Friday, 30 May 2014

Light, Darkness, and House Plants

I have never had a house plant before. I know, I know, it sounds crazy and silly. I've lived on my own since I was 19 (well, minus the couple of times I moved back in with my Mom, but those are stories for another day.) I have always assumed I would be no good at keeping them alive, and so when people asked why I had no plants I would just fib and say that I kill them all, and there's no point. This is all a precursor to explain my naivety when it comes to plants, which is probably why this is a brand new concept to me...

A few weeks ago I brought home my very first house plant. I planted it myself in a pot that I painted myself (well, partially. I mean, I totally helped paint it) The first few days I was diligent in watering it. It had a few tiny flowers on it when I first brought it home, and I was excited when a few more popped up. I was rocking at this plant thing! Until... I forgot about it. I don't know what happened, but I'm pretty sure I should have watered it more.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Elliott: Two Months

Two months already? Time is literally flying by. It's amazing how much this little man has grown and changed in the last month. I've been jotting down notes as the weeks go by which I am so thankful for because I'm not sure I would remember what happened in weeks 4-5 if I hadn't!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Why I Chose A Midwife (And Why I Would Do It Again!)

I don't know exactly when it happened, but sometime in my early twenties I found myself leaning towards a more natural lifestyle. You might call me a bit of a hippy, or "crunchy" as they call it these days. I prefer to eat natural, whole foods (organic when possible/affordable.) I look for eco friendly products, and/or use natural products (vinegar) to clean with instead of chemical laden alternatives. I make my own granola bars rather than buy the ones in the stores that are choc full of preservatives and ingredients I can't pronounce. Also, Chris and I see a Naturopath- in many cases we feel this approach to our health that we feel is more effective than traditional medicine alone.  I'm not 100% with any of this, but it's something I try to be intentional about, and something that I enjoy.

When we started thinking seriously about having a baby, I had a couple of friends who had experiences with midwifery vs. doctors and I was intrigued. After asking a couple of questions, the reasons they had for choosing a midwife over a doctor seemed to line up with my beliefs and way of living.

Friday, 2 May 2014

"Is He A Good Baby?"

I can't count how many people have asked me this question. Young and old alike, it seems they all want to know:

"Is he a good baby?"

Oh dear friend. There are so many things I want to say when you ask this...

Is he a good baby? Well, he is a good and perfect gift from above, if that is what you are asking. He is perfect in his parent's, and more importantly in his Creator's eyes. We could not imagine hoping for or wishing for anything to be different about him. Is he good? Oh yes friends. He is good. Could you really picture me, his mother, answering any other way??
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