Anneliese’s Birth Story

I just have to start writing… but there is something so intimidating about a blank white fresh text field when I have such an Important Subject to record. Especially when I don’t really consider myself to be much of a writer. I don’t even like writing that much! Who knows why I love to blog?


Happy Birthday to my Sweetie

Well, happy birthday to him yesterday. And as a birthday gift to all of you? I give you this cake. And since I made it with a 3-week-old baby who is nursing constantly when she is awake… you know it must be easy. Plus it’s grain-free and gluten-free. Score! And my husband just wouldn’t be


Welcome, Anneliese Claire!

After 42 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy, and a lot of patience, Anneliese Claire was born! And let me tell you… if you’re pregnant and want to go into labor, I figured it out. It’s not walking, sex, castor oil, or spicy food. It isn’t eggplant, acupressure, a special pizza, pineapples, or bouncing on


42 Weeks – Continued Prodromal Labor & Induction Questions

Last week I wrote about having been in Prodromal Labor for basically the entire week. It hasn’t stopped. Each day and night, I have many, many contractions. The weird thing is I don’t know if they’ve gotten less intense or if my uterus is just stronger now, so I notice them less. I suspect the


41 Weeks – Welcome to Prodromal Labor

This week’s letter to baby will have to be edited into a nice image later on. If you read on you’ll find out why, relatively quickly. Oh, and it’s not because the baby was born yet… Dear Baby, I only half-expected you to be born by this point, since the average pregnancy lasts closer to


40 Weeks – Post due date and Wives Tales

Don’t get me wrong – I’m still being patient, and I’m not about to ask to be induced or have my membranes stripped or anything like that. But I know our little girl is “fully cooked” in there, and now that our midwife is back in town it’s hard to not want her to come


Baby Room Tour – Hanford, CA Home

The baby room is finished enough to share with you now, I think. It’s not perfect or what I intend her “real” room to be like, but it’s a “for now” sort of situation since we will be moving soon (this fall). Don’t ask me where we’re moving. We don’t know; it’s up to the


Delicious repeats – Paprikash and Cookies

I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been freezing meals for post-baby… so last night I wanted to poach some chicken breasts and freeze some for easy meals (throwing into veggies/sauce, making into chicken taco salads, etc). So I poached 6 breasts, and cut up 2 to use in dinner, which was sort of a repeat


39 weeks – We’re ready for her!

This is the week my midwife is on vacation, so as ready as we are to meet our little girl, I’m okay with her taking her time for now. Just hanging in there… enjoying my time with my husband, cooking good food (but being lazy about posting recipes – sorry! I have been taking notes


Welcome to my Living Room

So it’s not exactly AFTER… there are still some things I want to do to it, and I didn’t “stage” the room for photos so… yeah. But I figure it might be a while before it’s actually at AFTER and this is close enough for sharing! Orange rug: Love it. I debated over whether or


38 Weeks, and Staying Patient (Pregnancy Iced Tea)

Pregnancy iced tea: Heat 4 cups of water. Throw in 3 bags of Red Raspberry Leaf tea. Throw in 1 bag of other tea (I did peppermint, then green chai, and tonight’s is green tea + some lemon slices) for variety Dump in 3 packets of Truvia Let steep several minutes. Remove tea bags, and


Dehydrating Vegetables – Primal/Paleo Emergency Food Kit?

One thing about eating the way that we do – mostly meat, produce, eggs, and dairy – is that it makes it difficult to have a store of food ready in case of an emergency. On the east coast, that would mean hurricanes or tornadoes. Out here, that means possibly an earthquake (which my husband



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