Dear Mama, Who just Gave Birth

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I’m sorry that you can’t go home soon enough, that your baby can’t be discharged yet, that everyone is demanding answers from you when you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck, that your labor didn’t go as well as hoped, that breastfeeding and pumping are hard, that you don’t have much support, that you aren’t bonding as you had hoped, that someone didn’t treat you kindly, that you are in pain, that your hormones are whacked… whatever has saddened you after that initial joy of birth, I’m sorry.

Even if a lot of bad things did not happen during birth, post-partum recovery can still stink. After my first successful pregnancy and birth, it seemed like everyone else was enjoying my new bundle while I was left to endure misery on my own. I told myself, and others told me, that a healthy baby is all that matters. That…

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My October Challenge

This October, beginning on the 1st, I’ll be following the FlyLady’s 31 Babysteps. I first followed the YouTube version in July. This did wonders for me, since I’m a visual learner. I improved so smoothly, and the habits set me up for a peaceful home. With the routines in place, I was able to grapple hosting a family gathering of thirty people for the first time last August. I already need a refresher course, so I invite anyone to follow along with me as I watch one of FlyLady Diane’s videos each day. 

We Caught a Cold

Though a mild case, my children caught a cold that threw me off kilter. I am not accustomed to sick kids and holding them all night long.  Snotty noses just aren’t our norm. We were able to bounce back quickly to easy-breathing nights with the following regimen, consisting mostly of essential oils.

  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Thieves
  • Lemon
  • Fennel
  • Colloidal silver
  • Sitting in a steamy bathroom. 
  • Some saline and suction.
  • Cuddling 

Hot and citrus essential oils can be rubbed on the clothes and blankets, or diffused. Mild oils I can apply directly on my kids’ skin without diluting, but everyone is different; try diluting oils when first introducing them to your children.

This is merely a conversation I would share with friends and family, and is not to be construed as medical advice.

Season to Listen

As the “Dear Mama” series has wound down, this season seems to be a time for me to listen and read others’ stories. Now is the time to drink in wisdom and inspiration from others. Here, I shall list some sources that have held my focus.

https://surroundinggrace.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/shelter-security-and-song-its-all-in-a-home/


http://www.faithwire.com/2017/08/05/the-one-thing-guaranteed-to-end-all-marriages/

http://www.faithfullycommitted.com/2017/04/12/prayer-walk-home/

http://homeschoolingtorah.com/a-day-of-rest-with-little-ones/

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/when-kids-wont-bow-to-your-idols

Word study of “Shema.” https://youtu.be/6KQLOuIKaRA

What About Me? https://unveiledwife.com/where-do-i-come-in-what-about-my-needs-my-happiness/

Rosh Hashana/Yom Teruah https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1702978129744269&id=145537805488317