Isaac’s Birth Story

Posted by Jennifer under Just Life, Parenting (1 Respond)

Two years ago today, I woke up in the wee hours of morning in labor. {With all three children, labour started between 1am and 3am – neat huh?.}. I was beyond excited. Chloe’s labour was 36 hours start to finish but John’s was less than 5! I was expecting Isaac to arrive soon so I […]

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These Last Few Hours

Posted by Jennifer under Just Life (11 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond These Last Few Hours It is important to me that I spend a part of the next few hours here alone with you in the darkness.   You and I will never be this close again.   By morning you will be a tiny person all on your own. No longer […]

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Pregnancy Update 38th Week

Posted by Jennifer under Just Life (10 Responds)

No photo does this big bump justice! Simply Baby has been posting and I’ve been taking a break. I’m in my 38th week.  We had an ultrasound two weeks ago and they estimated baby at just over 7lbs. Based on an average growth rate of 1/2lb per week, I expect Isaac will be about 9-10lbs […]

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Postnatal Healing Herbal Bath

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting, Recipe Box (3 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond After birth, at minimum your perineum is sore and chances are, you may have some minor tearing. A soothing herbal bath is great for promoting healing and also good for helping baby’s cord stump to heal. The Hamilton Midwives’ website has the recipe but I simply went to the drug store […]

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Prepare for a Home Birth #2 – Set Up

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting (4 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond Considerations for Setting Up: So you’ve gathered all your supplies. Good job! Before you begin to set up, you’ll want to decide where you will labor. {Note: I’m not a doctor, or any sort of medical professional or birth expert. I’m simply sharing what works for me.} There are three main […]

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Prepare for a Home Birth #1 – Supplies

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting (8 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond I’ve had two wonderful home births and am hoping for another one. Part of having your home birth go smoothly is being prepared. You should have a packed hospital bag for labor ready to go.  You never know! The midwife’s office and pager number’s should be in a prominent place. A […]

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Choosing a Home Birth

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting (9 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond Is it Safe?!? Choosing a home birth is not just for the brave. or the insane. It’s not really even that radical of an idea; though society would have us believe that. Prior to the introduction of hospital births 100+/- years ago, home was where you had your baby. Oh, yes […]

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When’s the Baby Coming? {AppleCheeks & Monkey Doodlez Giveaway!}

Posted by Jennifer under Reviews/Giveaways (308 Responds)

I’m amazed at how many women are expecting right now. I was concerned about bombarding my blog lately with Simply Baby but it looks like many of you are right here with me. My friend, fellow blogger and cousin-in-law, Rachel,  is expecting her first baby in on April 24th. You can read Rachel’s pregnancy updates […]

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Choosing a Midwife

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting (3 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond Choosing a midwife doesn’t necessarily mean choosing a homebirth. or even a medication-free birth. At least around these parts it doesn’t. I live in Ontario, Canada where midwives training is regulated by the government and their services are funded by the government and thus free to residents. Choosing a midwife: means […]

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A Lovey for Baby

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting (5 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond My sister had children quite a few years before me. After watching them all get attached to something {blanket, stuffed animal, quilt etc.} we decided to be a bit pro-active. When I was expecting our first child, we talked about it and decided that our children would have small, square, lovey […]

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