The first time I caught sight of our daughter, basically a beating heart with T-Rex arms, the gravity of motherhood hit me. God planned her life before she was even a desire in my heart. It’s my job to give her spiritual life a healthy start. Talk about pressure! If you’re a new Christian mom like me, you might feel the same way. The internet is stocked full with helpful posts on how to introduce your child to Jesus. Personally, I think a child’s discipleship should begin long before their first birthday, while they are still learning the basics of eating and sleeping. In this post I’ll share a few ideas you can use to teach your baby about Jesus, right from the start.[Read more…] about How to Teach Your Baby About Jesus From Day One
Today was the day. My swollen ankles were propped up on my midwife’s chair while my pudgy hands clutched my three—yes, three—page birth plan. I wanted an all-natural birth. No meds. Lavender candles, yoga music, birthing ball, the works. My midwife assured me that the birthing center would help out with all of that and then cracked a joke about how this three-page birthing plan would be thrown out the window if my baby was breech.
I didn’t laugh. You see, I was already beginning to recognize a common trend with my baby: she loved to disrupt my plans. The midwife wiggled the ultrasound wand over my stomach and frowned. The room was dead silent while she slowly—painfully—moved it to my rib cage. Lo and behold, there was my Little Snot’s head.
Discovering that you have a breech baby after 36 weeks is heartbreaking. In many ways, your birth plan really is thrown out the window. If you can relate to my story, I want to tell you that there is still hope for you to flip your baby! In this post, we’ll talk about the methods I used for turning a breech baby naturally and safely at 39 weeks. I truly believe that these methods saved my natural delivery and can save yours too!
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When the lactation consultant told me Cali was tongue tied, I felt a guilty surge of relief. There was an actual, physiological reason for our breastfeeding troubles. Unfortunately, that relief was short-lived. Diagnosing tongue tie was the easy part. Between insurance issues and overbooked schedules, finding a provider was a Herculean task that took us an exasperating two weeks to complete. In the meantime, I had to cope with breastfeeding a tongue tied baby.
If your baby was diagnosed with tongue tie, you face the difficult choice between a frenotomy and coping with your child’s unique anatomy. Either way, breastfeeding a tongue tied baby can be frustrating and feel next to impossible. In this post, I’ll share some of the techniques I used to successfully breastfeed a tongue tied baby.