Winter Magic

Winter Magic
"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." ~ Ray Bradbury

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Crunchy Scale: Pregnancy, Labor, & Delivery

May 19, 2010
 So here is the "crunchy" scale:

granola = super crunchy, all natural

oatmeal = partially processed, mostly natural

instant oatmeal = processed but nature is still there

sugar puffs = who needs natural?

Other than being labeled "high risk" due to my "advanced maternal age", my pregnancy was pretty much uneventful. The upside of the high risk label was that I got to see ultrasounds of my baby bug at almost every visit, and those visits were a bit more frequent.  I did my best to follow all of the nutritional guidelines that were given to my by my midwife and I ate lots of the "superfoods" on the lists she gave me.  The most difficult thing to give up was sushi (and I'm still not convinced that it was necessary to give up).  Starting at about 7 months I had to really watch my salt content -- even just a little bit of salt would cause my feet and ankles to swell, but not enough to warrant any concern from my midwife.

So, yes I had a midwife and not an ob.  I don't know if this would be considered "crunchy" or not.  Kaiser gave me the choice between the two, though they did stress that due to my "advanced maternal age" it might be wise to go with an ob.  I really liked my midwife, she was an older lady, Mormon,  mother of 6 - all natural birth, and willing to listen to me and not rush through appointments.  She never once tried to convince me to find out the sex of my child, and she never once made me feel bad about the tons of weight I gained (I started at 125 and ended over 170).  She was supportive and informative.

Labor and Delivery
I decided early on that I wanted a natural birth with no induction, no meds, no epidural, etc... I went to classes to learn how to "breathe" through it.  My husband went to all of these classes with me.   No, I did not go to Lamaze classes, and no I do not remember the name of the classes I took.  They were through Kaiser.  I loved the classes that Kaiser offered and I took every one I could fit into my schedule.  It was because of these classes that I decided there was no way I was going to let them pump me full of drugs during labor and delivery.  Kaiser was very pro natural birth :)  It was also these classes that fully convinced me to nurse my baby.

When my babybug decided it was time to arrive, I was not ready.  My water broke 4 weeks early, and within 4 hours of my water breaking I was in the delivery room, and 2 hours after that I had a beautiful baby girl.  No drugs, no epi, no c-section.  Dream come true...except my baby bug was having breathing issues and after only a few minutes of skin-to-skin they whisked her away to nicu while I stayed behind to do the REAL WORK  - birthing the placenta.  This was MUCH harder than I could have ever imagined.  After about 30 minutes of  pushing and the midwife (not my midwife, she wasn't there) trying to manually get my placenta to release I finally gave in and let them give me a muscle relaxer.  The muscle relaxer was actually the nurse's idea -- the conversation went something like this: "Dr, I know she said no meds during delivery, but she's already had the baby, maybe she'd let us give her something now?"  My response "YES, Please!"  My mom said my placenta was huge, "now I know why you gained all that weight"!  I didn't see it.

So, where do I rate?  Oatmeal

Why?  Even though I had an all natural birth with a midwife, I chose to go to a hospital and not give birth at home.  I also did not save the cord blood and I did not encapsulate my placenta.  I also gave in and took meds when birthing the placenta.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Crunchy Scale: oatmeal with a bit of crunch?

Some of my friends and family think I'm a little "weird" for some of the parenting choices I make and call me "crunchy", but then again I also have some friends who really consider themselves "crunchy" who say I am "oatmeal".  I never really considered what label I was until recently - when I started joining groups on facebook and meetup with similar parenting ideas.  It was then that I realized that I didn't quite fit any of the labels.  Actually, I think few people fit perfectly into a label -- we all pick and choose what works for us, our baby, and our family.

So where am I on the crunchy scale?  I've decided to do a series of posts on where I am on the "crunchy scale" and maybe this question will be answered...or maybe not.

So here is the "crunchy" scale:

granola = super crunchy, all natural

oatmeal = partially processed, mostly natural

instant oatmeal = processed but nature is still there

sugar puffs = who needs natural?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mommy - Daughter Cooking Time

cooking with mommy


Baby bug "helping" me cook dinner tonight.  Orange chicken, rice, asparagus, and zucchini.  Yummy!

i love my grill and my "family dinner" cook book!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pre-Owned Fluff -- Picture Post!

stash of fuzzibunz diapers purchased from fluff swappers on fb

they fit perfect!

fluff mail arrived today!  moby wrap from the baby wearing swap on fb and kawaii minky diapers from fluff swappers

this moby is for lo #2... (no, we aren't pg yet)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I like it Dry!

So, one of the downsides of my wonderful high capacity dryer is that it takes forever for clothes to dry if you don't have a double load.  My baby bug's clothes have to be run through 2 cycles to dry (and so do the cd inserts). I am also allergic to fabric softeners and dryer sheets.  The cure?  Wool dryer balls!  I'm currently attempting to make my own via this online tutorial.  However, if you aren't inclined to make your own, or just don't have the time, you can find plenty of them on etsy!  They run between $4.00 - $6.00 each depending on the size.  When I am done making mine I will post pictures!
dryer balls by FondleMyFiber on Etsy

Monday, March 5, 2012

Even the babysitter can do it!

So, Saturday night was the first time our sitter watched baby bug since we switched to cloth went great!  I love our babysitter, she is a sponge that wants to soak up everything there is to know about parenting. I showed her the cd's and her first response was how adorable they were!  Then I showed her how to change the cd's and she was shocked at how easy it was.  Her biggest worry was that she would snap the diaper on too tight. So, we left baby bug and the cd's in the caring hands of our baby sitter and went out to dinner with friends.

We returned from dinner and baby bug was snug in bed asleep.  While I was driving our sitter home, all she talked about was how easy the cding was and how she can't wait to try it again.  She even mentioned that when she has a family she will now have to consider cding :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Out and About: Picture Post

I was looking through some of my older blog posts and I realized that after posting about my obimama mei tai, I never posted pictures of me actually using it!  So, here is a "picture only" post of me wearing baby bug out and about!  
*today I went to the farmer's market wearing baby bug in our obimama mt "for the last time"... I'm having padding added to the shoulders and getting the straps shortened, so when it comes back to me it will be a whole new mt :)  Obimama is also making a toddler sized mt for baby bug to wear her dollies or stuffed animals!

1 month - balboa baby pouch ring sling- at the time I used this I did  not know that this type of sling was not safe for younger babies.  As soon as I learned this information I stopped using this sling.

hanging out on camps at GAWHS - note, this sling was NOT recalled - but it was deemed unsafe for infant carrying.  I found that there were no issues with it once baby is on the hip and has head control -- that said, I could only carry her for about 30 minutes before my shoulder would start killing me. 

San Diego - this is the last time I used this carrier

10 months - obimama mei tai (in our backyard)

14 months - camping in Dog Wood, CA -- MUCH more comfortable for both mommy and baby!  I wish I had discovered the differences earlier.  At least now I know for baby #2.

going for a hike (she fell asleep in the first 5 min!)

Cute Pictures and Cloth Wipes

In addition to cd'ing now, I've also decided to start using cloth wipes.  Not all the time; I've become way too addicted to my Kirkland wipes - I have a package in almost every room  and in the car.  I'm keeping some cloth wipes on the changing table (only 12 for now) right next to the sposie wipes, along with a bottle of California Baby Diaper Area Spray.  Spray, wipe (repeat if necessary) and throw wipe into wet bag with dirty diapers.  I've been told by other  cd mommas that when my CA Baby runs out I can just put in water and that will work just as well,but I've been using CA Baby diaper spray from day one and I like the way it smells, so I think it is one expense I will keep :)

Here are some pics of baby bug in her new diapers:

watermelon fuzzibunz 
she likes playing in just her diaper

happy heinys - also, notice the cd instruction
sheet I posted for my hubby!