Home Birth Plans

I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with baby number 6. At 24 weeks pregnant (more than halfway through my pregnancy) i switched from an OB-GYN to a Midwife. Today i’m going to share why i made the switch, and what my birth plans look like.

Honestly from the very beginning i knew this pregnancy was different, or maybe it is me that is different. Either way, immediately i had thoughts of having a home birth. I shared with my husband that i was thinking i wanted a home birth and at first it was a flat out ‘No’ from him. *A little background information here, my husband has past trauma from home births, so my asking him and getting his approval is to be respectful of him and his trauma.*

So, i let the idea of a home birth go for a little while and just saw my regular OB-GYN that i’ve seen since my first pregnancy over 15 years ago. I hated every appointment though. I just had this strong feeling that a home birth is what i was needing. So again, i talked with my husband about having a home birth. He still wasn’t on board, but it wasn’t a hard no like the first time.

Finally, after my 24 week appointment with my OB-GYN, my husband agreed that we could meet with a midwife and get more information on having a home birth. At 27/28 weeks pregnant we met a midwife and after leaving her office, my husband and i both felt a sense of calm & peace surrounding having a home birth.

I can’t give you a solid reason as to why i want a home birth, other than i just feel it in my soul that it is the right thing to do this time around.

As far as switching from an OB-GYN to a midwife, i was tired of feeling like a number. I was tired of feeling like i had no say in anything. I also don’t like a lot of the hospital’s policies, where i was going to deliver at.

I knew i had made the right decision to switch when i received a phone call from my OB-GYN’s office. I had an appointment scheduled with them for my 27 week check-up, but i cancelled it. I never heard from them until 2 days before Christmas (32 weeks pregnant). So the last time they had seen me was at my 24 week appointment, it had been almost 10 weeks before they even cared to contact me.

Anyways, i now have a midwife and i plan to birth at home completely naturally. My midwife has a birth pool that she will be bringing, although i’m not sure if i will use it or not. But it will be nice to have the option.

All of this is completely new for me, as all 5 of my other children have been born in the same hospital. I was also induced with all 5 of my other children. I also had an epidural for all 5 of my other children. So i’ve never experienced natural childbirth. That should probably scare me, but like i said this pregnancy has been different or i’m different, but i’m not scared at all. I feel so much peace surrounding this decision.

Later on this week, i plan on sharing my homeschool plans during the postpartum period. I will also be sharing some birth affirmations, that i plan on using for myself. And maybe even a home birth supply haul? Would anyone be interested in that? Let me know.

That’s it, for my home birth plans. I hope you all are having an amazing new year, so far.

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash.*

Creative Home Projects Bundle 2020

Hey Guys!

Today i have something fun to share, it’s another Ultimate Bundle! If you have been following my blog for awhile, then you know how much i love Ultimate Bundles. This new bundle, the Creative Home Projects Bundle, is no exception.

What i love most about all Ultimate Bundles, is that you get so many products for such a low price.

Here is what’s included in their Creative Home Projects Bundle:

  • 30 eBooks
  • 14 Tutorials & Templates
  • 11 eCourses
  • 9 Workbooks & Printables

You get all those amazing products for under $20! If you were to buy all those products individually, you would end up spending over $1200!! Do you see now why i love them?!

Also, this bundle couldn’t have been released at a better time. The weather is getting colder, that means we are spending more & more time inside, and what better way to spend that time than by doing different projects.

The thing about Ultimate Bundles is that they are only around for a short period of time, so if you are interested in this bundle, act now. This bundle goes away on 10/23/20 at 11:59 pm ET.

Grab your copy today!

*This post may contain affiliate links.*

October Books

Hey Guys!

Today i’m sharing what we are reading in October.

Samuel (10th Grade)

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Book 2)

Dasean (7th Grade)

Back Before Dark (Code of Silence Book 2)

Karina (4th Grade)

The Never Girls Collection, book 2

Cruz & Lincoln (1st Grade & Preschool)

Fish Out of Water

Good Night Gorilla

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Ice Cream Summer

Sheep in a Jeep

Veronica (Me)

When No One Is Watching

Read Aloud

The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House, book 2)

That’s all we are reading this month. What are you reading?

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash. This post may contain affiliate links.*

Coffee Recipes

Hey Guys!

As you all know, i love coffee! With this whole Covid-19 thing going on i stopped going to coffee shops and started making my own fancy coffee at home. Today i’m sharing 2 of my favorite recipes.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Cold coffee
  • Caramel sauce

Add the vanilla syrup to the bottom of your cup. Top with ice, milk and coffee. Finally add a drizzle of caramel sauce to the top and enjoy! So yummy & easy to make!

Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte (perfect for Fall)

  • 6 cups of coffee (cold)
  • 5 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • whipped cream (optional)

Pour coffee, whole milk, and heavy cream into crockpot. In a mixing bowl, mix together pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add pumpkin mixture to crockpot, and whisk to combine. Cook on high for 2 hours. Then ladle into a cup, add some whipped cream and cinnamon on top and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these 2 recipes as much as i do. What’s your favorite way to enjoy coffee; hot, cold or blended?

1st Trimester Pregnancy Update

Hi Guys!

In case you didn’t already know, i’m pregnant! I’m currently 14 weeks pregnant with our 6th baby.

Baby number 6

Since, i’m now in my 2nd trimester i thought i would give a little recap of how the 1st trimester went.

I found out i was pregnant on June 3rd, much to my surprise.

On July 6th i had my first doctor appointment & ultrasound. During my ultrasound they discovered i have a subchorionic hematoma. Which basically means i have a blood clot near the baby. My doctor said because of this, my chances for having a miscarriage were pretty high. We were able to hear the heartbeat at that appointment, so i was feeling better about it all.

At my next appointment, on August 3rd, we were still able to hear the baby’s heartbeat and i had the screening test for down syndrome. We also were able to find out the gender during this screening test.

As far as symptoms go, i’ve been pretty lucky this time around. I have only had some very mild nausea and that’s it. I’ve also only gained 1 pound during my 1st trimester. It all feels like it is going pretty smoothly.

We are all excited about this new baby and i can’t wait to share the gender with you all.

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