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Hi! Do you have a toddler or a child that has nightmares or night terrors?? This video is for you! My oldest (2 yrs) was waking up screaming a few months ago and I found an oil that helped her with her nightmares! Check it out!

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Hiya! So I’ve been getting questions about where I got Olivia’s unicorn cake from so I wanted to share it with you! Being both gluten free and vegan, we also raise our girls the same way so finding a vegan bakery that also has gluten free options is key for us. We found Dulce Vegan Bakery in Atlanta and we could not have been happier! Apparently this unicorn cake is one of their specialties and they do an amazing job decorating it! You can customize the colors, of course and they have a variety of flavors to choose from. We chose vanilla cake with vanilla frosting (Olivia is allergic to chocolate) and it was delicious! If you’re in the Atlanta area and looking for an awesome bakery, Dulce is the way to go!! 

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Hi everyone! I’m absolutely LOVING my Lalabu Baby Soothe Shirts! I love being able to wear my baby while still getting stuff done around the house! This is basically a tank top with a kangaroo pouch on the front, where your baby easily slides right in and is close to you (where they want to be)!

They even have Dad Soothe Shirts so daddy’s can join in on the baby wearing fun! My husband loves being able to share the baby wearing duties and looks forward to being able to put his Soothe Shirt on and bond with our baby girl.

Check them out here, and let me know what you think! They also have leggings available, which I’m dying to try!!

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Hi! I’m back with another awesome mommy product! Sometimes it’s hard to run errands with a new baby AND a toddler, am I right? Well I found a really cool product for you non baby wearers out there! It’s called the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock and it’s basically a hammock for the shopping cart that your baby can just relax in while you shop (just what the name says)! This is especially helpful when you have a toddler in the front of the cart, then baby can chill in the back AND you can still get your groceries in the cart!

After doing her research, the founder of this company found out that putting a car seat in the back of a shopping cart is absolutely NOT safe and that falls from shopping carts are among the leading causes of head injuries to young children. Determined to find an alternate solution, the shopping cart hammock was born. Not only can you lay your baby in the hammock and strap them in, you can also use it to securely hold your car seat! 


I can’t wait for Baby Levy #2 to use it! It can be used from birth up to 50lbs, it hangs elevated so you can still get your shopping done and it rolls up so you can easily pack it in your diaper bag. 

 

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Captain’s Log….Thursday January 12th 11:48pm …. Contractions started. I had felt contractions a bit stronger and different all day on the 12th, but it wasn’t until night time that I knew they were different. This was it! I was in the early stages of labor with my second baby! The rush of emotions between nervousness for labor and being excited to finally meet this little baby were immense. I contacted my midwife around 2am and she and my doula were at our house by 4am. Let the VBAC home birth begin!

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For those of you that don’t know, I broke my ankle on December 28th the day that I turned 36 weeks pregnant. The last 2 weeks before I went into labor I was on a forced bed rest and could only get around with a walker. Needless to say, laboring in certain positions was difficult and getting from one place to another in my house was challenging.

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With my first child, I labored for 41 hours before ending in an emergency c section due to her heart rate dropping immensely and not knowing if the next time it happened if they could still help her out. They say that second deliveries tend to go by faster so that’s what I was expecting.

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I was dilated to 6cm and my midwife broke my water at 11:29am and that’s when things got REAL. Contractions were fast and furious and at 3pm I was certain that I was ready to push….. only to have my midwife check to see that I was still only 6cm dilated. By this point, I knew in my heart of hearts that a VBAC home birth wasn’t going to be possible. We had a back up doctor at a hospital just in case, so my husband and I made the call and we went in. The drive was over an hour long because we left at 3:30pm on a Friday afternoon heading to downtown Atlanta.

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I was immediately admitted and checked by my doctor. At this point he said that I was still at 6cm and that my baby’s head wasn’t aligned with my cervix, which is why it had been so difficult, and he suggested a c section. This was something we were prepared to hear, so Jonah and I had let go of resistance to that idea before we left the house and were at peace with it. I was quickly prepped for surgery and I knew that I was meeting our baby soon.

This c section was completely different than my previous. The lights were dimmed, the doctor was AMAZING, the mood was calm and serene. Our birth photographer was allowed in and the curtain was dropped so that I was able to see our child being born. It was an incredible experience and I felt as though I was actually giving birth, not just having surgery or “delivering”. It was a spiritual and magical connection between myself, my husband, our baby and even the doctor. I felt instantly bonded with my baby, which isn’t something people can usually say with a c section.

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I ended up staying in the hospital for only 2 days, as opposed to 4, because I was alone with a broken leg and a newborn baby. My husband was at home, holding down the fort, with our first born and the staff at the hospital were less than helpful, to say the least.

Recovery at home has been great and I would definitely feel at least 99% better if it wasn’t for the cast and broken ankle. I’m absolutely looking forward to healing sooner rather than later.

All in all, I tried to have a VBAC at home, despite the fear and negativity that others tried to impose on me, and the universe had different but better plans.

I would have never known the difference had I not had the first c section experience, and I’m so thankful that I did. Life has absolutely taught me that things don’t always turn out the way you plan it, but if you can let go of resistance,  it can turn out even better than you ever imagined.

My husband has been my rock, as usual, and has truly taken care of our family in a way I only dreamed about or saw in movies. We are now a little family of 4 and I’m so grateful for my Midwife, my Doula and my Doctor for helping me birth our second baby girl “Earth Side”.

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Photography by the amazingly talented Emily at Emvision Photography.