Pregnancy/Childbirth Books

I am really passionate about pregnancy and childbirth. It’s a topic i love. I love hearing birth stories. I could talk birth and pregnancy all day long. I just think it’s so amazing what the human body can do. So, today i thought i would share all the pregnancy/childbirth books that i own.

Yes, i really do own all of these books and i think there is great information to take away from each of them. However, if you could only get one of these books i would highly recommend Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth. Whether you are having a natural birth or not, a home birth or a hospital birth, it’s just so encouraging to read other positive birth stories.

Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth – My midwife loaned me her copy when i was pregnant with baby number 6 and i loved it. I really love all the information in it, so i bought a copy for myself.

Nurture – It’s funny when i order books on Amazon (with the exception of fiction paperback books) i never know what they will look like in person. I didn’t expect this book to be so huge. I like that this book covers everything; pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood.

The Whole 9 Months – I bought this book mainly for the recipes, as i really want healthy pregnancies. It does have some information on pregnancy also. The Cobb Pasta Salad recipe on page 147 is delicious!

Holy Labor – I feel like Holy Labor and Redeeming Childbirth go hand in hand. They are both pretty similar books. *Not pictured, because i have it on Kindle*

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way – I ordered this book after hearing Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone recommend it. It does have a lot of great information on how to relax your body during labor.

Redeeming Childbirth – When i’m in labor, especially during my last labor (my home birth), i pray the whole time. I could not give birth without God being present, and the way i feel God present is by talking to him & praying. It helps me through all the pain. Redeeming Childbirth is all about experiencing His presence in pregnancy/labor.

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth – Back when i was pregnant with my first child, 17 years ago, i bought the What To Expect When You Are Expecting book. If you know anything about that book, then you know it is pretty much filled with everything that can go wrong. It’s a great book to read if you want to worry your entire pregnancy. I love that this book came out and replaced that book. This book gives you a week-by-week look at what is changing with your body and your baby. It’s a great resource to have. *Not pictured, because i couldn’t find my copy.*

Birth Without Fear – I didn’t love this book, because i didn’t feel like i gained any new knowledge from it. However, if you are about to give birth and you are nervous/afraid maybe give this book a try.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – This is such a great resource to have on hand if you are breastfeeding, it covers everything!

Those are all the books i currently own on pregnancy/childbirth. I do still have several pregnancy/childbirth books on my wish list. Maybe once i buy them, i will do a haul and share them.

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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?

Freezer Meal Ideas

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing some freezer meal ideas!

When i was pregnant with baby #5 i made a ton of freezer meals a few weeks before i had him. I really wanted to do some freezer meals again before baby #6 comes, but i’ve completely run out of time & energy. I did do a lot of research though and found lot’s of great options for freezer meals, so i thought i would share them with you all in case you are in need of freezer meals.

Breakfast Ideas:

Smoothie Packs

Burritos

Baked Oatmeal

Pancakes

Banana Bread – This is my favorite recipe!

Waffles

Lunch Ideas:

PB&J Sandwiches

Burritos

Mac & Cheese

Bagel Sandwiches

Dinner Ideas:

Meatballs

Fried Rice

Pot Roast

BBQ Chicken

Enchiladas

Lasagna

Chicken Pot Pie

Chili

I’ve found that Happy Money Saver has a ton of freezer meal ideas & tips, if you are needing more ideas or recipes!

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February Books

Hi Guys!

Today I would normally share what we are reading in February, but since i’m about to give birth any day now, i don’t think we will be doing much reading in February. So today i’m going to share some books that are on my wish list instead…

I’m mostly into fiction books, and i also love a good mystery. So if that’s not your thing, this list might not be for you.

The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher

Have you ever been wrong about someone?

Juno was wrong about Winnie Crouch.

Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore.

Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…

She shouldn’t get involved.

She really shouldn’t.

But this could be her chance to make a few things right.

Because if you thought Juno didn’t have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.

From the wickedly dark mind of bestselling author Tarryn Fisher, The Wrong Family is a taut new thriller that’s riddled with twists in all the right places.”

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

“Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?

With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility, The Wife Upstairs flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending?”

Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

“Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.

All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.

One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable.”

Waiting For The Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton –

“Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface?

An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory then all her other years combined.

Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.

Waiting for the Night Song is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise.”

The Guest List by Lucy Foley –

“The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner  – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?”

Those are just some of the books on my wish list. Have you read any of them?

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Home Birth Supplies

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing all the home birth supplies i have been gathering over the past several weeks.

My midwife gave me a list of everything needed for my home birth, so all these things were on that list. *I will try to link as many things as possible, to make it easier for you to find in case you are also having a home birth.*

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide
  2. Cookie Sheets (2 of them, large size)
  3. Medium Sized Bowls (2 of them)
  4. Large Garbage Bags (2 of them)
  5. Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags (2 of them)
  6. Laundry Basket
  7. Rapid Read Digital Thermometer
  8. Flashlight
  9. Witch Hazel Frozen Pads
  10. Ibuprofen
  11. Shower Curtains (2 of them)
  12. Birth Pool Liner
  13. Arnica Tablets
  14. Bach’s Rescue Remedy Tincture
  15. AfterEase Tincture
  16. Small Fish Net
  17. Herbal Sitz Bath
  18. Dark Colored Sheets (2 sets of them)
  19. Towels (6) and Wash Cloths (8)
  20. Cotton Receiving Blankets (10)
  21. In His Hands Birth Kit – My midwife has a special custom birth kit on this site.

Some items i already had on hand, like the laundry basket for example. Other items i had never even heard of before, like Arnica Tablets for example.

Getting ready for this home birth has definitely been an experience. I can’t wait until baby is born, so i can share how my first ever home birth & natural birth went. As i’m sure it’s going to be an incredible experience.

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