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Here we are, 40 weeks and 1 day and baby Hahn isn’t quite ready to come out, and I’m letting the babe take it’s time (ok, maybe I’m trying to persuade labor a bit with crawling on all fours, swimming and other fun activities . . .).  This has been an amazing pregnancy, minimal nausea at the beginning and a pesky umbilical hernia have been the only negatives.  No gestational diabetes and no PUPPS make me one happy mama.  Doiron has already proven himself to be the best big brother, he can’t pass me without giving the belly a hug, or sit next to me without reaching a little hand over to pat and speak softly to the baby.  If you follow me on IG, get ready for sibling photo overload!

I’ve always been a laid back, go with the flow kind of person.  A huge believer in all things happen for a reason, and letting fate lead.  However, I think when we are ready for baby #3, I’m going to need to try my hardest to control the timing.  I run three retail stores in downtown Austin, Doiron was born right before Christmas taking me out of commission for our busiest time of year.  This little babe has had me missing out on a little something we call SXSW, our second busiest time of year. Thankfully, I work with amazing people who, light joking aside, have offered nothing but support and encouragement through these two pregnancies.  Besides feeling guilty though, this also means that for the majority of my kiddos life their birthdays will fall during 60+ hour work weeks . . .I’m scheming un-birthday trips and parties to make up for it.

I’m already feeling nostalgic over this pregnancy, it was such a sweet time with Doiron and my husband; and took place during some big changes for my family including an amazing new job for Bry and the start of school for D.  I was able to fulfill a few of my pregnancy-dreams this round like a pregnancy photo shoot (thanks to my sister Ryan, who is also braving being our birth-photographer) and having my belly hennaed during a little family get together (thanks to Nisha with Henna Arts).  I feel so much gratitude for everyone in our life, and want to thank you all for your support and love.  Here are some sweet photos from our pregnancy, and I can’t wait to update you all with pictures of Doiron’s baby sister or brother!

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My husband and I came to the realization this morning that our due date is just 8 weeks away.  There are no words for how quickly this pregnancy has gone, and as excited as I am to welcome babe #2, I just love being pregnant and I’m not sure I’m ready for that to go.  So to get myself pepped up, I’m reexamining my favorite birthing motivators, like this Egyptian sculpture from the Ptolemaic Period.  I first saw her in a Jewish Art studies class I was taking while an Art History major (my professor was a bit of an earthy feminist, and while we focussed on Judaica, she couldn’t pass up any opportunity to discuss empowering art.  Probably the best class I ever took.)

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I mentioned in my last post, that reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is a must; and that I highly recommend watching the documentary Birth Story . . . this is a nice intro to that.  Her TedX talk, I love this woman so much it makes me cry.  Or maybe the hormones make me cry, and she’s just so inspiring.  She takes all of the fear out of having a baby, and seems like the most empowering person to have in your circle.  So although I don’t know her personally, I truly feel like she’s in my circle and I’ve known her my whole life.  Please watch, enjoy, be inspired.  And remember, “Your Body is not a Lemon.”


PS Your body is capable of so much more than what our modern society allows us to believe.  I found this other amazing TedX talk today that was truly eye opening.  We need to believe in our bodies more and give them the support they need to do their thing. (I hesitate in showing this because of the story about a midwife hexing the babies she birthed. It furthers some people’s misconceptions of the backwoods voodoo midwife, but we all know all sorts of people exist, and I’ll let Miss Ina stand as proof positive that midwives are nothing of the sort, usually.)



Well, it’s almost been an entire year since I’ve posted anything here, and a lot has happened.  Obviously, Doiron finally got a hair cut, I’m still mourning the loss of his luxurious curls and man buns but when a boy reaches a certain age, they start to express their own opinions and I couldn’t ignore his pleas for a haircut much longer.  OH!  And of course, the other elephant in the room, me!  We’re expecting baby #2 and are BEYOND excited, including Doiron, look at that little smile.  We’ve decided to be a bit old fashioned and wait for the babe to make it’s debut before finding out the sex. The suspense is proving to be quite exciting, and I’m not going to lie, I love making everyone else suffer while we wait to see if if welcome the 7th grand-boy into the family or finally get our girl! Other major changes include Doiron starting Pre-school and LOVING it and my husband starting a new career with Kahoot! and LOVING it.  I love it too, because now the three of us are within two blocks of each other in beautiful downtown Austin everyday, it’s really too good to be true, but please don’t pinch me, I’m not waking up from this dream anytime soon.

I’m really quite disappointed with myself, I’ve been dreaming of blogging about baby #2 since I began this little project.  We had such an amazing experience with Doiron’s Pregnancy and Birth that I wanted to share more about what it’s like using a midwife and just how wonderful a positive pregnancy can be.  I can only share what my experiences are, and I intend on being very real, not sugar-coating anything . . . but I pride myself on being a very positive person and get disheartened with the amount of negativity surrounding pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding et al.  I hope it proves interesting and helpful to someone out there . . .

I’m already at 31 weeks, so yea, I lost track of my goal of keeping up with this thing, but something is better than nothing, right?  Here are the 9 things that I immediately flocked to when I discovered we were pregnant, I’d love to hear what some of your necessities are/were!


No 1. NatureMade’s prenatal +DHA, these were recommended to me when I was pregnant with Doiron, and they’ve never made me feel sick and so when we began trying to conceive I did my best to take these daily, once I knew we were successful I became more diligent.

No 2. Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth, my midwives encouraged I read this book in pregnancy #1, it really is the most empowering book I have ever read.  It clears your head of any doubt that your body can do this, and do it naturally.  I’ve already began reading it again and can’t recommend it enough.  Seriously, READ IT. (Also, may I recommend watching the documentary about Ina and her cohorts Birth Story.)

No 3. Earthmama Stretch Oil and Bottom Spray.  More products that I used in my first pregnancy but were glad to have on hand from the start this round.  I get stretch marks. Not sure that any oil would prevent them for me, but this oil is soothing and smells great.  I apply to my belly, breasts, thighs and butt fresh out of the shower.  I’ve been known to go ahead and slather my entire body in it, and Bry will use it as a massage oil.  And the Bottom Spray has many wonderful uses, I’ve applied to my face as a toner but mostly, here’s that honesty I was talking about, I use it for hemorrhoids as the name suggests.

No 4. Bio-Oil, as I mentioned above, I get stretch marks.  I’ve been using this stuff religiously since I had Doiron and have noticed a huge reduction in the appearance of my stretch marks.  They will never go away entirely, and I’m one of those tiger mama’s proud of her stripes.  But I do love the scent of this oil as well, and will slather head to toe fresh out of the shower.

No 5. Blanqi Belly Band, about 6 months postpartum babe #1, I developed a small umbilical hernia.  I did a lot of research, and had my midwives look at it, and we decided no action was needed.  It’s been interesting going through a pregnancy with the hernia but this band has made a huge difference, I regret any day I decide I don’t need to wear it.

No 6. Essential Oils, my mother-in-law and sister got me into oils a while back, but I’ve found them extremely useful while pregnant.  The two I’ve used the most are peppermint (great for nausea, and a life saver during the two colds I had; mix with a carrier oil and rub into forehead, cheeks, temples, chest, and back of neck for instant decongestion and mood boost) and Lavender (the uses are endless, but I’ve used mostly for skin irritation and bug bites).

No 7. Yoga Essentials! I’ve been doing yoga for about fifteen years, during my first pregnancy I could only afford to follow along with DVD’s and streaming online.  This time I’ve found an amazing class (not prenatal) at my community rec center of all places and the instructor is beyond amazing.  On my first class she told me to get bricks, an eight to ten foot strap with METAL buckle and a ball.  While shopping on amazon, I found an amazing deal on this Mat, only $15! I love a good sale . . . Anyways, you don’t have to spend a fortune on prenatal yoga classes ($20 here in Austin, my rec center class is only $5) but it is important that you have an instructor that knows what pregnant mamas need and will take the time to help you with alternative poses.  I highly recommend practicing at home if nothing else, opening the hips and stretching the back are probably the two activities I look forward to most these days.

No 8. Amazing Midwives, or doctors.  It’s up to each person what they feel comfortable with . . . but if you’ve ever talked to me or read this blog before you know how much I adore and trust and feel cared for by my midwives.  Each appointment is a dedicated hour to you and your baby, you talk, laugh, cry, listen to the heartbeat, measure the belly all the good stuff!  Even if you choose the hospital route, most these days have midwives you can work with, and don’t forget about Doula’s another fantastic partner to have on this amazing journey.  Whatever you do, don’t settle for someone who makes you feel uncomfortable or scared, there is no reason for it. None at all.

No 9. Last but not least for me, is my amazing husband Bryan.  I know plenty of mom’s who do this mothering/pregnancy thing GREAT with no significant other, but everyone needs a support system whether it be parents, siblings or close friends.  I’m lucky to have this guy, who is a crazy good father and only has the health and well being of his family in mind.  I’m a very lucky gal and try to keep that in mind, even if the house is a mess and I’m tired, life. is. good.

There you have it, a crazy long post on the preggo things I love most.  Hope it helps, and would LOVE to hear what you found irreplaceable for YOU in your pregnancy.