Top 5 Baby Toys My 9 Month Old Loves

Today i’m sharing my top 5 baby toys, that my 9 month old loves!

These are the toys that we absolutely must bring along with us anywhere we go, or else he will not be happy without them. These toys would be great for ages 3 months and up.

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy – My baby LOVES this toy. I’ve listed it first for a reason, it’s his absolute favorite toy!

Those my baby’s favorite toys, like i said they would be great for any baby ages 3 months and older.

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My Social Media Break

At the end of August 2021, i deleted Facebook and Instagram from my phone. I desperately needed a social media break.

After i gave birth to my sixth child, my family started living in survival mode. We weren’t living, we were just surviving. The reason for that was because i was balancing a lot of different things; homeschooling 5 kids, taking care of a newborn, running a business, keeping up with the house, paying bills, taking care of dogs & chickens, etc. etc..

Most days it was just too much, so i had to drop some things. Like my kids wouldn’t get home cooked meals for every meal, instead they would maybe eat frozen pizzas for lunch or a bowl of cereal for breakfast. You get the idea. The house wouldn’t get as cleaned as i would have liked it. You know, things like that had to get dropped, so i could focus on the most important stuff.

I was also so exhausted from all the things i do all day and then being up most of the night with a baby.

To add on top of what i was already feeling (worn out, exhausted, defeated), i would go on social media and there would be a mom doing it all and making it all look so easy. Or with this pandemic going on, i would go online and see people i love & care about handling the pandemic differently than i would. It all just started to add to the stress & anxiety i was already feeling.

I knew then i needed a break. To clear all the noise. To focus on what really mattered. To no longer play the comparing game. To come back to life.

My baby is older now, so that has helped me to not feel as exhausted anymore.

My husband has been helping out a lot more around the house & with the kids, so i don’t feel like it’s all on me anymore.

We got rid of the chickens (that’s a story for another day), so that has helped lighten the load.

It’s been almost 5 months now and i feel refreshed. I’m not sure if i will post anything on social media anytime soon, but i have recently added them back onto my phone.

Have you ever taken a social media break? If so, did you go back to regular (posting, commenting, liking, etc.) or did you change how much you were online after your break?

Weight Loss Must Haves

Hey Guys!

Today i’m going to share some weight loss must have items. If you have goals to lose weight next year, some of these items would be great to put on your Christmas wish list.

Workout clothes – To be able to be successful at losing weight, you have to find some workout clothes that you feel comfortable in. I just bought these pants recently and i’m in love with them.

Motivating Playlist – My workouts are way better when i have some good upbeat music to listen to. Pinterest has tons of workout playlists to get ideas from.

Yoga Mat – These come in very handy if you are working out on a hard surface. If you have a carpeted area you are working out in, then skip this item. This is the yoga mat i have.

Weights – I have a set of 5 pound weights and a set of 10 pounds weights. You can do so many exercises with weights from the comfort of your home. No fancy gym equipment needed.

Water Bottle – I have this one gallon water bottle and i love that it has the times marked on it, to keep you motivated to keep drinking.

That’s it! Those are my 5 must have items for weight loss.

xoxo,

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My Home Birth Story

9 months ago i gave birth to my sixth child, a boy. This was my first experience with having a home birth, as all 5 of my previous births were in a hospital. Not only was this my first home birth, it was also my first natural birth. It was so very special, that i decided to write this blog post to share all the details, mainly just so i have a place to keep them for myself, but hopefully this will help someone else who might be considering home birth.

February 15, 2021 – 1 day past my due date – It was late at night, i had already gone to bed. I was woken up at 11:00 pm by a feeling like i had peed myself, however i was completely dry. I then thought maybe i needed to get up and use the bathroom. As soon as i got up my water broke. And when i say my water broke, i mean it really broke. Water was gushing out onto my bedroom floor. I had never experienced that before. The only other time my water broke on its own, it was just a trickle. So i really wasn’t expecting a flood. But a flood is what i got.

I called my midwife and let her know what was going on. So now the wait was on for contractions to pick up. We were waiting for them to be consistent. About 3-4 minutes apart.

My contractions never got to that point. They would be 10 minutes apart, then 4 minutes apart, then 18 minutes apart. They were all over the place. I decided to try to get some sleep.

February 16, 2021 – The next morning i got up and was still having contractions, but they weren’t consistent. My midwife called to ask how it was going and i told her there wasn’t much going on. We talked about the different ways to jumpstart labor (walking, nipple stimulation, etc.). I actually had a scheduled midwife appointment for that afternoon and i told her that i didn’t feel comfortable getting into the car and driving anywhere. I really didn’t want to give birth on the side of the road. She agreed that she would come over and check on me in the afternoon.

I just spent the day bouncing on my birth ball, walking around the house, listening to worship music, and praying. Lots and lots of praying. No matter what i did my contractions never got to a consistent point. I was having lots of contractions, but nothing to painful. Just uncomfortable.

My midwife arrived at about 4:00 pm just to see how i was doing. She listened to baby’s heartbeat and she checked my blood pressure. She was about to leave (because once again, my contractions were not consistent) when at the last minute she was like, maybe we should check you just for peace of mind. So, she checked me and i was 8 cm. I was shocked. I had no idea i was that close to being done dilating. She was like, guess i’m staying now. I’m so glad she checked me. (Side note: I live out in the country, so for her to get to my house it is about an hour drive.)

My midwife started to get things ready, and i kept on walking around the house. At about 8:20 pm, i did the usual bedtime routine with the kids and by 8:40 pm i was in my bedroom and my midwife was checking me again. I was fully dilated, but my cervix was swollen. Even though i didn’t feel the need to push, she told me to start pushing. Once i started pushing the contractions started to get more intense. Super painful. Here is where i start to lose track of time.

After awhile, the contractions were so painful i just wanted some relief, so i decided to try the birthing pool. I had heard that water helps lessen the contractions and by this point i just needed a break from them. I hated the birthing pool. Trying to push while in the water was so uncomfortable for me. I had lost the ability to talk at this point. I couldn’t tell anyone what i needed. Finally, my midwife suggested we move out of the pool and all i could do was nod my head yes. They got me out of the pool and onto the bed.

I’m not sure how much longer it was after i moved onto the bed, but i gave a really big push and his head came out. He was born at 11:40 pm on the 16th of February. It was a little over 24 hours after my water broke when he was finally born. My actual labor was only 3 hours though.

He was 7 pounds 14 ounces and 20 inches long.

We are all so happy he is here and a part of our family. We love him so much.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my home birth experience. I would absolutely do it again, it was a very healing journey (especially since my last birth was so traumatic).

xoxo,

Slowly Coming Back

Hey Guys!

I’ve tried to write this post several times, but words keep failing me. Hopefully, i’ll be able to write this in a way that makes sense to everyone and not just me.

I know it’s been awhile since my last post, 9 months to be exact, and i figured it was finally time to come back and let you all know what has been going on and why i disappeared.

Last time i posted was in February, and i was getting ready for the birth of my sixth child. He is now 9 months old and just the cutest little thing. I will be sharing his whole birth story in another blog post because it was something special that i had never experienced before. So if you want to hear all about that, be sure to check back here soon.

To get to the why i disappeared for 9 months, you need a little background. Back in 2019 something horrible happened to me and to my family. I won’t get into the specific details because they are very personal, but i will say we are all okay. This thing that happened just made me question sharing my whole life with the internet/strangers.

So after i had my baby, i didn’t feel like sharing with the world. I wanted privacy. I was also still mentally dealing with everything that had happened.

I’m now in a better headspace to be able to share more of my life with you all. However, i’m going to be changing things up (what i share/how often i post/etc.) and i hope you will all give me grace as i figure it all out.

xoxo,