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…

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…

Manic Monday: The Ballerina’s Birth, part 1

Birth stories are fascinating.  One of the wonders of the information age is how easily and widely women can share their stories.  Each one is as unique as the child being born. My 5 births are all different, each with a different level of management.  It’s quite some variety: medically-necessary induction, low-risk with an epidural,…

Manic Monday: Homeschooling is Here

Last week–not just last Monday–was so manic, I completely forgot writing at all. The blog did not get blogged. The novel did not get written.  Today, we started our homeschool year, which means that last week we had to, I mean really had to, declutter and organize the homeschooling room. I don’t know about anyone…