I don’t know if you are into this type of thing – I did want you to know that I appreciate your blog and what it adds to my day when I have a chance to read your posts. You can go to my blog at http://dailycoloringoutsidethelines.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/the-most-influential-blogger-award/ to get more information.

    • Thank you so much. That is so thoughtful for you to nominate me, and means so much to me that you stop by to read and get a little something out of my sharing. Thank you. I’m glad you’re here.

  15. I love the name of your blog. How clever. I have a statue of Kwan Yin on my desk, too. You have exquisite taste, IMHO. Your Gallery of Gratitude is a good idea. I might just have to gratefully borrow it from you.
    Namaste!

  16. I just read your post on Offbeat Families about sucking at being a working mom. I am a new mom and a social worker for people with Alzheimer’s/dementia and their families. I just wanted to let you know how much your thoughts registered with me. I have those same thoughts and feelings and it is nice to know I am not alone.

  17. Hi..saw many comments from moms…its a dad this time…Have a 3 year old at home…and i surely can relate to all that you write to the struggle my wife puts on with this little fella…I will be honest when I say that yours is probably the only blog which I look forward to read…Thanks for the wonderful posts…looking forward for more… ciao!

    • Hello there! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love hearing from dads as well as moms. There are so many dads out there doing just as much of the work now in raising their children (my own husband included!), so I value your perspective too! It means so much that you look forward to my posts and that you stop by and read. Thank you, thank you. Hope to hear from you again!

  18. Hi Momaste! Just wanted to let you know that your review on the Jane Eyre miniseries on Book Club Mom is still being viewed and “liked”! Thanks for doing such a great job! Happy weekend!

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  20. Hi there, going through same issues as you with my second bub. I have a deep hole in my nipple and the pain in my breast is excruciating. I had abscess with MRSA with my first baby and like you my whole maternity leave was consumed with trying to resolve the pain. No one seemed to be able to help me. My second is now 12 weeks old and the pain is still there. I’m considering shutting down my left boob but as I have a huge supply I’m not sure how I’ll go.
    I’m just so worried about bacteria getting in the hole and me getting sick again. I haven’t thought about tongue ties but as I saw so many lactation consultants with my first surely they would have told me??? My second has such a strong latch and he clamps down and twists so he can handle the massive amounts of milk that shoot out of the while. I feel bad as he feeds with tight fists and tight body as he is gulping down milk. Anyway any advice would be helpful. I’m in Sydney Australia.
    Thank you.

    • Hi honey! I am so sorry to hear you have having such a hard time. Not sure if I really have any advice about the infection, other than maybe trying to find some place that can mix the Jack Newman’s All Purpose Nipple Ointment for you (APNO). It has antibacterial and anti fungal stuff in it that helps avoid infection and also steroids to help with the swelling and pain. You have to have it mixed for you at a special compounding pharmacy, and here in America you do need a script so I don’t know how that works in OZ… As for the fast letdown, have you tried nursing your bub lying down, or pumping a bit prior to latching him on to release some of the milk? Best of luck to you!!! Let me know how you make out! xoxo…

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