I’ve looked high and low (aka Pinterest and Google) and for the life of me couldn’t find a packing list that was perfectly designed for a Birth Centre birth that also included Dad. And since my husband is just as important in this whole process I wanted to have his things ready as well. So I made a list based on what my Birth Centre recommended and what we needed based on the type of birth we wanted (water) and the current weather (freezing cold winter).
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Both my Husband and I were super grateful to have one of our friends throw us an incredible baby shower. The theme was inspired by Tiffany & Co. but adapted for our baby boy Needless to say our friend did an outstanding job and all of our friends and family were in awe and are still talking about it. We really loved all the little details and all the sweets were to die for!! lol Here are some of the shots from the day:
I really loved this touch, the hostess got everyone to write a little note to us or to our baby boy and hang it on the tree. At the end of the shower we got to read such wonderful messages and some beautiful words of advice that we can keep forever.
Once we found out we were excepting our first child I started looking for prenatal classes and began to explore any and all information on my birthing “options”. Because many of my friends are already parents, I had the pleasure of hearing most of their stories including their joys and regrets. I choose to sort of cherry pick what things I’d ideally want for our birth (if all goes well of course) and one thing I knew for certain was that I wanted a natural (unmedicated) calm birth. And I know some mums out there will read that and tell me that’s not possible and that I’ll be screaming for pain meds sooner or later (I’ve heard this many many many times since getting pregnant and expressing my desire for a calm birth). BUUUUUT I have done my due diligence and have witnessed many clam and even quietly peaceful births (thank you youtube lol). Hypnobirthing seemed like the answer for us because it gives me a feeling that I can run my own birthing experience along side my baby. Hopefully I can have the birth I want and attending local hypnobirthing classes is a huge factor in preparing for baby’s arrival.
In class we were provided with a relaxation/meditation CD and a book called HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan
I highly recommend at least reading the book because it really changes how you view birthing without all the hoopla that main stream media tells you. Births don’t have to be full of fear or terror and pain. I won’t go into too much detail but its been helpful for me and could help others looking for a calm birthing experience. Another thing I found useful was watching Ricki Lakes documentary called The Business of Being Born which discusses some of the problems with the current western way of having babies. I originally watched this well before we even started trying for a baby and re-watched it recently. Highly recommend!
I think the best thing we can do as upcoming parents is at least be informed as much as you can so you can make the best choices for you and your newborn.
I hope this helps some of you with your journey and goals. We can do it
Since my first pregnancy has landed right in the middle of winter, I’ve had to really narrow down my (pinterest) options for dressing up and showing off my baby bump. MY personal “go-to’s” have been mainly looks I can either layer over or underneath or a way to display my growing belly warmly. Here are my top four looks for rocking your bump in winter.
1. Wearing anything that has an empire waist. Empire waists are always flattering and when your trying to hide a little belly it works wonders but it is especially great to actually show off a larger baby bump!!
The only thing I wanted this holiday season was a good nights rest, which is nearly impossible when your ending your second trimester. After reading online that it isn’t recommended to snooze on your back (or stomach obv), I found myself in serious pain (and/or numbing hell) from side sleeping exclusively. My hips hurt and my shoulders throbbed, even if I did rotate between them. It wasn’t enough relief….. so insert the Snoogle by Leachco. (more…)
Woooohoooo!!!! We are finally past the first trimester woes (morning sickness, extreme exhaustion and even more extreme hormones – at least according to my family and friends lol) and we found out that we are having a baby BOY! Our entire family is still in shock as they all thought I was having a girl (as did I) but my hubby knew better and always said it was a boy, fathers instinct? (more…)
Yaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! We’re finally got that beautiful BFP and we are both beyond thrilled, terrified and in pure obsession mode, naturally. Incase you missed any of my previous TTC post you can read them here, here and here. So like I mentioned my last TTC blog, I planned on using Preseed if my BD everyday didn’t work…. and it didn’t. I was thinking about using OPK’s but last minute decided it was too much for now (although I’m sure I would have implemented them eventually if I got another BFN). The cycle that got us our beloved BFP we did a few things differently. (more…)
Even though it isn’t officially summer I figured now is the perfect time to round up this seasons must have items. One of my personal faves is the Kimono. It’s easy, breezy and can spruce up any casual outfit
Sooooooo it’s been about 6 months since the hubby and I decided to start trying for our first child (technically not preventing but not really trying)… Although to be honest we have missed out on many windows of ovulation opportunities because of “life”. Missing the perfect time because work just took a toll on us or simply cause we weren’t both in the same place at the same time. But this cycle and any ones after, I plan to get super serious. Or as serious as I can get (minus temping because my sleep is never consistent)
As of right now I’m currently in my most fertile days (according to my Ovia app that I talked about here). We have baby-danced (sex for all those who aren’t familiar with the lingo:) every day from cycle day 8 and we are on day 17. We are not using anything other than taking our vitamins (prenatals) and I started drinking raspberry leaf tea from the first day of AF (aunt flow) to the start of my fertile window since I’m not using any ovulation predictor kits(OPK).