I can't believe it's already been 2 months! More than 2 months, with this sweet new baby girl. It's been the most special thing for our family because Zula has been SO excited to be a big sister, for so long. It's been amazing and incredible and super challenging all at the same time.
Poppy is sweet.
Poppy's birth was really different than my first baby! Even though they were both natural, unmedicated births, and both water births, the experiences were just so incredibly different. With my first baby I did The Bradley Method, and had a great experience, but wanted to try Hypnobabies this time.
With Poppy, I had prodromal labor for weeks before she was born. Every night I would start having contractions that were sometimes pretty uncomfortable. They woke me up from sleeping several times over about 3 weeks. The first and second night, I thought she was ready to meet us. After that, admittedly I started just dismissing them. It was confusing to me because she was in a good position, and towards the end of my pregnancy I was definitely hydrated and rested, but every night it still kept happening.
Yum! I love fall. Or - Pumpkin Season. I started making these when my daughter was younger, and had some food allergies. Dairy AND wheat...challenging sometimes! Fortunately she has since outgrown them, but there are several recipes from that time in our lives that we still use. This one is dairy and gluten free, paleo, and delicious! Enjoy:)
35-36 weeks now! This time has flown by so fast. We're in the final stretch of getting ready for this new little love that is coming soon. In hindsight...traveling for 2 months this summer and then renovating a bathroom was probably not the smartest decision right before having baby #2. Whatever:) We had a lot of fun and I wouldn't take back the experiences, but it's definitely been a lot of work!
My favorite parts of getting ready for baby are the cloth diapers and the baby carriers. Can't.get.enough! Disclaimer: I am not a cloth diaper expert, and certainly don't know everything...but I'll tell you what I do know and hopefully make things simple for you.
YES - I'm one of "those people"...it's never too early for PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. Especially here in San Diego right now, where it's been unusually cool for a little while. I love fall, and I'm soaking all of it up! I know there are still some heat waves left before it's really fall.
Today I was making granola for Zula and she requested Pumpkin Spice Granola. Hard to argue with that! Making your own pumpkin pie spice blend is super easy. There are lots of different variations, here is how I make mine:
Spoiled in San Diego, our little garden is producing a ton of great veggies! After spending 8 years in Arizona and having mediocre success despite a lot of effort growing some of our own stuff, I'm still just amazed every season here. Not only do we have the ability to grow something year round, but it's just so EASY. Which resulted in having an abundance of serranos and Fresno chiles. Yum!! I'm using them everyday in guacamole, black beans, tacos, everything! But I still had way too many and didn't want to waste them. I stumbled upon this recipe from Mommypotamus and replaced the jalapeños with Fresnos in the first batch, and a combo of serranos and Fresnos in the next. We didn't waste a single chile and Austin is loving putting these on nearly everything.
This super easy DIY scrub is perfect for waking up in the morning and getting your day started. This smells amazing - try not to eat it, but it's nice to know it's safe if you do! While sugar isn't a great nutritional option, it's a perfect exfoliator.
This pregnancy is flying by. I am thankful that I feel (mostly!) great, and things have been pretty easy. It's definitely a different experience this time around than it was with my first. Self-care was a whole lot easier before having a 4 year old! My first pregnancy it was much easier to figure out prenatal yoga a few times a week, regular acupuncture, massage, meditation, etc etc etc. While YES I am still doing all those things this pregnancy, and recommend them, it definitely hasn't been as frequent or as easy. Which led to - what are the MOST important things for a natural pregnancy?! Here you go!