Friday, November 30, 2012

Evelyn's Story

{Author's note: This is a birth story. It's an honest description of my experience. It might seem a little graphic for some (there is mention of blood) but I hope it doesn't come across as scary. I'm not trying to be dramatic or frightening, just truthful (and I certainly don't want to trigger bad memories for anyone). I'm simply sharing my experience--and it was a positive experience for me, despite the fact that this birth was far from what I envisioned when we found out we were expecting again last March.} 
A week ago Friday was J's first official day of paternity leave. We had an appointment with the OB in the morning. Afterward we got some coffee and drove out to the beach to watch the waves and take a gentle walk. We were enjoying some family time--just the three of us--not knowing how much longer we would be a family of three. We stopped for lunch. I went to the restroom and realized I was spotting. I called the doctor and our midwife. The doctor said to monitor the bleeding for an hour and come in if it got worse. It did not get worse. It stopped completely within the hour. We went home and I spent the rest of the day in bed. 

{this moment} christmas tree hunting

A Friday ritual. A single photo, without words capturing a moment from the week. 

A simple, special, wonderful moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. -via soulemama. This post is also part of Seasonal Celebration Sunday

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Filling Our Freezer (or, Making Life a Little Easier)

Welcome to the November 2012 Simplicity Parenting Carnival: Food
This post was written as part of the monthly Simplicity Parenting Carnival hosted by The Lone Home Ranger and S.A.H.M. i AM. This month we are discussing how we balance food, family, and simplicity. Be sure to read to the end to see a list of the rest of the excellent carnival contributors.
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Until recently, cooking and freezing meals ahead of time never occurred to me. I knew there were people out there who did such things but I wasn't one of them. I'd cook a dish and freeze servings for lunches while I was working outside the home (and my husband does the same now) but I never thought about doing the same for our family meals. I wanted our dinner to be fresh and from scratch, everyday. That didn't always happen but it was my goal.   
Over the summer we were gifted a chest freezer and I started looking into freezing meals to have on hand after our baby girl arrived. When I was pregnant with L we didn't have a freezer at all so freezer cooking was new territory for me. I started experimenting with our favorite recipes to see what froze well and what didn't. I realized it we would still be eating fresh, from scratch meals even if they'd been frozen a while first. It was a revelation.

Friday, November 23, 2012

{this moment} sweet baby e.

A Friday ritual. A single photo, without words (actually, there will be words this week) capturing a moment from the week. 

A simple, special, wonderful moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
{Remember that last post about the roller coaster ride this pregnancy has been? Well, sweet baby E. arrived in this world last Saturday morning (on her big sister's third birthday) at 4:57am following a necessary cesarean birth. She was 7 lb, 9.4oz and 20.5 inches long and very healthy. Five days later she was dressed up to celebrate her first Thanksgiving. We had a lot to be thankful for this year.}  

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. -via soulemama.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Back on the Roller Coaster (or, another change of plans)

Things have been really uncertain this pregnancy. Since we found out about the placenta previa at 20 weeks we've been facing the unknown. It's been a waiting game. Everything has been, "we'll just have to wait and see what happens."
Me and my little dragon...37 weeks yesterday!
Until 36.5 weeks we had no idea where we would be having our baby or whether or not we would be able to have a vaginal birth or if we would need a cesarean birth.  

Last Wednesday we found out the placenta had cleared my cervix and I was approved to move forward with plans of a homebirth with our midwife if I didn't have any unusual bleeding prior to the onset of labor (I think I left that detail out of the last post). It seemed really unlikely I would have bleeding since I hadn't had any throughout the pregnancy. Everyone thought there was a good chance I would go to at least 40 weeks which would give the placenta even more time to move. Everything seemed really great.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Call for November Carnival Submissions: Food

Thanks to everyone who participated in the October Simplicity Parenting Carnival! It was a great success! We hope you'll join us again, Justine at The Lone Home Ranger and Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM, for another simplicity parenting carnival. If you’re joining us for the first time, feel free to check out the May, June, and August carnivals as well! Read more about our carnival and future topics here.   

November 2012: Food
Do you like food? Are meals an important part of your daily family rhythm? Do you cook gourmet, all organic meals from scratch three times a day? Do you prefer freezer meals? Paleo? Sugar free? Real butter?

We’d love to hear about how you feed your family while keeping it simple. What about the food you cook is important to you? How do you prioritize and compromise? Does availability, price, and season influence your choices? Do you throw all your usual habits out the window during the holiday season? 


Friday, November 9, 2012

{this moment} contemplation

A Friday ritual. A single photo, without words capturing a moment from the week. 

A simple, special, wonderful moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. -via soulemama.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Free to Proceed

For those of you who read yesterday's post, we have good news! At our ultrasound appointment this morning we learned that the placenta has moved! It is no longer covering my cervix! The placenta is still very low lying but it's clear enough that the high risk OB we've been consulting with had no problem approving and supporting our plans for a vaginal delivery at home with our midwife. The news is still sinking in.

I'm so relieved. I finally feel free to relax and savor these last few weeks of our pregnancy.  Thank you all for your positive thoughts, prayers, and well wishes!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Emotional Roller Coasters

Eight weeks ago I walked into our follow-up ultrasound completely confident we would receive good news. I was convinced the placenta previa was no more. Unfortunately, although it had moved a little, we were told my placenta was still partially covering my cervix. I was slightly devastated. My confidence was shaken.

Since then I've been on an emotional roller coaster. In between cleaning and organizing, baby showers, cooking (and freezing) mass quantities of food, baking cupcakes for fundraisers, planning and hosting birthday parties, Halloween, and a million other things that need to get done on a daily basis, I've been obsessing about my placenta.

I want to be 100% positive all the time. I want to will my placenta to move. But I also want to be prepared for the possibility that it won't have moved enough to have my ideal birth. I want to be prepared for the possibility of a cesarean.

Friday, November 2, 2012

{this moment} painting the sky

A Friday ritual. A single photo, without words capturing a moment from the week. 

A simple, special, wonderful moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. -via soulemama.

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