Motherhood

The Bees Knees & Apitherapy – Slovenia Part II

fullsizeoutput_1775If you’ve seen my recent post about our trip to Slovenia, this is the continuation! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this experience! I was looking through good ol’ Trip Advisor to find some things to do in Kolbarid, Slovenia. Since most of the activities here are rafting and parasailing, which would be amazing, we needed to find alternatives for a family with a baby. I doubt most rafting companies would allow a 6 month old haha. I came across Apitherapy Kozjak. —>

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I want Sugar! 3 Ingredient Cookies

FullSizeRender-1Typically, my husband and I avoid extra sugar as much as possible. I thought, that the only craving I really had throughout my pregnancy was Greek Yogurt with Frozen Blueberries, but looking back I realize that I made and ate A LOT of Apple Crisp. Haha. I remember my husband teasing me that I am getting a sweet tooth, something I typically lack. But I am beginning to realize that I am craving sugar still. Every damn day. So it really is time to clean that up a bit.
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Encapsulating my Placenta

FullSizeRender.jpg-2This may or may not be the post you’d like to read. There are some rather detailed photos if you’re not keen on blood, or organ viewing. Now that the warning is out of the way lets get down to business. Throughout my pregnancy I had always planned on consuming my placenta. This is far more common than you think! Some people make an art print out of theirs from the web of veins, others bury theirs and plant a tree over it. Both I think are lovely ideas! Others save a dried bit of the umbilical cord in a piece of jewelry. While I think that is cool, I also don’t think I’d wear it. 😉 —>

Our First Month with Red

fullsizeoutput_2ea2What a rollercoaster it has been! If you haven’t already read Redfield’s birth story, you can find it here. Things have been a bit crazy since bringing Red home from the hospital, to say the least. There hasn’t been much time to process everything, until now. Today Red is four weeks old! We are home enjoying the sunny Spring weather. But it took a lot to get to this day. Allow me to get you caught up. —>

My Labor & Delivery Experience

FullSizeRender 3A bit over a week ago I gave birth to my son, Redfield William. And let me tell you, he is incredible. He is by far and away my greatest accomplishment. It is difficult to put into words how much I love him and that love grows every day. As you can gather from previous posts, I had a relatively easy pregnancy. Red was always on track. I didn’t experience any morning sickness or extreme energy dips. I was able to workout throughout the entire nine months, though I will admit from weeks 38-41 I slowed down quite a bit. To be expected with all of the aches and pains that —>

Redfield’s Nursery

fullsizerenderI have to admit, I have gotten so caught up in this kid making his arrival in the world that I have been off my game. Unorganized, tired and definitely in a lull. Today we are currently at 40 weeks + 4days and I am impatient to say the least!

I have been meaning to do a post about how our nursery has turned out! My husband was amazingly supportive when I mentioned that I wanted to focus my intentions on this room as a creative outlet, and a way to express my energy throughout this process. I couldn’t be more thankful that he encouraged me to take it and run! I did so much research, maxed out my patience with Pinterest and tried to find inspiration in every country we have visited recently. —>

I Met You In My Dreams

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36 Weeks Pregnant

“You have your fathers face. That is all I could think as you were handed to me. Tears were streaming down my face as if I had never experienced so much love in one moment. All at once I was surrounded by your energy. Your presence. Figures moved swiftly yet, quietly around me, but I couldn’t see them clearly in my periphery. My attention was solely focused on you. —>

Early Morning Vibes

The pervasive aching of my hips woke me early this morning. You were there to greet me in our Tuscan sun soft room with your little movements. Cocooned in your fathers arms I lay paralyzed with love. For someone who was certain that pregnancy wasn’t for her, and the thought of having something move around in her belly would feel awful, I cannot help but smile because I know already, that I will miss the feeling. I am sometimes overwhelmed by the connection I have with you. You ground me. Your impressive strength is soothing to me as you wiggle and stretch. Not much longer and the world is yours to do with what you wish, to move freely in its space. 

Content and yet anxiously waiting,

Mom

[Im]Perfection During Pregnancy

img_9644To say I am a perfectionist is an understatement. For whatever reason, I have always put a lot of pressure on myself to perform. Dance monkey, dance! Not always the healthiest approach to things, but it motivated me to complete whatever the task at hand was. There is a downside to this approach as well. One that I am discovering more and more, is holding me back more than motivating me.

As I reflect on my pregnancy so far, it is interesting to note, —>

It’s a Boy! Didn’t you want to know?

28weekspregnant-1-of-130,000 feet in the air heading to Germany gives a girl time to reflect. I am heading up to spend time with my husband as he is here for a week and we are so sickeningly in love that we just couldn’t be apart. But seriously, I fall in love with him more every day as we continue to grow through this experience. It’s crazy. Could be the hormones, but I love it! Enough of that? Okay then, on to some recent thoughts.

As I close out my second trimester of pregnancy, my thoughts continue to deepen in every aspect of my life. As I had mentioned before, initial easy acceptance of being pregnant has been an uphill battle for me. That is not to say that I am not excited, but that there has been and is so much to process emotionally and mentally as our little man continues to grow in my belly. And boy am I processing. —>