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”
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”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 “How I saved $1,150.57 shopping for Baby”
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 Wetbag”
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!
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!