A while back I was the target of some crunchy flaming, as some of you know. Apparently people don’t believe I actually do all the crunchy things I’ve written about and shared here on the blog and it became this debate/ venting session for all of them. Anyway, one of the comments made was…
Does she work or is the blog her full time gig? How does anyone will an actual job have time to do all of those things? All I do is cloth diaper and I feel like it takes 9 million hours a month (it doesn’t. It just feels that way). I can’t imagine doing all of those other things, too. (more…)
Yes, I’m blogging in labor.
While I’m not live streaming the birth this time (hospital birth remember?), I know everyone is waiting to hear about the labor developments so I’ll update you while I am here at home laboring before we head to the hospital.
Labor began this morning (39 wks & 3 days pregnant) as I was getting the girls on track for heading off to school. I was having back to back, painful contractions and back pain. My water hasn’t broken.
I even remarked to my husband “gosh, am I in labor or what?!” at one point while prepping their breakfast but with the many contraction spurts that have gone nowhere since before Thanksgiving I was just over paying attention to things I guess.
So, Nathan went off to work and I continued to get the girls ready for school while drinking my coffee and waking up. By the time I needed to drive Everly to school I knew things weren’t quite like my previous, lame contraction spurts. Anyway, I drove Everly to school with 6-7 min spaced contractions, cam back home with Adalyn and got a bunch of our crap ready for the hospital. As I write this things are about 4-5 min apart. (more…)
It is looking to be a super weird day!
BOTH girls slept in our room last night. They were so restless & anxious they couldn’t fall asleep, even after some warm magnesium “tea” (aka Natural Calm) and some time to unwind in their room. Eventually we let them come to our room where they didn’t sleep much. They weren’t playing or anything, just laying there awake… tossing and turning. his is super uncharacteristic of them. We didn’t sleep much either and I was even anxious and wide awake for some unknown reason.
“Spontaneous delivery is related to barometric pressure: Many studies have shown that changes in the weather affect health. In the field of obstetrics and gynecology, several events have been empirically shown to be related to the weather. Labor pain is controlled by the autonomic nervous system and various hormones, and is expected to be influenced by the weather and environmental changes. Several studies have been conducted on the relationship between delivery and barometric pressure, which shows constant changes with changes in weather, but there is no generally accepted view on this.” Read the study performed on this here. (more…)
Each time around the holiday season a number of people in my crunchy circle (what the hell is “crunchy” Talina?) find themselves upset when trying to mesh with non-crunchy loved ones that are often downright rude and generally not accommodating.
Year after year I hear about…
- People that insist on hosting a holiday celebrations but whom refuse to acknowledge an attending family member’s food allergy or food preference.
- People that downright un-invite you to events because of your crunchy preferences or food requests.
- People that accost you at events for parenting choices.
- People that just ridicule you behind your back.
- People having to prepare their own meals to take along to events where eating choices, needs or food allergies aren’t considered by the host.
- Children being slipped no-no foods, drinks or toys behind parents backs just to make the parents angry.
- Children being snubbed because of their parents crunchy choices about foods or toys.
While I don’t usually have to deal with meshing our own crunchy beliefs with family members around the holidays (since we live so far away from all of them and we celebrate by ourselves) but I do get my share of online “crunchy hating” or “crunchy flaming” so I can relate… (more…)
The girls are sure interested in the upcoming arrival of their baby brother. We’ve been watching Call the Midwives some days and discussing how babies come and all the various things that are related.
You see, when Adalyn was born, Everly (who was 2yrs old and asked to be woken up so she wouldn’t miss it) was present and it was such a special family experience. A stark contrast from how we experienced being left with a relative for a day or two while our own parents went off to have their babies… Now that we have two girls under five years old we are prepping ourselves and them for the experience, should they wish to participate. (more…)
Can you believe I’m now 30 weeks pregnant? I’m thinking I am just a bit too large and pregnant to be tromping around various Indiana farms and visiting the local theme park like I normally would. This last weekend is the proof.
For the wedding we knew we needed to secure as many photos of the event as we could, but we didn’t have the budget for thousands of dollars for a wedding photographer, plus we weren’t really looking for someone to provide us with prints of the photos from the wedding… So we hunted around for people looking to launch their photography business (on craigslist!), who had photography skills and a unique take on wedding pictures.
Nathan has a funny story about the craigslist ads we placed, several stories actually. He should blog them… But to sum it up, we got a bunch of headaches and hate mail resulting from the ad and we also found many talented and passionate candidates.
Our wedding week is underway. We’ve survived the 15+ hour travel day that began at 2:30 am, the rental car fiasco that stranded us and while spending some time settling in at our cozy cabin in the pine forest just south of Flagstaff, AZ we had some special encounters with nature. (more…)
Exciting things are happening around these parts, not that we need anymore excitement as we speed towards our wedding day, mostly unprepared. Time is flying by fast right now!
Anyway, on to the excitement to share… (more…)