Herbs for the Postpartum Mama

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Postpartum care is so important for the new mother, whether you just had your first baby, or you’ve been there before. One of the ways I alleviate the discomfort that comes with giving birth, is by using an herbal infusion. For those who are unfamiliar with this term, an herbal infusion is akin to a tea, except that the herbs are soaked for a much longer period, giving you a very potent mixture afterwards. Continue reading “Herbs for the Postpartum Mama”

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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? Continue reading “Preparing for a Baby on the Homestead”

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.

Diaper Bag DIY

So I may or may not have mentioned yet that my husband and I are expecting our first child in June 2015! =)

With Baby on the way, a flurry of projects have been coming off my sewing machine and knitting needles since those little lines first appeared. One of the things that I started looking for was a “cool” diaper bag. I didn’t want something that was ugly or bland, but it couldn’t look like a woman’s purse either — that would just be cruel to do to my husband!

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