meanttobeamama

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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

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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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Easy peasy baby food (without the fancy gadgets!) November 13, 2013

Filed under: Breastfeeding Bliss,DIY,Posts,Recipes — meanttobeamama @ 1:02 pm
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I am constantly trying to feed my children whole foods. If you’re reading this, I’m pretty sure you are too. There are a couple neat baby food “steamers, purée-ers, and blenders”. I say let them stay at the store. You already have what you need to feed your baby real, whole foods. (I always wait until 6 months+ before attempting any food other than breast milk.) My parents made every ounce of our baby food. By this I mean they smashed or blended what they made for dinner that evening. Not all together you silly goose, only feed baby one food at a time until they are older. This way if there’s a reaction you can pinpoint which food it was. Here’s my secret baby food recipe :

  • Take one food (Here I opened a can of organic great northern beans)
  • Rinse the food
  • If necessary steam or bake the food
  • If necessary large chop the food
  • Dump into the food processor (mine is a tiny one)
  • Add mamas magic sauce (breast milk) (you could also use water to thin it)
  • Pulse until the texture you are looking for

THATS IT!!!! Made to much? Pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze for later. BAM!!! You just made a gaunt batch of baby food. No preservatives. No junk. Just whole food awesomeness. Here are some fun combos we love :

  1. Pumpkin + bananas
  2. Avocado + bananas
  3. White beans + pears
  4. Carrots + applesauce