Archive for the ‘baby’ Category

Friday Funny: How Babies Are Made… Or Not

February 22, 2013

Let’s wrap up our week with a giggle — enjoy!


Alisa & the women of Blooma

P.S. – This came to me via multiple e-mail forwards… if you know where it came from, please let me know so I can give attribution!

Friday Funny: Snack! Snack! Snack! CRUNCH!

February 8, 2013

Who can resist not one, but two cute babies dancing? Watch the cuteness multiply as they dance to the North Minneapolis sensations Y.N. Rich Kids’ “Hot Cheetos & Takis.” My son just made me play this about five times, and somehow it gets funnier each time.

Does your baby have a favorite dance tune? Tell us about it below!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

A 2-Year-Old’s View of How Babies Come Out

December 11, 2012
Sweet Grace — so eager to meet her little sibling!

Sweet Grace — so eager to meet her little sibling!

We had to share this sweet, funny story recently emailed to us by a Blooma mom. Thanks for the laugh today, Kim!

I was sitting with Grace (just turned 2) reading a book and eating one of her favorite snacks — oranges. She put an orange slice on my belly for the baby to eat. I then told Grace that the baby wouldn’t eat until she “came out” thinking that would satisfy Grace.

Grace then put an orange slice between my legs and told me babies like oranges and that would help her come out.  It was really a very cute moment. Maybe I have a future midwife on my hands 😉


Mamas, we’d love to hear your cute stories about what your kids think of birth — please share below!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Infant Massage Now at St. Paul Blooma!

December 10, 2012

This Thursday, 1-2 p.m. marks the first-ever Rub-a-Dub infant massage class at Blooma St. Paul!

Massaging babyAlisa Blackwood, trained by the International Association of Infant Massage, guides moms, dads, grandparents or other caregivers through basic infant massage strokes that you can practice at home.

You’ll leave with plenty of ideas for soothing baby’s gas pains, growing pains, or for incorporating a relaxing massage routine into your baby’s life. (Plus, you’ll learn some silly songs to entertain baby and all parents need more silly songs in their back pocket!) You’ll love sharing this sweet, relaxing bonding time together.

Rub-a-Dub infant massage teacher Alisa Blackwood

Rub-a-Dub infant massage teacher Alisa Blackwood

This class is perfect for babies aged 3 weeks to pre-crawling. (Mamas of movers & crawlers, please email if you’d like in on the action, too.)

Please bring a blanket for baby to lay atop and dress baby in layers so that as we massage each body part, the rest of baby can stay warm and covered. 

Sign up yourself, your partner or another caregiver for this Thursday’s Rub-a-Dub infant massage class. Drop-in is $20 or use your class pass.

From here on out, you can catch infant massage at Blooma St. Paul (493 Selby Ave.) every 2nd Thursday at 1 p.m.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma




Nursing Warrior Mama!

November 29, 2012

Dearest mamas, whether you feed your baby by breast or bottle, Blooma welcomes you! Revel in the sweetness of this time together — the gazing into each others’ eyes, the snuggling close. *Bliss*

This St. Paul Blooma mama + her baby, Lincoln, found their nursing mojo smack dab in the middle of Warrior 2 during my Bring Your Own Baby (BYOB) Yoga class this morning. (Yes, it was so adorable, we had to recreate the move after class just for the cute photo opp!)

We are so lucky at Blooma to bask in the presence of such sweetness. What’s the most interesting position you’ve fed your baby in, mamas?



Saturday Movers & Crawlers Class Comes to Blooma Mpls

October 31, 2012

Is your baby on the move? Then bring him or her to Little Movers & Crawlers, beginning THIS Saturday (11/3) at Blooma Minneapolis, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Little Movers & Crawlers fills the gap between Bring Your Own Baby Yoga and Tots Yoga, offering a different focus each week with activities, songs and games that are appropriate for older babies and early-walking toddlers.

In this 45-minute parent + baby class (dads, grandparents + other caregivers are welcome!), you’ll stimulate baby’s senses, promote curiosity, and support physical and cognitive development. Most of all, you and baby will simply have FUN.

Sign up now for this Saturday’s Little Movers & Crawlers class!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma



Bring Your Halloween Punkin’ to Blooma!

October 30, 2012

Celebrate Halloween at Blooma!

Dress up your babiesfor Bring Your Own Baby Yoga and/or Mama Group. We’d love to see your lil’ punkins in costume. Prenatal Yoga mamas, feel free to get in on the fun, too, and dress up that beautiful belly!

In the meantime, share your baby and belly costume ideas below.

Can’t make it in tomorrow? Send your Halloween pics to and we’ll post your cuties on Blooma’s Facebook page.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Twin Cities Birth & Baby Expo – Saturday! Free!

October 12, 2012

Tomorrow is the long-awaited Twin Cities Birth & Baby Expo! Head over to Midtown Global Market any time between 10-3 for exhibits and events that promote healthy birth and parenting from a variety perspectives.

Whether you’re pregnant, planning to be, or already have little ones, you’ll find something for you. Wander the booths of exhibitors, and be sure to check out Blooma Kids Yoga at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (more…)

Birth Story: “It felt amazing to feel the baby’s head move down”

September 19, 2012

I’m not sure our hearts could swell any more than they did after reading this love letter and birth story. Abbie, thank you for opening your heart on your yoga mat and with all the other mamas in class. Most of all, congratulations on welcoming your dear Baby Amelia!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Dear Sarah & all the amazing women at Blooma,

I wanted to send a special thank you to all of you, especially Sarah, Allison, Brooke, Danielle and Anna whose (prenatal yoga) classes I frequented through my pregnancy… I started my pregnancy with the notion that I would go to the hospital, get an epidural to not feel the episiotomy that I would inevitably have to have.  I didn’t even give a single thought to having a natural birth.  Society had trained me to be okay with not feeling or actively taking a part in my daughter’s birth.

I came to Blooma in my fourth month of pregnancy and immediately I felt a difference in how pregnant women acted towards pregnancy, how they were viewed by the people who worked at Blooma and the other women there, and how being a strong woman/mother was celebrated and encouraged.  I felt warm arms surround me and they held me through pregnancy and labor.  After that first class I thought “I can do this!  I am strong, I am amazing, I am a mom!” and with every class after that confidence grew inside me. (more…)

The Reality of Parenting

August 20, 2012

Facebook and Instagram make our lives and our parenting look pretty. They’re edited snipits of what we choose to share. But let’s be honest: parenting and life aren’t always picture-perfect.

That’s why I thought it important to share this post from a postpartum mom, Claire Bidwell Smith, about the disconnect between her Instagram photos and her minute-to-minute real-life experience of parenting. I’m guessing this might sound familiar to more than a few of us. (Thanks to my friend Melissa for passing along.)

Photo by Alisa Blackwood

An excerpt:

I capture little moments of my life and post them on Instagram… They are sweet, colorful and poignant pictures, snapped carelessly sometimes and yet with intent.

But they don’t tell the whole story…

Most of the time I feel frazzled, depressed and coiled tight with anxiety. Being a mother is hard. Being a wife is hard. Being a writer is hard. Living in California is hard. I worry about the future a lot. I worry about the present. I worry that I’m not being present.

And maybe that’s where the photos come in. I spend so much time feeling like things aren’t good enough that when they are, I take a picture, desperate to hold onto that moment for just a little longer.

It’s worth heading over to Bidwell Smith’s essay to read her full post.

The early postpartum period, while filled with moments of heart-bursting cuteness (or snapping off pictures of it), may also be filled with anxiety, depression or feelings of being just plain overwhelmed. Like Bidwell Smith writes, this mamahood thing — especially the intensity of the newborn stage — is made up of moments both beautiful and challenging. We do what we can to get by.

If the camera helps us notice the best of moments, so be it. Kudos to Bidwell Smith for sharing so openly what is too difficult for many of us to say aloud. Mamas, how do you absorb the beautiful moments?


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma