Archive for July, 2009

Recaping Pregnancy: Month 8

I would like to finish recapping my first pregnancy, with Jack, which I started months ago.  I hope I can look back at my blog and remember my wonderful experiences.  In hind sight, it would have been even better to record my pregnancy experience as it was happening, but I am just glad to get it down now.  I hope to add Month 9 soon and conclude with Jack’s birth story at his 18 month birthday in August. 

Palmer Graduation 036So to continue with month 8, December 2007:  Swelling was becoming obvious now.  Greg lovingly did many foot massages trying to alleviate some of the swelling.  We also used Kinesio Tape which did help some.  Quality sleep was a challenge due to the growing baby.  I felt lots of kicking throughout the day by my little baby, most frequently under my right rib cage! 

 Home Visit

The midwives, Abby, Kelley, and Jill came to our home during month 8.  This was their practice run to ensure they new where we lived.  They made sure we had the tub set up correctly.  We had to prepare a few things for the visit.  We baked towels and sheets in individual brown bags, in our oven to sterilize them.  We set out the birthing kit purchased from CHOICE with necessities such as gloves, chucks pads, squirt bottles for sterilizing, several creams, and some other items.  Jill went through everything in the box and told us what they were all for.  They made sure we had a plan for where the birth would be, plan of action for after the birth, showering, where to rest, clean-up, ect.  Jill then did the usual prenatal checks – blood pressure, swelling, baby’s position, belly measurement, ect.  During the checks, they determined “Baby J” was posterior.  This position typically made for a more difficult birth.  This was not good news to me.  They instructed me to not sit in any recliners – which I had a habit of doing on our comfy couch.  I should instead sit very straight in a chair or on a swiss ball.  I also was instructed to spend time on my hands and knees to encourage the baby to flip back anterior.  I first thought how ridiculous – you want me to walk around all day on my hands and knees like a dog!  Well, it felt crazy, but I definitely didn’t want to put myself in a position of having a difficult, posterior labor at home, my first time.  So I moved my car char upright, no more reclining, spent a lot of time sitting and laying on my belly on the swiss ball, and even on my hands and knees….

 … the results… It worked!!!!!! The following week visit back at the CHOICE offices “Baby J” had flipped into the proper position and my efforts were successful.  I discontinued the walking around on my hands and feet, but I did continue to avoid the recliner and sat up very straight on all chairs and used the swiss ball.  I did not want my baby to regress back to the posterior position.  

Busy Busy Busy

Month 8 was a busy one for Greg, “Baby J” and I.  It started with graduation.  We flew to Florida with Greg’s parents and sister Lindsay.  It was hard to believe nearly 10 years collage and graduate schooling was finally coming to a close.  I had been a student for so many years, it was a big milestone to finally be finished!  Greg and I both graduated with honors and Greg the Salutatorian of the class.  I was looking good – very pregnant, in my graduation gown!  Shortly after graduation we enjoyed celebrating Christmas with our family.  Just after the new year was our baby shower!  My mom hosted with the help of my Aunt Gail.  It was a very nice afternoon was filled with yummy food, fun games, and catching up with family and friends.  My grandma and Aunt Bee tied the guessing game for the baby’s height and weight at birth.  We received many wonderful gifts and baby necessities for our upcoming arrival.  Baby gear is so adorable, at the time, most of it seemed so foreign I hoped I would know what to do with it all after the baby arrived… and we did.   Check out a previous blog I did on my favorite baby Necessities here!

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I love that smile!

I love that smile!

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Inaugural Giveaway: Green Magic Skin Care

Mom Going Green presents it’s inaugural Green GIVEAWAY!

Congradulations to Angie Arndts, the winner of the Green Magic gift basket.

2008-choice-fund-raiser-016Last summer we attended the CHOICE summer picnic and Charity auction benefiting CHOICE, the non-profit midewife group we used for Jack’s home birth (which I hope to re-cap at his 18 month birthday blog in August).  At the auction I bidon a basket of all-natural, Green Magic herbal creams and salves, homemade by Jill Schroer, one of Jack’s midwives.  I was so excited when I won the gift basket, my first silent auction win!   I have been using the products regularly and I love them.  I love that I know what all of the ingredients are.  There are no ingredients in Jills products that sound like they belong in chemistry class.  I feel 100% confident that the salves made by Jill that I use on Jack’s skin are safe and healthy for him.  Years ago, I didn’t realizethat there are other options for skin care besides what is sold in drug stores.  I’m so glad I have found so many wonderful options for Jack that are natural and chemical free.

Green Magic Skin Care

Green Magic Skin Care

Jill, owner and operator of Green Magic, jill schroeris a certified herbalist from the California School of Herbal Studies.  She has over 12 years experience making traditional herbal remedies.  All remedies are handcrafted in small batches from organic or ethically wildcrafted herbs.  Jill is also a mom, so she knows the value of having wholesome options for your baby.  Green Magic also makes ring slings for baby wearing.

healing salveOne of my favorite products in the Green Magic line is the Healing Salve, made of olive oil, comfrey, nettles, lavender, beeswax, and essential oils of rosemary and lavender, and vitamine E.  This salve is for cuts, scrapes, and skin irritations.  I have used this countless times on Jack.  It worked wonders when he had minor scratches from scratching himself at night, or for dry skin and minor eczema.  It is very soft and has a wonderful scent.  I have also frequently used the Calendula Salve, an antiseptic salve for diaper rash, sores and ulcerations.  I can’t tell you how much I love homemade products and the comfort of knowing what is in them is safe.  Additional products I have  tried include:

  •  Antifungal Salve
  • Cough Syrup
  • Chap stick
  • Talc-Free Baby Powder
  • Poke-root Salve, for mastitis

Jill does not have an online store but you can contact her at jillgreenmagic2003@yahoo.com if you would like to place an order.

 Jill has graciously donated a gift basket  for one lucky reader.  The gift basket includes:

  • Healing salve – good for cuts, scrapes, skin irritations
  • Arnica salve – good for bumps, bruises, aches, and pains
  • Poke root salve – specific for mastitis, breast lumps, and lymphatic conditions
  • Venous support salve – for varicosities, hemorrhoids, etc.
  • White pine moisturizer – a deeply penetrating natural lotion for face and body
  • Naturally Red Lip balm – give your lips a splash of color with out the artificial colors and dyes

To be entered in the giveaway please leave a comment answering the following question: Which of the products in the gift basket do you think you’ll use the most?

For Extra entries:

  1. Earn a 2nd entry:  Subscribe to Mom Going Green and leave a comment stating that you did.
  2. Earn a 3rd entry:  Blogging about this giveaway and linking to Mom Going Green using  “Inaugural Giveaway:  Green Magic Skin Care” as the title in your blog’s post.  Then, leave a comment here with a link to your post.
  3. Earn a 4th entry:  Follow me on (DrHeatherP) on Twitter and Tweeting about this giveawaywith”RT @DrHeatherP  in a Gift Basket by Green Magic – Natural skin care http://bit.ly/Sj7dd“.   Then comment with a  link to your tweet.
  4. Earn a 5th entry:  Add Mom Going Greento your blog roll andcomment that you did so, with a link to your site.

Leave a valid e-mail address, so I can contact you to claim your prize, or it’ll go to another person.  The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on July 20th, 2009.

One winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after July 20th. If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected

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