Our Son's Natural Birth Story

Our Son’s Birth Story – 28 Hours of Crazy

Our son turned tow today! Two! Buddha help us, I think that the terrible twos are hitting us already. In light of his birthday, you’ve never read our birth story. Mainly because I hadn’t shared it. Better late than never right? Now is as good a time as ever to share with you how those crazy 28 hours went.

Yes, I said 28 hours.

Backstory

When I was pregnant I wasn’t the kind of mom-to-be who would read countless books and blogs. Let alone Google every little thought that came to mind. If there was anything pressing that I was wondering about I would jot it down and wait until my next doctor or midwife appointment.

The one thing I did enjoy reading was other people’s birth stories. Birth stories are one thing that we all share in common in that they are all different and help all of us realize when it is all said and done. That nothing will ever go as planned. I am a planner, anyone who knows me knows this. No matter how many hours you slave away at your birth plan or how many books you read, no birth is textbook, so buckle in and be ready for the unplanned and unexpected to happen because it can and will.

My due date was tentatively April 15th, 2016. When I was told this I immediately contacted my HR department at work and told them the news that I was expecting. Knowing myself and knowing that we did not have family around to help up prepare for this new arrival in our lives I knew that we would need all the time we could get. So I scheduled to stop working as of March 11th, 2016.

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My water broke

The first two weeks of my maternity leave were to be considered vacation time through work and then I would apply for early EI for the remaining until I delivered.

For the first few days of my leave from work I rested. Waking up at 5:00 am every day for work and commuting nearly an hour to and from work to sit in a sedentary job while a baby is pressing into your ribs and on your bladder is not a comfortable thing. So rest was much needed. I slowly started doing things like washing baby clothes, doing A LOT of online shopping with my Amazon Prime, cleaning bottles, and so on. I didn’t have the urge to do things with a ton of vigor like many describe as nesting so I don’t know that I actually even nested until after little man came home.

Two weeks after being on leave from work, I decided it was finally time to pack my hospital bag. You know, that thing you should pack 6 weeks out… Yeah. That. Well at this point I was three weeks out from my due date.

On March 26th, 2016, I got out of bed, went into the bathroom to get ready for what should have been a day of shopping for my hospital bag. However, our little guy decided otherwise. Upon getting into our bathroom my water decided to break. My first thought, what the hell, did I just pee myself? No. It was different, and it wasn’t just one gush and done, no, it would gush, trickle, then gush, with no warning.

So unprepared

At this point my husband was nearly at work, remember how I said it was about an hour away? So I texted my cousin Jess and my Doula (Emily). Jess called me right away and calmed me down (thank you!). After getting off of the phone with her Emily told me to call triage at the hospital and to let them know.

Now time to text Geoff. So I sent out a simple text of “I think my water just broke”. I immediately received a phone call from Geoff, and the one time my phone suddenly drops reception in our place. I had to hang up and call him back. Geoff immediately started on his way back from work to me as I texted him the list of what I needed to purchase that day. Keep in mind, at this point I have NOTHING, none of those granny panties your told to get, no pads, toiletries, nothing. Poor hubby had to pick it all up and I thank him dearly for that. 

Side note, don’t forget a hospital bag for daddy-to-be. We did and totally regretted it. This post will tell you what you need for them!

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Time to hurry up and wait

While waiting for him to get home, as instructed by Emily, I showered as usual and got ready, knowing this would be the last time I would do so without a baby in our home.

Upon me calling the triage line, the midwife at the hospital told me that if I did not have contractions by 5:00 pm to come in. Keep in mind this is about 9:30 am. The day felt so weird, the impending change was very real, our family would grow from a husband and wife to a father and mother within the next 24 hours, or so.

We took a couple more belly photos, relaxed, watched TV and such. Our friends Julie and Peter came over around 4:30 pm and escorted us the two blocks, by car, to the hospital where I was checked out and had minimal pain at this point. They checked me and I was about 3 cm along. The midwife who examined me said that she would keep a room for me because they were starting to fill up. Because of the full moon and all. They sent us home.

Is it time yet?

Around 6:00 pm my contractions started, at around 9:30 pm we went back because my contractions were getting pretty bad. I experienced mine in my back, it felt like a stabbing horrible pain in the small of my back and wrapping around my sides. At this visit, they said I still wasn’t ready to admit to a room and offered me morphine. Remember how I said I didn’t really read or Google anything while pregnant? Well, this I should have before saying yes, apparently, morphine can make your contractions WORSE, it did that for me, instantaneously. But they sent us home again.

Around 11:30pm/12:00 am we returned to the hospital, I was convinced I was far enough along, but nope, they sent us back home and said to return around 6:00 am. Julie went to sleep in our spare room which would soon be our son’s room, finally.

Shi* got real

Late into the night, after many texts between Geoff and my Doula Emily in regard to pain management techniques, Emily was on her way to us. To read more about our incredible birth doula and what she did for both Geoff and me, read this post.

Once Emily arrived, Julie and Geoff went to bed. Emily took over, with a TENs unit in hand and her nurturing ways. She helped keep me as comfortable as she could, including running a bath and giving me emotional reassurance.

Around 6:30 am we decided it was time to head back to the hospital, my amazing friend Julie drove us then headed back home for some much-needed sleep. Upon arrival to the hospital, there was a lot of commotion, among the nurses and triage staff. While we were in the ward, waiting to be transferred into our room we heard them talking on the phone with another hospital. They were saying that there were no more rooms left and that they had mothers that would need to be transferred to them, in exchange for medical equipment. I’m not joking. I was being bartered for tubing.

Once we finally clued into what was going on, panic set in.

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Doulas and midwives for the win

Then, a miracle happened. A midwife came running around the corner saying, she’s not going anywhere, she’s with the midwives and we have a room for her. And just like that, she whisked us off to the room. Turn over from the family before us was so fast that there was still an ‘its a girl’ balloon floating in the corner. It was all happening so fast, it was kind of hard to register mentally. I was exhausted and anxious to get our baby boy safely into the world.

Emily helped me labor in various positions around the room, keeping moving helped. My poor husband was clearly emotional because of the amount of pain I was in. I opted not to have an epidural, because well, I guess I’m just crunchy like that.

After 3 hours of pushing, my midwife and doula said we may need to think about other options. As in the vacuum, forceps, or maybe even c section. They knew I was exhausted. Having been up for over 24 hours. My contractions were starting to slow to an almost stop, yet our son was crowning. We were given the option of Pitocin, if I couldn’t push him out naturally within an hour we’d have to have an intervention. So, with that, I started pushing, harder than I thought humanly possible. Contraction or not, I wanted to do this. 45 minutes later, at 1:55 pm, our son came shooting out into the world, literally.

My midwife must have been a catcher in her past life because my husband said Peyton came out flying.

That moment, when my husband and I looked at our son for the first time was the moment we became parents.

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15+ Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

15+ Easter Pregnancy Announcements

A holiday I never really put much thought into has always been Easter. However, with our son being born on Easter Sunday back in 2016, it brings a whole new significance to our home. You guessed it, it’s that time again, a holiday-themed pregnancy announcement post! This roundup will be Easter pregnancy announcements!

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Easter is the beautiful time of the year when things start blooming and baby animals are popping up everywhere!

I can’t say congratulations enough if you’re pregnant right now. If this is your first, buckle up! I hope to inspire you with my fun finds for this colorful holiday.

When I think about Easter, I think about pastels, baby colors if you will. Just light, airy and, bubbly and fun. It’s when we get to start getting out of the winter gloom and start to dream about what new things will be popping up.

Check out some of these Easter pregnancy announcement ideas I’ve found for you!

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Weren’t those egg-cellent? Okay, maybe I should leave the dad jokes to dads…

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10+ Montessori Toddler Rooms - Floor Beds

10+ Toddler Floor Beds – Montessori Rooms

Have you seen the trend on Pinterest for toddler rooms? I’m talking about Montessori toddler floor beds. I’m kind of obsessed, aesthetically, and practically.

Our toddler isn’t tall enough to climb out of his crib yet. Or at least he hasn’t tried yet, but I like to be ahead of his development curve just in case.

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Safe sleep for them, peace of mind for you.
I remember when he started pulling himself up to stand in his crib. It was terrifying because he was at the highest stage of the crib height and I couldn’t find the Allen key to adjust it. My dad’s response “he’ll be fine, we can buy one tomorrow” or something to that effect. Nope, not good enough for this stubborn and scared mama. I don’t want him bouncing out and head first to the hard floor. Nope! So after much searching, I found it and quickly lowered the crib bed.

The crib days will be coming to an end soon, I can feel it. We actually just turned his car seat around the other day and that in itself makes me feel like my little big man will be off to school before we know it. Ok, that’s a bit extreme, but you get my drift. It all goes in the blink of an eye. What is that saying? The days are long but the years are short. You got that damn right.

This month he’ll be two. Two! So I think it’s time to start thinking about transition time. As much as I want to fight it.

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Like I mentioned, I’m kind of obsessed with Montessori floor beds. They’re so practical and take the falling fear from child and parent away. I think the one thing I worry about when it comes to making the transition is that little man will just get out of bed whenever through the night and start tearing his room apart. And not sleeping.

We’ve truly been blessed with having such a good sleeper on our hands. He’s been sleeping through the night since about six months on, maybe longer. But it wasn’t always this good. To read about how we sleep trained or baby head over to my post: sleep training and schedule making! Another thing that has made sleep so good for him has been sleep sacks. I’m still nervous about giving him a blanket at night. I also wrote about our favorite brand of sleep sacks here. They’ve been a must-have for us since day one.

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Back to floor beds. What is a Montessori floor bed? I’m sure the words floor and bed make sense, but do you know what Montessori means?

Developed in the early 20th century by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator, the Montessori Method is a child-centered way of thinking about education and childcare. The Montessori Method stresses independence, freedom for the child (within limits), and respect for the child’s development.

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The Land of Nod, design for kids and people that used to be kids
You’ve probably heard about Montessori daycares or preschools. The same rules apply. When I first heard the word, or rather, read it, I didn’t look into it. For some reason, I assumed it meant that the daycare was run by a church. Which for some would work out well but that’s not something that is part of our lives, not knocking it, it’s a personal choice. Long of the short, Montessori values of childhood learning and development are very practical, as well as realistic.

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Montessori toddler floor beds

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As you can see, it’s easy to theme up a room however you wish with these minimalist beds.

String fairy lights and Tulle for a princess bed. Or make an indoor tent for your little adventure seeker. The possibilities are endless, which makes them so versatile.

These beds are so whimsical and adorable, frankly, I don’t think I need any more convincing. Anyone offering to build us one?

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The 5 Postpartum Changes No One Will Talk About

Postpartum Changes No One Tells You About

Congratulations! You have a new, beautiful, squishy baby to love on! Not only do you have a new name, Mom, but your body is brand new to you as well. What am I talking about? Postpartum changes that no one tells you about.

You’ve probably read or have been told that things aren’t quite the same after having a baby. Sure, this is true, but the things some of us experience as new moms are crazy, things no one prepares you for. Oh, and the ‘it won’t happen to me mentality’, better pass real quick, chicky poo.

When I left the hospital, I couldn’t believe the changes were happening already. Don’t consider this a rant, consider this an honest view of what a real mom experienced once her beautiful boy was born.

Get ready for some truth bombs, because I’m not going to hold back this time!

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So much blood

I touched on this in my post about preparing for postpartum healing. One thing no one told me was that I’d nearly need to be in diapers as much as my new baby. Seriously, it’s like having your period for the first time. But for a number of weeks, not just one.

When I thought I’d be able to just lounge in leggings and boyshorts with panty liners, was I ever wrong. When it came to pads, the more industrial the better. Speaking as a woman who owns thongs only and exclusively uses tampons, this was an adjustment and a half.

Just be prepared and know there is nothing wrong with you. You’ve gone the last nine or so months without a period. This type of bleeding is called lochia. However, be sure to seek medical attention if you’re finding clots larger than a golf ball, a foul smell or if you have a fever or chills. For more information on postpartum bleeding check out Baby Center’s post about it.

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Swollen ankles

Also known as cankles. I never even knew that this would be a thing after birth. But it was and they were so ugly. Basically, it’s because when you’re pushing, you’re typically putting pressure on your feet. You know, when you’re being held in the ever compromising position, legs askew. So, fluid collects in your lower extremities. It’s called edema.

If the swelling hasn’t lessened within a week, check in with your doctor for their opinion.

There are ways to help alleviate the discomfort of edema, such as:

Night sweats

Also known as nocturnal hyperhidrosis. I know, it sounds scary, but it’s really not. Your body has been harboring so much extra fluid for that baby of yours for months, now it’s time to release what it doesn’t need. I never knew that I’d be waking up in a literal puddle through the night. To the point that I would sometimes take a shower, put new, absorbing blankets or towels on the bed and change my clothes. It was crazy, and no I’m not exaggerating.

I highly suggest picking up a waterproof mattress protector if you haven’t already. As gross as it sounds, it’s pretty hard to clean sweat out of a mattress. Frankly, you’ll be so tired, and doing enough cleaning as it is.

While this sweating won’t last forever, it lasted about two weeks for me. And boy was I ever glad when it tapered off. Just be sure to keep hydrating though because you’ll wake up drenched and parched.

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Hair loss

This was something I knew was coming, I read about it, was told by mom’s I knew. The wait to know when it’d start was tedious. For me, this didn’t start until about the five-month mark after having our son. It was coming out in huge clumps. But, it’s totally normal, and nothing to be worried about. Your hormones are all over the place and you just need to let this annoyance take its due time.

Just so you know, normal, daily hair loss is 100 or so strands a day. Yes, that’s a lot. And you’ll lose more than that during your postpartum time. It’ll come back, so don’t let those fancy shampoo slinging Instagrammers force your hand in buying their high priced, bottles of so-called miracle juice. It’s going to be alright.

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Squishy tummy

The hardest postpartum part to get used to. For the better part of a year, you’ve been growing a human. The skin on your body has expanded and stretched to limits you thought never possible.

There is no miracle here other than the one you’ve created.

Yes, it’s weird to touch now. Now that it’s no longer firm, round and kicking back. This amazing part of your body should be celebrated now.

Continue using up the rest of your tummy butter, maybe even buy another tube. Why? Because it’ll help regain some elasticity. Plus, you’ll be using half as much as you had been. The first time I put lotion on my stomach after having our son it felt so weird and empty. But surely, in time, I could feel the texture of my skin going back to as it was. Which oddly was sad for me to see. That meant I was further away from a time when my little boy was hearing my heartbeat from the inside.

Yes, you’re going through so many crazy changes. Hormones all over the place. You’re exhausted as hell, a mombie even. But you know what, you’re not the first and you’re not the last. You did something amazing. Embrace this time because it’s so fleeting. Chalk up your mood swings as your own crazy reality tv drama playing out of one body. Your brain fog will rise.

Welcome to motherhood mama, it’s a crazy, wonderful world!

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Postpartum Self Care Must-Have Products

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Fair warning, this post may be textually graphic. So, if reading about bodily fluids and functions is something that makes you squeamish (ladies without kids I’m talking to you) maybe save this for later. Because frankly, you’ll need it. Now let’s get into it, postpartum care!

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Consider Lying-In

Admittedly, after having our son, I wasn’t very kind to my body through my postpartum time. One downside to not having a big support system when you have a newborn means that you probably don’t have the luxury of having a lay in recovery time. My husband took two weeks off of work when Mr. P was born to help me and I was so appreciative.

To read more about creating your own lying-in recovery plan, check out Earth Mama’s Free Lying-in Postpartum Plan.

Let’s talk about recovery, specifically postpartum recovery after vaginal birth. Your nether regions have just gone through a great ordeal. There’s a lot going on. Bruising, swelling, stitches, maybe hemorrhoids, and other unmentionable things.

Good thing that new baby of yours is cute as a button.

Learn from my mistakes

My first suggestion, do not, for the love of Buddha, grab a mirror and look down there during this time. Just don’t. It’s scary. Just let your lady bits do their healing in peace.

If I could do anything over about my first while of motherhood it would be to take care of myself better. I was so aloof to self-care and was all about taking care of our new little human. Obviously, your new baby is extremely important. But mom’s health is important as well.

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I didn’t even know what a sitz bath was until recently. And that’s saying something. My little guy is nearly two now, don’t know when that happened but anyway. It’s just one of the things I could have done to take care of myself better. So don’t make the mistakes I did. Prepare for your postpartum care while you’re still pregnant because these little squishy babies will pop out when they’re good and ready. And that isn’t necessarily when you’re ready.

The tips I’ll give you are for women who are recovering from vaginal birth, because well, that’s what I had. So that’s the type of advice I can give from an honest account of my own.

Below, I’ve provided a handy graphic of what you need to take care of your nether regions after your little one is born.

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Your body is going to excrete so many things over the first six weeks after your baby is born. Colostrum, night sweats, lochia, poo, lots of blood, and probably some other stuff too. As mentioned above, this isn’t going to be a dainty post. Your body has just popped a human out of it, you bet your left boob it’s going to be like a war zone for a while. So buckle up.

New mom, postpartum self-care tips to live by:

  • Nap whenever you can: Postpartum fatigue is no joke, it will literally make you crazy. Not to mention, lack of rest will cause a strain on your relationship(s), mood, feelings about your baby, as well as milk supply if you’re breastfeeding. If you can, and feel like you need it, nap. If you’re like me and can’t nap with a disaster house, use one of their naps to a quick tidy, and nap during their next one. Make it a goal to nap at least once during the day while your baby is napping. You and your family will thank yourself for it later.
  • Shower regularly: As a new mom, it’s nothing to go for who knows how long before you have one. Showering will help your healing process and your mood. If your baby is having a tough time napping so you can take a decent shower, try putting them in a bouncer chair in the bathroom with you. Also, having a clear shower curtain will mean that you won’t have to keep poking your head out so often to check on that little munchkin.
  • Eat well and drink lots of water: Your body is going through fluids at an extremely rapid speed right now. You should be making a conscious effort to drink at least two liters of water per day. Not only is it great for your body, but for your skin, and your milk supply. If plain water is getting to be too boring for you, pick up some flavor enhancers.
  • Be kind and patient with your body: You will heal, you will feel better, it just takes time. Don’t put pressure on yourself to “bounce back” like that mom you see on Instagram. All of our bodies are different and they go at their own pace. The toughest part of giving birth is getting used to your new body, the one that housed another life for nine or so months. Remember that you’re amazing and you did something extraordinary that not everyone gets to experience.

Those four points are just a few things you can do to take care of yourself as a new mom. They may seem like small, easy things, but it can be hard in the early weeks to see the importance of your needs. This is why you should prepare before your baby’s arrival for your recovery afterward.

Things to take from the hospital

There are things that the hospital will supply you with right away and I highly suggest asking for extra of anything that you’re finding is helpful to you. I can guarantee that those granny panties you asked your hubby to pick up still aren’t quite loose enough for your swollen downstairs business, so things like those big, ugly mesh undies will be wonderful. Also, the industrial pads they have, at first glance, they may look like far too much, but babe, you’ll need them all over.

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Become friends with your nurses, that way you can use your bond to get them to fork over all of the goods before you leave. Here’s a list of what you should stock your bag with before leaving:

  • Tucks hemorrhoidal pads
  • Peri bottles
  • Mesh underwear
  • Pads
  • Bed liners
  • Stool softener
  • Painkillers
  • Perineal cold packs
  • Pain relief spray

Now that you’ve started harnessing the no shame in your new mommy game craziness… Grab some of those hospital hats and swaddles. Just in case your little one doesn’t take to the pretty ones you’ve purchased already. You’ve already gone to the dark side hoarding pads woman, don’t turn back now.

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Sanitary pads

You’re about to go through more sanitary pads than when you started your first period. Seriously. Stock up, way up to the ceiling. The bigger, the longer, the softer, the better. You’re going to basically feel like you’re wearing a diaper, because well, you kind of need to. Some women even go for it, buying a pack of depends. As much as there was no shame in my game back then, I couldn’t bring myself to that. But, it probably wouldn’t have been such a bad idea.

When choosing pads, make sure that they are unscented, you’d be surprised how many have synthetic fragrances, and frankly, you don’t need any more irritation down there. Always choose pads with wings, and especially overnight ones. They cover the most area, and you’ll need it.

Helpful tip: Don’t want your guests seeing your pile-o-pads in the bathroom bin? Use that Diaper Genie for yourself as well.

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Massive underwear

You won’t be wearing those cute Victoria’s Secret lace boyshorts anytime soon so pack those away. We need maximum coverage. I’m talking high waisted, no buttcheek hanging out, big girl panties. There are also lady brief options which are pretty awesome. You need something that will hold those pads in and keep them supported. Another option is period panties, you may have seen them on Facebook, but they’re pretty great, especially for your healing time.

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Stool softener

I was unfortunate to have to take iron supplements, Fermex to be exact, while pregnant. Apparently, I’m borderline anemic, didn’t know until I was into my third trimester, that was fun. My midwife, who I had switched to, from a doctor found out and hooked me up right away. What I didn’t realize is that iron can back you up.

Even if you don’t have to take iron supplements, you’ll want stool softener. Why? Because you don’t want to have a ton of wiping down there. And pushing, after you just pushed a watermelon out of a pinhole, isn’t fun. It feels like you’re giving birth, again. So get the softener. You’ll thank yourself. You can take a magnesium supplement (400-600 mg daily). The nurses gave me something at the hospital called Pegg, which let me tell you, worked awesomely. Another option is Colace Clear, which has a dye-free version as well.

To read more about my switch during my pregnancy from doctor to midwife, read this post.

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Painkillers and pain relief

You’re going to be very tender down there, it goes without saying. What doesn’t go without saying is that you’ll need relief of that pain. Aside from taking over the counter (OTC) painkillers, you can opt for a more natural route. Earth Mama Organics, a personal favorite, makes some wonderful items, such as Organic Perineal Balm and Herbal Perineal Spray. The best part about them is that they’re natural, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals. After all, your nether regions have been through enough, it’s time to be nice to them and treat that kitty with some gentle, yet effective, natural methods. The spray contains things like witch hazel, cucumber, lavender oil and other wonderful, soothing ingredients and is free of synthetics.

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Peri Bottles

These are a non-negotiable, must-have item. Peri bottles are bottles you use to cleanse yourself after using the washroom, or between pad changes. They are how you will arrogate those stitches and keep yourself fresh, or at least as fresh as one can, while in a pad. I suggest keeping one in each bathroom, and one in your diaper bag.

Pro tip: keep them empty, and then before you go to use the bathroom, fill with lukewarm water. If you leave a bottle in the bathroom filled, trust me, that room temperature water will feel like an iceberg on your vajayjay. Another option is to put a bit of alcohol-free witch hazel in with the water. Witch hazel is a natural product that you can find with antiseptics at any pharmacy or store that has first aid items. Walmart, and grocery stores included. It will help with inflammation, as well as working as a gentle astringent to ward off harmful bacteria. It’s a safe, and effective cleansing product which can also be used for insect bites, and also facial toner.

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Sitz bath

This is one of the biggest parts I missed after having our son. I really should have done more research because doing one of these three times a day would have saved me a lot of pain, literally. Basically, a sitz bath is a bath for your bottom bits. Other than after childbirth, people use it for hemorrhoid healing, as well as Bartholin cyst treatment. Glamorous I know.

When it comes to sitz baths, you can actually purchase these handy items that go right over your toilet, that way cleanup is fast and easy. I would opt for this option because I’m not a bath kind of girl, especially if I know it means me sitting in my own post labor-ness.

Herbs, Epsom salts, and other soothing items can be put into the water to help aid your healing process. Earth Mama Organics makes a great little product called Earth Mama Organic Herbal Sitz Bath. Another option is Tucks medicated cooling pads.

If you choose to use Epsom salts, make sure that they are free of toxins. You can add 1/4c to 1/2 c to your sitz bath for your healing needs.

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Wipes

When looking for wipes, as an adult, you’ll want to opt for ones that are biodegradable and flushable. Not all wipes are made equal, or flushable so it’s something you will certainly want to check on when picking yours up. Much like pads and other items you’ll be putting downstairs, be sure that they are toxin-free and unscented. Water Wipes are 99% water and can’t be beaten. If you ever see them on special, grab those suckers.

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Breastfeeding care

Your boobs, even if you’re not breastfeeding needs care all their own. While we’ve been spending a lot of time on our southern parts, it’s time to think about the north. Boobies. When your milk is coming in, those jugs hurt, it’s like they scream to be emptied. You’ll quickly notice that even bending over in the shower to wash your legs, they’ll start leaking. So buying some breast pads is something you shouldn’t turn down, even if you’re not breastfeeding. Why? Because your body is going to assume you want to, and even if you don’t, lactation will happen. So have them at the ready just in case.

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If you are choosing to breastfeed, you will need a lot more breast care items such as nursing tops, bras, nipple cream and even chillable breast gellies. While breastfeeding pillows are technically geared more toward baby gear, it’s something that needs to be mentioned in this post because frankly, couch pillows don’t always cut it. Earth Mama Organics makes Organic Nipple Butter and Booby Tubes, to soothe your tender tatas.

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St Patricks Day Pregnancy Announcements

St Patricks Day Pregnancy Announcements

Lucky in love? And now lucky with pregnancy? Congratulations mama! Are you looking for some St Patricks Day pregnancy announcements? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

It’s been really fun finding different pregnancy announcements for holidays over the past few months. So, I think I’ll keep it going! If you’d like to see past ones I’ve done check some of them out in the links below.

St Patrick’s day is always known for its green beer, Guinness, and pots of gold. Okay, so maybe no Guinness for you… However, if you do want some mocktail ideas… See below!

March Mocktails:

St Patricks Day Pregnancy Announcements

This time last year I was reminiscing about it being our son’s birth month. This year, I kind of feel like it’s more of the same. He’ll be turning two this year and the time has just flown.

The more I scroll Instagram, the more I miss having my own bump. Let me remind you of the 9 things I miss about being pregnant.

Enough about me. This is about you. You and your lucky little bump!

St Patricks Day pregnancy announcements

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20 Lactation Smoothies to Increase Milk Supply

20 Lactation Smoothie Recipes

Are you struggling with your milk supply? Or maybe you want to amp it up a bit more so you can build up that freezer stash. I’ve found some awesome lactation smoothie recipes to quench you, and your baby’s thirst!

Want to hear about my breastfeeding journey? Check out this post.

When it comes to increasing the flow in your milk makers there are things you can eat, drink and do. For instance, have you heard about pumping boot camp? It’s pretty easy to do. Save the image below for later, you may need it!

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Other than pumping boot camps, you have to be good to your body, and yourself. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. If you’re sick of plain, boring water, give some water enhancers a try!

While I know you’re probably tired as hell. Nursing, or pumping every few hours can take a toll. The next thing I’m going to tell you may make you hate me. But that’s okay. You gotta cut the coffee. I’m sorry. It’s true, caffeine will dehydrate you. Yes, it’s wake up juice, but it’s crap for milk supply. Keep these three things in mind:

  1. Lower your stress level
  2. Up your rest level
  3. And pump up the water levels

One way to feel like you’re getting the same warm cup’a fix is by picking up some great teas. Specifically lactation teas! At first, the taste might take a bit to get used to. But then again, the same can be said for wine and other bevies right? Just pop some honey in and let that warm cup of love soothe your soul.

Some lactation teas I highly recommend are:

Milkmaid Tea // from Earth Mama Organics

More Milk Please Tea // from The Spoiled Mama

Drinking beer helps too!

Did you also know that beer that is high in hops is great for milk production? It’s all about the barley. Now, I’m not talking about downing a six pack all at once. What I am saying is that the properties in a good IPA are a perfect mix of lactation worthy goodness. While I can’t stand the smell, let alone the taste of IPA’s, my husband loves them, so maybe I’ll give one a swig when we have our next child. Do your research first though.

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Lactation Smoothies

Berry Breakfast Lactation Smoothie // from Fresh Milk Mama

Natural, Cold Ice Tea to Increase Milk Supply // from Chai Mommas

Boobie Smoothie to Increase Breastmilk Supply // from The Mommy My Way

Milk Boosting Lactation Smoothie // from Diary of a First Time Mom

Quick & Healthy Lactation Smoothie // from Sexy Moxie Mama

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Lactation Milkshake // from We’re Parents

Lactation Boosting Peanut Butter Apple Pie Smoothie // from We’re Parents

Nutella Lactation Smoothie // from Lemons and Laughs

Oatmeal Cookie Green Smoothie // from Much Most Darling

Homemade Mother’s Milk Tea // from Passionate Homemaking

20 Lactation Smoothies to Increase Milk Supply

Top 3 Lactation Smoothies // from Jacqueline Creates

Leaky Lactation Lemonade // from The Leaky Boob

Best Lactation Smoothie // from Breast Pump Expert

Lactation Smoothie // from Fab Haute Mama

The Ultimate Lactation Smoothie // from Feed Me Mama

Green Lactation Smoothie // from Fresh Milk Mama

Delicious Blueberry Lactation Smoothie // from Bun Maternity

Quick Results Lactation Smoothie // from Swaddles n’ Bottles

Minty Green Protein Shake for Milk Supply // from Joyful Messes

Protein Powder Recipes for Milk Supply // from Joyful Messes

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Babies VS Parents - A baby shower or parents night in game

Babies vs Parents – A Baby Shower game

Friends! I’ve been working on a little something for you. And it’s finally here! The best party game to play at a baby shower, or a night in with parent friends! Babies vs Parents.

This multiplayer card game will keep you and your friends entertained for hours. I’m sure of it. Depending on how you play the game, it could be as PG or R rated as you want.

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I’m sure you’re familiar with Cards Against Humanity. Well, this is my version, but for parents. Well, this is like that. But baby related. Great for those late nights as a parent, especially when you’re entertaining fellow parents. Or, why not freak out a pregnant couple by giving them a taste of what’s to come? It’ll be fun, I promise.

The game itself is 100% free to download. All you have to pay for is the supplies to print it. Might I suggest sending it to a Xerox store or something? Then you don’t have to buy cardstock for home. It’ll save you a bundle.

Gameplay instructions are within the download so you can check those out once you print it off.

Babies VS Parents - A baby shower or parents night in game

You will need:

  • The game printed out – on cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Something to store your cards in
  • Friends

Side note; there are a bunch of blank white cards so you can make your own!

This game has the potential to make you laugh until you cry, or just plain cry. Depending on who you’re playing with. My suggestion, choose your answer cards based on what you think the judging player would like.

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If you want to share your funny matches, please use the hashtag #babiesvsparentsgame. That way you can see what other parents are matching, and they can see yours!

I highly suggest breaking this out at a baby shower. Those things can be boring as tar, so add a little fun to the event with this game. The host and the guests would much rather play this than a round of guess the melted chocolate bar.

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2 Ingredient DIY Homemade Playdough

2 Ingredient DIY Homemade Playdough

I’ve seen an ever-popular recipe for 2-ingredient DIY homemade playdough floating around Pinterest for awhile now. A few days ago I finally gave it a try.

The recipe that’s constantly first in the search results seemed so promising! Until I made it myself. That recipe called for:

1 cup of yogurt (without pieces of fruit) and ¾ cup of cornstarch

Let me tell you. It didn’t work. It was still basically yogurt with a slight thickness. I’d say I used about triple what the guide called for. Next time, I’ll try flipping the measurements.

After adding more and more cornstarch, I decided to watch the video. Well, the little girl who was adding the cornstarch in, I can tell you that there is no way that was a ¼ cup she was using. No way Jose.

My suggestion, start with 1 cup of yogurt, and 1 cup of cornstarch. You will certainly need more cornstarch than that but I found adding bit by bit was the trick.

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2 Ingredient DIY Homemade Playdough

Here’s the honest truth breakdown if I’m being real with y’all:

  • 1c yogurt
  • A ton of cornstarch

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The consistency you’re looking for is that of slime that you buy in stores I’d say. When you pull it apart it should evenly and cleanly, and in a very satisfying way might I add… Make a very clean break.

After angrily flipping back to my phone I noticed comments on that post I was referring to. There weren’t any. My assumption is commenting is turned off because there wasn’t even an option to leave one. Probably because the recipe was crap.

So, another Pinterest fail turned into a Pinterest win by this mama.

What can I say, I’m here to give you honest opinions right? Now. While I’ll say the inspiration for this post was less than helpful, I won’t link to it because well.

That’s just mean.

What I love about it

Gotta add in that I love the fact that this playdough is safe to ingest. Because frankly, the best place to play with this is a high chair or table. And let’s be honest, toddlers shove everything in their mouths.

Just keep in mind, pinner beware! Oh and have lots of cornstarch at your disposal. Hehe.

It’s amazing how as an adult, this DIY homemade playdough is such a stress reliever! I may have played with it after the little man went to bed…

Aside from sensory play, you can pull out cookie cutters, cutlery, rolling pins, you name it! Use it as a learning tool by drawing letters, numbers or shapes and smoothing it back out to show them more.

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My little man got a kick out of the feel of it alone and it was an activity that honestly took up nearly an hour. And as a mom.

That’s everything.

My conclusion? Pinterest doesn’t always have winning posts, but inspiration is everything. At the end of the day, I had fun with Mr. P and I think he enjoyed it as well!

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How to Find A Mom Tribe Online

How to Find Your Mom Tribe

Motherhood can make you feel really isolated and alone. Your non-mom friends are able to come and go as you used to and you probably feel left behind. But you know what, you’re so not. I want to help you find your mom tribe.

When my little guy was a newborn up until about five months old, we were living on the other side of the country from our family and childhood friends. None of our friends there had kids which was really hard for us. Especially for me, being home, alone with our little bundle.

I spent a lot of my time going for long stroller walks. Grocery shopping became my hobby. However, after awhile I realized, hey. There are other women in the same boat as me. I can’t possibly be the only one going through this alone.

Guess what, I wasn’t.

Through scrolling Pinterest, something clicked. All of these things I was saving, about my new life as a mom, were written by moms.

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What does that tell you? That there is a virtual community of moms. Mommy bloggers! That’s when I started this blog. On September 1st, 2016, I bought my domain and here I am today.

Having something I can pour my heart into has really helped fill that void. Other than the love I have for my little man, and my hubby obviously. It’s a great creative outlet, and one of my favorite ways to de-stress.

Blogging leads me into another avenue to meet other moms. Aside from having babies and writing, do you know how many Facebook mommy groups are out there? It’s nearly impossible to put a number on it.

Here are some things you can search for when looking for a Facebook mommy group:

  • Local mom groups
  • Statewide/province-wide mom groups
  • Mommy blogger groups
  • Parenting groups for different nationalities
  • Lifestyle groups for moms
  • Moms who travel
  • Recipes for families
  • Baby and parent fashion
  • Postpartum help
  • Fitness tips for moms

And so much more.

Anything you could possibly think of could be out there for you to find. You just have to find it!

Here are some of the Facebook groups I’m a part of:

Now, some groups do require you to submit some information. It’s just so they know you’ll be safe for the group. It’s an approval process. While I know that can make you feel like an outsider, keep in mind there can be sensitive topics in some of these groups. So be mindful and keep that in mind.

There are also apps! Shocker I know. While I’m not on any of those, yet… If you’re so inclined, check some of them out.

Okay, some of those sound pretty cool… I may need to pop on and check some of them out. Many of them are like Tinder, for meeting mom friends.

Aside from meeting other moms while ordering at Starbucks in the middle of the day, online is a great way. Why? Because it’s hard to meet people in real life. Let’s be honest. Sometimes, it’s just easier to be on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. And mom’s understand that.

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Mom’s get other moms. Maybe we just need someone to get some quick meal ideas from. Or maybe someone just to rant to about how much your boobs are hurting because your baby is teething and nursing, at the same time. There’s a mom friend for that. Hell, there’s a mom tribe for that.

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