Peluzzi Organica

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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As a newish parent, I’m finding that there is so much to be cautious with when it comes to the safety of my little cub. He must be supervised at all times, he can’t have honey, car seat drama, and the list goes on. I’ve been given information on how to keep my baby safe over and over again, but there is hardly any mention of products that we use on our children daily. It is easy to assume that the products we grew up with and see at stores are not harmful, in a perfect world, right? This weeks mom boss has created a line of products that are kind to our bodies, our babies, and our environment. Peluzzi Organica has something for everyone in the family. Estela Peluzzi is the lovely mom boss that we can thank for these delicious products. I am amazed by her story and am super thankful she has shared it with us. My favorite part of featuring you wonderful women is hearing the stories that drive you.

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Also, just an FYI, the baby showers these days are all about the babies and not so much the mommies anymore…why not gift your next momma to be with some at home, spa-grade pampering??? I absolutely love all of my products and use them frequently for a mommy recharge. Some of our favorites are the coffee & cacao scrub, sea algae & mint scrub, and the gentle baby oil.

Meet Estela as she shares her pregnancy experience and inspiring story.

I was born and raised in Southern California, love the sun, beaches, mountains, and the desert. I grew up with natural healing remedies which is how natural wellness and healing was instilled upon me.

During pregnancy, I suffered from severe depression and anxiety due to other pre-existing conditions. On my first pregnancy, I almost had a miscarriage and had postpartum depression after both pregnancies. I was prescribed many different medications for years which worsened and developed new symptoms. As a result, I could not breastfeed and care for my children as I lovingly wished. Although my husband was loving and caring he thought at the time that the doctors would find a medication that would help me. After years of taking different medications, my mental and physical health was deteriorating until I decided to take charge naturally.
Concerned about my well-being and especially for my children’s and knowing the innumerable health benefits of breastfeeding I wanted to compensate. So I began to learn about nutrition and natural ingredients which led me to carefully study plant-based nutrition, natural ingredients, herbalism, and natural wellness. After making many changes like having a regular exercise routine to gradually adopting a conscientious lifestyle I noticed positive results.
After careful and continuous research I was appalled by how inferior U.S. standards are and how conventional and many so-called “natural” food and personal care products are viscously affecting humans, animals, and our environment so I decided to also take charge. Combining my creativity and innovative skills with my knowledge I began creating our own toxic-free plant-based food, household, and personal products with superb results.
I wanted to share with others my findings and experience so Peluzzi Organica was born! Due constant exposure to toxicity I created natural formulas to restore natural beauty, wellness, and body’s natural balance using plant’s nutrient properties and ingredients. We use minimal natural processing with solar-infusion to extract plant’s nutrient properties. I do not use preservatives, water, synthetic, petrochemicals, perfumes, and zero toxic ingredients only concentrated plant goodness in each product where a little goes a long way. I am currently working on new-mama, mama-to-be products, and more baby products for clean and pure loving care.
Estela’s motherhood tip:
A baby and a mother is born along with maternal instincts, strength and new concerns. I found it that we only learn to be a mother when we become a mother ourselves, but we can always enhance ourselves by educating, taking care and nurturing ourselves to grow each day in order to do the same for our baby.
It is a wonderful privilege and also a great responsibility, however, I feel motherhood is not fully recognized as it really should be. Ask for help if you need to, plan quality time for yourself and lovingly celebrate, enjoy, and bond each day and moment with your baby because they grow up so fast!
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Stunning Mom Boss, Estela.

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Staying Active and Exploring with Joovy & Miamily

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The ocean is always our first choice.

Here we are 9 months earthside for my little man. And OMG what a ride.  I get to know my kid more and more I can’t stop obsessing over his rapid growth. I just can’t handle how fast he is growing! We are literally a few months from the big 1 and I’m just not ready for it. On the flipside, I must say…it’s pretty freaking amazing to see him process the world around him as he is developing his own opinions and personality. What I’m most impressed with, is that I have not completely lost my mind….YET.

How am I doing it? I made a commitment to stay healthy and active so that I could keep up with my baby beast. The gym is my BFF and if Mommy makes it to the gym, everyone’s world is just a little bit better. The other half of the time, I am completely losing my mind, but it’s all about balance right?!

Two things that I cannot MOM without are: The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight and the Miamily Hipster Plus. With these lifesavers, I have been able to get outside, get shit done, and take bub with me wherever I go.  Fresh air, stimulation, and bonding time are what we experience when we seek adventure. A messy house, with endless amounts of laundry, and a pile of dishes that doesn’t stop growing is a drag sometimes – okay, all of the time.  So that’s our queue to get out of the house and EXPLORE.

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The Joovy 360 is a nice, durable, but still elegant stroller that has been everywhere with us. It has allowed me to take bub on some serious hikes, jogs near the beach, and out on some of the best family dates ever. There are some days when the books and toys are just not enough to keep bub satisfied and to be honest I don’t blame him. Who wants to be stuck in the house all day anyway?

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Some places are just too difficult to experience with a stroller, so the carrier works great!

The Miamily baby carrier is the best carrier I have come across. I have a pretty heavy kid and this thing holds him close to me safely and comfortably. You can wear your baby several different ways and the seat is the deal breaker. I’ve worn Q on a boat offshore, to music festivals, and even while doing chores around the house. There are just some places a stroller can’t go, this is why a good carrier is a must!

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How in the world were moms doing mom things before carriers were invented anyway??? With summer approaching quickly I’m super excited to know that I can do just about anything we please as long as we have our carrier and stroller. Our next adventure will be a big one, 2 weeks in South Korea. Check back in next month and I’ll share how that all goes down when we return. In the meantime, I would love to hear about what you mamas do to keep sane and some of your must-have mom tools!

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Joovy

Miamily

Super fit? Or Fit-ish?

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I’m totally ok with being FIT-(ish)!!!

Before my pregnancy, I naturally had a pretty active lifestyle without even trying. We love being outdoors and the ocean is our favorite. Not until I was pregnant did I decide to top off my active lifestyle with a workout routine. This was mostly due to the Gestational Diabetes. So, shout out to you Gestational Diabetes! You kill-joy party pooper! At the same time, I’m thankful. It really helped me change my lifestyle for the better. After I gave birth to my wonderful gentle giant, I thought I was going to be able to whip it back without any issues. WRONG. Here’s the thing. I actually slept part of my pregnancy and those hormones gave me a boost, making me some type of freak of nature. I labored hard and birthed harder, so I thought I would be back to my pregnancy strength in no time! I surfed some days out of the summer after Q was born, but lost a lot of my confidence and skill. The reality is, there were so many factors and obstacles for me, it was frustrating that I was unable to be where I wanted to be, physically.

I thought, “Hey, I was on a diabetic diet for nearly 9 months. Why not do it again?” So I decided to cut down on carbs. It was easy and it felt good. On top of this, I added a workout routine to my schedule, mixed with breastfeeding and very little sleep. Talk about needing a chill pill. It started to become too much for me and even affected my milk production. I learned that it wasn’t wise to just get up and change my eating habits without realizing how my body would react or how it could affect my baby’s food source. My milk production did not stop but it did decrease significantly. I was pumping 9-12 extra ounces a day and it went down to 4 oz, sometimes even less. Now in retrospect, I should have given my body enough time to catch up on rest and allowed for more healing.

I was too concerned about staying fit, not educated enough about the birth process, and what it really meant to “heal” before going full force again. Through my research, I found a Birth Fit group here in San Diego.  We get to bring our babies, meet other moms, and really focus on strengthening those muscles that may have been weakened through our motherhood journey. So as much as I would like to be a super “fit mom,” for now, I am okay with being “fit-ish.” My focus now is to strengthen from within, slowly, carefully, and efficiently.  I don’t know if you have seen my kid, but he’s only 4 months and weighs 19lbs, so I need to get fit the right way in order to keep up with him.

As of now, I welcome carbs. I try my best to stick to the healthiest forms and I’m not hating it. I actually feel thinner than when I was avoiding them, which really shouldn’t matter but it’s definitely a plus. I take long walks with the baby in the morning, a couple of baby and me yoga classes from home (Youtube videos), and have just started the postpartum mini-series at Birth Fit San Diego. My milk production is exactly where I want it to be. My baby is clearly eating well and now I just need to take it easy and strengthen slowly. The rest will follow. The point of this post is, it’s ok to chill. Listen to your body. Exercise is great but it doesn’t have to be aggressive, so if your body needs more time, give it that. For the time being, as long as my family and I are healthy, I’m okay with starting from scratch, and instead of being super fit, I’m owning that I am “fit-ish”.

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Birth Fit San Diego – Keirsten

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Simply Love YYC

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Mustache leggings by Simply Love YYC

As mothers, how many times does the thought of being unable to conceive cross our minds? To be honest, for me, hardly ever. Until I met this amazing woman along my motherhood journey. When I asked to feature Ann, I found out that she had yet to have children and is on a journey of her own. She has opened my eyes and made me even more aware of one of the many struggles women have to face, not to mention one of the most difficult. I have since become more appreciative of those who continue trying to conceive no matter how difficult the journey becomes. The motivation, love, and commitment you have is the foundation of motherhood. I have the utmost respect for those that are trying to conceive, and I want to thank them for being a constant reminder to never take my family for granted. Just because Ann does not have her bundle of joy yet does not make her any less of a MOM BOSS, so thank you, Ann, for sharing your story with us.

Ann Rocha the Mom Boss behind Simply Love YYC

I started my business as a distraction.  My husband and I have been trying to conceive for two years now and I started up Simply Love in an effort to create a distraction.  When you are trying to have a baby everyone tells you to relax, take a holiday, forget about it because it will “happen” when you least expect it.  To be honest, in our situation, it will not be able to just “happen”.  Unfortunately, in January I had to have surgery to remove one of my tubes and some endometriosis.  Following that we started IVF.

In my true nature, I love to be busy!!! I had been working on my business for a while and I thought there was no better time than the present.  Most people would not choose to start a business with all of that going on, however, for myself I felt like life had to go on and things are always going to come up and why should it stop me from following my dream.

I have always been able to sew.  I took lessons as a young teen and followed fashion through high school, at one point I wanted to go to design school.  I didn’t go to design school, however I continued to enjoy sewing and designing.  I have made grad dresses, flower girl dresses and gowns for all occasions, plus just about any project I could get my hands on.  I have made them with patterns and designed my own.  I have always wanted to start up my own company and I thought why not start up a company doing something I love.  Simply Love is all about Baby Clothing.  I use organic knit fabrics created with low impact dyes.  I chose to use organic fabrics with low impact dyes because I feel strongly about what you put next to a babies skin.  I feel with all the pollutants out in the world we should be most cautious about what we are putting right next to the delicate skin of a child.  I chose baby clothing because….well babies are cute!

Ann’s pregnancy struggle

As I mentioned above we have been struggling for over two years now.  We have had surgery and we have unsuccessfully completed a round of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).  We have unfortunately not overcome infertility and unfortunately many people struggle with this.  In the United States 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility and in Alberta (where I am from) 1 in 6 struggle with some form of infertility.  Infertility is more common that people think, its just not something people talk about.

We have been very open with our story because we feel that it is something that is not openly discussed and wanted to bring some light to the area.  The great thing about being open is we have lots of love and support from family and friends, the downside is it hurts.  People don’t understand about infertility and are uncomfortable with it, they often say things that are meant to be nice and helpful but they are really hurtful.  My best advice for people who know someone struggling with infertility is to listen, it helps to have someone just listen and not give any advice and be there for when it gets hard.

Ann’s tip for those with Motherhood goals

Enjoy the journey…not always as easy as it seems, but enjoy every moment of your life and live it to the fullest.  I honestly believe everything happens for a reason and we are not given things we cannot handle.  It may not seem easy or fair all the time, however, we need to have faith that it will work out.  You have to have a positive outlook.  Not every day will be easy or sunshine and rainbows, however you will make it through.  Pick yourself up and continue on your journey.

 

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Super inspiring Ann Rocha from Simply Love YYC

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A Healthy Mom = A Healthy Baby

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34 days Postpartum & 1st day back in the gym in 38 days

I’ve been told before that after birth there would be days when I would feel “blah”, I just didn’t think there would be so many.  My amazing little boy has been on a feeding frenzy, so there is very little time spent outside of our home. The lack of sleep and natural vitamin D, followed by poor diet and no exercise has had me feeling the blues. I am still awaiting approval to return to my usual workout routines and I am actually fiending to surf again. I seriously crave the sun and ocean, and without these two elements, I really struggle. I have also been very emotional lately and missing my mother who passed away in April. Every time I look at baby Q, I remember how happy my mother was when she found out I was pregnant. She would’ve eaten him up and loved to tell me how to raise him, lol. It’s been challenging to fight off the darkness, but I have a choice. I have the choice to feel the darkness and soak it in, allowing it to have a lasting effect.  Or, I have the choice to feel the darkness and get off my ass to move past it. I choose the latter.

 

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 I choose to be happy and healthy – time to get to work.

I started by acknowledging that I fell off the wagon and have been eating like shit, enjoying the things I couldn’t have with gestational diabetes and not discriminating against anything quick and tasty.  But recently I have started eating much healthier meals again and am finding that it has a huge impact on how I feel each day. Last week I was given the okay by my healthcare provider to take 30 min walks. That’s fine, but it isn’t doing the job for my feel goods. Yesterday I made it a point to get up early and go to the gym. Without going overboard, I pushed myself to get past the excuses and it was so worth it. I did a mile on the treadmill and lifted light weights to awaken my arms.  As for the emotions involving my mother… I have accepted that I will feel sadness and that I will miss her, but I have so many memories of her that I can share with my son.  Just thinking about her crazy personality makes me smile.

IMG_9087I share this with you knowing that I can’t be the only new mom out there feeling this way. I also share this with you in case you are going to be a mommy and to let you know that if you face these blah days, not to worry because there are better days ahead. As new mothers we will be entering a whole new stage of life and our shit gets seriously disrupted, hormones and all! Besides my generously supportive husband and the most ridiculously awesome child of mine, I have found that taking care of ME makes me happiest and allows me to be a better person, wife, and mother. It is difficult to allow myself the time and pampering that I deserve, but it is essential that we continue the things we enjoy, get out for fresh air, and take care of ourselves to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I believe this so much that I have set up a month of pampering, haha! Each week this month I am treating myself to a self-loving treat, starting with a massage and ending with a day of shopping!

All joking aside, not all of us are fortunate enough to dodge the onset of depression, and postpartum depression is such a real thing. It’s important to know the signs and when it’s time to seek help. A healthy Mom equals a healthy baby, is what I frequently remind myself. It really helps me through many of my challenges. What is it that you do to stay happy? Please share your experiences and thoughts by leaving comments. I truly love hearing from you.

 

My 4th Trimester

 

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Taken 3 days before I gave birth…172 lbs

Ahhh, the 4th trimester. Why the hell was I not told about the 4th trimester? I blame every one of you powerful Moms out there! You run around with your Starbucks, cute outfits on, just going about your business with your super chill baby! You had me fooled, thinking it was easy to be a Pro Mom on the go. This is a compliment by the way. You amazing Moms do it so well that I had no idea what was coming. I have several friends that are fantastic mothers, but none of them told me that I was about to be on serious lactose lockdown. Please don’t take me wrong, I’m not complaining… Ok, maybe just a little bit.  But I’m telling you, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to complain about! Being a full time breastfeeding mother is NO JOKE. It’s making pregnancy and labor seem like a freaking breeze at this point. Don’t even get me started on the hormones, on top of the lack of sleep. And I mean LACK OF SLEEP! And just hoping to see sunlight once again. What a  crazy ride. Now I know exactly what others meant when they said,”You will never be ready.”  For someone that likes to plan ahead and be in control, this can be very taxing and discouraging, and very stressful. I am so thankful that my husband is 100% on my team and we are finally starting to figure it out. So all you lovely pregos that are just behind me on this journey, my advice to you is team up with your hubby and/or family, and team up hard.

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Daddies are so important and so capable, so let them do their part.

My sweet boy is 3 weeks old today and  I’m having a hard time accepting that it’s already been that long. I guess you lose track when you are a milk producing zombie. I’m learning to adjust and it’s getting better. Actually, I can’t tell if I’m getting better at this mom gig, or if the coffee is getting stronger, or if I’m just getting used to not sleeping like a normal human anymore. Whatever it is, I know now why Moms don’t focus on the struggles of the 4th trimester or motherhood for that matter, and why the challenges are kept secret. It’s because no matter what hell you are going through, this little human you created makes a small sound that sends love throughout your whole body and all of a sudden sleep is no longer a factor. Nothing matters but the well being of your precious baby.  Okay…I get it now.

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This is why humans keep having children.

Can we just talk about how REMARKABLE the female body is? I mean seriously? I carried a human for 9 months, birthed an 8.5 lb baby and now I am producing enough milk to provide my child with all the nutrients he needs to grow? I’m waiting to discover what magical thing I’m capable of performing next! Let’s see, maybe regaining a healthy body? In the photo below you can see that I lost 14 lbs nine days after birth, 8.5 of it being baby Q. I will be honest with you. I have not been eating the way I would prefer, but I am not beating myself up about it because I am going to get back on track, and I was good my whole pregnancy damn it! In just 3 more weeks I should be able to pick up surfing again and I have already started making healthier meals at home. Well ok, 2 meals, I’ve made 2.  But you’ve got to start somewhere. I hope you stick with me and hold me accountable for continuing my healthy lifestyle. This time around as a Mom. My goal is not to reach a specific weight, (I’m actually not even allowed to have a scale in the house and I like this rule) but my goal is to maintain my health, energy level, be strong, and be happy. The scale and it’s numbers won’t give me any of these results

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Taken 9 days postpartum…158 lbs.

I think the most challenging part of the 4th trimester for me is being okay with resting. I love to get things done, love being active, and I’m a multitasking queen. So when I am told that I am to just rest and be on call for this amazing little baby, I feel anxious. It took me a few weeks, but I’m finally getting the hang of it. It’s okay to rest, and it’s actually necessary. I am no good to anyone if I do not recover well and if I am not happy due to lack of self-care. For all you moms-to-be, hang in there. You WILL cry, you WILL get frustrated, but you WILL fall in love so deeply that you WILL do GREAT.  I would love to hear about your experiences, and please leave me some tips!

 

Labor of Love, Literally.

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“Daddy” Scrubs from Milk & Baby Boutique ~ Birthing Robe from ModMum Maternity

Wow. I did it. This is how it went down. I got pregnant, I got GD, I got healthier, and I started an Instagram account to track my pregnancy and hopefully inspire other pregnant women to live a fun and healthy lifestyle.  I’d say it went pretty well. I also met a ton of bad ass women along the way. I am sharing with you what it was like for me to give birth vaginally, naturally, and medication free. It was important to me that I deliver this way so I specifically had the pre-game talk with my husband and midwife, letting them know that they were to deny me meds if I reach the point of begging for them. I worked so hard during my pregnancy to get to this point and I did not want to blow it by giving in during labor. I’ll try and keep this short.

Getting hit with the GD really blew me off course in the beginning, mostly because it blocked me from having the home birth that I always dreamed of. But, I got the best I could get considering my condition; a Labor and Delivery Room in the hospital with a midwife. I pass no judgments on other women and how they choose to birth because we are all different, but we all have the same super power; we BIRTH. It was important to me to not be induced unnaturally. In the end, the only induction that I had was a vaginal sweep at my final prenatal visit with my midwife. I was already dilated 3cm when I went in. I read more about it when I got home from the appointment and found that the sweep doesn’t always work. This made me nervous because I was at 40 weeks and 5 days, and my doctor wanted to induce me with Pitocin at 41 weeks due the risks associated with GD. Lucky for me, my contractions started that evening.

The Contractions

I would say they started on Wednesday, June 8th around 6pm. They came in very far apart and were very mild. I was even starting to get cocky, thinking if this is it, then no sweat. A couple of hours of this and I’ll be a mom. OMFG, was I wrong. I asked my husband to hit the sack early in case it was to go down because I needed him to be well rested. Plus, he had a crazy work weekend ahead of him, so this delivery would have wiped him out without proper rest. I decided to clean a little and was feeling kind of anxious, trying to sleep but not able to. I took several baths and still thought, this is no sweat. By 11pm the contractions were getting stronger, but not strong enough nor frequent enough to start timing them. About 1:30 am, we started timing but my husband kept telling me its not time to go because we hadn’t reached the 4:1:1 algorithm.  4 contractions, 1 minute long, in 1 hour. He went to sleep, but soon the contractions were coming in closer together and were just a little harder to handle. I woke him up at 3:30 but the damn contractions slowed down again and the whole thing was a bust. So back to sleep he went. Then 5:30 am, OMG, it’s really happening now and the timing getting really close. He calls the midwife on-call at the hospital while taking the dogs for a walk. He wasn’t more than 10 steps out the door and I call him, IT’S TIME TO GO, NOW!!!

At this point I am unable to communicate, keep my eyes opened or focused, and I feel myself falling into a trance. The only thing I can do is focus on the pain and to redirect it by breathing and sort of letting it do it’s thing. This took a lot of meditation and breathing. I remember wearing my adorable birthing robe in case we were to take some cute pre-birth photos. Ha, YEAH RIGHT.

Checking In

It’s about 6 am if I can remember correctly when we got to the hospital. I was in my mother’s old wheelchair because there was no way I could walk through the contractions. I did not say a word the whole drive there and I remember zero faces while we were checking in. I literally felt intoxicated or high, if you will. I was in this cute birthing robe that I got from Modmum Maternity, thinking that I was going to have the cutest birth experience to share with all of you. I mean, all the other women look so cute when they share their hospital photos. Ha! NOPE. That shit came off with the quickness. My first stop was the shower. I read that warm water was one of the best pain relievers during labor. Well, it was fine, but mostly annoying because I had monitors on me and an IV that I couldn’t get wet, plus the shower head was inconvenient, so never mind that idea. The thought of having any additional things to worry about besides dealing with the pain did not sound pleasant, so I went barbaric. Naked as could be for the next 16 hours. It was a very National Geographic theme with me being completely naked. I requested a doula but quickly questioned if it was necessary to have yet another person in the room. My husband reminded me that it’s what I’ve been wanting since the beginning and I am so glad I did not call her off. She played such a huge role in my labor. She was a volunteer and she is now very special to me. I had never met her until this day and I will never forget her.

 

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Baby Daddy – He brushed his teeth 5 times in 16 hrs to ensure fresh breath while coaching me!

16 Hours

I got these adorable “I’m The Daddy” scrubs from Milk & Baby Boutique for my husband. He geared up and things really started to get going. I needed to breathe. A LOT of breathing and concentrating on letting these contractions come and go. The first few hours were fine. I was getting the hang of it but then I remember glancing at the clock and realizing that I had been going at this for 6, 10, 12 hours. The midwives were checking to see how dilated I was, but not often enough to give me any hope that the end of this pain was in sight anytime soon. Though I was allowed to eat during this time, hell no, I couldn’t. I stayed very well hydrated and carried on in this meditative trance I was in. The pain was stronger with less time in between to give me rest, but whenever I could I would try to sleep, only to be awakened with more pain. I tried every position imaginable: the birthing ball, another shower, a stool, a peanut pillow, a back rub, and standing.  My husband noticed that I handled the pain better when I was standing, so for at least half of the time, we stood together, almost dancing, swaying my hips back and forth. With each contraction, I let all of my weight fall and he held me up each and every time.  In between contractions he would occasionally stop to rest and stretch his legs and back, getting ready for the next round.  It was like we were participating in an Iron Man triathlon together. Okay already, enough is enough! This is where I start whispering to my husband, “I can’t do this, I need help, I can’t do this anymore.” He reminds me that I strongly wished to this without medication and encourages me to keep up the good work and that we are almost there. He kept reminding me that this pain is temporary, but what I’m about to accomplish will last a lifetime; for me and for our son.  He wouldn’t budge reminding me of our pre-game talk. So I desperately tell my Doula, “I can’t do this, make it stop, I can’t do this.” She says, “You are doing it, honey, YOU ARE doing it.” Then after 14 hours of active labor, my water breaks! Let’s start pushing!!! Can you believe that I have gone through all of this so far, I am finally at the pushing stage, and all I can think about is not pooping in front of my husband while I push??? I’ve been with this man for nearly 7 years and I can’t bear the thought of pooping in front of him! Is that weird? I push for 2 hours. I seriously think that it’s not going to end, or end well anyway. Then it happened, I gave it everything I had left and my husband pulled our son out. Baby Q finally made it into this world at 9:20 pm on June 9th, 2016. My world completely changed. Nothing else but his health matters to me, and I have reached another level of love with my husband.

The Aftermath 

Q aspirated meconium in his lungs and he was only allowed to be with me for less than 30 seconds before the pediatric team took him to check him out. He had difficulty breathing and I was torn pretty bad. A 4th-degree tear to be exact. While a team of doctors stitched me up, the pediatric team had my son and suddenly I can see again. I’m no longer in a trance. I just snapped out of it and all I wanted was to hold my son. My husband stayed with Q the whole time and assured me that he was going to be alright. I started thanking everyone that was involved. I looked over at my husband and immediately told him that we are not having any more children, lol. I did it, I gave birth the way I wanted and I have a beautiful healthy boy to show for it. Q was in the NICU for 24 hours because of the aspiration. He was put on oxygen and an IV to give him nutrients and antibiotics to help prevent infection. All I wanted was to be with my son. Though I got to visit and breastfeed him in the NICU, I had to sleep alone the first night without him, and it broke my heart. I sent hubby home to sleep well, as he was up for over 36 hours, running only on coffee and adrenaline and had to work the next day. Baby Q quickly recovered and was able to stay with me the next evening. We were finally set free 2 days later.  Today, I am a full time, 24hr milk bar, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

What’s Next…

If I could share any advice, it would be to do your research. Find out what is important to you and your family and know that you are capable of birthing the way YOU want to. In some cases, obstacles will arise and you may need to compromise, but at the end of the day, Mom and Baby’s health is what’s most important. Having my husband on my team was a life saver. He literally went on this crazy journey with me and never left my side. Birthing was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had and the pain endured is starting to become a faint memory.  My son is totally worth every minute. Now still as a team, hubby and I are facing sleepless nights, an abundance of dirty diapers, and a whole lot of snuggles. I encourage you to leave a comment and ask me anything you would like, I would love to share my story with you.

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