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Enjoying homegrown goodness, from my garden to my table.

If you are reading N's blog you probably already know about the veggi garden in our backyard. It's a good little garden with lots of yummy stuff. We are stoked to have a much longer growing season here, we can grow more fun stuff now. We have things like corn, zucchini, tomato, peppers, basil, lettuce, parsley, cucumber, melon, beans, peas, egg plant and collard greens going out there right now. This last weekend we had quite a few zucchini that were harvested and some bushy collard green plants so I went looking for some recipes. Since transplanting to the Midwest I've discovered I like southern style collard greens but we've been failing at cooking them. Turns out it is all in the stock! I found this recipe for Tasty Collard Greens that calls...

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Less-words Wednesday: Baby Everly is 5 weeks old

I've been a slacker on the Wednesday photo posts! The last time I posted one was back when I was knocked up. It was the Less-words Wednesday: Pregnancy Home Stretch Edition. Now that I am taking over 100 photos of E a week Ive got lots of material to share. Here we go! She slept in her crib for the first time ever over the weekend. It was just a tiny nap in the crib on her tummy while N and I worked on stuff in the office but it was a milestone since she isn't to crazy about independent sleep. It turns out we picked the perfect bedding set because she is crazy about animal print for some reason. There is zebra print on her playmat that she loves to look at....

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People just don't get it sometimes…

Today I saw a news report about a woman who was homebirthing here in Indiana whose baby didn't make it. The story portrayed all homebirths as unsafe and crazy. It even incorrectly referred to the birth as unassisted (midwives were present) and did nothing but scare people. While the story did have a tragic outcome it's not a accurate representative of most homebirths and that is why they story upsets me. Homebirth is not for every woman and every pregnancy which is why there needs to be adequate laws and regulations in place to protect women and midwives (like there are in Tennessee). Homebirth should be an acceptable and viable option for most but thanks to one sided stories, scare tactics and profit driven laws it is not. This is sad...

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Headaches, electrolytes and fussy babes.

Everly is screaming and has been doing so, consistently, since yesterday. I am just sitting down to try writing a blog post and I can't for the life of me remember what it was I was going to write about now, figures! E shot more poop around this morning while I was changing her. Every time she does it I just can't help but laugh. Now I am washing a blanket from the bed and scrubbing some orange poo spots on the carpet when I get a few free moments. *drinks some cold grape powerade* Ah, yes! The powerade. So I lived in hot, miserable, Phoenix, AZ for 22 years of my life. 100+ degree temperatures were the norm and I wasn't the best at staying hydrated. I was like a camel, didn't...

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Like shooting a nail gun at your head.

Gosh, I don't know what the damn problem is. It could be the lack of sleep catching up with me or it could be the crappy sleeping positions when I am able to rest. They've strained my neck I think. Oh, I guess the ear piercing shrieks that E lets out every 30-45 minutes for no apparent reasion could also be to blame. Whatever the cause, the fact is I've got a killer headache that's been around for several days now and it's pretty annoying. It's like someone shot a nail gun through the top, back of my head or something and it's making me a crappy mom right now. Her crying is sending me through the roof and she's doing it lots today. Wednesday she was having a good day, the last...

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Baby E, Band Camp and Cloth Diapering…

Now that I am a mom I am thinking blog posts will get shorter and probably less thorough here (with more spelling and grammar errors I am sure) , I mean I am struggling to get posts written now that I can't sit down for an hour straight to write. Brain power is lacking as is uninterrupted blog writing time. You knew that already though huh? Anyway, on to the updates. After busting out 4 loads of laundry and loading the dishwasher I've got a few minutes to spare, baby E is the angel baby today. She was a screaming banshee yesterday, lol. She woke to feed about every hour and a half, would doze off while feeding then scream bloody murder when you tried to put her down and let...

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Cloth poop catcher fun rocks! A cloth diaper post.

Yesterday I got some "fluffy mail" (in the cloth diapering world this mean a diaper related mail delivery). I ordered a few more cloth diapers and some much needed diaper safe laundry detergent so I could begin using my cloth diapers. We are working on our last pack of gifted disposable diapers and don't intend to buy more which means the cloth diaper stash needs to be expanded ASAP. Can I just add that Huggies Pure & Natural diapers suck big time? They really do! Poor E has poop stuck to her butt in these diapers, like the fabric repels the poo or something (and it is breastfeeding poo so it's not solid, just liquidy). I much prefer Seventh Generation disposable diapers over the Huggies hands down! Anyway, I bought some Planet laundry...

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New hair and a clean babe: A Photo Essay

Yesterday I was getting pretty irritated by my huge mop of crazy hair. I mean I don't have the time to do anything with it these days and it's not the kind of hair you just comb and it's ready to go. This means the majority of the time it is piled in a mess on top of my head in a scrunchies. I know scrunchies are from 1980 but they are the only things that are solid enough to hold my mane. Anyway, once something starts to annoy me it is practically impossible for me to forget about the annoyance and move on. The annoyance eats away at my soul until I do something about it. So I am breastfeeding baby E in bed with my pillows propping me up against...

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I am back! Almost back to normal that is…

It's only taken me 25 days but I believe I am almost back to my normal self again. Dang, those postpartum hormones are killer! Add them to the 4th degree tear and to the normal new parent postpartum stress and healing and you've got yourself one bloody, stitched up, stress filled emotional mess of a person. It was a rough three weeks getting used to our new roles, especially for me and my crazy after birth hormones. I am feeling good now (hormonally speaking), the postpartum bleeding has just about stopped and my stitches (from what I can see) are practically healed up. As you can see from the photo, I am getting good at holding Everly in one hand while doing the internet thing with the other. I am still...

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Newborn Diapering and Laundry Detergent, my picks

Everly is just over 3 weeks old and we are still burning through the packs of disposable diapers we've been given. The idea was that while she was having the meconium poop she would wear disposable since that poop can be hard on the cloth diapers. So we were given several packs of disposables to take with us in our birth kit. Then we got her home and still had several packs of disposable diapers to use up, plus we didn't have the time, energy or money to finish growing our cloth diaper stash. Plus, I still had no cloth diaper safe laundry detergent so the diapers I did have couldn't be pre-washed or used anyway. Cloth diapers can't be washed in detergents that contain softeners, dyes, enzymes, brighteners, etc. These additives...

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3 weeks postpartum: Still in a daze trying to grasp it all.

Today Everly is 3 weeks old, we've been parents to our beautiful daughter for 21 days. 21 days seems like way more than it currently feels like. Shoot, I am still in a daze and haven't quite grasped that she came from me and how truly amazing that is. We've started printing out some of the photos from the birth and the first few days of her life. They help to make the birth seem that much more real in my mind but I know I still haven't totally grasped the entirety of it all. Eventually when I am feeling less depressed and emotional I'll watch the birth video and take stock. It's crazy how I was there birthing her totally unmedicated and I still don't have a complete grasp of how...

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A mothers dilemma: Keep sleeping or wash off the sour milk?

I know this is just one of the many dilemmas I'll have to face as a parent. This one is significant because it's the first one, you know a milestone. So humor me okay? Babies vomit. Mine in particular loves to be at the breast 24/7 which inevitably leads to overeating, which in turn results in an overly full stomach and projectile vomiting. Awesome! She's shot vomit everywhere exactly 3 times. Once from her swing on to the floor. Once while cuddling me in bed, it went right down my shirt, arm and all over my side of the bed. Then this morning we were both back asleep after a long early morning feeding when she began to quietly fuss...

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Winding down: First 2 weeks of parenting comes to a close.

This weekend has been somewhat enjoyable. Having N home to take some of the pressure off me is nice. Everly seems to be doing better this weekend with her fussiness too. We've been doing much experimenting with my diet and other causes of her fussiness and gas. The first thing I did was take dairy out of my diet since I know many other moms (like Veronica) have shared their own issues with breastfeeding and dairy. Everly's gas and fussing didn't improve when I went without dairy for several days. Now I am going without chocolate to see if that is the culprit. Much reading has indicated that chocolate is a problem for many breastfeeding mothers. We are also going to try removing coffee/ caffeine from the diet after we finish testing...

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Reflections on parenthood, 16 days postpartum.

Our baby girl was born 16 days ago. She is adorable and is very healthy. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing natural birth experience and she was afforded the best possible start in life. The crazy thing about childbearing is that after birth they really just hand the baby over to you to figure it all out on your own! It's crazy to think about how little guidance first time parents get before taking baby home and how scary that really is. I was in labor for about 18 hours and then voila I am responsible for another living, breathing being and on my way home 4 days later. I still think it all hasn't fully sunk in for me. Sure the love and attentiveness is there but the gravity of...

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My poor fussy little breastfed baby.

Everly was born 2 weeks ago, it seems like it was just yesterday though. Probably because we've not slept the whole time huh? LOL. We are learning about this whole parenting thing and we are so in love with little Everly. Unfortunately, we've got a fussy uncomfortable baby that we can't seem to calm. Everyone is saying it is colic and everyone has an opinion about her ailment that doesn't seem to help us in treating it. I just hate calling it colic because the name doesn't imply any specific condition or treatment. Everyone just throws their hands up and says "Oh colic, hang in there- it will pass". I am sorry but just accepting that it's a mystery that she'll out grow isn't okay with me. Her fussing is due...

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Parenthood brings new perspective on bodily functions.

Before having a baby I never peed in front of N. Always made him leave the room when I needed to use the bathroom. I also never farted in front of him. Been fairly ladylike over the last 8 years with him. When I was on knees and elbows pushing out Everly and tearing wide open while N and 4 other women watched all my sense of privacy, bashfulness and desire to be ladylike went out the window. After delivery many unexpected farts were heard coming from me. They were shocking to me because I couldn't feel them coming and I certainly couldn't hold them back after a rectal sphincter tear. By the way Krystal, I didn't poop during delivery (LOL). It took several days following labor for the poop to come. Following...

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Just having a relaxing 4th of July here at home.

Just spending the day in bed today with Everly and N. This is our first day as just the three of us, all the family is done visiting now. Everly was up all night fussing so a lazy, napping day is just what we need. It's a rainy 4th of July here. We'll see if any neighbors set off fireworks tonight like they were doing last night, probably not since it is raining. It's all good though! Everly got to see her first fireworks last night in our backyard. The neighbors have been setting them off for days. That is enough for us. Oh and for those of you who entered the baby weight contest I've got results! Sadly only 5 people entered the pool. The morning my water broke I weighed...

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Been home for almost a week now.

It's been one week since we left The Farm and came home with baby Everly. My mom has been with us since before Everly was born (about two weeks) and N's family just arrived in Evansville on Wednesday to visit and help out. Yesterday we took my mom to the Evansville airport for her flight home. We got her through security and was waiting to see her plane lift off when she called us and said they were notified that the oxygen tanks had a problem on the plane and that her flight was going to be delayed an hour or so. She told us to go home since she didn't want us waiting there for over an our while they fixed the plane...

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Our breastfeeding journey so far… A first time mom learns the ropes.

Immediately following birth Everly and I laid skin to skin for about 20 min. The skin to skin contact is said to improve breastfeeding outcome and facilitate bonding between mother and child. While we waited for the umbilical cord to stop pulsating and the placenta to deliver Everly and I just laid there in all our messy glory enjoying each other's company. Once the umbilical cord stopped pulsating N cut it and she began to nurse right away. Nursing within the first 30 min or so following birth is highly recommended by lactation consultants when it is possible so we held off on taking her weight and length measurements so I could nurse awhile. When the time came to inspect the damages Everly and I went our separate ways, she got her...

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