This is the story of the birth of our second child, Daniel Brian. He was born at home (as planned) two weeks before his “due” date (which caught us by surprise!). We are so blessed to have this wonderful little boy in our family!
Because my first baby was born a week past her “due” date, I expected Daniel, who was “due” January 4, 2011, to for SURE be born after Christmas, and quite possibly after the new year had been rung in. I thought a birthdate of 1/1/11 would be kind of fun too. J But God (and Daniel) had other plans!
I had a great pregnancy with few complaints, and when I hit the “birth window” at 37 weeks, I still felt that my body wasn’t ready to give birth yet. How much of that was mental, as I was determined to not worry about when the baby actually was born, I don’t know. I just know that as 38 weeks drew closer, there was a shift at some point. I was still determined the baby would be born after Christmas, but was having “end of pregnancy” feelings. As in, “Okay, I’d like to be done being pregnant now and just have my baby, please.” I had been warned that this feeling would happen many weeks before I gave birth because this was my second baby. So I thought very little of it.
A friend of mine, who was due almost the same day as me had her baby about 3 weeks early. Wake up call! Suddenly, I realized that I’d better get my game face on and get all the birth supplies around, since we were planning on having a home birth. At my 37-week check up, my midwife basically told me to get busy and have everything prepared by the next time I came in.
Obediently, I got all the last things I needed and piled them in our little spare bedroom, out of the way, so my family, who was coming for Christmas, would have space to put their luggage and stuff.
One day shy of 38 weeks, December 20, 2010 found me up at o’dark-thirty nursing my daughter. I had a few “real” contractions while I was nursing, which I’d had several times that week. It was around 6 a.m., I think, and I had no desire to be awake yet, so I headed back to bed. I would almost fall asleep when another crampy contraction would squeeze my belly. And then another. And another. Ugh! I was rather frustrated…I just wanted to sleep! At some point, my husband woke up (probably due to my tossing and turning), and said, “What’s wrong?” “Oh, I’m just having contractions,” I whispered. “What?! Are they consistent? Do you want me to time them?” “No. They’ll stop. I just want to go back to sleep.” A short trying-to-relax-is-futile time later, I was up leaning over the bed with each contraction, and my hubby started timing them whether I wanted him to or not.
“Do you think you’re in labor?” “No! How can I be in labor? I still have two weeks to go! I wish I could just relax. I want to go back to sleep.” (Do you see a pattern here? Haha.) I was completely in denial, in case you hadn’t noticed. Every contraction was getting stronger and closer together, and I was still convinced I just needed to relax so I could go back to sleep. Finally, the reality of the situation began to dawn on me, and I “allowed” my husband to at least just call the midwives and let them know what was going on. The midwife on call was one I hadn’t met yet, as she was filling in for one of our regular midwives who had just gone on maternity leave. We chatted, and she said she was going to start heading our direction, as I had a history of rather short labors (my daughter was born in just 5 hours).
Still unconvinced, but becoming more aware that this was probably “it”, I got in the shower while my hubby ran around getting all the birth supplies in our room, blew up the birth tub, called his sister to come over to watch our daughter, filled the birth tub, etc., etc., etc. Things intensified for me when I was showering, but I could still manage the contractions on my own, and they were about 7 or so minutes apart.
We were quite a sight! Dashing here and there around the house to prepare it for our birth team, stopping to have a contraction, popping up again and getting more things ready, contraction, eat a little something, contraction, put plastic and dark sheets on the bed, contraction, check the slowly-filling birth tub, contraction (you get the idea).
Our birth team arrived in the midst of all this, took my vitals, listened to the baby, and got to work setting up their things. I was still walking around doing stuff, but could feel myself “going away” into Labor Land with every passing minute. I finally came to the conclusion that I was having a baby today!
Just when I needed my husband to help me through contractions, he finished all he needed to do, and was available to me. The timing could not have been better. Having been through labor and birth together before, we are the perfect team. I could not ask for a better supporter and birth partner than him!
Time became immaterial to me from this point on. I had been laboring for a few hours, and things continued to progress slowly and steadily. About noon, Valerie, who was one of our regular midwives, came on call, and arrived to take over for the other midwife. After she arrived, things slowed down for me for a little while. I even got a little 10-minute nap between contractions! Hallelujah!
I awakened from my nap with a new attitude: get ‘er done! I popped up off the bed and began pacing back and forth in my room between contractions, and sure enough, they picked up and got closer together and more intense than before. I hadn’t had any internal exams, because I could tell I wasn’t completely dilated, but felt that things were progressing just fine.
Val asked if I wanted to get in the tub yet, and I kept saying, “not yet.” Somehow I wasn’t “feeling” the need for the tub. So much of labor for me is about feeling. It’s really amazing how God has wired us to be able to run on “instinct” so that our bodies just know what they need when we are laboring.
Suddenly, in the midst of a contraction, my water broke with a huge sploosh! Fortunately for our bedroom carpet, I was standing on a chucks pad at the time. J And then the game changed. I had been bearing down quite a bit before, but now I was ready to push this baby out! I was also immediately ready for the tub. And oh, the relief when I got in that warm water!
Again, time escapes me. I can’t remember just how long I was in the tub, but I do know it was intense! In thinking back on my daughter’s birth, I always thought it really wasn’t all that bad, but I hit a point about this time in labor when I thought, “Oh! I forgot about this part!” That hard little head plummeting down toward my tailbone made me remember the actual intensity. Because I had birthed a baby before, I knew just how much farther that head had to come, and when things would ease up a little. Only they didn’t ease up.
I pushed and p-u-s-h-e-d! My dear hubby was behind me in the tub pressing my hips together, as I held Kat’s (the student midwife at our birth) hands, and almost pulled her arms out of the sockets. (Not really…she told me the next day her arms weren’t even sore—but mine were!) FINALLY I felt the baby crowning. “Just a few more pushes, and he’ll be OUT!” I thought. I felt his head come out, and expected to feel some relief after that, but the intensity just continued to escalate.
A few more pushes, and I could tell something wasn’t quite right in there. Nothing was happening. And then Val kicked into high gear. “I’ll give you two more pushes, and then I want you out of the tub and on the birth stool,” she told me. “I can’t do anything,” I gasped out. (Internally I was thinking, “I WILL push this baby out in the tub!”) She instructed me to lie back on my husband so she could help me. I sat back the best I could with a baby’s head hanging out of me, and feeling incredibly stretched with those little (or should I say huge) shoulders trying to squeeze out too. I could feel the tension in the room. As I leaned back, I heard myself say, “No complications in Jesus’ Name!” My whole being was a prayer at that point.
While Val reached up inside to try to dislodge the shoulder dystocia, Kat pushed on the shoulder from the outside of my belly with her fist. Everything happened so quickly, and I was already in the midst of such intense sensations, that it didn’t seem nearly as horrible as it sounds. Suddenly the little shoulder popped free and the baby slid out of my body and into my arms! Bliss! Relief! Delight! A SON!
We named him Daniel Brian, which means “God is my Judge” and “Honor and Virtue”. Though we didn’t have any ultrasounds to find out his gender, we KNEW he was a boy almost from the beginning of my pregnancy. What a delight he is! He is blessed with a gentle, sweet spirit, and a laid-back personality. He loves one-on-one interaction, and has the best smile.
God’s hand was on Daniel in his birth. He had a rather short umbilical cord, which ended up being a blessing, as it didn’t slip out with his head, or get pressed up against his shoulder and cut off the circulation when he was stuck. I am so grateful to the Lord for orchestrating everything so perfectly in the whole birth and labor.
And the timing! How big was our little dude? Val weighed him and announced, “Nine pounds, four ounces!” I was stunned. I thought she might be joking. “Are you serious?” She wasn’t kidding. He never lost weight after birth, and by the time he reached his due date, he weighed eleven pounds! Boy, oh boy, am I glad he was two weeks early! J
It was so much fun to have our little guy around for all the Christmas festivities. Both our families were together for the holiday, and everyone got to enjoy our sleepy little (big!) newborn. I could not have planned this birth better myself. I guess, as our midwife told me at our next visit, “you were just made for this!” Yes, I think she’s right. I love being a woman. A Wife. A Mommy.Read More »
Fart jokes are not funny. Poop pellets and sticking your bum in the air to birth a baby . . . now THAT’S funny.
But birth is more than a string of one-liners. It’s thrilling and sacred, too, like being kissed by eternity while staring down a 300 pound linebacker in a powder puff game gone horribly wrong. I’ll tell you, though, there is one thing that birth is NOT.
Soul-splitting contractions. Mucous plugs. Breaking bags of water. It’s too all-consuming to waste energy on pretense. The unvarnished reality is part of the beauty. I love how my college friend Elisabeth put it:
I felt wildness and shock pouring out of my face, like someone who wasn’t hidden in the rock when God was walking by. I remembered a photograph of a laboring woman with that expression, and I remembered she was smiling, so I smiled, and rode it high and hard and wild.
That is the stuff birth stories are made of.
Though the particulars can take many forms, birth stories always have the capacity to point us to truth. It can be the truth about holding on, letting go, falling in love or making love a choice. But whatever it is, it is REAL.
So please, share YOUR story with us! Simply sign up with Mr. Linky below using the URL to your specific birth story post (and not to your blog homepage…this will help find your post without having to search your blog for it).
It would also be lovely if you would link to this post from your blog so your friends can share in the fun, but it’s not a requirement.
Oh, and although it’s not in the link section don’t miss Hemlock’s birth story (above). It’s captivating, honest and funny at times . . . an all time fave for sure.
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We had “Mr. Yuk” stickers. Mr. Yuk was a sickly neon-green and black circle with a very distinctive frowny yuck face, and was, before emoticons and internationalized language-free signage, a recognizable symbol for children to say that this item was poisonous.
Why? Because every household had, under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, cabinets full of highly poisonous cleaning products. So every house had child-locks on these cabinet doors and Mr. Yuk stickers on bottles of bleach. We even had a bottle of turpentine under the sink, and any number of other noxious-smelling things.
I don’t think Mr. Yuk is still around, although cabinets full of toxic cleaners are. But consider this: these cleaners are a danger to children and pets who might get into the containers. They all have toxic fumes – when we were kids we used to joke about “killing braincells” when we did our chores, but it’s not actually a joke. Many of the cleaners on the grocery store shelves are neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens. And once we’ve washed our homes clean, they disappear down the drain and back into the water system. But unfortunately our treatment facilities do not treat for these kinds of chemicals, so many of them are returned to us in our water. Also, they leech out into the waterways and affect aquatic wildlife all the way to the ocean.
That’s a pretty grim picture, and probably most of you reading here already knew it. But what can we do instead? We can’t just stop cleaning! (Oh, if only…!)
Sure, you can head to the nearest Whole Foods and buy fancy green cleaning products. Be careful though – many products marketed as “green” are not actually so great. Read the labels carefully: if they don’t disclose all ingredients, then you know right off the bat they’re not what you’re looking for. Seventh Generation, Ecover, and Mrs. Meyers are all reputable brands, but they’re also pricey. You can make your own very effective cleaning products right at home for pennies on the dollar!
I use a spray bottle filled with water to which I add 20 drops of rosemary essential oil, and 20 drops of lavender essential oil. (If you use a small spray bottle, 10 drops of each is sufficient.) This simple mixture smells fabulous, but don’t let its great smell fool you – it’s amazingly strong! In clinical studies, this mix was found not only to kill germs, and even in particular MRSA strains, on surfaces as well as their standard chemical hospital sanitizers, but it lasts longer! Because the active agent is the essential oil, which does not evaporate as quickly as the alcohol and bleach based cleaners, they found that surfaces remained germ-free longer when washed with this mixture! No chemicals, AND it works better – why use bleach?
I use this cleaner on kitchen counters, the dinner table, the bathroom counters, and for dusting. Not only that, but this same mix is better than Lysol – any time someone in the house is sick, spray it throughout the house several times a day to reduce the chance that germs will spread. And you can use it in place of air fresheners too! Air fresheners may cover odors, but they do so at a great cost – the fragrance is toxic, particularly to the brain and the nasal membranes. Many people are very allergic to air fresheners, but the simple rosemary-lavender spray bottle has yet to bother even the most chemically sensitive nose, in my experience. So go ahead – keep a small spray bottle in the bathroom or anywhere in the house!
The one place NOT to use this cleaner is glass, as it will streak. So for mirrors and windows, I use vinegar. Simple vinegar will do, but if you want to make it fancy, go ahead and add lavender or rosemary essential oil! For washing, you can just fill a spray bottle with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water, and 20 drops of each essential oil if desired. Spray and wipe! Vinegar also has germ-fighting action, so if you’re concerned about germs on the surface, don’t worry: you’re covered! (If you find that this mix leaves streaks, it is because of the wax residues that are left as a finish from Windex and other glass cleaners. No problem – add a half a teaspoon of regular dish detergent to the mix, or use dish detergent on a sponge before cleaning with vinegar the first time, to remove the wax coating. Once that is gone, you’re ready to go!)
Vinegar will wash your toilet bowl too: just add 2 cups to the bowl and scrub! For the shower or tub, I like to sprinkle baking soda on the tub and then spray one of my spray bottles over the gritty baking soda. If it’s really dirty, pick the vinegar spray bottle, as it will dissolve oils and grime better. I grew up using Dow Scrubbing Bubbles, but this does the job just as well! Scrub it right up using a hot washcloth or a green scrubbing sponge, and rinse with warm water. If you have glass shower doors, use your vinegar bottle as an after shower spray to keep soap scum from clouding your doors.
Baking soda and vinegar are great for your stainless steel sink, too. Sprinkle the baking soda around, spray on some vinegar, scrub, and rinse: Shiny!
Either spray bottle is great for floors – forget that cumbersome bucket! Just grab a few towels and one of your spray bottles, and spray and wipe! It’s great to have a green scrubbing sponge handy for dried-on spills.
So there you go – you’ve replaced almost everything under your sink with two spray bottles and a box of baking soda! I like Eden brand raw apple cider vinegar, but any apple cider or white vinegar will do. Essential oils are usually found in the Health and Beauty section. Rosemary and Lavender are quite common, so although essential oils can be pricey, these are usually $7-$10 dollars. They’ll last you a good long time, since you’re only using 20 drops per spray bottle!
I picked up some grubby kitchen towels at garage sales to use for rags, and that’s how I wash everything: floors, sinks, messy spills, the greasy stove top, you name it. If you come up short at garage sales, just head to IKEA or a kitchen store and buy a supply of towels – ten should do it. Sure, it will cost a few bucks up front, but you’ll never buy paper towels again! Savings! I find that different types of towels are good for different jobs – waffle towels are great for cleaning my cast iron (I cut them into quarters, because a whole towel was too big for the job), fluffy terry cloth for drying wet things and washing glass and mirrors, and thinner flour sack towels for dusting and scrubbing.
Those flour sack towels are also great as a green reusable “Swiffer” system: at the hardware store, pick up a long handled scrubbing brush – the old fashioned wooden scrubbing brushes on a long broom handle. Using hot water, soak a flour sack towel and wring it out well – then wrap it around the mop so that the towel covers the scrubbing bristles. “Swiff” away! When the towel gets dirty, rinse it in hot water and wring it out again. The damp towel picks up dust just as well as the Swiffer, plus, it also loosens dirt and picks up dried-on spills too!
We use cloth napkins (I keep an every-day set and a set for company. The every day set doesn’t really need to be washed every day, unless there was BBQ for dinner!), and cloth handkerchiefs (you can buy pretty ones for the office, but when I’m sick, my favorite handkerchiefs are the ones we cut out of old t-shirts!). Handkerchiefs are nicer to your nose and completely reusable!
We put all of the towels, napkins, and handkerchiefs in a separate laundry pile so that any of the grease from the towels doesn’t get into the other laundry. Also, if you use fabric softener, you don’t want to put it on your towels, because they won’t absorb water as well. So make sure to wash all the towels in a load by themselves.
First up, natural sponges. For dishwashing, I just love TWIST brand natural, compostable sponges. My whole family loves them, actually, because they start out flat like paper, and the first time you use one, they “inflate” into a sponge. Chore-time entertainment! They come in four-packs, last a couple months, and feed the compost when they’re done. Note: don’t put them in your compost if you use toxic cleaners! You can find nice green dishsoap pretty cheap, I particularly like Earth Friendly Products’ Natural Pear. But most of the time, hot water is sufficient. A little vinegar on the sponge will take care of dissolving any leftover oils, as well as disinfecting germs on glasses, forks, etc.
A nice thin green “scrubby” is a handy addition as well. Natural Value makes a nylon version, and Scotch/3M does as well: they’re usually available even at mainstream grocers. They’re great for anything stuck-on, and they last a long time.
A nylon pan scraper is also very handy. They’ll scrape off just about any burned-on, caked-on muck you’ve got, and surprisingly easily!
Nylon isn’t biodegradable, but both of these products will last a long time. You can also get “scrubbies” made from biodegradable products – TWIST makes several, and Natural Value does as well.
While it’s true that natural cleansers and methods may require a bit more elbow grease than the harsher chemicals, my philosophy is, I’ve got these muscles for a reason, might as well use them! Skip the gym membership, and give your kitchen floor a good washing instead. Combine that with a nice walk in the morning or after dinner, and you’ve exercised for free!
The two cleaning products that I do buy regularly are laundry powder and concentrated orange oil. You can make your own laundry powder, or you can use soap nuts, but usually I just buy Ecover’s unscented laundry powder. It lasts a long time, particularly because I use about half the recommended amount. Everything still comes out nice and clean! If I’m washing something particularly dirty, like the kitchen towels or muddy playclothes, I toss a cap-full of orange oil into the wash, and voila! Clean!
So there you go. For very little cash and zero chemicals, get yourself some spray bottles, some vinegar, and essential oils, and go to town!Read More »
I love your “Campaign for Real Food.” Even though I told Daddypotamus it was the onions, we both know the reason my eyes misted over the other day is because your commercial came on. So, uh, when are you going to jump on board? Because when the first ingredient in your product is GMO-laden soybean oil, that is not real food. Oh, and what are those “natural flavors” you keep mentioning? Come have a seat over here and I will make you REAL MAYO. Farm fresh eggs rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamins A&D, and tons of minerals. Antioxidant rich olive oil blended with metabolism-boosting coconut oil . . . with a touch of honey, salt and cider vinegar for added yum-factor. Come a little closer, I promise I won’t bite. Real food changed my life, so let’s keep your campaign and throw out your product. Love, Heather
It can be kind of difficult to clean, but it makes the emulsification process really easy! Another way to make mayo is with an immersion blender (this is the one I have). Simply whip the yolks in a jar for 60 seconds, then add the vinegar, salt, honey and mustard and blend again.
From there, slowly add the oil directly to the jars while running the immersion blender continuously. Easy peasy!
Ready to learn how to make homemade mayo? Let’s get started!
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In other words, why today’s post has more photos than paragraphs.
“What do you mean there are three high-tech lasers worth $200K in the basement, Mom? I thought we were here to pet the monkey!”
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Micah is happily giving Sophie the Giraffe a tour of our hotel room floor as I type this. Just now he stopped by to pull up on my leg and give me a grin, and I can’t help but wonder . . . did he REALLY have surgery just an hour ago???
When they took him away, I felt sick and panicky. I couldn’t go with him. I couldn’t do anything but pray. But in a flash he was back in my arms. There was almost no blood and he was happy and calm within two minutes. It was absolutely incredible. And the nursing?? AHhhh! Dr. Kotlow did an amazing job with his lip tie and also went a little deeper with his tongue tie, and his latch feels PERFECT and COMFORTABLE for the first time. My heart is bursting!!
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They all have lip ties, of course. As we fly out this morning for Micah’s surgery I am thinking of these two sweet babes and others whose mama’s I have chatted with in the past few weeks. So many of you identified maxillary ties in your children after reading last weeks post . . . and sent me pics to prove it! Word is getting out, yet few lactation consultants, pediatricians or pediatric dentists know about it.
How is that possible? Are we all just jumping onto a fad diagnosis? I don’t think so. More mothers are breastfeeding today than the past few decades, so it makes sense that we are more likely to notice when something is “off” with a baby’s latch. Second, there is
research that shows when moms use cocaine there is a higher incidence of tongue tie in their babies. After Mellanie mentioned this research to me the other night, when I quote it to moms they get the weirdest look on their faces. ”I’ve never used cocaine!” some will quickly blurt out, to which I chuckle. I’m not accusing you of wild behavior, but this study brings up some interesting points too. If one researched chemical (cocaine) can cause this abnormality, what other chemicals- that no one has yet researched- might do the same? Furthermore, one of the most prescribed drugs in our society are stimulants to treat conditions like ADD and ADHD. Cocaine is a stimulant, and these prescribed stimulant drugs many times work on the same areas of the brain and cause some of the same side effects. Countless studies have shown that many drugs- and several different types- have been found in our water supply. Are we seeing increase in abnormalities due to all of this? In my opinion, possibly so.
If you suspect your child might be tied and are struggling with questions, I hope this info will clarify some things for you. And if you have a friend that is having trouble breastfeeding, please pass this info along!
A: Baby’s Symptoms (Micah had all of these except poor weight gain. We never tried a paci or bottle)
Mama’s Symptom (I had none of these except discomfort)
Complications of Tongue and Lip Ties
A: Here is an excellent pictorial guide with the information needed to make an informal diagnosis.
Q:My husband’s little brother was tongue-tied. They were told in the hospital that the operation was going to be a big deal – expensive, scary, I don’t know what all. But the family lives kind of in the boonies, and there’s a country doctor down the road, and they took the baby to him (for a second opinion?) and he said, “Oh yeah. That’s easy.” And snipped it right then and there. Gabe’s been fine ever since, and now that relieving anticlimax is a family story. Of course, I’m telling this vaguely and third-hand, so I’d love to get the details on how it went for you and Micah.
A: A frenulectomy is a relatively simple procedure for newborns because the nerve endings haven’t fully formed and they’re easy to hold still. Because he was older, Micah had to endure more discomfort, bled more and was more difficult to keep still (putting a five month old under anesthesia has risks and costs about $3-5K. Daniel had just changed jobs and wasn’t eligible for insurance yet. The surgery couldn’t wait, so we had to keep him awake and swaddled through the procedure).
Maxillary ties are more difficult.
They can’t be snipped because it will just create scar tissue that is thicker and tougher than the original tie. Scissors and scalpels cannot usually go deep enough into the tissue to correct the problem. However, a laser can be used, which has the side benefit of increased healing time and minimal scar tissue. Unfortunately, few doctors have laser instruments, which is we we are going to New York to have it done.
Dr. Kotlow, who is one of the most respected authorities on the subject, doesn’t advocate the “wait and see” approach. According to this article, he says “individuals who state most abnormal frenum attachments will resolve or go away by themselves are incorrect. The result is continued pain for moms and eventually infants giving up nursing. These frenum attachments may contribute to breastfeeding problems and should be evaluated for revision along with the lingual frenum revision for breastfeeding problems.”
[pullquote_right]Come hear board certified pediatric dentist Dr. Lawrence Kotlow speak on Saturday, May 14th from 9am-12pm in North Richland Hills. Tongue-ties and lip-ties will both be discussed and Dr. Kotlow will be giving informal consultations following the presentation, so bring your baby! Pre-Registration is required. Cal 817-428-9595 [/pullquote_right]If it were me, I would email Dr. Kotlow a pic of my child’s mouth. He’s agreed to do a phone consult for many concerned parents, and he can talk you through options. If surgery is necessary there are only a couple places I know of to get it done. One is Dr. Kotlow’s office in Albany, New York. The other is Dr. Cole’s in Fort Worth, Texas.
Why are we going all the way to New York when Dr. Cole is in our own backyard? Good question.
When we found Micah’s tongue tie we were told he’d have to be sedated to have it clipped. The surgery, when performed on babies, is quick and easy. But as babies get older and stronger, they can move at the wrong time and healthy tissue could be damaged in the process. Fortunately, Dr. Biavotti, a Dallas ear/nose/throat specialist, agreed to do procedure without general anesthesia (he did a fabulous job, btw!).
Dr. Cole is one of the most respected holistic dentists in the nation. However, because he only recently began doing the procedure we felt that the best scenario would be to put Micah under to ensure a good outcome. But due to the risks of anesthesia we opted to go to Dr. Kotlow, who has lots of experience with wriggly babies and can perform the procedure with only a local anesthetic. On the flipside, we feel Dr. Cole is the best person to correct Katie’s maxillary tie (which we just discovered and believe is part of the cause of her tooth problems).
As more lactation consultants, pediatricians and pediatric dentist become aware of this problem the options will increase, but these are what I know of right now.
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The thing about birth stories is that they are a lot like the babies they come with. No matter how many there are I never get tired of them. Each little face draws me in . . . just as each story does.
I read your stories. Every single one you send me. I know which one of you:
Call me a birth junkie, but I love these stories. After I posted Micah’ birth story, many of you contacted me to share your experiences and offered to help me process through mine. Whether it was a planned induction, hospital birth or water birth it seems we ALL need to talk about it. One of you wrote:
I’m so glad I didn’t bore you to tears with my novel! I think I still feel the NEED to tell my story because I so badly wanted a natural birth and didn’t get it. I keep re-living the experience, like I have to remind myself that it [the lifesaving c-section] REALLY WAS necessary
So let’s talk! Next month (July 14th) I’ll be hosting a Birth Story Bash where you can link up your birth story or photos with the Mommypotamus community. Birth photogs please also link up your slideshows! It’s going to be a great opportunity to get to know each other better and learn more about the multi-faceted birth experience. If you have a story to tell but haven’t written it yet GET STARTED!!! To participate just post your story on your blog and visit next week to post the link here. If you don’t have a blog email me and we’ll work out a way to get your story published.
I hope this goes without saying, but graphic descriptions, photos and video are WELCOME! This is BIRTH! Are you excited yet???Read More »