Top Ten Posts of 2012

What an exciting and eventful year! As a family, we have learned so much and been so blessed. As a blog, we have developed a fun and diverse community that I hope is a blessing to each of you who visits.

I had a good time pulling up all of the stats to see what the most read posts have been over this last year. Some of them were obvious, but I was surprised by some that made the top ten list.

 

 

10. Natural Remedies for Colds: Herbal Teas

I wasn’t surprised by this one- who doesn’t want to have a soothing and yummy tea to drink when they’re feeling yucky? Each of these teas and tea blends has amazing properties to help you feel better and even get better faster!

 

9. Babykins’ Birth Story

Do you know anybody who has had a homebirth? Have […]

Making a New Mama Basket

One of my favorite things to do for a new-mama-to-be is to create a new mama basket. Baby showers tend to be full of baby clothes, baby blankets, baby toys… everything for the baby. I love to pamper and celebrate the mama!

A new mama basket can fit within most budgets and it is perfect for personalizing. There are some things that I include in all of them…

Read the rest of this post over at The Humbled Homemaker!

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Pumpkin’s Birth Story: Part 2

Read part one here.

Nothing we tried persuaded that baby to make her appearance. We tried every “natural” labor-inducing technique in the books! The doctors even “stripped the membranes” three times. I was feeling a lot of stress and pressure because I would only be allowed to use the natural birth center if I was less than 42 weeks. After that, you get booted into the regular maternity ward where you have to be hooked up to an IV, can’t eat, have no labor/birth tub and it’s loud in there! Where are you, baby girl?!

It was Friday night and I was 1 1/2 weeks past the due date. We went to bed at 10:30 with no sign of labor. At 11PM, I woke up with a killer lower back ache. I rubbed my back and repositioned my body pillow. Much better! My back felt fine and I drifted back […]

Pumpkin’s Birth Story: Part 1

I wrote Babykin’s homebirth story right after she was born (8 months ago), and now I’ve decided it’s time to tell you about my first daughter’s birth.

This story really needs to start with the two years it took us to get pregnant with our first baby. We were living down in Dallas, Texas when we decided to start “trying”. Like most naive young couples, we believed that within a few months we would have some good news to share, so we made the mistake of telling some of our friends that we hoped to be pregnant, soon. Nearly every week, at least one of them would ask, “Any news yet?” Eventually they asked less often, but it was very frustrating and depressing to be constantly reminded that we “still” weren’t pregnant.

Almost two years later, we moved from Texas to New Hampshire, with a long stop in Ohio to […]

Cherishing the Seasons of Pregnancy

During my two pregnancies, I was so surprised by the number of negative comments I received. The comments I heard the most towards the end of each pregnancy were, “You must be miserable!” and “Aren’t you sick/tired of being pregnant?!” Umm… no. I didn’t have what you would call “easy” pregnancies, but I was thrilled to be carrying my precious babies! God designed our bodies in such an amazing way! It is so beautiful, the way that we are made to be able to carry and nurture another little person! Rather than trying to convince me that I was miserable, I would have appreciated to hear some encouragement…

To read the rest of this post, please head on over to Intentional By Grace, where I am now a regular contributor!

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Having a Homebirth Atmosphere at the Hospital or Birth Center

My first baby was born in a natural birth center inside of a hospital. It was a very good experience, though there were some things I would do differently. Most of you already know that I had a beautiful homebirth for my second baby in November. I hope to be able to have any future children in the comfort of our home. I highly recommend homebirth to most women, though not all. But what about the mama-to-be who loves the idea of a homebirth, but isn’t able to do it for some reason (no midwife, medical complications, hubby says “no”, etc.)? There are some women who truly need the medical expertise of an obstetrician. Are those ladies stuck with an unfamiliar, noisy, uncomfortable hospital room to bring their precious little ones into this world? Not at all! The trick is to be informed, get creative and be prepared.

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Babykins’ Birth Story

Yes, we’ve chosen “Babykins” as the blog name for our newest addition. If you’re new around here, “Pumpkin” is the blog name for our three-year-old. 🙂

Our second little girl was born here at home on November 27th. It was such an amazing experience– everything we had hoped for! The due date was November 17th, but since my hubby and dad were down with pneumonia, I was quite content to let this little one take as long as she wanted. People were constantly telling me that I must be miserable and sick of being pregnant, but even if I wasn’t wanting the guys to have more time to get well, I would have waited patiently for our baby to take as much time as she needed to develop. Yes, I was uncomfortable, but I honestly think that a “due date” creates such silly expectations for women that it magnifies their […]

DIY Pregnancy Herbal Tea Blend

Now that I’ve had my baby, I want to share my recipe for pregnancy tea. I believe that this tea played a big part in the speed and effectiveness of labor and birth (read our home birth story here!). I drank one to three glasses of this tea throughout pregnancy, except when morning sickness prevented me. I used a mesh tea ball and a 1/2 gallon mason jar for steeping and then just put the jar in the fridge. This tea is delicious as an iced tea and I don’t think it needs any sweetener, but you can add a little raw honey.

4 parts Red Raspberry Leaf: This is THE herb for pregnancy! Not only is it full of vitamins and minerals, it also has a toning effect on the uterus. It strengthens the uterine muscle to make contractions more effective, and it also helps to […]

Big Sister Basket

As I type this, I am one week past my due date, which was November 17th. This post isn’t going to be scheduled to go up for over two weeks, so by the time you read this, I’ll have had my baby. 🙂

What I’m working on this evening is what I call a “Big Sister Basket” for my three-year-old. I have seen so many older siblings looking lost or forgotten when a new baby is born, so in an effort to prevent that with our eldest, I’ve been collecting things for a special gift for her. After the baby is born and Pumpkin has had plenty of baby time, we’re going to make a big deal out of how she is now a big sister (everybody is always making such a big deal out of the new baby, so we’re hoping to have some balance). We’ve already been […]

The First Week With a New Baby

I wish I could say that this first week with our new little girl has been easy and that we have everything figured out. After all, it’s our second baby, so we should know what to expect, right? Ummm… no. Reality seldom lines up with our plans. The strange part is that we’ve really only had two problems to deal with. Isn’t it crazy how I have a list of dozens of wonderful things to be thankful for (and I am VERY thankful), but a tiny list of two things can seem so overwhelming?? Okay, here’s my “problems” list…

Engorgement: I get what they classify as “severe” engorgement, and it HURTS. It makes breastfeeding very difficult, even when there are no other problems. However, problem number two is… Upper-lip tie: Breastfeeding has been excruciating, but I breastfed my first baby for 18 months, so I know it SHOULDN’T hurt. I […]