meanttobeamama

a natural mama who loves to giggle

Choose love. March 13, 2014

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It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day, tantrums, and mountains of laundry. It’s easy to say “please go play, my head aches…” It’s easy to get frustrated when you are still in yesterday’s yoga pants. What’s not easy is to be thankful. In that moment we are quick to sigh. Quick to ohmygosh again. In that moment it’s tough to remember the blessing of little feet pitter-patting down the hall, chasing the dog and the cat. 

I am thankful for my mountain of needing to be folded, still in the basket, laundry. It means my babies were with me another day in paradise. (Also known as the house.) 

I am thankful for babies who want to always play. Even though Mama is pretty useless when a migraine strikes.

I am thankful for days so full, I wake in the middle of the night and realize I’m still in yesterday’s yoga pants.

I am thankful. 

choose to be thankful. These blessings I call my babies, are not a blessing everyone receives. No one is guaranteed joyful morning snuggles or the smell of sweet, oh so sweet milk breath.

In the moment of “child meltdown number six and it’s only ten am..” It is easy to throw our hands in the air. Please choose to be grateful. There are those that would surrender everything to have five more minutes with their blessing(s). What you choose matters. Choose to cherish each babe. Breathe in their sweet scent. Stroke their peach fuzz heads. Tell them you love them unconditionally. Choose love.

 

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Dairy, cow breastmilk. February 21, 2014

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While at the grocery store the other day, I overheard a conversation. “Well, you know, I am lactose intolerant…although I still love a big glass of milk with my doughnuts…” (Okay stop thinking about doughnuts for one second. It’s hard I know.) I was more than tempted to step in and impart some crunchy mama wisdom but I refrained. Cows milk is made for calves. Not humans. So technically every human is lactose intolerant when it comes to dairy. While it does makes some tasty food, we aren’t supposed to be ingesting it, certainly not in the mass quantities we do. Human milk for human babies, cows milk for calves. In a society where breastfeeding should be a “covered” affair, and nursing past the first birthday is taboo, we certainly love our bovine breastmilk. Every store sells it by the gallons. For real? If I put my milk in a gallon jug and tried to pour it on your cereal or made ice cream out of it wouldn’t you look at me like I was nuts?! I certainly couldn’t sell in the the grocery store. People would be aghast! (This is not the time to talk about black market sales of breastmilk.) Is ice cream tasty? Yes, a big whopping yes. Oh, but if I made ice cream or a fancy gelato with my milk (which is actually bioidentical to our human bodies and much easier to digest) you would scoff at even trying a tiny spoonful. A “catch 22″ I believe…

 

Brownie chocolate chip cookie cupcakes recipe February 2, 2014

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Phew! That’s a mouthful, and believe me, you will WANT a mouthful of these tasties!

For this recipe you will need:

  • Chocolate chip cookie mix or your favorite recipe (you could even use those break apart cookie dough squares if you wanted)
  • Brownie mix or your favorite recipe
  • A cookie scoop (mine is a stainless farberware. You don’t need this but I find it makes the proportioning easier and the process faster)
  • Cupcake pan
  • Cupcake liners
  1. Whip up that cookie dough and brownie mix in separate bowls. Make it just like the mix says or recipe tells you. Don’t combine the two just yet. (Resist the urge to eat the dough or brownie mix, girlfriend!)
  2. Put the cupcake liners in the cupcake pan
  3. Scoop one scoop, or 2 Tbsp of brownie mix into the bottom of the liners
  4. Then scoop one scoop or 2 Tbsp of cookie dough right into the top of the brownie batter

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Like this!

  5. Bake those bad boys! I find that if I bake them at the temperature for the cookie mix, they turn out well. However, the length of bake time will depend on your oven and checking the doneness with a toothpick. Today I set the timer for 12 minutes and it was about 3-5 minutes after that, they came out with a clean toothpick. The cookie will “set up” differently than the brownie. If the toothpick is clean but the cookie still seems a bit soft, STILL TAKE IT OUT OF THE OVEN. Cookies harden as they cool.

When they are done in the oven they will look like this,

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6. I let them cool a little while still in the pan. Mostly to help keep the cupcake shape, then transfer them to a cooling rack. You could frost them. I did last year for our Super Bowl party, but to me they were too rich. Now that’s sayin’ something! I chose to frost them with a chocolate frosting, this year no frosting. Plus, with no frosting everyone can see the awesomeness you put inside those delicious brownies! You know how I love versatility. The incredible Mr. Alton Brown (who I am a huge fan of!) always says “no unitaskers in my kitchen!”. He does happen to say this about kitchen tools, but I love versatility of recipes too. I could totally see this being delicious with chocolate chocolate chunk cookies in brownies. If you’re chocolate obsessed like I am.

 

Nine months already? January 23, 2014

Wyatt is nine months old. How in the world did that happen? I swear, it feels like only weeks ago I was sitting with Shannon Sasseville pushing on my back, and Sue Hudson pushing on my legs to alleviate my back labor. The IV that sounded like a didgeridoo. Laughing really hard about Jim gaffigan. Being terrified to the deepest depths about birthing a baby at 34w 5d. Knowing that I was able to keep him in 24 hours longer than I thought so he wasn’t a 34w 4d. Being left with the fear I did something to cause this preterm baby’s birth. Having a doula that had experienced every thing I was, was truly incredible. To have a midwife go into the NICU and tell them to listen to what I wanted to do and to take their protocol and shove it, was amazing. A husband who was with me every step and matched me tear for tear. I can’t believe this story is now a memory. Wyatt is nine months old. How in the world did that happen? I swear, it feels like only weeks ago I was sitting with Shannon Sasseville pushing on my back, and Sue Hudson pushing on my legs to alleviate my back labor. The IV that sounded like a didgeridoo. Laughing really hard about Jim gaffigan. Being terrified to the deepest depths about birthing a baby at 34w 5d. Knowing that I was able to keep him in 24 hours longer than I thought so he wasn’t a 34w 4d. Being left with the fear I did something to cause this preterm baby’s birth. Having a doula that had experienced every thing I was, was truly incredible. To have a midwife go into the NICU and tell them to listen to what I wanted to do and to take their protocol and shove it, was amazing. A husband who was with me every step of the way, and matched me tear for tear. I can’t believe this story is now a memory…

If you too would like an incredible and supportive birthing team I HIGHLY suggest:

http://www.wellspringwomenshealth.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheBirthConnectionOfNortheastOhio

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“In my next life…” January 15, 2014

Filed under: Breastfeeding Bliss,Posts,Pregnancy — meanttobeamama @ 4:30 pm

In my “next life” I aspire to be a doula. I mean that as in, life with older children. I really believe that is my calling in life. Quite literally to assist a laboring mother as she births her infant. To witness such an ever present miracle. A woman can create a person with her body, then birth that person with her body, and nourish that person with her body. I wish more people were as awe struck with that sequence. It is amazing in the truest sense of the word

 

Whats your “next life” plan? 

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Haunted. December 25, 2013

Filed under: Breastfeeding Bliss,Posts,Pregnancy — meanttobeamama @ 6:50 am
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My baby is eight months old. How did that happen? I feel like our life is in fast forward and I occasionally get a summary of what has happened. I birthed him in April. I am still living in April. I am still living breath to breath, in April. I am still so haunted by April. At 30 weeks I wrote a post about how I felt this ominous situation approaching, not knowing what was to come. What I wrote to you in that post, I had never felt, or been scared of, during my first pregnancy. It turned out to be the worst kind of foreshadowing. The kind that rocks you. The terrifying type. I had no idea while I was writing that post I would bring him earthside just four weeks later. Four. With nine days in the NICU. I spent those nine days counting every droplet and ounce of my milk. And counting every droplet and ounce he ate. I was trying to be a mom in a world where only numbers and science matters. “Nursing on-demand” is crazy talk and by golly you WILL follow the schedule. My baby is healthy now with no developmental delays. He is a healthy weight and height. He is a happy boy. But a mamas heart bears all wounds. It is scarred by past battles, but never forgets what it is like to be “in the trenches”. Our story has such a happy ending, we did not lose him and he is surpassing his full-term comrades. So….why am I still haunted?

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DIY raw & organic body butter December 16, 2013

Filed under: Beauty,DIY,Posts,Recipes — meanttobeamama @ 10:08 pm

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I have had a love of skin indulgent products, well, for as long as I can remember. I used to covet certain body lotion and shower gel stores that usually appear in the malls (and shall remain nameless, but you know a few I’m suggesting…). HOWEVER, I am as you already know an avid label reader. If you are a store that makes skin products, then why all the yucky extra junk added in? I’m no longer such a fan. Now that I have two sensitive skinned babies of my own I have turned to more direct tactics. Whole. Raw. Organic. Non-GMO. Words that I love. This is what I now slather on myself and my family. They happily oblige by the way. Which was not always the case when applying eczema steroid creams that burn on scratches. 

 

  • 1 cup raw, organic Shea butter
  • 1/2 cup organic cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  1. In a double boiler, melt the Shea and coconut oil
  2. Once fully melted, set aside and let sit for 30 minutes
  3. Add in the olive oil and stir. At this point you could add 5-10 drops of a skin friendly essential oil. After that, place the bowl in the freezer for about 25 minutes
  4. Scrape down the sides and the bottom, so it’s all loose in the bowl. Otherwise your mixer may not fully combine ALL the ingredients.
  5. Whip that bad boy with a stand or hand mixer until fluffy and white. Mine looked like beautiful, freshly whipped cream. 

Scrape out every speck and spatter or your lovely mixture and slap it into an air-tight container. I used a good ole’ plastic one. You could totally use a glass jar. I’m packaging these little beauties into clean baby food jars for Christmas gifts! It doesn’t seem like a lot of uses in that little jar, but believe me, a little goes a long way. This seriously melts into your skin instantly. It liquifies immedietly. I’m POSITIVE you will never be buying store bought lotion again. 

XO!

 

 
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