Try It Tuesday

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A few weeks ago, I started getting stuff ready for Huff the Babe’s arrival. I made a couple of freezer meals, worked ahead on my editing schedule, and probably did more laundry than I ever thought possible. I knew that once we officially became a two-kid household, things would go topsy-turvy.

I also knew that meant I would need to heal as quickly as possible. So I scoured the Internet, searching for ways to naturally help my body heal after a vaginal delivery. That’s when I found this “recipe” for soothing post-partum padsicles:

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When I had Huff the Tot, Lady Town suffered . A LOT. I pushed for two hours AND had a third degree tear. It. Was. PAINFUL. Like, if I sneezed within the first week of giving birth, I wanted to die.

I was afraid that might happen this time around, so I decided I’d give these “padsicles” a try.

Here’s what you need:

~Overnight maxi pads
~2 cups witch hazel (you can get this at CVS)
~1/2 cup pure, edible aloe vera juice (you can get this at any health food store)
~15-20 drops lavender essential oil
~15-20 drops rosemary essential oil
~15-20 drops German chamomile essential oil
~foil

Combine everything in a bowl.

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Unfold your pads and pour a tbsp of the mixture in a line down the middle of the pad. (I kept the paper on the “wings” so I could utilize them later.)

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Fold back up, wrap in aluminum foil and place in the freezer!

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¡Voilà! Padscicles! When you’re ready to use them, take one out, let it thaw for about 1-2 minutes and then use!

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(I made sure to label them so Huff the Hubs wouldn’t think it was something he could eat, lol)

These things are FANTASTIC! They feel amazing on the “tender area” and soothe the pain! This was most definitely a Pinterest win! (The original site said you can also use these for c-section pain. Just unfold the pad and place across your stitches!)

Have you ever tried these? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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He’s here, y’all!
My little big boy finally made his debut!
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And let me tell ya, giving birth the second time around is SO much different!

My water broke at around 7:15 am on Wednesday, March 16. And it wasn’t a trickle; it was a GUSH.

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We checked into the hospital around 8:30 am and I was already at a four! A four! It took me 8 hours of labor with Huff the Tot to progress that much!
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My epidural didn’t hurt as much when it got administered this time. When I was in triage getting checked out, the nurses kept saying that the guy that was giving the epidurals that day was AMAZING. He REALLY was! I felt absolutely NOTHING. With HtT, I felt EVERYTHING.

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My labor was significantly shorter. I was only in labor 7 1/2 hours with Indy. Hermione’s labor lasted 22 hours! I only pushed for 15 minutes. With my first delivery, I pushed for about two hours! I felt like a BAMF!

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Now, I know every labor/delivery is different, but I do think there is something to what people say when they claim that second labor and deliveries are faster! Not only that, but I feel like my body has bounced back much faster this time around. Granted, I’m exhausted, but physically I feel pretty good!
What about you? Was your second (or third) delivery faster than your first? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Yes. I am still pregnant.

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Last Thursday I went to my doctor and she said, “Oh, I wouldn’t be surprised if he came today! He’ll at least be here this weekend!” Of course I was overjoyed at hearing that! I’ve been so miserable, been in a lot of pain, and I’m so ready to be done being pregnant.

So Thursday went by.

Nothing.

Friday came and went.

Nothing.

Saturday came. I thought it was “go time”. I was having severe contracions that were close together and VERY painful. My mom came over to get Huff the Tot while huff the Hubs and I booked it to the hospital. We got checked in and sent up to Triage.

Nope. Nothing.

Even though I was having painful contractions every 4 minutes, they were not the “real labor” kind; the kind that dilates and lets the baby come out. So we left.

Then, I got a call from my family and they said that Hermione was running a temperature and was basically inconsolable. So immediately I started hysterically weeping. One, because my baby needed/wanted me and two, because I was just so frickin’-frackin’ frustrated that I wasn’t in real labor.

It was a good thing that I hadn’t gone into labor, though, because later that night, Huff the Tot woke up at 11:00 p.m., puking.

The three of us laid in Mommy and Daddy’s bed and got ZERO sleep. Oh, and did I mention that Saturday night we “sprang forward”?

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And, you guessed it, Sunday passed with no baby.

Sigh. 

So, yeah. I’m a little frustrated. And miserable. And I know in my heart he’ll come when he’s ready. But in my head, I’m like, “WILL YOU PLEASE JUST GET OUT?!”

And that’s why my blogs have been so scarce lately. But, I figure the best way to get my mind off the fact that I’m not in labor is to continue as I would. So you can expect new blogs this week! Woo!

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These last few weeks of pregnancy have been really rough on me. Between just the pure discomfort I’ve felt to the guilt I feel about not being able to be as active with Huff the Tot as I used to be, I’ve just felt incredibly down.

Last week, a dear friend sent me a text:

“FYI, I sent you a book through Amazon.

It’ll be there Monday!”

I was excited! She didn’t tell me what the book was. So Monday, when I opened the package, I saw this:

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I felt a peace come over me. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but I KNEW I needed to read this book. (Now I know that it was such a God thing).

As I read the Introduction, I started sobbing. This woman was me. Even though she had three kids and I only one (with one on the way) I completely understood her. It was as though she looked inside my mind and heart and wrote down my deepest secrets. One line stuck with me:

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I’ve thought that A LOT these past few weeks. Between the constant Braxton Hicks and the false alarms, there are days I dread hearing the alarm or my daughter calling over the monitor, “Mommy! I awake!” There are days I want to call in sick, but Moms don’t have that luxury.

Even though I’ve only read a few chapters of this book, my spirit has been renewed and I’m feeling like there is hope when I couldn’t even see the possibility of it before.

If you’re a young momma that needs to feel like she’s not alone in her struggles or an older momma that wants to help out the new generation of mothers, I would definitely read this book!

You can get it here!

Have you ever read this book? What did you think? Do you have a book you’d recommend to a momma? Share int he comments below!

Fan Girl Friday

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Happy Friday, y’all! With the impending arrival of Huff the Babe, I’ve been slacking a lot on my bog-writing duties. But, I couldn’t let another week go by without sharing some awesomely geeky delights for you!

 

Even though its barely March, I’m already thinking ahead to Mother’s Day. I’m thinking I need to tell Huff the Hubs that my Littles need to get this for their momma:

Love you to the moon and back necklace

Isn’t it so cute?! Perpetual Kid really knows the way to a momma’s heart!

 

Around this house, there are about five things that Huff the Tot absolutely loves. And one of those things is Pete the Cat! So imagine my delight when I read that Pete will be starring in his very own show!

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The release date is still TBA, but the creator of Phineas and Ferb has already been named as the show’s director! P and F is a hilarious show, so hopefully Pete will be a great one as well!

 

I’ve got a long list of books to read on Goodreads that hasn’t really been touched in the past 6 months. Because, toddler. And now, one of my “Books to Read” is about to be made into a movie! Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children has always piqued my interest, and seeing that Tim Burton is set to direct the film adaptation, I’m feeling the need to read this book!

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Here is a brief synopsis from IMBD: “When a teen (Asa Butterfield) visits a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children, he learns that his new friends have special powers and powerful enemies.” The film comes out September 30th so I better get to reading!

 

Easter is only three weeks away! Can you believe it?! It seems like yesterday we were decorating the Christmas tree! I love the tradition of Easter baskets and I’m REALLY hoping I get one of these in mine:

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Its a chocolate Cumberbunny! A chocolatier over in Europe has crafted these Sherlockian sweets just in time for Easter! They’re around $70, so they’d better taste as good as they look!

 

Try It Tuesday

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Now that we’re officially in March, I’m counting down the days until Huff the Babe makes his appearance. And lawd let me tell ya, I’m so incredibly ready to be done. I’ll spare you the gory details, but let’s just say that pregnancy HURTS.

I’ve been looking at ways to help me out during and after delivery (i.e., what I can do to help me NOT have to push for two hours like I did with Huff the Tot/what I can do to help speed up the healing process).

During my research, I came across this study. To spare you from having to read it yourself, a group of pregnant women were used in this study. Half of them ate 6 dates a day in the four weeks leading up to their due date and the other half did not. According to the study, those in the date-eating group:

  • Have intact membranes upon admission to the hospital
  • Go into labor spontaneously
  • Avoid pitocin
  • And have a shorter first phase of labor

Research has found that dates have an affect on the body much like the hormone oxytocin, which helps to stimulate contractions as well as help with hemorrhaging after delivery. Plus, its full of good-for-you stuff like fiber, magnesium, and potassium! So, why not, right?

Right when I read this, I went out and bought a bag!

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I’ve been chomping down on these bad boys since my 34th week! They’re actually pretty good and taste like big raisins!

I’ll let you know if I think the dates helped me out (I’m sure all those mamas-to-be want to know)!

 

Have you ever tried dates? What did you think?