Heather’s Birth Story: I Loved My Epidural

Editor’s note: We believe that all birth stories and all birth experiences matter. This post is part of an ongoing series of birth stories submitted by readers and fellow bloggers, featuring a diverse range of women and their birth experiences. Today Heather is sharing her hospital birth story and why an epidural was right for her. If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to learn how. ~Olivia

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I thought I knew what kind of birth I wanted. My mom delivered all 5 of her babies without pain meds and I felt like I could get to the bar she set. I wrote my birth plan: no pain medication, no Pitocin, no episiotomy, no medical interventions if they are not necessary. One thing I was really looking forward to was skin to skin contact immediately after birth. I also expected to be at least a week late because my mom went 1-2 weeks late for her kids.

On Saturday, December 19th, two days before my due date, I woke up with some slight cramping and wrote down the time for it. About 45 minutes later, it happened again. I did dishes, vacuumed, relaxed and waited about 5 or 6 hours to tell my husband when they were about 20 minutes apart or so.


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#BadMoms Movie Opens July 29: We’re All Bad Moms!

Bad Moms

You may have caught some of my pictures and my sneak peek post earlier this month, but here’s the whole story. Three weeks ago I was invited to Los Angeles for an advance screening of the eagerly anticipated comedy Bad Moms at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank.

It was a whirlwind trip from the moment I left home. After a comedy of errors including accidentally taking my expired passport to the airport and a wonderful husband who made the drive to the airport with the kids in their pyjamas in just under 45 minutes to drop off my current passport, I made it on the plane just in time. Whew!

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Bummis Fabulous Flo Reusable Cloth Pads Review {Plus Giveaway}

I have a lot to thank my cloth diapers for. Yes, there’s the obvious reasons like all the money we saved, all the trash kept out of the landfill, and healthier (and cuter!) bums for my babies, but there’s still something else. Thanks to my reusable cloth diapers, my mind was opened to the possibility of using eco-friendly, reusable menstrual products too. No more plastic for either of us!

Reusable cloth pads offer similar benefits as cloth diapers: less waste, more economical, and fewer toxic chemicals next to sensitive lady bits. As a proud Bummis ambassador, of course I had to try their Fabulous Flo cloth pads!

Bummis Fabulous Flo cloth pads

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Weekly Peek: #Prisma Portrait Variations

This week’s peek is just for fun. If you haven’t seen this yet, Prisma is a free app that adds filters and effects to your photos and turns them into works of art. It’s been available on iOS since June, and it’s now finally available for Android users too!

We were Pokémon hunting at the playground this evening when I took this picture of Kay. I was playing around with the photo on Prism and decided to share a few of my fave “art works” with you.

Here’s the original.

Prisma - unfiltered photo

And here are some of my favourite filtered images:

Prisma - mosaic

Filter: Mosaic

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6 Naturally Beautiful Places to Visit in Canada this Summer

Canada is full of natural wonders, impeccable beauty, and picturesque adventures. These 6 naturally beautiful places should be at the top of your bucket list.

I may be a bit biased, but I think Canada is the most beautiful country in the world. We’re known for our extraordinary landscapes and striking natural beauty, and for good reason! From a roaring waterfall free falling into vivid blue waters to astonishing mountain landscapes, here are six of the most naturally beautiful places to visit in Canada this summer.
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Win a Sakura Bloom Ring Sling

Win a Sakura Bloom ring sling

Welcome to the Gentle Nest Sakura Bloom Ring Sling Giveaway
Hosted by Maman Loup’s Den

Gentle Nest is a natural family boutique based in Manotick, Ontario, Ottawa’s historic waterfront village. Melanie specializes in luxury green items for women, babies & families. She carries a wide variety of Sakura Bloom Ring Slings in linen, bamboo and silk.

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Fun and Learning with Online Summer Camps in #Minecraft {Plus 30% Off Coupon!}

By now I’m sure you’ve heard of Minecraft, the popular video game that lets kids (and adults!) build their own virtual world from 3D blocks.

Connected Camps offers online summer camps in Minecraft so anyone, anywhere, can participate.

I’m planning to introduce my oldest daughter to Minecraft this summer. She’s really into LEGO and gaming on my Nintendo 3DS so I know she’s going to enjoy the merging of these two concepts into this fun game. Minecraft isn’t just about playing around and using her creativity though. There’s a lot she can learn about basic programming and the back end of gaming by playing Minecraft, and that’s why I’ve been reading up on Connected Camps’ Online Summer Camps in Minecraft.

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Bethany’s Birth Story: Going with the Flow

Editor’s note: We believe that all birth stories and all birth experiences matter. This post is part of an ongoing series of birth stories submitted by readers and fellow bloggers, featuring a diverse range of women and their birth experiences. Today Bethany is sharing the story of her doula-attended hospital birth and how she felt empowered to make the choices that were right for her. If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to learn how. ~Olivia

I had a rocky start to my pregnancy, as I surprisingly got pregnant with an IUD. I also was spotting, my hormones weren’t doubling, and the baby measured small on my initial ultrasound. It was a very emotional time – I went from not expecting to have a baby to desperately wanting this baby. Thankfully, each subsequent ultrasound confirmed that our baby was growing as she should! I quickly came to learn that this baby had a mind of her own and did things in her own time.

I did a lot of research while I was pregnant on how I wanted to give birth. Since I had an OBGYN, I knew I would be delivering at a hospital and I decided that I wanted the extra support that a doula would provide. My birth plan was to have as much of a natural birth and as little interventions as possible. Knowing that I could only control so much during my labour, the biggest proponent of my birth plan was to go with the flow and strive for my choices but accept that I may need interventions for mine or my baby’s health.   

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LittleWins Giveaway: Win a Soothing Baby Prize Pack

Little Wins Giveaway
Sometimes, motherhood can be downright exhausting! Between juggling errands, nursing, and feedings on little to no sleep, just finding 10 minutes to shower could be considered a little win to a new mom. Little Remedies® is on a mission to help moms celebrate the Little Wins they experience each day with their #LittleWins Challenge, which gives entrants the chance to win amazing prize packages valued at $350!

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Homemade Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt

Last fall when we were flying home from our family vacation in the Dominican Republic, we had a longish layover at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. All of us, kids and adults included, were overtired, hungry, and all kinds of cranky. I prowled up and down the airport concourse looking for anything that seemed appetizing before finally settling on some fast food Chinese and two big containers of strawberry frozen yogurt. The Chinese food was meh at best, but I swear that was the best frozen yogurt I’d ever had. Until now that is.

This healthy, homemade Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt is made with frozen strawberries and lime zest and tastes like my favourite margarita - the perfect blend of sweet and refreshingly tart! With only four ingredients, this beats anything you can buy in the store.

A few days ago I was struck with a craving for some of that frozen yogurt. We didn’t have any in the house, and I really didn’t want to drive from store to store hunting for just the right thing to satisfy that craving. So I made my own!

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