pregnancy essentials

Mama! Growing a baby. Is there anything more miraculous?! I will forever be in awe of how incredible our bodies are and that we get to be a part of this beautiful miracle.

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Here’s a few things that I loved during those nine months!

Books:

Ina may’s Guide to Childbirth

The womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Supernatural Childbirth

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, we took a three month class with a Bradley instructor and it was one of the best decisions! You can check here to find a class in your area.

Happiest Baby on the Block

Bringing Up Bebe– just for fun 🙂

Hydro flask– keeps your water ice cold, forever! So amazing during those summer days!

Sea-Band– I was pretty nauseous from week 7 to 13 and these helped a lot!

Food journal- once you are out of that first trimester it’s good to start getting those 80g of protein a day
(now that you can eat more than a grape without throwing up) and keeping a journal makes it easy to add up the grams! You can google any food and it will tell you the grams of protein.

Robe

Protein powder– all I ever wanted to eat was fruit (& doughnuts) so smoothies were my go to and you can add so many extra things to get protein. I love hemp and pumpkin seed protein powder (whey is from cows milk, so we don’t use it) you can also add chia seeds, hemp hearts and spirulina powder!

Coconut oil or any carrier oil you can find at your health food store. Jojoba is a good base oil and doesn’t clog pores. I was a bit ocd with slathering my belly all day long, but I didn’t get one stretch mark (don’t hate me, I do have one boob bigger than the other, soooo). Keep it on hand so you can rub it on your belly (dont forget your boobies too!) whenever it itches, instead of scratching, which can lead to stretch marks.

Peppermint oil– I would just carry this around with me that first trimester and sniff when I was feeling nauseous

Pregnancy journal– writing to your future babe. The excitement, the struggles and joy, write it all. How amazing will it be for your child to be able to read about this precious time when they were in your belly!

Pregnancy tea after first trimester. Raspberry leaf helps tone the uterus to make for more efficient contractions during labor.

Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy massage- perfectly safe and so good for you! There are a couple trigger points that stimulate the uterus and your therapist knows them and that they are contraindicated for you…unless you’re at the end and trying anything to start labor:) While you’re at it, schedule a massage for after delivery. The day after Ivy was born it felt like I had whiplash from pushing for two hours.

Prenatal vitamin

You live in stretchy pants most days, but it’s nice to feel cute and wear actual clothes sometimes. ASOS has super cute maternity clothes!

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mamas, feel free to add anything else that you loved in the comments 🙂

christmas tree hunt

every year after Thanksgiving our whole family piles into the car & we drive through the mountains in search of that perfectly quirky tree. it’s my favorite tradition!

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Merry Christmas!

cloth diaper wash routine

here is our wash routine for cloth diapers. im sure it will change once she is eating solids, but this has been working great these first 6 months!

we keep all the soiled diapers in a wet bag.

separate diapers from inserts & put them all in the washer on cold water,  prewash/soak cycle with one scoop of detergent.

< i use Bio Kleen laundry powder. love love it! its natural, smells really light and wonderful, no animal testing and is gentle on the earth. >

second wash on regular clothes cycle with hot water & one scoop of detergent.

dry like normal. in summer you can hang dry outside to get rid of poo stains.

when i first started cloth diapering i wasn’t doing a pre wash cycle first and Ivy was getting a rash. so definitely do two cycles!

 

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fear

isn’t it strange how the idea and act of becoming a mother, the most beautiful & exciting experience, can also be one of fear, worry & doubt. or maybe it makes perfect sense.

seeing that faded second pink line. screaming and dancing with joy in the bathroom together. every day i am in awe of our baby, how did we make something so beautiful!

after having a miscarriage it’s hard, at least it was for me, to show excitement in that first trimester, when all you can think about is every twinge and cramp, hoping you can carry this baby to term. i was in constant fear and it robbed me of the most joyous time in my life.

even after you pass that safe milestone, the worry and fear can still creep in, taking it’s hold on your heart. will my baby be healthy? will i have to have a c-section? will i be able to nurse? and it just continues… still birth, vaccines, SIDS… i understand it’s good to be cautious and research what is best for your babe, but it’s when the worry and fear are consuming you and robbing you of life and joy. when will we be free? are those worries really in your control?

IMG_3385-2 honestly, it’s going to be a constant battle, but it’s one you can win, over and over again.

i believe that motherhood (& jimmy fallon) is God’s gift to women. He chose us to carry, nurture and love, He created us this way & i think that the qualities of a woman, our hearts, our sensitivity, the care, love, adventurous, warrior woman hearts are actually a reflection of who God is, part of Him anyways. i also think that because motherhood is so sacred, that this is where the enemy attacks, and then it all makes sense to me, when fear and sorrow creeps in, in a place that should be the most joyful and celebrated.

You know that voice that is trying to hurt us…maybe you were raped and you have constant thoughts saying to yourself, you’re worthless, who would want you now. maybe you struggle with your appearance or you never feel good enough. Maybe you’re afraid of failing. i struggle with these thoughts, and guess, what, everyone does, but they are lies!

we have something greater.

we have Jesus. there is so much power in His name. call on him when these thoughts weigh on your heart and He will set you free.  even if you never pray or don’t know how- sometimes i just sing out his name and honestly, i tell those thoughts of fear and worthlessness to be cast out of my life, in the name of Jesus. Keep your focus on him.

when fear comes in, don’t be afraid. Remember always, you’re never alone.

heres a few verses that i kept close to my heart through my entire pregnancy. knowing these truths, writing them on your heart, will set you free.

One more thing, miscarriage is so hard on your husband too. He might not show it or he might cry is heart out, either way, embrace each other and heal together, letting him know it’s ok to grieve and that you’re there for him too.

2 Timothy 1:7 for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.

Psalm 139:13-14 for you formed my inward parts, you wove me in my mother’s womb. i will praise you, for i am fearfully and wonderfully made…

Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11,12 for i know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a hope and a future. when you call out to me and pray, I will hear you.

Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.

John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

 

 

 

diaper rash remedy

our little lady has sensitive skin & i just couldn’t get rid of her diaper rash. even switching to cloth diapers didn’t work.

during her bath i mix water and baking soda in my hand to create a paste and rub her diaper area. i do it every evening and the rash hasn’t come back. voila!

you can also add it to the bath water to help itchy skin if your babe has eczema. IMG_4002