Little Bird’s Birth: Expect the Unexpected

Have you ever reached that point where you think you’ve figured something out? I don’t mean a math problem or something else that is structured and straightforward, but a piece of life, like parenting, teaching, or labor. I did. After Miss Bug and Curly-Top, I thought I’d figured out how to have a quick, relatively…

Sleep Debt is Paid in Sickness

Oh look, cold and flu season has begun! It’s the time of year that every mother and teacher dreads. Just as the kids are back in school and daycare (and exposed to all the other kids there), bacteria and viruses explode. Here, strep is already making the rounds, along with a virus that sure looks…

Miss Bug’s Birth: Accidentally Natural

Read about my two previous births! The Ballerina’s Part1 and Part 2, and the Engineer’s. Between the Engineer and my next pregnancy, we moved.  I was at a new clinic, a new hospital and had a new doctor, Dr. P.  We were in a new house and new neighborhood, but family problems follow you everywhere….

Keeping Stress Away from Baby

Most woman can agree that pregnancy is an especially stressful time of life. It isn’t just the physical stress, either. Although morning sickness (or hyperemesis gravidarum), food cravings and aversions, round ligament pain, and difficulty sleeping cause their fair share of stress, the mental stress and worry is often worse. Society has a huge amount…

The Engineer’s By-the-Book Birth

Read the Ballerina’s exciting birth story: Part 1 and Part 2 One would think that in the two years between the Ballerina and the Engineer, I would have read more about childbirth and dealing with the pain of contractions, but I didn’t.  Life was full of other, more pressing things.  Not just my teaching, but…

Common Sense about Ingesting Essential Oils

Sometimes, it seems like everyone on the internet is thinking the same thing.  Last week, I kept running across articles about the dangers of ingesting essential oils.  The opinions on this tempest in the oily teapot ranged from, “Don’t ever or you will die!” to “Be careful!”.  Even the sensible articles had scary, click-bait titles…

Manic Monday: The Ballerina’s Birth, part 2

Read Part 1 first. The doctors had prepared us for the risks of induction. We knew about the risks of pre-eclampsia and the possible complications. We thought the risks were over once the birth was done. We’d done it. We’d beaten this strange, potentially-fatal disease of pregnancy. It would all be uphill from here. We…

School Days Diffuser Recipes

I don’t talk about it much, but my favorite way to use oils is in the diffuser. At night, I can set the diffuser and the family and I get our oils all night long. I can fill it up at the beginning of the day to help everyone get moving. It has taken a…

Supplementing with Sulfur? Oh Yes!

Most of us are used to supplementing with one thing or another. Growing up, the common wisdom was to start popping vitamin C chewables as soon as our throats tickled. Multivitamins, whether gummies, shaped like cartoon cavemen, or targeted at the 50+ population, are ubiquitous. Every pregnant woman knows to start taking her prenatals. Unfortunately,…

A Supplement for Jollier Joints

There’s something about passing 40 that makes a person more aware of their joints and joint health. It’s probably that those joints suddenly seem a little more vulnerable to damage, a little more likely to hurt after a day of moving furniture or turning valves. Our bones may still be strong, but our joints, oh,…