Tuesday, 17 March 2015

MamAmor Dolls-review

Have you seen this gorgeous set of dolls? I have very strong amor for Mamamor~I love that this company was started by a mom and doula. Her mission is to normalize childbirth, which is incredible. 

What can I say about the dolls? They are absolutely beautiful! They are perfect for doulas, parents and gifts for everyone~They can teach childbirth, both vaginal and c-section, breastfeeding and babywearing! They are available in families or you can purchase a separate doll. Mamamor also offers a new litter- dogs, 


Also, the dolls are prefect tool for telling childbirth stories and healing trauma. As well, the dolls can help a older child adjust to a new family member.

The mamamor dolls are very ethnically diverse as well. That is great! There is a doll for everyone~  Also, you can purchase gift cards or prints~There is definitely something for everyone at Mamamor!
Here is a video of the birthing doll in action!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCgJWRdu2sE

Interested in purchasing a doll, a print or just checking out the website- my link is below,
http://www.mamamordolls.com/#_l_1c

-post contains affiliate link.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Xander's Surgery

I felt very blessed after Xander's birth. It was just too perfect. I was amazed that the work I did with Birthing From Within actually manifested itself. Now, that might sound a little 'hippy' for some of you- but I feel that childbirth can be a time of intensity. Also, it can be a time of fear, so it is important to work through your fears. Even though my first son's birth (william) was normal and nothing went wrong with it, I was consumed by anxiety that something wrong would happen this time around. Thankfully, I was able to relax in the birthing tub- at least as much as you are able to relax during labour.


Holding him in my arms was amazing. From there, he developed (and is developing well). He is growing each day.  He enjoys rolling over and reaching for toys. he has great hand eye coordination. 

At first, we thought Xander had a eye infection. The eye appeared swollen, the lid was crusty and yellow. We used warm compresses, breastmilk and warm water to clear the infection. However, the eye continued to appear swollen and he couldn't open his eyelid like his right eye. First, we saw a specialist in the town where we live. He wasn't sure how severe it was but mentioned that he liked like he was born without a eyelid muscle. I was in agreement- I had the thought but hadn't realized it was possible to be born without one.

He referred us to another specialist that he went to school with. This specialist was more familiar with kids. So, I visited him. He did a battery of tests on Xander's eye. He figured that Xander would require surgery. However, he didn't feel comfortable doing the surgery because Xander is under a year. 

So, he referred us on to the HSC. The doctors tested his eye and looked at the notes. They decided that he needed eyelid surgery * and I agree) because the eye is very crucial- not only to see but also for learning.  Xander needed a MRI and Ct scan. The specialists wanted to make sure there was nothing wrong with the structures or orbital bones before doing the surgery. The surgery is apparently a common procedure- however, Xander' s case is quite severe. We wait to hear about the results of both the ct scan and mri. 


I am very nervous about the whole thing. Surgery is very scary, although children do seem to heal remarkably well. At the same time, I am very grateful the surgery is possible. I am a bundle of nerves!



Thank you~ And if you would like to support us, I have a Gofund me page here-https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/xander-039-surgery

Thank you for reading! <3

Monday, 2 March 2015

Week 38 -39 Update

At my week 38 appointment, everything was mostly good- weight and blood pressure were. There was a small concern that I was measuring small.
I had an ultrasound to check on the baby, the placenta and to make sure that baby was doing well. The tech said the baby was hard to measure because it was low.  Luckily, everything appears good. I know the baby is still moving and kicking me in the ribs.



Week 39
165 lbs.
96/70
Baby's heart rate was 140. It is definitely a bad idea to look up things that can go wrong- when you are worried about baby's size. I was looking up cord prolapse but the baby is still very active. We still haven't picked out a full name. We have a middle name we really like.

My 40 week appointment is coming up and another ultrasound-  unless baby graces us with its' presence. I am excited, nauseous and started to feel  very fearful. 


Two babies! What are we going to do? Will William like his younger sibling? These are the questions in my mind as we enter in to the end of the uneventful pregnancy. (in the sense that baby has been very healthy and I haven't GD or anything like that). 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Week 35-36-update

It is getting close now! My weight was consistent from 2 weeks ago. My blood pressure was normal- 120/86. The humidity definitely sucks. It is making me a little nauseous.  Baby's heart rate was 150.

36 Weeks

Or really 35 weeks+ 5 days.  My weight increased to 162.8. My bp was 115/60. I was happy to see it was still low. I am starting to feel nauseaus after eating.  I honestly am enjoying being pregnant other than having to pee a lot and heartburn.

Baby was a busy creature at this appointment! Heart rate was 160.  Very happy and healthy. I also had my group b strep test.  There are plus and minuses to having this checked- so inform yourself before deciding to go attend. Many women already have the bacteria present but it can cause risks to your newborn.

Still having lots of braxton hicks- especially at night. They do go away and have no pattern yet. I would like to get to at least 39 weeks though.

William still wants a baby horse or a bello (turtle) lol.

My pictures are so blurry this week. Oops.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

30-33 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Things are progressing! The baby is still sideways- but that is fine for now.  Just lots of hoping that the baby turns before arrival.

I am healthy! I am taking iron and b-12 supplements. Even though I have tried to increase absorption from food, it is not good enough.  Therefore, the supplements help make up the rest. I am also taking prenatals. It is really helpful because I am nursing William. 

I am gaining weight- I am now 158 lbs.  Blood pressure is good- 111/ 86. The baby's heartbeat is good. 


I am enjoying the warm weather, but it is definitely hot! I really like to take William for a walk around the neighborhood. He gets a kick out of a ride in the stroller. I am also enjoying prenatal yoga- I just need to do it more often. 

Week 33
My weight is 161- it seems impossible between the amount of nursing William is doing although he is also very busy. 

I am definitely noticing the pain in my pelvis when I rest- it might be pelvic girdle pain (PGP) It spasms down the back of my leg when I move at night or lift my leg. It makes lifting William hard too. It's hard to know since it could also be the baby's position or loosening ligaments. 


Week 34 is here- and it the only week I don't see the doctor. I did visit the chiropractor, which was so nice.  I feel more aligned, which is very important for labour and delivery.  They use a machine for alignment more than manual adjustments, which was neat.

Starting at week 35 I see the doctor for a prenatal appointment every week.  Ugh! lol. I don't mind them- they are just a lot!


I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going. it is almost Canada Day! And 6 weeks left if I go to 40 weeks (more if i go longer lol) 


Monday, 23 June 2014

Celiac Awareness Month 2014

Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness Month? This doesn't mean just focusing on Celiac Disease, although education to demystify the condition is very important. Gluten intolerance and gluten allergies are all wrapped up in this  as well.

There is a long list of associated conditions- Thyroid problems, digestive issues, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, mental fog, Asthma, Autism, ADHD and infertility are just a few.

Also, it is frightful how few people actually know what gluten is- particularly those who in the food/ restaurant and hospitality sector. Fewer still seem to understand the impact gluten can have, whether its effect is noticeable on the person or not. It can take years to reverse underlying damage.

My brother has colitis and has fought the idea of a gluten free diet for awhile. After watching House (haha) and how it was explained he has decided to go for it. I think in some ways this a positive change. More mainstream shows need to highlight issues not make fun of it. 

Additionally, I wanted to highlight two resources I found helpful. Gluten Dude is a go to resource for support, education and some rather thought provoking content.
Another valuable website is Inspired RD. It is all about health, nutrition and life.  In terms of recipes, I suggest the Baking Beauties. They craft wonderful recipes. I really want to try making their doughnuts. 

Here is a recipe i adapted from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jambalaya/based on Jambalaya. It was based on what I had in the pantry and fridge.
  • I used 6 round sausages (gluten free)
  • half a red onion
  • 3 large potatoes, diced
  • 3 cups of rice
  • -some mixed vegetables
  • salt and pepper
  • chili powdr
First, I cooked the sausages. Then I added them to a large pot with the onions and potatoes. Then I added some spices. Next, i added the rice. near the end, i added some mixed vegetables. Then I added salt and pepper to taste.

It was actually good! All you need is some flexibility and creativity and you can come up with the best creations.

This is a late post- oops!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

World Environment Day

http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.U4-ar_ldWpA

June 5th is world Environment Day- so named by the UN as a day to protect the environment. This WED Is also the Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which is pretty neat! As I  studied International Development- I think it is great that the focus on small island states. Many face special economic, political and environmental issues. It is so important to acknowledge that.


There are many ways to foster a love of the environment in your child!
  • Spend time outside
  • If your child is old enough, pick up trash and recycling
  • plant a tree or a garden
  • learn about recycling
  • Take a trip to a farmer's market
You could even start your own action and participate in WED or join one! 




Resources:
http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.U4-ar_ldWpA
http://www.fao.org/sids/en/