A month ago today, my alarm went off at 3:30am. I scrubbed down in some sort of medical grade anti-septic solution (the third day in a row of showering with this stuff) in preparation to meet you. An order from the doctor to keep us safe.
Your Aunt Erin (and Teddy’s dutiful god mama) came quietly into our house at 4am, to be there for him when he woke up later that morning. Your mom-mom and pop-pop would be arriving shortly after. I left his favorite frozen blueberry waffles for breakfast. I kissed your brother one last time while he slept peacefully, your dad grabbed our bags, I hugged Aunt Erin so hard while I cried.
Sweet girl, I won’t ever lie to you about this. I was scared. So excited to meet you, but so scared to go through another c section.
I was utterly underprepared for my first birth, which started with my water breaking, followed by 28 hours of labor (2 pushing) and ultimately an emergency c section when Teddy went sunny side up and meconium was detected. I was offered pain meds, inflammatory foods and sugary drinks following his birth in the hospital (which is fairly standard). Even the natural birthing classes I took at my yoga studio didn't really cover post partum care past getting the baby out, feeding the baby and sleep schedules for baby.
This time around I'm going in with a bagful of items to support healing after a lot of research.
I'm not a doctor, check with your's and do what's right for YOUR body mama!
Here's a list of my must-haves:
Diffuser + calming oils
- I'm using my Desert Mist (tip: eave the decorative cover at home for easy transport!)
- Calming oils to diffuse before, during, after labor: Gentle Baby, Peace + Calming or Valor
Seedlings Baby Oil + Shampoo
Oils for mood support + cramping + milk production:
Placenta Encapsulation Kit
Milkful Nursing Bars
Vital Proteins Beef Liver
Cozy clothes, warm socks, headphones + toiletries for mom
Nursing shields + organic nipple pads
Swaddles + infant gowns for baby
My second pregnancy as compared to my first was night and day and I attribute so much of that to knowing more about how to take care of my body naturally. That said, I am not a doctor (shocking!) so check with your's and do what feels right to you. You are the gatekeeper of your body, baby and home.
Here's a rundown of all of the ways I was able to support my mind + body through pregnancy. All the things I WISH I knew the first go around!
Replace this list of common toxic things hiding in your home with this single oil.
Popped into Target for some last minute Easter candy and came out with a handful of Spring dresses. All of these dresses are BUMP friendly (not maternity) and I'm thrilled I can wear them again and again post partum -- AND they were all under $40!
Click here to see a quick try on!
And all of my favorite options here:
Here’s to my weekend laundry warriors. This is your reminder to move the wash into the dryer.
Full transparency I had no idea how dirty the old laundry detergents we were using were — including the one that’s “pediatrician recommended” with the pink cap. You know the one. I didn’t know that most store-bought detergents include things like the list of toxic chemicals below that belong NO WHERE near your body.
I'm no beauty influencer. I don't own a ring light and I apply eye shadow with my finger tips (because I'm too lazy to use my brushes). But I like my face to look nice and I've got a passion for doing it with plant-based alternatives. Here's why:
While Canada and Europe have banned 1300+ ingredients from use in cosmetics/skin care, the US has only banned 11. ELEVEN. Google it.
This all-natural, plant-based glow serum is so simple to make at home (takes two minutes) and has replaced my old expensive $$$$ night serums and eye cream.
We recently went on a road trip from Philly to Martha's Vineyard, MA to visit family with our two year old - who is a super BUSY boy. My sister-in-law who travels back and forth 12 hours from Philly to Georgia several times a year with a toddler AND dog gave me some of the BEST ideas for keeping him entertained on the road.
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