Posted 07-26-2011 at 04:19 PM by Krista
I wake up and my eyes widen as they catch sight of the clock: 8:34. I haven’t slept past seven in two months. What is going on? My first thought: what happened to the kids? I jump out of bed, race down the hall, only to see that my daughter’s door is already open. I’m leaping down the stairs two at a time, and I come to a halt at the bottom.
I have some vague memory of her trying to wake me, but for once, my mommy autopilot was shut off. And I will pay dearly for that extra sleep, because while I was enjoying some much needed rest, Ms. Alison had to keep herself entertained. It looks like she succeeded marvelously.
An entire bucket of formula is poured out onto the counter. She has sprayed water on the counter, and attempted to scrub the goo into the countertop using a Brillo pad. I might as well have flushed $30 down the drain, and I know I will have to work all day on that countertop.
Posted 07-26-2011 at 11:36 AM by Mel
On these hot summer days I am always looking for creative ways to cool down. My kids and I love smoothies, so I’ve created some healthy smoothie recipes that we all enjoy. If we ever have any leftovers or I decided to whip up a second batch I pour it into popsicle molds for later. Here are two of our favorite recipes:
1 whole Pineapple (remove the skin and core)
1 can (14oz) Coconut Milk
I combine all the ingredients in my Vitamix and blend until smooth. If you like really cold smoothies then freeze the bananas or pineapple prior to blending. These are absolutely delicious and are great for your family or you can spice them up with a bit of homemade whipped topping.
With the arrival of daughter Maxine on May 1, 2011, 311 frontman Nick Hexum not only witnessed the homebirth of his child; he was actually the person who delivered her. He and his wife, Nikki, had arranged for a homebirth (their second) with a midwife present, but baby Maxine’s arrival took less time than anticipated and she made her presence known before the midwife’s arrival. Even though the delivery wasn’t without a few tense moments, the proud dad reported that the experience was overwhelming and incredible.
While daddy deliveries are still somewhat rare, celebrity homebirth is becoming more prevalent. Here are a few examples:
- Jennifer Connelly’s daughter Agnes Lark was born at home on May 31, 2011
- Gisele Bündchen delivered her son at home in her bathtub in December of 2009
- Nelly Furtado experienced a homebirth in 2003 with her daughter Nevis
- Cindy Crawford had two homebirths — son Presley and daughter Kaia
- Pamela Anderson’s two sons were born at home
- Kelly Preston had a baby boy at home in November of 2010
- Erykah Badu birthed all three of her children at home
Mothers choose homebirth for a number of reasons — a desire to avoid the unnecessary medical interventions that often accompany hospital births, a sense of empowerment and ability, and a wish to be at home, in comfort, surrounded with the ones they love.
Giselle Bündchen has become one of the most outspoken celebrities on homebirth. She has openly talked about blogged about the experience. She said, “It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body. And once he was born, I never felt so empowered as looking at him and thinking, Oh, my God, we did it together!”
If you are considering a homebirth, you are in excellent company. Not only will you join the many celebrities who are keen on keeping the birth experience natural and at home, but the countless couples worldwide who are hopeful to allow their bodies to do what nature intended in the best environment possible.
About Monica: Monica has been writing professionally since 2000 and has two published books — Teach Your Baby to Sign and Baby Talk. Her writing appears in a number of websites. The mother of four children, Monica is a cloth diaper and natural parenting enthusiast. She also sews custom fleece soakers at Mama Bird.
Posted 07-22-2011 at 03:57 PM by Kathy
I am addicted to Pinterest…..
For me it is almost meditative…….
I do it when the house is quiet — it helps me relax…..
After a day of running and taking care of everybody else, this is for me…..
A couple times a week,
I will share some the this weeks highlights for me……
These ‘Pins’ Melt my Heart
So do you Pinterest??
Go visit my boards and see it you want to join?
I have an 18 month old daughter, Brooke. When Brooke was 3 months old I started noticing that she crossed her eyes pretty much all the time. My family and I debated back and forth on if something was wrong. Many newborns cross their eyes because they don’t know how to use them yet and are learning to focus. It is usually something they grow out of rather young. Brooke was not growing out of it. In fact, it was getting worse. We couldn’t decide if we were being paranoid or not, so we decided to have her checked out. My older sister had dated a Pediatric Ophthalmologist a few months prior so it made it very easy for me to decide where to take her (he was a great guy, it just didn’t work out with my sister.)
Anyway, we took her to see the doctor and sure enough, she had Esotropia, which is basically where one or both eyes turn inward. In Brooke’s case, it was both. I was sitting with my 4 month old, first child, and the doctor is telling me in two months she will undergo eye surgery. I was spastic. I cried for two days, picturing my little tiny baby girl getting put to sleep and cut on. Needless to say, the next two months were a non-stop worry fest for me. I kept trying to tell myself how this wasn’t that bad. I mean, some moms have to deal with so much worse, but I couldn’t help it. She was my little girl. The doctor also made it clear that since this was on both sides of our family (not my husband or I, but family members) that our future children could have this problem as well. Well great!
Fast forward 5 months: She ended up needing two surgeries and it honestly wasn’t that bad. After I got through the first one, and was told she would need a second, I knew I could handle it. The worst part was seeing her in recovery with her hands all tied down, an IV in her little arm, and red, swollen shut eyes. It broke my heart to see her like that and there was nothing I could do to fix it.
Woven wraps have gotten me through my first year of motherhood, no joke. Without them I think my husband and I would have gone to bed hungry quite a few nights and I’d need to start finding cloth diapers for myself because there would be no bathroom breaks. Seriously, I cannot live without my wovens.
I started babywearing with a Moby Wrap. I googled some youtube videos (squishymommy1 has a great intro one) and in a moment of desperation (remember those mornings when you brushed your teeth in the shower and shaving with the first thing you could find because baby suddenly was unhappy the moment you started shampooing? yeah, it was one of THOSE moments of desperation) I wrapped for the first time. The limitation of the Moby wWap is that it’s stretchy, which means you’re limited in the types of carries you do (no back carries in a stretchy wrap) as well as the number of layers you need around baby for support. This translates to EXTRA HOT, which I don’t do well.
Woven wraps are different from stretchy wraps because as a result of their weave, they only have stretch diagonally. This means you don’t have to retie them often because they’ve stretch out, and that you can do less layers over baby but still have great support. You can also do back carries because baby will be nice and snug. Woven wraps are typically 100% cotton but can also be linen (great for summer!), silk, hemp, ramie, and other blends. There are literally hundreds of different styles and colors to choose from, and they come in different lengths so you can minimize the extra fabric if you so choose.
Posted 07-20-2011 at 03:17 PM by Mel
When we first started on our whole foods journey the local grocers did not carry any organics or if they did it was very limited. We went to the health food store, but definitely could not afford to buy all our groceries there. This is when I decided that I needed to find a way to make this work financially, especially if I wanted my husband to be on board. The following are the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the last several years to be able to afford a whole foods diet.
1. Check out Amazon and be prepared to be amazed. I buy Larabars, Bob’s Red Mill grains and mixes, coconut milk, popcorn, tea, tomato paste, and various other household and food items. If you select “Subscribe & Save” you will get an even greater discount. Keep in mind that you can cancel your Subscribe & Save anytime. Also, if you haven’t done so already sign up for Amazon Mom and enjoy even more savings.
2. Look for bulk buying healthy food co-ops. I have a few that I order from and save quite a bit by splitting large quantities with other families. If you can’t find a health food co-op in your area you may want to consider starting one. It’s a great way to make a little extra money and you’ll save money at the same time!
I have been using cloth diapers for around three and half years now but in that time I never was brave enough to cloth diaper during the newborn stage. When I got pregnant with our fourth child I made the choice that I was going to use only cloth diapers and cloth diaper from the very beginning.
Amelia was born June 25th and I have been able to maintain my goal. I brought a bunch of different newborn diapers to the hospital to try, some of which ended up being to big but we quickly found what worked best for us. One of the biggest reasons I was worried about using cloth diapers from the start was because I had heard from other local mommies that I knew that the local hospitals were not always so great about cloth diapers. Luckily for us the nurses were great, one of them used cloth herself and everyone else was really interested in them. While we did almost all the diapers changes ourselves there were a couple times that curious nurses wanted to give it a try.
Eating veggies is an on going battle in my house. My husband and son are both really bad about what veggies they like while my daughters and I will eat just about any veggie out there. Here recently I have been on the hunt for creative ways to use the veggies and I have found some pretty tasty recipes that the whole family eats and eats well.
One of the many ways I have been incorporating more veggies into our diets is using either V8 or Mott’s veggie juice in soup broths and pasta dishes. It adds more flavor and more vitamins that using straight tomato juice. One of my son’s current favorite pasta dishes is really easy to make and actually pretty good for him too. All I do is mix wheat spiral noodles, V8 juice, a dash of pepper, meatballs and top it with a sprinkle of cheese. It was the first time in a long time that my son actually asked for seconds.
We also do a lot of breakfast for dinner here and my kids love pumpkin pancakes, when I make them I do not used canned pumpkin, I have pumpkin frozen in the freezer from last fall and I have used it. These are a really yummy and really filling pancake. Another yummy breakfast recipe is Crookneck Squash Frittata. I have also been known to grate a yellow squash right into scrambled eggs and the kids eat it without even noticing the squash is there.
Posted 07-3-2011 at 09:00 AM by HollyRay
When I get ready to leave for the day,
I pack my diaper bag in an unusual way.
I place in it wipes, a wet bag, and a few other things,
But one will notice it’s void of the title this bag brings.
I don’t carry diapers, neither sposie or cloth,
In place is a potty, spare undies, and some sanitizer cloths.
You see I’m one of those mommies who practice what so many refer to as EC
And while it has its challenges, the benefits make it seem a bit easier to me.
I don’t scoff at the bums wrapped in other attire,
in fact when I see a cute dipe, I sometimes run to FSOT full of fluffy desire.
Yet at the end of the day, when all is said in done,
I love all the fluff, but in my eyes that little potty is second to none.