Monday, September 29, 2014

Desmond's Natural Homebirth Story

So Desmond will be six months in ten days, and I'm just now getting around to writing this.  Better late than never, I guess.  Desmond was born on April 9th at 1:22am in our home.  It was a beautiful, amazing, incredibly empowering experience and it could not have gone any better.  We quite literally woke up, had a baby, and went right back to bed.  What more could you ask for, right?   So, that's the short version of the story.  Here's the rest....

Desmond Gene, April 9, 2014, 1:22am; 7 lb. 10 oz.
Somewhere in my mind, I had April 8th in my mind as the day that Desmond would join our family.  So when I woke up April 8th to contractions about 12 minutes apart, I really wasn't surprised.  I went about our normal day expecting for things to pick up, but.... they didn't.  All day long, mild contractions somewhere between 10-15 minutes apart.  We went to Target and walked around, I cleaned the house, and made sure all of the birth stuff was in order... just incase.  Around 7pm, I decided it would probably be a good idea to give the midwife a heads up, just incase labor started overnight.  The midwife assistant came out and checked me.  I was barely dilated and only slightly effaced.  She timed my contractions for an hour and there was no progression.  So, around 9pm, she sent me to bed and told me to call if anything changed.  She really didn't sound optimistic, so I didn't expect anything to happen.  Though, before we went to bed, we did decide to put the additional sheets /mattress protector on the bed.  We put Charlie to sleep and climbed in bed around 9:30.  I fully expected to wake up the next morning still incredibly pregnant.

Friday, May 16, 2014

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

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Hello from Van’s Natural Foods! May is Celiac Awareness month and the perfect time to let our fans know about all the delicious gluten-free offerings from Van’s Natural foods. As you may know, we at Van’s pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of tasty, wholesome food choices – flavorful, simple, whole-grain snacks (including new multigrain chips and PB&J bars!) and a wide variety of whole-grain breakfast options – many of which are gluten-free. Our celiac-friendly snacks and breakfast offerings are made with gluten-free oats, brown rice and hearty whole grains like quinoa, amaranth and millet, with an emphasis on great taste. We’re committed to providing gluten-free offerings so delicious the whole family will enjoy them. But even with tasty packaged foods like Van’s, we know prepping and making your own food is still a big part of living without gluten. So, in celebration of Celiac Awareness Month, we’re offering fans a chance to win a KitchenAid stand mixer. To enter, just use the widget below, which will prompt you to opt into the Van’s e-Club. Van’s e-Club Members get access to exclusive content – news, nutrition advice, recipes and special offers – that isn’t available anywhere else. Membership is free and easy, so whether you’d like to be the first to know about new products or be first in line for promotions, just sign up and you’ll be all set as an official Van’s Fan. The fun doesn’t stop there – visit Van’s Facebook page before Monday, May 19th to sign up and receive a $1.50 coupon valid for any Van’s product. CA promo coupon 1
P.S. – Want to learn more about celiac disease and living gluten-free? Make sure to join our Facebook Q&A with registered dietitian and gluten-free expert, Silvana Nardone from Silvana’s Kitchen, on May 22 from 10-11 a.m. PT. 5.21.14 Silvana Teaser
Happy May! The KitchenAid Stand Mixer is valued at $229.99. This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18+ and runs through May 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. a Rafflecopter giveaway This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. For questions about this giveaway, which is hosted by the Green Moms Network, please contact Chrystal at Happy Mothering.

Crunchy Farm Baby was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact Chrystal at Happy Mothering with questions about this giveaway or for help organizing one for your brand.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Natural Living Blog Carnival: Babies Don't Keep



Welcome to the May 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Moms. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they take time to care for themselves. Stop by all of the posts to get green ideas on how you can take better care of yourself .

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As many of you know, we welcomed our second son, Desmond, into the world on April 9th (birth story coming soon, I promise!).  I'm sure that any of you with more than one child can relate to the fact that there hasn't been much "me" time lately.  So when it came time to write my post for this month's carnival, it was hard for me to come up with a post about ways that I take time for myself.  Then, one of my fellow mommy friends shared the above poem on Facebook.  And it got me thinking.... it's ok that I'm not taking a lot of time for myself right now.  There's really not much I want to do other than cuddle my new baby, and that's ok.

My sink may have dishes in it from yesterday, my laundry may be piled as high as the washing machine, and I honestly cannot remember the last time I took a shower by myself, but you know what?  My tiny little Desmond slept peacefully on my chest for a solid three hours this afternoon; and Charlie and I spent a crazy amount of time building a block house for a spider this evening after dinner.  And THOSE are the things that I did for myself today - I made memories with my littles.  

One day too soon, my children will be grown and I'll be caught up on chores and will be able to soak in the bathtub with a glass of wine all evening if I choose.  But for now, you'll find me squished between my babies in our family bed, enjoying every cuddly moment that I can get.

So cuddle your babies, mamas.  Make memories with your older ones.  Know that it's ok to genuinely enjoy being with your children and not wish that you were alone.  

Visit Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival! Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

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