What to pack for delivery + our birth plan | oh baby!

A few essentials during labor and after birth that I loved:

A yoga ball- bouncing on one during labor helps bring baby’s head down, dilating your cervix more quickly. Check with where you’re delivering and they might have one already.

diaper bag

Nursing bra with a robe that can be easily removed- I was just naked, haha! I didn’t come prepared with laboring clothes and was so hot that I couldn’t keep the hospital gown on… but next time I’m packing a few more things to labor in. I was extremely hot than suddenly freezing, laboring in and out of a tub, so having something comfortable and that you can remove quickly is helpful.

Witch hazel wipes– for your face and your downstairs after labor to sooth and promote healing. I just couldn’t live with out these. After delivery its painful to sit or even walk, dont get me started on pooping. These wipes soothe your lady parts and cleanse in a natural way while healing.

Period undies– who wants to wear giant paper underwear with a huge pad? Bringing several pairs of period undies sounds so much more comfortable.

Nursing pads & extra nursing bra- bring more than you think you need of this one. We ending up needing to stay at the hospital a week in the nicu and I was not prepared for that. I was drenched in dried milk and tears for days. Being in the nicu is so tough. Every meal and clean shirt people brought us meant so much.

Yoga pants or something stretchy & comfortable to wear home.

Minerbs mama bundle. The mama glow serum and rose water are my favorite products to indulge in.

Infant car seat- My sister in law just bought this one in ‘moon birch’ and I think it’s so cute. We initially bought a convertible carseat but it was still too big for our new little girl so Billy had to run to wal-mart and grab an infant one 🙂

Something comfortable for baby & a swaddle- bring a couple sizes in case one doesn’t fit. My friends shop will always be my favorite. Her soft bamboo newborn things are so sweet.

pacifier – just in case. I didn’t get to stay the night with Ivy her first two nights (biggest heart break of my life) so Im glad I packed this paci. Its a natural rubber from a tree.

You can bring music and essential oil diffuser or anything to create that atmosphere you want to bring your baby into.

A printed out birth plan. This saved me because we had to deliver at a hospital we had never been to and with a different dr. than planned. Being able to hand over my birth plan to the nurses on staff made everything so smooth. All the nurses honored my wishes and supported me.

Chapstick

Healthy snacks or have family/friends bring you things. Hospital food is not the best! I just discovered these lactation bars from Oat Mama that I want to try the next time around.

Personal toilettries

Massage oil

Hair tie

A camera

Baby book for footprints and to write anything down if you have time. Artifact Uprising just came out with this cute one. Love this Promptly one as well!

Our birth plan if you need it to help come up with your own.

tiny tudor house | the design

We just closed on our next fixer!

and it’s a bit frightening. We were immediately overwhelmed by how much work this house needs, but after thinking about the design for a couple days and just focusing on the first steps, I’m super pumped to see how the transformation will take place! Knowing we won’t be doing all the work ourselves this time is encouraging and meeting with a contractor this week felt like a good first step. Hearing him say over and over, “that’s easy” as I walked through the house with him put me at ease! It’s a tudor style on the outside, inside, it’s completely void of anything original, but the almost one hundred year old floors are still there and beautiful. Transient people have been living in it for a while and everything has been stolen, even the door knobs. It’s so sad, but we are happy to make this old lady a beauty again and see someone fall in love with her!

Tudor is traditionally an old world style, with lots of stone and wood. There’s not much of that in there now, but I’m bringing it back in a way, with earthy stone& woods, plaster & lime wash. These are my soul elements and I’m excited to finally have a home to put them in! Im going for a really clean, simple feel, with lots of natural elements. Old world spa, I’m calling her!

We’ll be using the hashtag #nelsonsbeflippin if you want to follow along and insta-stories to see the before & progress!

p.s. Dear Mail Man, Im so sorry for the amount of things I am about to order on top of my Amazon Prime problems.

 

our pacific song | oregon coast on film

This summer we celebrated Billy’s birthday at the coast, our favorite place, our favorite beach. The variations of grey tones in the rocks & sand, the deep moody blues of the sea, air you can drink and the stillness of our coast is indescribable. When I’m there I feel like everything else fades away and the beauty of our surroundings washes over us. The moon pulls the tides and my body the same. I watched Ivy come alive. I don’t think she stopped running the whole weekend. Rolling, climbing, continuously laughing in the sand and we couldn’t stop smiling.

Where we stayed

Where we ate

I’ve been dreaming of a travel resource, a guid for Oregon and all of our Pacific beauties. I want it to be a curated collection of the west, a Pacific Song. I’ve made an Instagram and eventually, when I have a bit more time, want to make a separate website solely for all things westward.

 

luna the airstream | design

Our hippy hearts cannot contain the excitement of our latest project, an airstream! The last few years I’ve dreamt of renovating a camper to have the freedom to just go & see, satisfying that wandering spirit we both have. A camper seemed like a genius idea since lodging can add up fast for just a few nights. The idea of having a mobile living space that we can have the freedom to live spontaneously appeals to my gypsy heart!

So here we are with our greatest find, Luna! I saw her one day, just sitting, all beat up on the side of the road. I’d passed her everyday for half my life in that field, but now when I saw her, I knew she was mine. Cue the montage of family adventures & living, traveling anywhere our wheels could take us and I wasn’t going to take no for an answer (I can be relentless, I like to say resilient, & sometimes this is a good quality). We went up the the owner’s door and knocked, then he joyfully led us to her saying she was ours! He’s lucky because I was planning to write letters every week till he said yes. She is a 1974 Argosy 22, in pretty bad shape, but full of all the potential we’ve dreamed up. These airstreams are not the traditional silver shell, but were made with steel endcaps, so they’re usually white. Our plan is to keep her upper half white and pick a color for the bottom half. Since airstreams were made in the 70s I want to do a modern design which Im so excited about. Modern it’s my usual style, so it will be fun to finally get that out of my system.

I truly believe that when we have less, less space, less stuff, we really do have so much more, more freedom, more presence, more focus. Our plan once we sell #thenelsoncraftsman is to live in Luna, travel, live a little more simply till we move onto the next part of life, whatever and wherever that may be. We will continue to renovate houses in these next few years, so we will be living on those properties, taking care of Greener Earth Nursery and traveling! I think having spent these last two years home with Ivy has given me so much, more than I could have ever known, in the way of finding what I truly want from this life, what matters and who I am. I have been hers, solely and I still am, but as she grows and more freedom and ease is coming with her age, having this opportunity to be more spontaneous and adventurous is just what we need and who we have always been. It’s going to be so good for us all!

There is nothing more I desire in life than to be with Billy & Ivy, to see the world and create a life for our daughter & future children, one of adventure & wonder.

Meet Luna!

simple & natural skin care

Skin, it’s our largest organ, absorbing everything we put on it & into our bloodstream within seconds.  It’s overwhelming to begin the process of finding a skin care regimen that works, all the while having to read every ingredient, whether it’s tested on animals, ethically sourced, laden with dyes and chemicals…and if you’re like me, reading every review. Its daunting and I think it’s way more complicated than it should be.

Thinking simply is best in a lot of situations and what we put on and in our bodies is one of them.

Think of things that only have a few ingredients. Natural elements from the earth. The things we think are doing us good, like sunscreen, shouldn’t be in fact causing the very thing we are trying to prevent-sickness, cancer, disease.

It starts from the inside. What we put into our bodies matters.

Food is medicine.

So I wanted to share the things I love most because it’s not complicated, expensive, or sponsored. It’s real and it’s simple.

Water- drink it. All day. In a big bottle. I carry it with me everywhere and Billy calls me a camel, although I’m more like a water buffalo. Our skin is made up of 64% water!

Vitamins- you can eat foods with them & buy supplements. Zinc has changed my skin. I have never had bad acne, but always something going on especially with the change in hormones while being pregnant and nursing. Taking 50-100mg a day keeps any blemish away 😉

Also Vitamin C!
“The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photo damage.”

I love SolarRay brand of vitamins- their capsules are made of vegetable cellulose instead of gelatin which is derived from animal bones & hoofs.

You do not need an expensive serum, although it’s nice to indulge in that special product that just makes you feel beautiful. I love adding a few drops of frankincense  or MinErbs mama glow to my routine. They both have so many healing benefits to our skin with the bonus of making you feel amazing and beautiful. And both of those companies are owned by amazing women who care more about people than profit.

Working in a spa atmosphere most of my 20s, my biggest take away about skin was so simple and it was moisture. My naive young self always thought that if my face was clean and dry that it simply shouldn’t break out, but having no moisturizer actually was the root cause of my breakouts. My skin was trying to compensate and would over produce oils to moisturize my face. Finding something good and not clogging (non comedogenic) or full of harmful ingredients, but most importantly to me, not tested on animals, was a task! What I love the most is Jason vitamin E oil. It’s free of sulfates, parabens, etc. and their company helps others in need. They are just wonderful and it gives my skin that supple glow. It also smells so amazing! I use it on Ivy everyday also, because it is the only thing I can put on her face that doesn’t cause a rash.

The other staples on my shelf that are so key for me:

Kiss my Face- Face cleanser & I use this lotion, even on my face. I love this brand!

Witch Hazel– So pure, so natural. I splash this on my face as a toner after every shower or even just through out the day. You can mix it with rose water and it’s so refreshing, cleansing and sanitizes your skin without drying it out. It heals and cleanses. I wouldn’t want to live with out it!

Baking Soda– Too simple right? If I feel like my skin isn’t very smooth, I just mix a tablespoon or so with a little water to make a face scrub in the shower and scrub for a couple minutes. You’ll never have smoother skin! Baking soda balances the Ph of your skin and has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It also works for diaper rash, sunburns and adding it to a babies bath water if they have eczema helps with itchy skin. It’s really a miracle substance.

Rose Water– use as a perfume or just something that is uplifting and refreshing

Aloe Vera– I keep on hand for any burn or irritation. I use this on Ivy every day also to heal our frequent perioral dermatitis. It’s so healing! I once got the worst burn while cooking, nothing could sooth the horrible pain except aloe!

Hair & body wash– I just steal Ivy’s because it smells so good!

I don’t use sunscreen- just wear a hat, sunnies and stay in the shade. The sun is good for you, Vit D! Most mineral make-up has some spf! If you absolutely need sunscreen, look for a mineral sunscreen like this one.

My favorite mineral makeup of all, Jane Iredale.

This toothpaste– free from sodium laurel sulfate & fluoride

Knowing the products we bring into our home, what they are made of, where they came from and that they are not harmful to myself or anyone in the process of production- is so important. The more care we take in our choices of consuming, the better our world will become. Where we buy food, our clothes, even our coconut oil, ask yourself where is this sourced, what process did this go through to get to me.

We are part of the process as a consumer and when we choose instead to make the ethical choice, to choose the products that are created with integrity, we make a difference. We can change the world by demanding what is right with the ways in which we choose to spend our money.