How to Prepare for Natural Childbirth: Is a Home Birth Right for Me?

Have you ever thought about having a natural birth… but you were a little intimidated or weren’t really sure how to prepare? 🙋‍♀️   I’m sharing some of the Benefits of a Natural Birth and why I chose to have a home birth 💚  

When people learn that I have had both of my babies without medication (and am currently planning my third home birth), I usually get a few different reactions… read more

Sneak-Peek Early Gender Test Review

“So do you know what you are having yet?”

This is probably the most common question you get as an expectant mother, right up there with “are you still throwing up?” (which thankfully I have found a few ways to help manage it!)

Typically, you can’t find out your baby’s gender before about 16 weeks without resorting to very expensive genetic testing (typically used for high risk pregnancies and usually costing well over $1,000). Many doctors make you wait until the 20 week anatomy scan. read more

Story of a Waterbirth: Happy 3rd Birthday Aidalyn!

IMG_3449_edited-1This is Aidalyn’s birth story and a 3 year update! I thought it was appropriate to share on her 3rd birthday.

This was the day I became a Mama.

Aidalyn is such a joy. She is so full of energy and and spunk. She is so stubborn and will fight you to the death that her dress is actually a shirt (or vise versa depending on her mood). I think she would be a great lawyer.

She loves My little pony and Go Diego Go! oh and don’t forget Disney Princesses!

Her favorite foods are black beans and cheese, almond butter sandwiches, and muffins. Favorite snacks are popcorn, nuts, yogurt, cheese, and fruit. read more

Your Love Never Fails… It’s a Girl!!!

I still can’t believe it. We found out 3 days ago and I’m still pinching myself.

We are having a girl!!!

Introductions

She looked so perfect on the ultrasound. We saw her little legs kicking, her heart pumping… it all made my heart melt.

This pregnancy has been much different for me emotionally than with Aidalyn. With Aidalyn, we were just so excited about adding this mystical thing called a baby into our lives. Neither of us really had much experience with babies. We didn’t know what we were getting into, but we were thrilled! read more

We’re Pregnant!

I have to apologize for my absence. We are embarking on a new adventure in 2013… A new little one is due to arrive possibly by the end of June.

So here is my pregnancy update:

On Christmas Day, I was 14 weeks and 2 days.

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So far I think I’ve already gained 10 pounds… I know!! Maybe I’ll slow down in the second trimester??

I quickly outgrew my normal jeans – all in the areas the baby is not. Thankfully, I have a few pairs of ‘fat’ jeans that will do the trick while my belly catches up to my backside. read more

Dangers of Birth control Pills and Natural Options

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Dangers of Birth Control Pills

About 2 years after Adam and I were married and after starting this health discovery process, I started doing some research on birth control pills. I was taking a pill every day to prevent pregnancy… and I just kept reading that this was not healthy for me or my hormones.

So I started doing some research. I found that there are TONS of diseases linked to birth control pillsbreast and cervical cancer being one of them! You can check more out more dangers of birthcontrol here from Dr.Mercola read more

The Grassfed Mama is Swaying – What did I get into!?!

I mentioned previously about the idea of gender swaying in another post. We actually did sway with our daughter and it worked I guess. The more research I do, the more it looks like such a mild sway attempt – I need to give God all the credit of the sway! I feel he his ultimately in control of our gender choice and is probably laughing at any attempt we have at choosing our gender – I digress.

Osteospermum (Pink Whirls)

Osteospermum (Pink Whirls) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So our sway looked like this with our first daughter: read more

Swaying for a Girl – Updated

Swaying… What does that mean?

So, I’m not sure the origins of swaying (creating certain environments to favor a specific gender outcome). But my experience with it started in 2009 when my husband and I started talking about trying to have a baby. When we swayed, we followed the “Shettles” method – I wasn’t putting too much faith into what we did: diet, supplements, sexual position, timing…

At 17 1/2 weeks along in my pregnancy, I went to an ultrasound with my husband and midwife. When the tech put the scope on my belly, we immediately saw the “potty shot” – legs spread wide open. The tech said “well it looks pretty obvious to me.” Adam and I didn’t want to say anything. We just looked at each other in silence… It looked like a girl, but we weren’t the experts – and our hopes were obviously for a girl, so we didn’t want to jump to anything too soon and be heartbroken… then the tech announced “it’s a girl!!” We were so surprised and honestly couldn’t believe it for a few days. She has been such a blessing for our family. read more

Introductions

Good Sunday morning! This is my attempt to get my thoughts out of my mind and document life as I see it. Sunday is a good day to start. I grew up in a christian home where most Sunday mornings were spent at church, unless we were puking our guts out or had a fever over 104.1, haha. My parents believed that Christianity was more than just going to church and it really was a part of their everyday life. Thankfully they have passed their passion and love for God onto their 3 children: myself (the baby), my sister (the oldest) and my brother (stuck in the middle).
Our family was far from perfect – but we loved God and really wanted to honor him with our lives (how that looks has changed in my mind in the past 5 years or so – but more on that later). read more