10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me As A New Mom

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Sleep when the baby sleeps; seriously just

f*cking do it

This is one of those pieces of advice that EVERY new mom gets and that EVERY new mom scoffs at.

“How am I supposed to sleep when the baby sleeps?! I have cleaning to do and laundry to drown in! AHHHHHH!”

I didn’t listen for the first few of my babies either ladies…And then one day after baby #4 I was so exhausted, so needed to heal my body and mind, that I said F*ck it and took a nap with my baby each day for a week.  Guess what? My house didn’t explode, my husband thanked me for not being an a crazy-sleep-deprived-wacko, and no one judged me that I had dirty dishes in the sink.

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Find Your Perfect Sleep With The Nectar Mattress

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I don’t know about you, but sleep often eludes me. I’m not talking about nights when my brain won’t stop, those are awful, but ultimately my own fault. The worst nights for me are when I am exhausted and i simply can’t get comfortable. Nights when I finally fall asleep only to awaken a few hours later due to hip or back pain. With no injuries to speak of, there is only one explanation; our mattress is terrible! This is why I was so happy to have the opportunity to work with Nectar, whose mattress is hailed as having unmatched comfort and support for perfect sleep.

Perfect sleep?! Yes please! In our house of 6 children, the youngest of which is only 8 weeks old, sleep is difficult to come by. Thus, any sleep we actually do get, needs to be great to keep us from being grumpy parents.

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Explore More With Your Toddler With The Freeloader Child Carrier

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Living on the Colorado Front Range, our family has access to countless hiking trails and camping adventures to make wonderful memories for our 5 children. I must admit, though, that we often avoid activities, such as hiking, that require my younger children to walk for long periods. Even activities on flatter ground that don’t allow easy access for a stroller or wagon, are difficult when you have young kiddos who tire easily. As much as I love carrying my babies on my hip, it is exhausting and uncomfortable when done for any length of time. Continue reading “Explore More With Your Toddler With The Freeloader Child Carrier”

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Placenta Previa: The Emotional Truth

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Placenta Previa is a condition that can occur in pregnant women whereby the placenta partially or completely covers the mother’s cervix. When I first learned of this condition it was through a friend who had to have a C-Section because of her diagnosis. The second time, another friend was forced to take full bed-rest and gave birth 12 weeks early due to her condition.  About 3 months ago, I heard it again at my 20 week OB appointment, where I was told that I too had placenta previa.Placenta Previa

I was completely overwhelmed. My doctor informed me that my condition was moderate, meaning that the placenta didn’t entirely obscure my cervix, but that I still had to change my lifestyle. No more working out; no weights or cardio. Plus I was placed on pelvic rest, which means no intercourse.

I thank God everyday that my condition is mild. Women with a complete previa are often on total bed rest and carry a substantial chance of delivering early. Most women with this condition are in and out of their doctors office with spotting and bleeding issues, whereas I have had none. I have been extremely lucky.

Nonetheless, this has been incredibly hard. I have found tons of information on this condition all over the internet talking about physical side-effects and possible outcomes. However, the emotional consequences seem to be a topic to be avoided. This condition has changed my life for the past 3 months, and may very well change the way I bring my child into the world, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions, of disappointment, of fear…

working out with Placenta Previa

For me, working out is a way of life. It is something I have done consistently for the past 12 years and brings me mental peace and physical acceptance of my body. I not only enjoy working out, I need it for peace of mind. With each of my 5 pregnancies I have modified my workouts so that I could continue them throughout each trimester, helping to keep me strong for labor and to recover faster afterwards.Placenta Previa = No Working Out

For over 3 months now I have not been allowed to do more than walk. I feel like a blob, like my body has changed and my mind has regressed back to that college student who simply can’t reconcile with her physical self. I drive my husband crazy, always asking him if I am getting fat in the face and arms; worrying that my thighs are rubbing together more today than they did yesterday.

I know it’s insane! I know, deep down, that I am gaining pretty much the same amount that I have with each pregnancy. But my brain simply can’t wrap itself around that fact. My restricted movement has turned my brain to mush and made me fear that I will never get my pre-baby body back, that my husband, a personal trainer constantly surrounded by the fittest of women, will never see me as the woman I once was…

Pelvic rest and it’s effects on marriage

I have read countless posts by women who struggle with their sex drive after having children. It isn’t about not wanting their husbands, it isn’t about a lack of love; it’s about hormones and exhaustion and lack of time. I must admit to struggling with this at times myself.

However, being told that you aren’t allowed to have sex, to participate in the most intimate act with your significant other, is entirely different. The key word here is INTIMACY, not SEX. We all know that there are plenty of ways to obtain sexual release that don’t require intercourse. However, those particular acts do not create the intimate feeling of love and togetherness that intercourse does.

I am very much in love with my husband. My already stressed brain worries that the lack of intimacy will change our relationship or make him desire me less…forever. If I examine the crazy parts of my emotions, the parts I know are not true/won’t happen, I worry that he will find intimacy elsewhere. While I know without a doubt that he would never do this, my fear is still real, it’s lurking there, picking at my sanity.

They don’t tell you about the emotional stressess associated with pelvic rest. No doctor mentioned how hard it would be to NOT have sex even when your body is bloated and sore and your hormones are out of wack.

A Different approach to labor with Placenta previa

One of the most dangerous effects of placenta previa is the possibility of bleeding during labor. There is a risk of the placenta detaching too soon from the wall of the uterus, or tearing during birth and causing hemorrhaging. It is also a possibility that the placenta could be delivered first, which is not safe for your baby.

Therefore, whether the previa is considered complete or mild, a vaginal birth will not be allowed and a C-Section will be scheduled.

Placenta Previa C Section

I have had 5 vaginal births, and with each labor I have feared nothing more than having to have a C-section. Now that I am 33 weeks along and my previa is still present, it looks like I will not have the choice of a vaginal delivery. And I am devastated.

Yes, I know plenty of women have had C-sections and everything ends up fine. Yes, I know I am being slightly dramatic. But I want a normal delivery. I want my child to come into the world the natural way; to be thrust on my chest where he or she can cuddle and suckle and be loved immediately. I don’t want to lie there and be sown up for an hour, I don’t want my husband to see me like that; weak and taken apart…

I want the same experience I have had with all my babies.

The recovery is also an issue. With a vaginal birth, despite some significant stitches in the past, I  have always been able to walk and go about a fairy normal routine almost immediately. How am I supposed to take care of my family after such a major surgery? I don’t want to depend on others to take care of me and my children.

For me a C-section would be life changing for a week. A week where I regret not having a natural labor to remember with my final baby, a week of having to depend on others to help me and my family. I know I am being childish, but my brain simply can’t wrap around changing the status quo and welcoming a baby in any way other than I already have 5 times previously.

accepting Placenta Previa and it’s limitations

I have definitely not accepted all the challenges of placenta previa. I am upset about what not working out has done to my body everyday, I worry about my marriage and the intimacy we are missing constantly, and I am still holding out hope that something will change and I will be able to deliver my 6th child naturally. There are lots of silent tears, because I know most of these things are silly and shouldn’t be worried about; they will all work themselves out after birth. Ultimately, as long as the baby is healthy and happy, everything else with fall into place.

I never expected all these emotions on top of pregnancy and the hormonal changes that are difficult enough. Placenta previa isn’t just a physical condition, it effects aspects of life that you would never expect it to, in substantial ways.

I know many people think I am probably over reacting, or just being HORMONAL, but my emotions, no matter what they are caused by, are real. I can’t imagine that other women going through the same process, or worse dealing with a complete previa, aren’t struggling emotionally as well. If you are, you aren’t alone…

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5 Easy Tips to Save On Back to School

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Can you believe we are only a month away from sending our lovely kiddos back to school!? For us, the summer has flown by, and as much as I hate the fighting at home, I dread sending them back. I’m also horrified by the idea of those back to school supply lists that put a serious pinch in our budget every year. With 4 kids going to school this fall, I need to save every penny I can on supplies! Here are 5 tips to save on back to school that will help pad your pocketbook!

5 Tips To Save On Back To School

Cutting coupons is great IF you have the time and organizational skills….I DO NOT. Thus I use these methods to help cut back on my bills! Continue reading “5 Easy Tips to Save On Back to School”

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Protect Your Children With This Free Child Safety Kit Printable

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Nothing is as terrifying as the thought of our children’s safety being compromised. As parents, this is our main job, to keep our children safe, to protect them from the horrors of the world for as long as possible. However, no matter how hard we try, there are forces in this world that are constantly putting children in danger. This Free Child Safety Kit won’t keep those forces away, but it will help find your child faster should danger ever cause them to go missing.

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