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7 Symptoms Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Pregnancy is weird. There is no denying that. It often comes with all kinds of odd symptoms as the hormones of pregnancy do not limit their effect to the uterus and growing baby. Everything from morning sickness to hemorrhoids to indigestion can be a normal part of pregnancy. These things are not often a cause for concern, but sometimes, these symptoms wander outside the range of normal, and it’s important to understand what that looks like.

There is a reason your care provider has you pee in a cup, takes your blood pressure, and asks about headaches, vision changes, and other symptoms. It’s best not to stay in the dark about why.

I don’t share this information to scare you, or to make you paranoid, but to bring a sense of awareness. When in doubt, it never hurts to call your provider. Peace of mind and good health are more important than feeling a little foolish. Take a minute to watch this video, and just tuck it away in an easily accessible corner of your mind.

Grace & Peace,


Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Tischel learns to appreciate the culinary arts.

A Sprinkling of Us

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Life has been so crazy the last few weeks. We seem to do a weird cycle every few months where there is always something on the calendar, and I long for rest. I think that’s why I’m so dead-set on Sundays being slow-down-and-do-nothing days. You may have noticed that I simply haven’t posted everyday lately. Part of that is due to the busyness of things lately, and partly due to my computer being commandeered in the late evenings by my sister. Her laptop’s wireless card broke, so that’s her only chance to get online and take care of some things.

Anyway, I thought I would take a break from the photo challenge to just share a few pieces of my life lately. Probably not in any particular order either.

Schel likes making new friends. Even if she has to tackle them to do it. Big Audrey definitely doesn’t mind, though.

These sillies joined little C in his “I’m-so-tired” rocking ritual. They added some serious decibels to it as well. (See video below.)

For Valentine’s Day, Levi took me to a local micro-brewery, where I had a glass of “Passed Stout” along with my smoked salmon enchildadas, which were amazing! Yet another new place to try, and I’d like to go back. Only this time, I want to take a group of people – this place has a marvelously laid-back “hanging out” feel to it.

Check out the beer menu:

That is some serious creativity, folks. They have a bumper sticker above their kitchen entrance that says “No crap on tap.”

I always thought I didn’t like beer. Turns out I am actually a beer snob, and I don’t actually know anything about beer. I can’t stand Coors or Bud or anything like that. I prefer darker “hoppy” beers. Whatever “hoppy” means. This amuses me.

I had my first public speaking engagement last night at our local Birth Network chapter meeting. I spoke on how changing positions can make your labor go faster (yes, it really can), and I loved it!

I was kind of nervous about my approach. I was confident in my ability to speak, and my knowledge of the subject, but a bit worried about the “fill-in-the-blank” handout I chose to use to help folks remember what they learned. I thought it might be a little cheesy, but the response was really positive!

A huge shout-out to my good friend and fellow doula, Carrie A, for the loan of her pelvis and baby, as well as being a kind moral supporter for me. I really was nervous, and her presence really helped me stay calm and confident. Her hubby was kind enough to get a couple of shots for me too, and here is one of them:

Other News of Note in the Faery Inn:

  • Dain is mastering the art of potty-ing with quicker success than I thought he would. I think the “Marshmallow-for-Everyone” approach is working well.
  • All four kiddos have come down with some sort of nasty fever/cough/puke bug. Thankfully, the puking seems to be finished, but the fevers are sticking around.
  • AJ and Schel are moving out this weekend. That is just weird. They’ll be moving into a friend’s basement temporarily, as this will be a mutual benefit. I think she’s planning on getting her really and truly own place by summertime, with the help of tax return funds.
  • I finally read “Mansfield Park” for the first time, thanks to Sabrina. And I loved it. A very different feel to this one than other Jane Austen books.
  • Schel is signing “Eat,” “More,” “All done,” and is waving “Hi” and “Bye” with much enthusiasm!
  • My Dad is off of his self-injections. Now we’re just keeping an eye on the brain tumors. His appetite is back, for the most part, though Mom still has to drive him around everywhere.
  • My mom is back on facebook, and I’ve really had a blast chatting with her when she’s on. I love my Mom. She’s sort of awesome and stuff.

I realize I haven’t done Thankful Thursday for a couple of weeks now. Honestly, it has simply slipped my mind. How about I promise to be back next week? Good.

How about you? What’s going on in your life?


Take 10 Minutes…

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Question CPD

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Weekend Linkage: I’m Certifiable! Edition

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

I am officially a CAPPA Certified Labor Doula, and can use the initials “CLD” after my name! Don’t believe me? Here’s a quote from my congratulatory email I received from Val Staples, a CAPPA Executive Assistant:

Dear Tiffany,
Congratulations! You have completed the CAPPA Labor Doula Certification Program, and are a certified labor doula. You can now use the initials CLD after your name.


On with the links for this weekend. They are many! Enjoy!

Breastfeeding & Infants

Interventions & C-Sections

Homebirth & Midwifery

McRoberts Manuever

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Try to guess the weight of the baby before they announce it at the end. You will be amazed!

Weekend Links

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

A little late, but hey – better than no post at all, right?

Weekend Links

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The most exciting link I have to share this week…
This new Homebirth vs. Hospital Birth study uses an unprecedented 530,00-ish women! This link is to the full text of the study, done in the Netherlands, where the majority of their population turns to midwives for their prenatal care, and they rank far above the US in infant mortality. (Maternal mortality as well, but I can’t find that link currently. Buried in my bookmarks somewhere.)

This new study is exciting, because the last major study midwives have been referencing has a much smaller sample – only 5,400 women, and has been called into question by skeptics and anti-homebirth advocates.

I hope this can put many people’s minds at ease who worry about their loved ones making the choice to birth at home. Take the time to read the study, and realize that though home birth may not be for everyone, it is most definitely the best option for many. Feel free to support your loved ones in this decision – that’s what they need the most.

Spain’s Got it Going ON!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

You will not believe this. There is a commercial in Spain, advertising a certain brand of mattresses, and using a real home birth to promote their product!!! A beautiful birth is shown, and it’s a far cry from what American women see on TV everyday. Absolutely lovely!

New Spanish Commercial for Flex Brand Beds Features Actual Birth