Friday, October 21, 2016

Fresh 48 Newborn Lifestyle Photoshoot

Three weeks ago, Sarah from Shutter Happy Photography came over to do a follow up Fresh 48 newborn lifestyle photoshoot for us, and I love how she captured our little growing family! Sarah was also the amazing eye behind my birth photography, and I'm so thankful for her talent and her time spent with us. 

Looking at these newborn lifestyle pictures of my boys and I, those 19 days ago, its crazy to think how much has already changed. Baby J was almost a week old in these photos, and he already looks so different and has chunked up so much! He was born at 8lbs 14oz, but at my midwife appointment yesterday they weighed him to see how big he's gotten, and at 3 weeks 3 days old he was 12lbs 2oz!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Baby J's Birth Story: My Med-Free Birth Center Experience

Now that Jude is two weeks old, I figured it was about time to get his Birth Story written down! His birth was incredible - it was fast and strong and when it was all over, I was left thinking "holy cow - did that really just happen?!".

Let me preface this post with this: there is nothing wrong with hospital births, pitocin, or epidurals, there is nothing wrong with having a C-section, and there is nothing wrong with Obstetricians or hospital staff. I had a terrible experience with my eldest son, and did not want to repeat that again this time around, so I sought to have a med-free water birth in a local birthing center, and utilized both techniques I learned in a Hypnobirthing class and essential oils to do just that. 

This is the (somewhat TMI, but what Birth Story isn't?) story of Jude's birth! Completely opposite from the recumbent hospital bed induction I had with older brother H, Jude was born in a birthing tub after 2 hours of labor, 1 push, and lots of deep breathing. This is the story of my "perfect birth".

(FYI, this post does contain birthing and after birth photos that some might consider graphic)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Third Trimester Style: Boho Vibes with BohoBlu

The end of September means two things. First, Fall is here! Layers, plaid, scarves, boots (and yes, those infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes). Second, it's baby time! Any day now this little rainbow baby will be in my arms and out of this big ole belly!

My pregnancy with H fell way more into Fall and Winter than this one has, and I've gotta admit - maxis are fun and all, but I loved being able to dress my bump in the cooler months. Yes, I had to recruit my husband to help me put on or take off my boots, because bending over in the third trimester to try and tug on or take off shoes is no easy feat, but Fall and Winter style has always been my favorite. An added bonus of cooler weather? Way less hormonal hot flashes (do they talk about that in the pregnancy books? If not, be prepared - it totally happens!), which means wearing clothes doesn't immediately make you feel like you've stepped into a sauna!

I shared an outfit last week featuring non-maternity clothing from BohoBlu that still worked for my very rotund Third Trimester self, and this week I'm doing the same thing! Nothing I'm wearing here is maternity clothing, but it all works for a growing belly (and hips, and thighs, etc), and is not only affordable, but also easy to throw on and look good!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Quick + Easy Snack Combination Ideas for Toddlers

Anyone else with a toddler who one day will eat anything you put in front of them, and the next will only eat cheese sticks? Anyone? Please say yes! This last month has been a total battle of the wills when it comes to H holding out on eating until he gets what he wants. Which he does, eventually, because I can't make myself send him to naps or bedtime without something in his stomach.

Because of this, I've been trying to come up with creative snack ideas that are both healthy, but also something he will actually eat. The first thing I did? Find awesome snack containers! I swear, put a peanut butter sandwich on a regular plate, and my toddler will push it away, but if it's on a dinosaur plate, or his digger plate? Oh man, step back and watch him chow down. These Snack in the Box and Drink in the Box, made with TritanTM plastic, holders both delight H because they look cool, but also make me happy because they're so durable and easy to clean! 

Do you need toddler snack inspiration? I'm sharing a few of H's favorite quick and easy snack combinations that help me feel good about what he's eating, and help keep the Hangry Toddler Monster away!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Birth Center Supply Checklist: What to Bring With You for an Out of Hospital Birth

When I delivered H, we were totally unprepared. I was going in for my 'routine' bi-weekly round of IV fluids to combat the dehydration that I was dealing with thanks to my Hyperemesis Gravidarum, when the OB on call told me I wouldn't be going home and would be induced that evening due to low blood pressure and the contractions I was already having. I totally freaked out, because we had nothing ready to go - the nursery was in shambles and we had nothing packed for the hospital and delivery bag! Because of this, I pulled up the first Pinterest list I could find, sent it to the Hubs and told him to throw whatever he could in a bag and meet me at the hospital, because we were meeting our son earlier than we had anticipated. That sweet man literally went home and packed me a bag big enough to last almost a month at the hospital, and you know what? We barely used any of it! We were there for 3 days (4.5 if you include the IV and induction time as well), and the hospital supplied us with so much stuff that we barely opened the hospital bag he had packed!

This time around, I spoke with all my midwives and asked other local moms who had their babies at the midwifery what they brought with them to get myself ready, just in case I deliver early this time. This is everything my midwives and other experienced moms suggested I bring to the birthing center for our out of hospital birth!
(I'll make sure to come back and update this list once baby Bear arrives to let you know what I personally found useful and useless to bring with us to the Birthing Center for labor and delivery!)

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