Cloth Diapering 101: Why we love it!

Cloth diapering seems like such an old fashioned notion.  Something that our grandmothers used to do.  Big white cloths that had to be folded and pinned with a safety pin and the whole thing would be covered in diaper cover in hopes of making it look a little more attractive.  These days cloth diapers have gone from being something that’s incredibly inconvenient to amazingly aesthetically  pleasing.  Its not just all about looks though, cloth diapers have come a long way and now is a pretty, convenient option that’s way easier on the planet, but also easier on baby’s bum.

When I first found out about  Arren making a little home in my body, I knew that I wanted to cloth diaper.  I wanted to have a lighter footprint on the planet and Carl loved all the money we would be saving.  As my due date approached and I started thinking about how tired and love struck I was going to be in the first couple of weeks I started getting a little scared.  No one wants to wash a crap load (pun intended) of laundry when you’ve got a fresh little poop monster on your hands.  That’s why we also got a bunch of bio degradable disposable diapers to go along with the cloth diapers.  I’m really happy that we had them on hand they were great!  They fit Arren really well and we got to throw away the gross black poop stage diapers!

As soon as we started on the cloth diapers I was sad that we didn’t start sooner! First of all he looks so cute in all the different colours.  He’s got a colour for every mood.  We even have a cute little pink diaper that he looks so punk rock in.  He seems so excited every time he sees pink!  He also seems happier in his cloth diapers, he doesn’t mind peeing in his diapers, doesn’t get diaper rash in them because it never really leaves him wet and he sleeps in longer stretches at night because he’s never that wet.

CLOTH DIAPER 101 TIPS AND TRICKS

  1. Find a brand you like: We  have two sets of diapers.  The one batch we got second hand and the other is a cloth diaper brand called biddykins.  The second hand brand is terrible! they fit a bit strangely and the insert doesn’t really do anything.  We double up on these diapers and that took away the problem,but they still fit a bit weird.  The second brand Biddykins, is just AMAZING.  We just love them so much, the quality, the inserts, the cute prints and the price is just the best.  Always read the reviews of a cloth diaper brand, that’s the best way to find a good brand and have an idea of what people think of them.
  2. Washing:  I wash the diapers with all Arren’s clothes. I’ve even used a 30 minute cycle without having a stain problem.  If it seems a bit discoloured I hang them up outside to get naturally bleached by the sun.  It works perfectly! It also works on white clothes.
  3. Tea tree essential oil:  I don’t think the diapers smell that bad in a diaper bin, but we throw tea tree oil in the bucket to prevent odour.  This also works great for any bin.
  4. Make sure it fits everywhere and doesn’t have any escape holes for bodily fluids.  Its easy to clip these diapers on, but taking the time to see if its tighter is for your best interest.
  5. The booster pad matters! Having a good booster pad makes  your diaper experience that much better.
  6. Don’t be freaked out at the cost: Cloth diapering saves money! When you buy your first pack it doesn’t seem that way, but this is a once off cost and that once you have them you have them.  If you’re planning on having more than one child you wont have to buy more for your next baby.
  7. Cloth diapers can become an obsession.  With all the cute prints its hard to stop buying new ones.  I don’t see a good reason to stop because they are just that great, so I shall continue to shop until I drop.  Or until I have no house left at all, and all my furniture is just covered in cloth diapers.

I’m just loving cloth diapering, seeing a happy baby is just the best and he just looks so cute how can I deny him of those things!

 

No Bake Chocolate Balls / Nut Free

I’ve been spreading myself really thin lately, due to my own stubbornness and the fact that most of the food here contains msg.  Why? I don’t know.  Even the simplest of food contains msg or you just can’t find it here, not the msg, just some food, like a really nice sunflower butter or apple butter.  Occasionally I would love a little bit of convenience just to make things a bit easier  even amazon is against me and refuse to ship some of their items here. Why amazon? Why? I love you and want to buy everything from you, why do you play me like this?

Sometimes life throws you curve balls and makes you zen it out in the kitchen, while creating a whole bunch of yummies!

It all starts with the most amazing sourdough rye bread I make for Carl’s work week, this bread is just the best and the more the sourdough starter ages the better it gets.  After that I make gluten free protein brownies that’s sugar free and just amazing, sunflower butter, occasionally peanut butter, popcorn trail mix and of course my favourite snack during the week these amazing no bake chocolate balls.

These balls are my favourite little snack,  its the fastest thing to grab while taking care of Arren.  They taste like a decadent chocolate cookie,but way healthier and you don’t even have to switch on your oven!  They’re nut free and made with simple ingredients, well I guess simple for me.  I have all these ingredients on hand all the time.  You can make these gluten free, by using gluten free oats.

Now, prepare your mouth for the best treat ever.

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE BALLS27 Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 – 5 tbsp cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder (  I usually add protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp water – optional

Directions

Add the oats to the food processor and ground until course.  Add the rest of the ingredients and process until a firm ball forms.  If its having trouble blending add a tbsp water.

When done start forming balls.  I come out with 27 balls, but  I start of small and end up getting bored and have bigger ones at the end. Refrigerate.

Sit back and enjoy these little treats.

Lessons I’ve learned From My Son

Having little Arren Yuki in my life has truly filled my life with so much joy, but one of the biggest surprises has been what a little quiet philosopher this little guy is.  I feel like I’m getting the best wisdom in the world just from being this guys mom.  Every day is a learning experience with him, not only learning how to be great at eating with one hand  ( eat with chopsticks! It’s easier!), but some of the most amazing thoughts about simplicity and taking it slow.

He’s become one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and I know it’s just going to get better, he’s probably going to be a tough professor when the terrible twos hit, but the best lessons come from the toughest teachers.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM MY SON

  1. Enjoy the little things;  Going out for a simple shopping trip seems like the most extravagant thing you can possibly do and the most enjoyable experience.  If you actually get to shower and get dressed you will feel like its the best day of your life.
  2. Patience; When you pray for patience we get challenges.  Arren has taught me how to have patience and not get so easily worked up.
  3. A smile can make your day, your week ,your month.  We sometimes forget that a smile can make someones day.  Smile easily, you never know who needs one.
  4. To be brave;  I’ve always seen myself as a complete hypochondriac, but Arren has shown me my own strength.  From Pregnancy  to birth.  To doing everything in my power to get him away from the wildfire that had us evacuate our home and even seeing Carl chase a baboon out of our house while screaming and grunting at it.
  5. Endurance;  When you bounce the whole day, and you feel like you can’t go on anymore somehow you find the strength and endurance to continue or deal with the aftermath.
  6. Finding time for romance; everything can be turned into a romantic date.  Finding some time to watch netflix or having sneaky breakfasts alone while he sleeps.  Always find time for affection.
  7. To always look at the world with wonder: Always look at the wonder of this planet like its the first time you’ve seen it and the awe of being alive.  Sometimes just finding your arms is amazing just ask Arren.
  8. Don’t take life so seriously.  Laugh easily, but also cry easily.  Sometimes a beautiful nursing moment can have a surprisingly loud fart added to the mix.
  9. Babies are like cats: They love scratching you, making you work for their love and just seem disinterested in you a lot of the time, but them they smile at you.

I can’t believe I’ve been a mother for 6 weeks!  It feels like we’ve had him with us forever and I can’t wait to see what other lessons he teaches me. What lessons have your children taught you?

 

 

Postpartum Essentials for Mom

Recovery after birth is sometimes the last thing we think about when pregnant.  I on the other hand had a really overdue baby, and had a lot of time to get really prepared for baby and to get everything ready for an optimum birth recovery.

I had a month worth of freezer meals ready to go, I still have some left over in the freezer! I wrote down easy recipes that Carl would be able to make,  I set everything up for my home birth, made balms for baby and me and researched everything for a great, fast recovery after birth.

The one thing I found while trying to find what I would need in my postpartum kit, was a lot of the same things or rather obvious things, like a nursing bra?  If you’re breastfeeding I think it would be quite obvious that you would need a nursing bra and breast pads for that matter.   To me these postpartum essentials posts weren’t really helpful, but that was just because it was filled with the stuff I already knew I had to get, but not the strange and insanely helpful things that I really used.

Postpartum days are a whirlwind of lack of sleep and grazing for the nearest food you can just quickly shove in your mouth, while you and your baby get to know each other.  These are some of the essentials that I used during postpartum that made me feel more human, during a time when lack of sleep, getting peed on and just staring at poop seems to be the norm.  Don’t forget googling about what poop is normal.

POSTPARTUM ESSENTIALS FOR MOMS

  1. Coconut water.  It felt like coconut water saved my life during the first couple of days of postpartum.  It hydrated me and gave me a little energy boost that I needed during that time.  It also helped replenish electrolytes that I lost during birth.  It was also the most refreshing thing in the world to me at that point of time water felt like a drag to drink, while coconut water seemed like a gift from God.
  2. Robe.  This is one of those ” it could be obvious” things, but I decided its just a must to add.  I was having so many hot flushes and just sweating like crazy during those first couple of days ( thanks Hormones).  I just never wanted to wear a shirt.   I was always just in a nursing bra and pants, when we were alone of course, but man I wish I had a robe! I feel like it would have made me feel more decent and like I had all my ducks in a row.
  3. Dry shampoo.  I had a quick sitz bath everyday, but it wasn’t really a shower.  That first week postpartum is all about the baby and if you get a shower in , you’re lucky! With guests coming over to see the new baby, not feeling like  a complete mess is essential!  Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for those times.
  4. Vitamins.  Your body lost a lot of energy and vitamins during birth.  Keep taking your multi vitamins, but also take a probiotic to keep digestion going.  A magnesium tablet is also essential to keep cramps at bay after birth.  You won’t believe how achy your body will be.
  5. Leggings: Comfy pants is a must postpartum and these from mermaids and unicorns have such an amazing design that you can wear them while entertaining guests.  People will be so distracted by your amazing leggings that they wont even care how bad you look.  The cute baby that everyone is passing around will also be a distraction.
  6. Cocoa butter. After pregnancy you will be left with that beautiful brown line on your stomach….Linea nigra if you want to get all fancy, or if you just want it gone and not even bother knowing its name, get some cocoa butter and massage it all over it everyday.  It will help get rid of it fast!  I also used cocoa butter for the most amazing breastfeeding nipple cream, it was a lifesaver during those first couple of days when you and baby are just trying to figure out breastfeeding and you wonder if you gave birth to a snapping turtle.
  7. Arnica Everything: I used arnica oil after birth for my achy muscles and believe me did it help.  You won’t believe how sore your muscles are! Labour is the most intense workout of your life and you will hurt in places you didn’t know you had muscles.  I also took arnica tablets for inflammation, pain and aches.  You just have to get it!  Its a homeopathic dreamboat.
  8. Exercise ball.  This ball is not just helpful during labour, its amazing afterwards as well.  Bouncing a fussy baby on the ball is a great way to calm them down, help burp them and make them fall asleep.  Its also a great workout.

Extras.

Sitz bath.  A sitz bath after birth will help ease discomfort down there.  If you cant find some of the herbs to make your own sitz bath bags, just add 1/2 cup Epson salt to your bath water and 5 -10 drops of lavender oil.  It will help heal you faster and ease any discomfort.

Perineum spray:   This is great for healing and keeping things clean down there.

Granola and Snacks: I loved my healing golden milk granola as a snack during those first couple of days, it was so easy to eat and had all the healing properties I needed.

Lactation cookies:  I lived on these amazing cookies I created during the first couple of days when waiting for my milk to come in and when my milk came in I had one happy baby on my hands.

Chocolate:  Having a some dark chocolate when you feel so tired will be that pick me up you need.

Support: having your partner there helping you and making things as comfortable as possible is just what you need during your postpartum period.  I’m really grateful to Carl for all his help and support he gave me and how involved hes been in Arren’s life even before he was born, this guy doesn’t want to miss a thing.

Feeding Pillow:  A feeding pillow is a great thing to have to adjust baby just right, I only really started using mine this last week or so.   I was too frazzled to remember where I put my feeding pillow and just made a pillow fortress with all the pillows in the house, but now that I’m using it I can’t believe that I didn’t use it from the start.

The most important thing is to get enough sleep! I know it can be so difficult when you have a perfect little angel sleeping next to you and all you want to do is stare, but trust me try and get some sleep when your baby sleeps.  It will help you heal better and make you feel more sane!

I hope this helps all those new mamas out there!

Chai Spiced Overnight Oats with Pear

Can you believe it? another breakfast recipe.  I’ve been all about the breakfast for the last couple of months going on a year and now that I have baby I’m always on the search for really yummy breakfast ideas that seems a little bit fancier than toast with crudely spread peanut butter, I want something that takes the same amount of effort.  That’s why overnight anything has just become my lifesaver, it doesn’t beat sourdough pancakes, but its pretty close!

Overnight oats is just the perfect breakfast for people in a constant rush.  You just dump everything in your jar. shake everything up, cover and leave in the fridge overnight and wait for the delicious magic to happen!  You can even eat it directly out of the jar.  I like placing mine in a bowl and sprinkling all the little extras in there to really make it seem like I created the fanciest breakfast you’ve ever seen.

This chai spiced inspired overnight oats is just amazing, filled with warming spices that make for a delicious breakfast that will give you all the flavour without any of the real effort.  Topped with chopped pear that beautifully compliments all the spices and just a sprinkle of coconut makes this a wonderful flavour explosion.

CHAI SPICED OVERNIGHT OATSserves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk or milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds or yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp ground ginger depends on how spicy you like it
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pear chopped
  • coconut flakes

Directions

In one large jar or two smaller jars add everything and combine well. Place in the fridge and leave overnight.

The next morning remove.  If its a little bit to firm add more milk.  Scoop into two bowls,  Sweeten with Sweetener of choice.  Sprinkle with coconut flakes and pear.  Serve.

Musings Of First Time Parents – The First Month with a Newborn

The first month with little Arren has been a complete whirlwind.  It’s somehow been the shortest yet longest time of my life.  I personally didn’t know my body could run on such little sleep and still be able to care for someone else so well, even be slightly entertaining.  I mean the songs you start to sing once you have a baby will have you think maybe you should go into a music career? but we all know that’s just lack of sleep talking.

Carl and I just can’t believe how such a little person can dislike him so much.  Little Arren has claimed his mommy and just shows his dislike for Carl the whole time.  Arren will also not be fooled into being held by his dad when he’s wearing a mommy milk covered shirt or blanky.  He’s too smart for that!  We’ve decided to stockholm syndrome our son into liking Carl.  Every time I nurse Arren, Carl creepily lurks and forces Arren to make eye contact with him,  believe me Arren hates it! Soon this little guy will be forced to love his dad….

It doesn’t help that Carl gave Arren the biggest fright of his little life so far!  By laughing!  We were watching SNL and Carl laughed so hard that, little Arren went into purple screaming and wouldn’t stop for so long!  I finally managed to calm him down, but we decided that Alec Baldwin is way to funny to watch around Arren.

So here are some of our musings of new parents.  Please note these are honest musings, meant to be amusing.  We love Arren a lot, and he made our lives better and complete, but man is it hard!

MUSINGS OF NEW PARENTS

 

  1. Do not throw away any ugly blankets or outfits that you get from colleagues, family or friends. You can use these to wipe up pee or poop or use as a changing mat cover; just because you are busy changing the diaper doesn’t mean that baby has finished peeing.
  1. You as a new parent know better than any parent before you. The internet is your friend.
  1. Everything can be made into a song.
  1. An exercise ball is a lifesaver for bouncing. Babies love to bounce, don’t you dare stop bouncing.
  1. You will get pee and poo on you. Boys are gross.  I’ve turned my back for a second only to have had pee on my back and hair.
  1. You will talk about poo a lot. Like all the time.  This is your new life.
  1. You wouldn’t have guessed that such a little person can go through so much laundry and that your laundry has quadrupled.  Drowning in laundry everyday.
  1. Sometimes white noise is too white and your baby just want’s some rap music to console him.
  1. There will be a moment when you think you have finally gotten the hang of it and then your baby will wake up, scream in your face, like he has never seen you before, and be inconsolable.
  1. There will be a moment when you feel like giving up and that everything is too much and then your baby will give you a fleeting smile( around one month) and then it makes everything worth it.  Your baby is a sadist.
  1. You will do everything possible to get that smile again. You will be silly, you will beg, you will negotiate.
  1. After dancing with your baby and bouncing for two hours, you think he is finally asleep, so you put him down, only for him to wake up and to start the process again.
  1. You will lie and tell people your baby sleeps great, not mentioning that it happens about two nights a week.
  1. Babies want constant entertainment, even when they aren’t able to show appreciation, they want to walked around and have everything explained to them.
  1. You will get to know every corner of your house.
  1. Your baby is now your exercise equipment, and only gets heavier with time.
  1. When you air dry your baby, you will probably end up getting pee or poo on you.
  1. The first bath time, is one of the scariest moments of your life.  You have no idea what to expect.
  1. The first month is all about surviving, you will be sleep deprived, you will turn on each other.
  1. Sleep when they sleep, we haven’t, but you should.
  1. Colic is a real thing and sometimes it just happens, regardless of what you eat and don’t eat.
  1. You will google everything to find out if it is normal, and then be terrified of IDS.
  1. Your baby’s first outing will be nerve racking, a car trip can get your baby to sleep, but a noise in a mall can wake him up super quickly.

 

Banoffee Pie Overnight Oats

I’m all for anything that tastes like dessert for breakfast.  Who isn’t? Am I right?  Well back in the day I didn’t have much of a sweet tooth, actually I wasn’t much of a breakfast eater.  You would think I would have been super skinny, but no! I wasn’t feeling my best back then ; skipping breakfast made me overeat during the day and because your body is in starvation mode from the lack of food during your sleep, your body clings on to any food and tries to fatten you up!

Now that I’ve embraced breakfast and started making an effort to eat it, I feel better than ever.  Eating a healthy breakfast sets me up for a healthy day, I wont over eat as easily and I will want to put better fuel into my body and now that I have little Arren around, having energy is even more important.  This little guy is like a workout that never stops! He only wants to be held by me, he loves his squat bounces a little bit too much and boy, is he getting heavy!

Having a dessert breakfast makes for a glorious start to the day! It makes eating with one hand a joy! Because if you could just pour it into your mouth you would, but I need to teach my son not to be a complete slob!  So with a spoon it is.

Banoffee pie is a British classic.  Usually filled with a lot of unhealthy ingredients, but this delicious treat is filled with a lot of good for you yummies!  The delicious combination of banana,  salted caramel and chia seeds will leave you wanting more, but keep you satisfied for a long time!  Now that’s my kind of breakfast.

BANOFFE PIE OVERNIGHT OATS –  Serves  2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut milk – or non dairy milk of choice
  • 3/4 cup water or more milk
  • 2 tbsp liquid sweetener – or less the caramel sauce makes it sweet enough.
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds or yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder – optional but a great added extra for protein
  • Salted caramel Sauce
  • 1 Banana sliced

Directions

Combine the oats, milk, water, sweetener, vanilla, chia seeds and vanilla protein powder in a jar.  Cover and shake until well combined.  Place in the fridge overnight.

The next morning combine the oats into two bowls ( if its a little bit too firm, add more milk, I like a creamier oats),  Add salted caramel sauce to the oats.  Be generous.  Cover with sliced banana.  If you want it to be even fancier top with grated chocolate.   Serve immediately!

 

 

One Month with Arren Yuki

I can’t believe little Arren is one month old.  Oh, how  time sure does fly!  Motherhood has definitely been the hardest job I’ve ever had.  I don’t know how people can look down at stay at home mothers like they do! Being needed constantly, never being able to take a break, having to be the nurturer, the cook, the maid and teacher without expecting anything in return is amazing!  and incredibly draining.  Giving yourself completely to your children so you can be there for them the whole time is a selfless act, that people have forgotten about.  A couple times during this month I’ve just wanted someone else to tap in for a bit, while I go and have a nice little break! Don’t get me wrong all mothers are amazing! It doesn’t matter if you’re a working mother or a stay at home mom, we’re all doing our best ! However we can!

The first month has just felt like Carl and I have been in survival mode, while we try and figure out this whole parenting thing and learn how to function without sleep!

It doesn’t help that baby Arren seems to just like being in my arms, when Carl tries to hold him he just screams away a storm, its actually really fun.  I’ll take this moment where I’m definitely the favourite! It feels good to win the favourite game right now, I know soon it will be all about Carl and I will be a distant memory, but that’s why cookies were created!

This month has been hard, but so amazing.  The last week or so I’ve finally felt like I’ve gotten the hang of this motherhood thing,  feel like I’m doing a pretty good job ( sometimes you have to pat yourself on the back).Bring on baby number 2!Just kidding.  The memory of his  giant baby head is still too clear in my mind! Give me 1 more month and I’ll be ready to go!  haha

Its been amazing seeing our beautiful son developing and growing everyday.  He is such a blessing to us and I can’t imagine life without him.  He’s the perfect third amigo to our little trinity.  He’s so strange and wonderful and my heart just burst with love every time I see him.  I’m so grateful to be his mother, he’s taught me so much already.  He’s shown me my strength and what I’m capable of.  Spending all my time with him is just the best thing ever.  There  really is never  a perfect time for a baby.  Yes, he was planned, but things just completely went crazy when we found out I was pregnant, things are still uncertain, but by having him everything has just become clear to us.  Being led by God and trusting his guidance has really made us stronger as a family, and gave us the biggest blessing of all.  I cant imagine our life without this guy!

ARREN ONE MONTH UPDATE

  • This little guy is such a grabber.  He grabs my hair, Carl’s chest hair and he’s even pinched the crap out of me.
  • He’s got all the expressions!  He just pulls the funniest faces all the time, since day one he’s been really observant.
  • He like going on tours of the house and have everything explained to him while he rubbernecks and looks at everything!
  • Bounces are his jam!  He loves all kinds of bounces and hates it when you start slowing down.
  • When he senses the attention is not on him for a second, he starts crying.  Don’t talk about politics and not pay attention to this guy.
  • He’s all smiles and makes the cutest coos.   You can see the difference between a gas smile and a real smile! Its insane!
  • He’s got such a strong little neck, and loves being in the over the shoulder burbing angle.  Sometimes he just whines, until he’s over the shoulder.
  • He’s a really vocal baby, he seems to want to talk sooo badly.
  • He’s trying to potty train himself.  He hates peeing inside his diaper and will scream until we open the diaper up and he can go outside his diaper.  Burb cloths? Should be called pee and poop cloths.
  • He likes all the snuggles and cuddles, he can get.
  • He hates the heat.  Hes so happy on colder days, I cant blame him…he signed up for Ireland.

I just cant wait for more developments and watching this sweet little angel grow.

 

Nectarine Green Smoothie

I’ve been loving smoothies lately.  I make a large batch in the morning, and keep them on hand for those times Arren just refuse to be put down, which happen quite often.  Arren just loves his mommy’s bony arms.  During those times its extremely difficult to even try to make something to eat, and I’m still learning how to eat with one hand while holding a growing baby with a floppy head with the other, its not as easy as you would think!

Smoothies have become my go to meal replacement, I keep telling myself that it wont be like this for long and soon he wont need me as much anymore so right now I’m taking the cuddles when I can get them and just really enjoying this time.  These smoothies really give me that extra boost to be the best mother to him I can possibly be.

This is my go to smoothie recipe, the sweetness of the nectarines and the tangy-ness of the lemons make this a sweet and sour treat that I just can’t get enough of.  Filled with all that good for you ingredients that keep me going while breastfeeding, and squat bouncing with a baby.  The best workout I’ve ever had has been having a baby.  I’ve really started getting creative with my bounces,  Arren really enjoys all the strange bounces.  What can I say I apparently make them weird, but I make a damn delicious smoothie too!

NECTARINE GREEN SMOOTHIEserves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 soft nectarines, washed and chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 a small cucumber, washed and chopped
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1-2 lemons, juiced.  Depends how lemony you like it.
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1- 2 cup kale
  • 1 1/2 cups – 2 cups water
  • sweetener to taste
  • ice

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a glass and serve! Easy as that.

an unexpected Lotus Birth

One thing that was not in my birth plan or after birth plan was a lotus birth.  The idea of carting around a placenta was just a little too much for me, but its strange how things change as soon as that baby is out of you.  How I thought things were going to be and how they actually turned out in reality is way different.  I didn’t think our baby would hate a bassinet so much, or scratch his dad right in the face,  while screaming bloody murder just because he’s not mommy.  Apparently Arren doesn’t care about Carl’s feelings.

After I birthed the placenta our midwife convinced us to do a lotus birth, at that point of time I was just so grateful that they were there that I would have done anything they said.   Our midwife explained the whole process of caring for the placenta to us and off we set to an unplanned lotus birth.

I’m not going to lie the first day with the placenta was rough, we had to figure out how to manoeuvre with the placenta and being the typical new parents we were completely paranoid and didn’t know what to do.  At one point I felt like crying because I didn’t feel like I could console Arren fast enough, but at the end I was completely happy we did it and gave it a try.

 

“We need to relearn what a birth can be like when it is not disturbed by the cultural milieu. We need a reference point from which we should try not to deviate too much. Lotus Birth is such a reference point.” Michel Odent

When I was speaking to my sister about our lotus birth I was quite shocked to find out that she didn’t even know what the placenta looked like, it was strange to me that during her birth it was taken away like it was something dirty and that shouldn’t be seen.  This was your baby’s lifeline for so many months, when my midwife showed me all the healthy veins, the sack where Arren called home for so long, I was completely mesmerised.  It was such an amazing thing to see and I was so happy my midwife showed me everything and explained it to me.

A lot of lotus birth posts talks about baby’s being friends with their placenta, but to us it seemed like Arren hated his placenta.  He acted like the only reason he came out of the womb was to escape from his evil placenta girlfriend, and like he just couldn’t figure out why were keeping it around.

REASONS I LOVED OUR LOTUS BIRTH

  1. It reminded me to take things slower and be more aware of my surroundings.
  2. It was a perfect uninterrupted bonding time with our new little family without having to deal with guests.
  3. It gave us time to get to know each other and figure out breastfeeding without having the stress of having to entertain people.
  4. It made Carl feel more involved.  He helped me move Arren around or helped move the placenta.
  5. It forced me to take it easy and let my body heal.
  6. The placenta and cord fell off after 3 days and he was left with the cutest little belly button.
  7. Being connected with his lifeline for so many months, until it was ready to fall off was amazing.
  8. Delays cord clamping letting baby get all the last bits of blood

HOW WE CARED FOR THE CORD AND PLACENTA

It wasn’t that difficult caring for the placenta or cord.  Carl made a little placenta bag to make the placenta look a bit festive and easier to transport.   We dropped a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on the placenta every day and we used wecesin powder to dry up the cord.  Wecesin powder is just the best thing to use for the cord, its all natural and helped speed up healing.  Once the placenta fell off we used a drop of lavender oil and a cotton bud to clean and disinfected the belly button and that’s it!  We buried the placenta under a tree in our garden in hopes that the nutrients would help give the tree some life in this drought filled times we’re having in Cape Town.