Category Archives: Baby

Preparing for a Baby on the Homestead

Preparing for a new baby can be a big job in and of itself, especially if it is your first. Since I am pregnant with my second child, a lot of the first-time questions, like “what do I truly need?!” aren’t even a thought. We have blankets, clothes, wipes and diapers. Ok, done there.

But when you are managing a farm or homestead, planning for any baby has a few more considerations. The season the baby is due in actually matters – will you be resting up when wood needs to be split? Or, like me, ready to go any minute by the time the garden is bursting with delicious fruits and veggies begging to be harvested and preserved?

Since I am due mid-August, I have a few extra things I am planning and doing to alleviate the craziness that both a new baby and the end of summer on a homestead can bring.

    • Freezer Meals – I have been doing some extra cooking to put away a few extra dinners here and there. I wasn’t able to do this with my first (we moved when I was 9mo pregnant), and I know the ease of not having to plan, prep and cook a meal every night would have been really awesome for my husband for those first few weeks. This time around, I am putting away a few trays of heat-and-eat type meals – stuffed shells, lasagna, Hunter’s Pie, and Lentil Chicken – as well as freeze flat some bags of dump style meals, like pre-cut strips of chicken, bell peppers and onions for an easy fajita night.
    • Clean the House –  A final deep cleaning of the house is on my list for the end of July. Similar to a “spring cleaning”, I want to get in to all of those nooks and crannies and give the house a really good cleaning, so it will be easier for my husband and daughter (hey, she may be only 2, but she LOVES to clean!) to maintain during the first 2-weeks or so, when I can’t be up and about.
    • Prepare all Homemade Items –  I hand make all of our cleaning products, for both the body and the house. So on my to do list before August arrives is to make sure we are well stocked on soap bars, shampoo, body butter and sunblock; dishwasher soap, hand soap, laundry detergent and our all-purpose cleaning sprays.
    • Canning Stock-Up –  August is a busy month for canning and preserving; the garden is loaded with fresh produce that has a sensitive shelf life and needs to be processed. We alleviate a lot of extra costs by putting up our own tomatoes, sauces, stocks & broth, jams, pickles, and so on. We also store extra carrots and beets root-cellar style – we had fresh carrots from our own garden into February of this year, and only stopped because ate them all! Since I may be immobile during a few key weeks, I am going to make sure the root bins are ready, and that all the canning supplies are clean and on-hand; I’ll pick up a few extra packages of lids as well, so we won’t need to run out to get more.
    • Make Baby’s Items Early –  Spring and Summer are really busy for us. I have my seeds and vegetable plants to monitor, garden beds to prepare and plants to prune, transplant and stake. The grass must be cut (and cut, and cut, and cut…), the chicken coop cleaned, and the gardens watered. Wood must be cut to length, split, and stacked, and soon we’ll start moving wood for fall/winter 2017-2018 indoors to our wood bins/racks, saving kindling and making our own fire-starter bricks. . Never mind that my husband and I both hold jobs outside of the home, and we have a toddler! With this in mind, I went ahead and prepared all of the hand-made items for Baby #2 early in the year, while the weather was still cool. I made booties, hats, a toddler-sized blanket, and an adorable little stuffed fox for my little one, and have already set up and unpacked the newborn items that we had in storage from my daughter. I did treat myself to a new woven wrap to for baby wearing, which I am really looking forward to using. Baby wearing is the best, especially on a busy farm!
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    • Home Birth Supplies – I delivered my daughter at home, a wonderful experience that I am excited to go through again with my second child. While my midwives bring along all of the medical supplies needed, I do have some basic supplies of my own to stock up on – chux pads, sanitary pads & wipes, herbs and tinctures, labor snacks and my postpartum meal. I also am going to try the Bengkung style of bellybinding as part of my postpartum care, so I purchased a beautiful length of cotton muslin for this purpose as well. For a full list of things I found useful during my first homebirth, check out my post on  home birth & postpartum supplies.

Home Birth & Postpartum Supplies

 

There are already tons of blog posts and Pinterest links out there with lists of things you “need” to have a baby. Everytime I see these lists, I laugh. They’re so over the top (laptops? Makeup and eyelash curlers? Really??!) that I had to say enough already. For all the sensible women who just want to deliver their baby and be comfortable, here are my suggestions, the real things that I used when I had my daughter.

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Signs of Spring: Baby’s Trees

Things appear to be warming up here in Connecticut, although we have had two other false starts followed by light snow storms so far!

My chives have started popping up, along with a few other miscellaneous plants. One of the most exciting plants to see spreading it’s sleepy green leaves open to the sun this spring is our Hickory trees!

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My husband had the great idea to plant a tree for the birth of each of our children, our first of which is due in 10 weeks. Early on in my pregnancy, we went hiking and found seeds and saplings that we took and planted in the hopes that they would take. We are happy to report that all of them have buds &/or leaves at this point, and are doing good! I hope they continue to thrive indoors, as it will be awhile before we will have a place for them to go.

$6.00 Rocking Chair Cushions & Matching Moses Basket Liner

This past weekend has been a snowy one for New England. I ended up staying home from work Saturday after a snow storm dropped 6″ overnight and my morning class was cancelled. This gave me ample time to finish the sewing project I had been mentally obsessing over all week.

Ta-da!

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How I saved $1,150.57 shopping for Baby

I’ve become a baby-prepper, that’s probably the best way to put it. With 4 months to go until Baby arrives, I found myself tossing at night and laying awake, mentally shopping, organizing, washing, folding and packing baby things. While I know four months is plenty of time to gather everything I needed, apparently my brain never got that memo. Continue reading

DIY Cloth Diaper Wetbag

Wetbags are another thing that you can make instead of paying crazy prices. This is probably one of the easiest projects you can do. Continue reading

DIY Cloth Diaper Cover/Yoke

With Baby on the way, I’ve been in a frenzy of sewing and crafting baby items. Diaper covers are an easy project and with so many different fabrics available nowadays, it’s fun to pick cute patterns and matching elastic that makes professional looking diaper covers a breeze!

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