Reparenting Myself (or Embracing My Inner Child)

Feb 16, 2015 by

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I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with a certain beautiful, insightful, playful and fun-loving five year old girl.  She loves horses and cats, she loves music and dancing, she enjoys drawing and solving puzzles. Her favorite foods are pizza and tacos. She also has one magical trait that not many people have ~ or more to the point, it’s a trait we’re all born with but all too soon forget: she knows she’s perfect just the way she is.

She knows that there is nothing wrong with her ~ there’s nothing about her that needs to be fixed or improved upon. She knows that all her emotions are not only valid but very important indicators and should be honored and respected.

This brilliant young child is me at 5 years old ~ she’s my inner child. And she’s been teaching me a whole bunch.

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A Good Day for Some True Confessions

Feb 9, 2015 by

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I’m feeling the need to unleash some True Confessions. Doing so always helps me take myself less seriously, and I could sure use that right now. So, without further ado:

* I take myself too seriously. Or as my husband says “I give too much weight to things.” Not all things, but some things ~ like my aerial silks practice, my outlook on life, chores that I don’t like or want to do. This little fact about me sometimes can surprise people who see me as easy-going, laid-back, and fun-loving (I have been known to don on wings in public on occasion. ;) ).  I do soooo love being described as laid-back, but the things that are important to me or in areas I want to excel….yeah, they can actually bring out the worst in me (aerial practice, aerial practice, aerial practice).

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Questions I’m Asked About Unassisted Homebirth

Feb 2, 2015 by

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Last week when I wrote about choosing unassisted homebirth as my defining parenting moment it made me recall all the questions people would usually ask me when first learning about my unconventional decision. I think answering questions such as these are important as it demystifys unassisted birth as something that is simply fringe, crazy, and/or irresponsible.  Far from being irresponsible, most women who choose unassisted homebirth take it upon themselves to learn much more about birth than the average person. It absolutely does take a great amount of trust to do birth this way ~ trust in your body, trust in your baby, trust in the birth process, and trust that your intuition will guide you in all the ways needed.

Many don’t even know that unassisted homebirth is a viable option (and in some states it’s actually not) but for those who want to know more about it, here are some questions answered:

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Choosing Unassisted Home-birth: My Defining Parenting Moment

Jan 26, 2015 by

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Almost 10 years ago I gave birth to my first son. It was a 17 hour labor that I spent (mostly) by myself in our little bathroom surrounded by candle-light and fresh flowers. At one point, probably about 14 hours in, I remember thinking “I’m so glad there isn’t a doctor or midwife here as they’d probably be rushing me at this point.” It was a lovely freedom to be able to let my body release this baby at it’s own pace ~ a natural, organic pace that shouldn’t be sped up or slowed down. As my body went through those powerful, involuntary, shuddering pushes close to midnight, I told my baby, “As soon as I feel your head coming out, I’ll get off the toilet,” (yes, I labored for much of the time on the toilet as it helped me open up naturally). When I felt him coming out, I knelt down on the floor, grabbed the towel rack and called to my husband that the baby was coming. He walked in just in time to see me rip the towel rack off the wall just as the baby was crowning. A moment later, ChristoFinn slid out onto a pile of soft blankets on the floor. He gave a soft mewl to let us know he was breathing and then I picked him up, cradling him, and exclaiming “We did it! We did it! Oh my god, we did it!” My husband and I beamed at each other and then as we looked at our newborn baby boy, he smiled at us.

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Magical Monday with a Migraine

Jan 19, 2015 by

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I’m writing this Magical Monday post Sunday afternoon whilst in my bed with a migraine. Migraines aren’t really magical but here’s how mine has been serving me well today:

* A migraine is my free-ride ticket ~ my whole family knows that when Mama has got a migraine (and I tend to get them once a month during my moon time) that they have to rely on themselves most of the day while I hide upstairs in a dark room.

* My hubby is always so happy every month when I get my period (’cause, ya’ll, we are SO DONE having babies) that he waits on me happily during my headache time. Today he made me his special turkey deluxe sandwiches with his awesome red pepper mayo, avocado and smoked cheddar. Tonight he’s making me homemade pizza. Who’s the lucky ailing girl?

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