Last week was International Babywearing Week. I was extremely busy, but I still think it deserves a blog post.
Babywearing has been my lifesaver in so many different ways. When Lovebug was six months old and cutting her first two top teeth, the only way she would nurse was upright in my mei tai. My guess is that it helped with the fluid in her ears. On her first plane ride, also at six months, wearing her helped her feel safe in crowded airports. She could smell me, feel my heart beat, and rest her head on my chest. Experts write about the fourth trimester, and the baby carrier is a great transition from womb to world.
If you float around any of the naturally minded pages on facebook, then you’ve seen that some popular name brand toothpastes have been called out for some harmful ingredients. I stopped using toothpaste a while ago for two reasons. First of all, I want to avoid fluoride wherever I can. Our water is fluoridated, and we don’t have a fluoride removing filter yet. I am trying to remineralize my teeth to heal some cavities and have stronger teeth, and fluoride hurts that process. Secondly, if I wouldn’t eat it, I don’t want it in my mouth; and toothpaste has, well, nothing I would eat. The tissue in our mouths absorbs everything that enters it, so why would I put toothpaste in my mouth, even for two minutes? It really doesn’t make sense to me.
I love a good cup of coffee. I mean, I have piled the kids in the car at 8:00 at NIGHT to get a cup of iced coffee because I was all out, and I just had to have it (because the wrong person was tired, of course). Mr Hockey works a second shift job now, so I have bedtime on my own during the week. This week, he has overtime, so he’s out until 1:30 am. I have to be up with the kids at the crack of dawn (or so it feels), to shuffle them downstairs so he can sleep. It’s ironic, because I proclaim the awesomeness of magnesium, and I’ve been increasing mine bit by bit since arriving here in Vermont, but I still need that cup of Joe. Or sometimes two.
And I am picky about my coffee. It has to be Dunkin Donuts (don’t hate, I love my Dunkin). It has to be sweetened with grade b maple syrup (now called grade a extra dark, if the changes have made their way to your area), and needs a splash of almond milk (I buy a brand that doesn’t use carageenan, until the day that I can make our own). I’ll start putting raw milk in it soon, but that’s another blog post. For now, it’s still almond milk.
I also love kombucha.
So just how does a natural livin', essential oil lovin', salve makin' mama give birth? With a lot of hard work, of course! ;)
As a bit of background, Lovebug was born via c-section, which we later learned was never medically indicated. (Perhaps it was convenient for the provider; I don't really know). I learned everything I could between babies, and Freddie Bear had a completely different entrance into this world.
If you follow my facebook page, then it’s no secret that I’m pregnant, and having a much easier pregnancy this time around, despite being four years older. I want to share with you what’s working for me, complete with my “preggo chai” recipe. It’s so delicious, and has helped me so much!
I am the mama who is over the moon in love with her family and green living.