Thursday, October 16, 2014

Onya Carrier - an Infant Chair??

In case you missed it, we are giving away an Onya Soft Structured Carrier this month! All you have to do to enter to win is make a purchase of $25 or more anytime through the month of October.

Since Onya is our newest carrier line, we thought you might like to learn all about them!

For instance, did you know that this carrier can convert into an infant chair? I'm not kidding! It's really quite don't need to worry about super dirty high chairs in restaurants anymore!

Check it out: handy is that?!


Monday, October 13, 2014

It's a Beautiful Day!

If you live in Eastern SD, have you been outside today?

Oh, my word.

It's SO beautiful and absolutely the picture perfect vision of what a lovely fall day should be. There's some sun, wind, crispness of changing seasons, gorgeous leaves rustling around on the ground and in the trees, and a perfect blue sky.

This morning I went for a walk.

All by myself.

I truly and honestly don't remember the last time I did that. It was glorious, and fuel for my soul that was much needed.

Since I'm pretty late in my pregnancy, my emotions are going wild. Imagine that. There's nothing like waiting for "the time" when you get to welcome your sweet precious baby into the world, is there? It really is a beautiful time, if not challenging.

Going for a walk all by myself was a way to release and re-group my emotions. The fresh, crisp air did wonders for me, and just taking in God's beautiful creation was enough to really help me chill out and remember what a sacred and special time this end-of-pregnancy is.

So, Good Lord willing, there will be beautiful fall days throughout the rest of my pregnancy, and I'll be able to take lots more mind-clearing and emotion-lifting time to myself and spend it in fellowship with my sweet Jellybean and Creator.

And if not, it'll be ok. I know that I know that I know, that I certainly won't be pregnant forever, and this sweet baby will come when he/she is good and ready. God is in control!

If you need to be uplifted for any reason - late in pregnancy, early in pregnancy, kids bugging you, spouse bugging you, financial things to figure out, car issues, work difficulties, grief. Whatever may possibly be going on in your life, a little time outside in this gorgeous weather may be just exactly what you need. It sure did wonders for me today.

Much love to you, wherever you are in your journey

Thursday, October 2, 2014

From Conception to Birth

Have you ever watched a video on how a baby develops in the womb?

I thought today would be a good day to share one with you. The miracle of baby-development just never ceases to amaze me. How we can start from 2 single cells and develop into what we are is just astounding.

There's a picture in here saying "Babies are such a nice way to start a human"....or something to that effect.

I totally agree!!



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Events Galore at Educated Mommy!

Have you checked out Educated and Elegant Mommy's schedule of events lately? We are booked!!

You can always find out what's happening by going to our online calendar, Facebook events pages (Elegant Mommy & Educated Mommy), as well as getting signed up to receive our newletters.

In case you aren't sure what awesome things are coming your way, you can scan them here:

This week:
10/1/14 - Milk Monologues (1:00 pm)
10/2/14 - Toddler Time Group (2:00 pm)
10/4/14 - Cloth Diaper 101* (10:00 am)
10/4/14 - Babywearing 101* (11:00 am)

Next week:
10/6/14 - Give it To Me Straight (6:30 pm)
10/8/14 - Milk Monologues (1:00 pm)
10/9/14 - Toddler Time Group (2:00 pm)
10/9/14 - Evening Milk Monologues (6:30 pm)
10/11/14 - Prenatal Yoga* (8:00 am - $10)
10/11/14 - Going Back to Work (9:00 am)

The rest of the month:
10/13/14 - The Dream Team (6:30 pm)
10/15/14 - Milk Monologues (1:00 pm)
10/16/14 - Toddler Time (2:00 pm)
10/16/14 - Making Babyfood Class* (6:00 pm - $10)
10/20/14 - Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail (6:30 pm)
10/22/14 - Milk Monologues (1:00 pm)
10/23/14 - Toddler Time (2:00 pm)
10/25/14 - Prenatal Yoga* (8:00 am - $10)
10/27/14 - A Place for Baby (6:30 pm)
10/29/14 - Milk Monologues (1:00 pm)
10/30/14 - Toddler Time (2:00 pm)

And don't forget to plan ahead for early next month as well!
11/1/14 - Cloth Diaper 101* (9:30 a.m.)
11/1/14 - Babywearing 101* (10:30 a.m.)
11/3/14 - Bumps, Rumps, and Dumps (6:30 pm)
11/5/14 - Milk Monologues (1:00 pm)
11/6/14 - Toddler Time (2:00 pm)

We'll see you soon!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Letter to My Jellybean

Hi there, sweet baby...

I'm getting closer and closer to meeting your beautiful face and the excitement is building like you wouldn't even believe.

I can hardly wait to kiss your sweet cheeks, count your precious fingers and toes, and smell your intoxicating aroma of just being born. To hold you in my arms is going to be the most amazing and relieving feeling in the world. As you kick at my hand through my belly I can only imagine how you will move, cry, look, and blink up at me when you enter this world...

The way you will latch on to my breast for your nutrition and comfort....

The way you will snuggle into my neck....

The way you will kick your legs out and stretch like you try to now (but have run out of room!)....

The way you will grab my finger......

Dear Jellybean, the thought of you being here with us is one of the most joyous and loving thoughts in the whole world. I already love you with my whole heart and pray only the best for you and over you.

If you are anything like your big sister you will be bit of a social butterfly and absolutely adore being around people...much like your mama. If you are anything like your big brother you will probably prefer just being close to the ones you love and at home...more like your daddy. But maybe you'll be a combination of all of us, or maybe you'll be completely different. However you are, I will love you to the ends of the universe and back. My love absolutely has no end for you.

I'll be there to help you learn all about the world around you. I will lovingly caress you when you need comforting, I will be someone you can *always* trust.

I won't promise that I will never make mistakes. That would be foolish.... I *will* promise, however, that I will own up to my mistakes and show you that it's ok to be human. We all do things we shouldn't do. It's just important to learn from them and try to do better next time.

My sweet Jellybean, we are ready for you whenever you decide to come meet us all face to face. I feel like I know so much about you already. I'm SO looking forward to seeing your sweet self and learning more and more about who you are and who you will become.

All my love forever and always.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Prodromal Labor....How Do I Loathe Thee?

From Wikipedia:
Pre-labour, also called "prodromal labour," consists of the early signs before labor starts. It is the body's preparation for real labour. Prodromal labour has been misnamed as “false labour." Prodromal labour begins much as traditional labour but does not progress to the birth of the baby.

Prodromal Labor. If anyone tells you that it's "False Labor" you feel free to tell them where to shove those words.

Prodromal Labor contractions are most definitely "real".

They may not be doing a lot of dilating of the cervix, and they may not be progressing things very quickly, but they are definitely and for-surely doing something real. They are not Braxton Hicks contractions. And they are not "false" contractions. They are basically early labor, just not very organized or progressive.

And I've been having them. A lot.

I had plenty with Porter, too. I just don't remember them being this early. I know I had them for a good week and a half with him. I even called my mom thinking labor might be starting. She came here and they stopped, not to begin again until late the following week.

The thing is, I was DUE then. I'm still not due for a week and a half and I've been having these silly things for a week already. I've been planning on not having this baby until about a week after I'm due, thinking it will be similar to my other babies.

But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this one is coming *gasp* early?! I don't know what I'm gonna do if he comes early! Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to meet our little Jellybean, but I have plans. Things I gotta do. It will be really inconvenient if this little one makes his/her entrance into this world before I'm ready.

But, just like I tell my clients who go past their estimated due date, I need to remind myself of this: This sweet baby will come when he/she is ready. Not when I am.

So, to that I say "Ok". I need to let go of control and let my baby and body do what they are supposed to do, and whenever this sweet baby decides to come I'll be ready and waiting with open arms and an overflowing heart for our beautiful new addition.

But also, to my body I'd like to say: Please lay off the Prodromal Labor. Just let me know when it's really for real time to bring this sweet one earthside and I'll be ready. Thanks.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Breast Crawl - Do All Babies Have the Instinct? you can imagine, Elegant Mommy is a-buzz with three of us getting ready to welcome our sweet little ones into the world soon.

We are all (obviously) planning to breastfeed our littles, and even though we've all done it before and have been promoting breastfeeding for years, I thought it would be kinda awesome to watch some initial breastfeeding videos on YouTube. Well, there are a ton of them as you might imagine.

One in particular I found stuck out to me because as a doula (and a mom with two very different kinds of births) I've seen first hand the effect that medications administered during labor can have on newborns and initial breastfeeding.

I found this video and study-findings very interesting and thought you might too.

So, take a look and let us know if you have experienced any of this with your babies or if it rings true to you.

I'm looking so forward to breastfeeding again...whether you are nursing your sweet babe now or will be soon (like me!), I pray your initial breastfeeding got off to a great start (or will!).

Happy breastfeeding