Originally written the day after giving birth
So this time around my estimated due date was August 24th. Since I had gone two days early with "Minion", I figured I'd go a little early this time too. My guess was on the 19th or 20th since full moon would be on the 18th and this was my second baby.
Well looks like I took an 8 month blogging hiatus. I can't believe it's been that long! I now have a 4 month old and becoming a mommy for a second time is no joke. I do plan to finally get back to sharing the highs and lows of motherhood lately as well as some fun announcements for the upcoming year, I started taking clients again for 2017 and have some limited availability still so if you are interested in doula services, feel free to contact me.
Check back on the 1st for my latest birth story and in the meantime, here's a fun gift giving guide for the moms and babies in your life or to add to your own registry/babylist.
The following are my favorite products from my first pregnancy. I have organized them into trimester windows so no matter what point you are in in your pregnancy adventure, you can find something great for you.
Every child needs a pediatrician. Even if your child is perfectly healthy, routine checkups are vital. Plus you never know when a bug or infection might strike and having a great support system is crucial. As parents, the desire is to find a pediatrician who is on the same page as you and respects your beliefs without challenging your parenting skills. The following are my recommendations for finding that perfect doctor for your family.
One of the biggest struggles for pregnant women is how to get by while avoiding harmful chemicals. There are so many things we use in our daily lives that are potentially harmful to unborn babies. Many of these were things I didn't even consider until suddenly I couldn't use them anymore in my first pregnancy. And of course, there were other pregnancy side effects that needed to be treated that left me wondering, how?
So here is my list of things that have helped me survive the not so bright spots of pregnancy based on suggestions I received from my midwife or other wise women. It's amazing how the generations past have so many survival secrets that we rarely think to ask about.
Last night as I spent the night sleeping on my friend's couch as she recovered from a medical procedure, I realized that it wasn't very different then something I regularly do as a doula. In fact sleeping in random places is a skill I had long before becoming a doula and has just made it easier to get the bits of rest I might find I need. This got me thinking about what skills I find myself using with every client that people might not think of when it comes to doula work.
As an Etsy shop owner myself, I love supporting the independent businesses that make their home there. When it comes to shopping for maternity clothes you have dozens of mainstream options that are really great and convenient. But if you like to find a few pieces that you probably won't see on another pregnant mama in your neighborhood then peruse some of these shops.
There have been many fantastic articles about limiting the number of visitors you have at your birth. And many of the arguments for this view are very sound. Since becoming a doula, I’ve found many of my colleagues agree with Family Psychologist, Daniel Chable, who believes only those present for the conception should be at the birth (with the exception of medical and support staff). For them it’s a matter of being able to preserve the birth environment as a quiet, sacred space without conflicting emotions and opinions being presented to the laboring mother. As a woman who embraced the crowd birth experience, I have a different view of the matter.
I left you at the beginning of December with a confession about our TTC journey. It turns out that our two week wait that cycle ended with a positive pregnancy test. A few positives to be exact!
When I got the BFP with our son in 2013, I went to the doctor's the next day to confirm. This was after I had already gotten a false positive a few months earlier so I was a little gun shy about believing it. When the Doctor came in to tell me my results and saw my excited expression she proceed to tell me "1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage in the first 8 weeks so you might consider waiting to get too excited and telling people until after that." I haven't been back to see that doctor since then and we announced our pregnancy publicly a few days later. But those words were echoed by a few people choosing to express some loving concern.
So why do I still announce my pregnancies early?