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Birthing from Within

I have learned a lot from this pregnancy, not only in the experiences of the day to day physical and spiritual growth through it, but I have spent a ton of time doing research this time around.  My research has been based in learning from what I experienced in my first birth experience, healing from birth trauma in areas I could tell were still a little raw from last time, and then also preparing and learning about new information in preparation for this upcoming birth.

During my pregnancy with Mirabelle I purchased a copy of “Birthing from Within” on the recommendation from a friend.  I started reading through it from cover to cover.  I tried reading it with an open mind but to be perfectly honest, 1/3 of the way in I decided I was done with “that new age garbage”.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I found a lot of value in much of the information I had read.  I think birth art is a great way to express pending thoughts and fears and release those, as well as connect you with your child.  I also love the Motherblessing ceremony/Blessingway.  We practice these at my church and one (my 2nd)will be hosted in my honor this coming Saturday.

It was during this pregnancy that I was reading another mom’s blog when I was inspired to pull back out my copy of “Birthing From Within”.  So, I dusted of the cover, skipped past to sections undiscovered and found a world unknown by me.  I learned there was invaluable information in this book, and had I given it a chance last pregnancy, I could have learned so much that could have helped in ways beyond my imagination now.

During my last pregnancy I was so avoidant of the possibility that a cescersan could happen to me that I skipped any reading or research on it.  I was ill prepared for both the surgery and the emotional scaring that would incur from that experience.  Not to mention, had I more thourghly read a book such as this one, I would have been more prepared for how I would have been treated in the hospital and the policies that are in place, as well as my options there.

In reading “Birthing From Within” these last couple months, I have especially concentrated on the chapters focuses on birthing through pain, positions in birth, and helping to better define my husbands role in labor.  Within these sections I have learned tons about how to write a more thurough birth plan as well as prepare for the possibility of a repeat ceserean birth.  In the case of another c-section however, they discuss how to make that a birth experience in itself rather than just another surgery (or loss of self and a loss of a birth experience which it often feels like instead).

In writing my birth plan, I added elements such as laboring in my own clothing, using upright positions to push in, not being timed for labor, immediate skin to skin contact, having DH or myself help catch baby, having APGAR testing be performed while baby is skin to skin, and several other non-standard practices.  I was much more “go-with-the-flow” at my last hospital birth which resulted in me having to fight for the immediate rooming-in we were promised in the first place!  So, this time, I’ve left no room for them to even remove him from my presence!  I have also attempted to try and add several elements to my labor that I would enjoy/benefit from in a home birth.

I am 38 weeks along today and growing more anxious each and every day to meet him.  Mirabelle told me the other day she was tired of waiting for her brother, she wants him to come NOW!  I concur..  Just as I felt last time, I am truly anxious and looking forward to the birthing experience, and can honestly say I am ready for just about ANYTHING and will take it as it comes.  The Lord has been good to us in blessing us with this 2nd child and however he must come into the world, I am ready for!

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Birthday Photo Shoot

I finally recieved my CD from the photographer of Mirabelle’s 2nd birthday photos.  The shoot went better than I could have imagined.  For 30 bucks she spent fifteen minutes with her, we did 2 different outfits, and she allowed her to walk around while capturing her in her natural state.  She gave us all the original images as well as 4 different artistic edits of each image.  Here are a few favorites from the shoot!

Mirabelle 2 yrs.old school edittutu runtutu2

This is my favorite!

This is my favorite!

If your local..check out Wendy Sky Alsup of A Stolen Moment Photography for your next photo shoot!

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ModKat.

ModKatThere are few things that come to my email in-box that bring me joy.  One that does is my daily dose of Apartment Therapy!  Today I received an email about a new product called ModKat.  I was instantly intrigued and decided I just might need to purchase one.  That was before I found out they are way out of my price range!  That doesn’t change the fact that this is a great design.

So, I am pretty sure I am going to try and create a like model myself out of plywood.  Guess I need to get to cutting me some wood!

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A New Favorite.

Sea CrackersWhile shopping at Whole Foods the other day I was searching for some good healthy snacks to keep stashed in the pantry.  If I am going to snack I am usually on the hunt for a salty snack so I often keep rice cakes and crackers on hand for the munchies.  On this particular trip I reached for a bag of goodies that caught my eye.  I am a sucker for good design (especially when it comes to packaging) and the brand name caught my eye.

Two Moms in the Raw is a great company with an amazing story.  You can even read a little about it right on the package!  Shari was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and set out to find natural methods for healing.  She did this though some major diet changes and came up with some amazing recipes we now get to enjoy!  Her food is 100% raw, organic, and vegan.  The sea crackers I purchased were gluten free as well!  They also tasted 100% AMAZING!!  My daughter and I have been munching on them all week but trying to concerve them as best we can because they are a bit pricey.  Even my super picky husband loves them!  Make sure to hit the link and check out Shari’s company and try out some of her scrumptious raw goodies!

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Holy Buffalo!

*Beware:  I am feeling like a bit of a foodie this week because I realized as I sat down to catch up on blogging, that the next 3 posts are going to be about food!  Your probably going to leave hungry.

burgerOver the last few months I have been working extra hard at systematizing my life, and particularly, my household.  This has been pretty challenging because after living “off the cuff” for so long I am finding it hard to get to a good square one position.  One department that desperately needed some organization was any and all kitchen activity and storage.  I created a weekly rotating meal schedule for the month which has me cooking 5 days a week.  One day a week we eat leftovers and the other day is a wild card (for either leftovers or eating out).  Weeks 1 and 3 are the same as is weeks 2 and 4.  The rare 5th week of the month has some fun menu items.  Now I say fun, but fun is an interesting word to use in relation to my meal calender.  My husband is one of the pickiest eaters you will EVER meet..kid you not!!  Then there is my daughter, she is somewhat adventuresome but has only been eating solids for a year now and still is limited in some of her menu items.  I have had to go to great lengths to create a menu that is not boring, relatively quick on the prep-time, balanced, and nutritious.

I do not eat cow meat or pork and I am not feeding my daughter these meats either.  So, basically the only animal protien she has ingested is chicken and turkey.  For a burger alternative last month I made Turkey Burgers.  As for myself and my daughter, it was great!  My husband was far from impressed.  So this month I bought some ground buffalo.  They turned out great and made for a great alternative to a regular hamburger!  You can read about the health benefits of buffalo and how it compares to beef here.

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Snapshot Sunday (02.15.09)

The Safe Sippy

This week’s snapshot is a product recommendation from our household.  Its our new favorite sippy cup called The Safe Sippy.  It is of course BPA free and even better it is aluminum.  The canister is made of aluminum that is and then it has a removable, silicone cover for insulation, removable plastic handle, and the lid is plastic.  The valve inside is one part and easily removable.  The mouthpiece is shaped like a straw which I have been told by my speech therapist friend, is the best shape cup (next to a regular cup) for kids to drink from from both a speech and teeth perspective.  We have had virtually NO leaks from this, even when Mirabelle turns it upside down and tries to shake out the water (valve in of course).  You don’t have to worry about this cup sitting outside in the hot sun with liquid because the liquid never touches the plastic parts unless the child is drinking from it.  It’s dishwasher safe with the silicone sleeve on!

I have yet to have a single complaint about The Safe Sippy so definitely check them out!!

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Rear-facing vs. Forward-facing carseats

I was wasting time on Facebook today for a couple minutes after M. went down for a nap. I noticed an old friend who had a baby last year had posted new pictures of him at 7 months old. One picture in the album made my jaw drop! Amidst all the cute shots showing off new outfits and playtime with Daddy was a picture riding in his car seat in the car. His convertible car seat was forward-facing and the caption read “He loves riding forward in his car seat!”. Before letting my negative opinion get away from me I double-checked his age and he is in fact only 7 months old.

The law states a forward-facing car seat should only be used for children who weigh more than 20 pounds and are at least 1 year old. That means your child should fulfill both of those conditions before you get a forward-facing seat instead of a rear-facing seat.

My benefit of doubt is that, perhaps she was misinformed and believed that since he had hit the weight requirement that he was ready for a seat change. This is just a hypothesis… I can’t help but think the best of any good mom’s intentions since I think she is a good and loving mom from what I see. The problem is that I don’t have enough of a relationship with her to question this I fear.

Regardless, I bring this here to say…if you ever found yourself wondering when to make the switch. Consider the visual facts from watching the video below.

Disclaimer: This is to state that I do not believe there is anything ethically wrong with turning your 20 pound, 12 month old baby around. I’m sure the standards by the state have been carefully scrutinized and designed for the health and well-being of our children.

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