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What I’m Reading May 29, 2013

Photo from Penny for Them 1

Photo from Penny for Them 1

As many of you know from my post about my kindle, you know I love to read. I really hadn’t read too much in the past few years until I got it. I am seriously in love with it and the ability to read no matter where I am. Along with that, I’m reading a lot of blogs. I’m trying to grow as a mom, wife, and believer and have received a lot of encouragement there. Today I wanted to share with you what I have been reading and what I’ve thought.

“Don’t Make Me Count to Three!” by Ginger Plowman

I am absolutely crazy about this book. It is changing my life and our parenting. It’s gradual and one day at a time, but we’re learning how to be the parents we really feel like we’re suppose to be. It really is a great guide and comes from a humble writer. Ginger is the first to say that she doesn’t have parenting down to an art but it sharing where they are doing well and what not only works, but the Biblical way of parenting.

“Perfectly Paleo- 30 Unique and Delicious Paleo Diet Recipes” by Kelly Smith

This is another great find for us! I haven’t found a recipe in here that I don’t love and I love the nutritional benefits we find from eating paleo on occasion. If you are a paleo diet, interested in it, or just wanting to eat healthy, this is a great cookbook to get. You won’t regret it!

“Organic Food: Eating Organic on a Budget” by Fanny Seto

I really enjoyed this read. We’re working to eat healthy (not always organic) and what we’re found is that eating cheap can be expensive. If you’re not careful, you can end up killing your budget and making your finances a lot more stressful than you need to. We’re been there and done that. We are working hard to eat healthy in a way that we can afford. Sometimes this means we don’t do organic. Sometimes it means the food we’re eating may have GMOs in it. We are striving to NOT do this and avoid it when possible and this book has really helped me figure out where to cut costs.

“Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds” by Cynthia Gabriel

I’m going to be honest and tell you I have not finished this book yet. I’m almost halfway through and have taken it slow since I’m not pregnant yet and don’t expect to be having a baby in the next few months. My goal is to finish it prior to becoming pregnant again. As we continue to plan for a natural birth this time around, I’ve found that educating myself is probably the most important step (other than tons of prayer). JR is completely on board and I’m so grateful for his support. This book so far has really helped me out as I plan for a natural, hospital birth for our number 2, whenever that happens.

I Totally Get Why Angelina Jolie Had Her Breasts Removed from the Humbled Homemaker

ThThis was a favorite for me. I felt this post wasn’t really about what was right or wrong, but more about loving someone like Christ did no matter what decision they make. It was about cutting out judgment that it seemed like so many were doing shortly after this procedure. As a woman with two lines of breast cancer in my family history, I really needed and appreciated this post.

Baby Wearing Series from Stacy Makes Cents

We are a babywearing family. You know the saying- those who baby wear together, stay together. Well, not really the saying, but this series was GREAT! Stacy took time to review several different carriers- from mobys, to slings, to bobas, to ergos, and more! Be sure to check out these posts and guest posts from fellow blogger, Brandy.

On Being a Mother and a Time Traveler from Five Kids Is A Lot of Kids

I stumbled upon Beth several months ago and I’m pretty certain this is my favorite post she’s ever done. I cried. And cried. And cried some more. I get so caught up in what “use to be” and not enough of  “what is”. One day, I’m sure I’ll look back and wish I was in this moment again. When Emma is grown, JR and I are old and grey, and these days are just a memory. Cherish these moments. They are few and far between.

Natural Sources of Folic Acid from Red & Honey

I read this one over a month ago but had to include it. I just started prenatal vitamins a few months ago (I’m NOT prego people, seriously- just getting prepared) and after reading this, I am unsure I will continue them. It’s so important to have a balanced diet and if a balanced diet keeps me healthy and not needing prenatal vitamins, that’s probably the route I should go. I’m glad someone is blogging about these things!

This what I’ve been reading. What have YOU been reading?


How a Home Birth Works October 25, 2012

The post for today comes from an amazing woman, Brandy. Some of you may know her from her blog, Young in the Mountains, and some of you may be meeting her today for the first time. Brandy just recently celebrated her first time being a doula after being influenced by her partners in her own home birth. She continues our series today on childbirth and shares with us how a home birth works. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

I have two children–one born at the hospital and the other at home.  I can say there are two major differences between the experiences.  When you’re in transition at home, you want to go to the hospital and when you’re in transition at the hospital, you want to go home.  Also, you want home cooking in the hospital and someone else’s cooking at home.  Kidding aside, I’ll give you the real story of what it’s like to have a baby at home.

Home births are often low-risk ones.  While each midwife has varying risk levels that she is comfortable with, you have to be a healthy mama to have your baby at home.  It just makes good sense.  Therefore, a lot of prenatal care is concerned with eating well, exercising well, resting well, drinking lots of water and keeping tabs on your state of mind.  You have to really want a home birth to have one and it’s important to have all your ducks in a row leading up to one.

In a similar way that a mother might tour the maternity ward of a hospital to get a feel for how things are done, midwives come to your home at least once before the birth.  They need to know how to get there, of course.  Additionally, this is the time to sort out where various supplies will be placed, where a birth tub might go, to be sure you have everything you need, to plan where they might sleep if the labor is long.  It’s also a time to visit and enjoy guests in your home.

When labor begins, it’s time to start communicating with your midwife (or her apprentice or doula).  That way, they’re not off on a rafting trip when you’re having your baby.  After a time, perhaps when your contractions are becoming hard to handle, they’ll come over and see how things are going.  This might involve an internal examination or it might just be watching you work through a few contractions.    Your vitals will be checked regularly from here on out.  Perhaps, you’ll take some walks together to get things moving or fill up the pool to get some relief.

When it’s time for transition, that crazy netherworld between labor and birth,  that’s where the midwives shine.  They help to keep you grounded, encouraged and calmed.  It’s a heavy time, where you feel you might die (or want to go to the hospital for that epidural), and you shouldn’t have to do it alone.  During this time, when nothing feels comfortable, they’ll help to keep you focused on your work and remind you of the wonderful reward at the end.

One of the best things about home birth, besides getting to be in your own bed when it’s over, is that you get to push in a variety of positions.  You can stand, squat, sit on a birth stool, try hands and knees,  do it in a pool, or on your bed.  There are no stirrups and you don’t have to be flat on your back.  As long as all is well, it’s up to you.  They will use the Doppler to check your baby very often and a flashlight, if needed, to gauge your progress.

Once the baby has met your arms and you’ve been checked over, the midwives aid in clean-up.  Laundry is started, the trash is taken out, and a meal is cooked for you.  My midwives made me eggs and fed me yogurt when my son was born.   They stayed with my children while we took a trip to the doctor and get everything back in order for me.  It was wonderful.  In the days following the birth, they’ll come to your home and check on you both several times.  They offer breastfeeding advice, support as you sort out your emotions, and instructions on baby and self care.

I’ve had babies both ways and I see the merit in both.  Each pregnancy is different and so we take it one at a time.  I have tremendous faith in my midwives, the same as I would with a doctor, because they have helped me through the hardest work of my life.  I trust them to have my interests at the center of their work.  It has been a blessed experience.

Brandy spends her days watching the skies and tending her children on her little homestead in town.  She lists “sticking it to the man” as one of her favorite hobbies and is not above putting a frozen pizza in the oven when the day calls for it.  Together, her family hikes, creates, learns and grows.