Prairie Boy’s Birth Story {A Natural Hospital Birth} Part One

October 25th was a typical day at home. Prairie Girl (formerly known as Prairie Baby– that nickname won’t work anymore!) and I cut up about 20 pounds of garden tomatoes that had decided to ripen all at once and spent the day working around the house. I was 39 weeks pregnant and absolutely huge and uncomfortable. I had hoped that I would have this baby earlier, but weeks 37 & 38 had already come and gone…

I had been having lots of Braxton-Hicks contractions and crampy feelings for several weeks, but nothing productive. That evening after supper, the crampy feelings felt slightly different. But, I didn’t get too excited and didn’t even mention it to hubby.

8 pm

I put Prairie Girl to bed and sat down with hubby to watch some pig butchering videos (Yes– really. Aren’t we exciting?). I noticed the twinges started to be more regular and were coming at around 15 minutes intervals. But they were so slight that I was almost positive that they weren’t the “real” thing. I ignored them and watched how to skin a hog.

As the video finished, I got up to take a shower and head to bed. The crampy feelings became more irregular as I moved around, which made me think I was merely experiencing some practice contractions. I decided to mention it to hubby, just in case. Since it had started to snow that night, we briefly discussed what needed to be done in the barn and what vehicle to take to town if this ended up to be the real thing. But I still told him to not get too excited, since I was sure the contractions would be gone by morning.

He fell asleep, but I didn’t. The twinges kept coming, but they were still 15-20 minutes apart.… [Continue Reading]

Quick & Easy Crayon Remover (The post every parent needs to read…)

how to remove crayon

Before becoming a parent, I would have seen the title to this post and yawned…

Now that I am a parent, I consider it life-saving information.

Several months ago, Prairie Baby (I really need to start calling her something else since we’ll have another baby in the house in a few months!) discovered the joy of crayons.

And not only are they joyful on paper, but also on walls, doors, molding, furniture…. You get the idea.

So, what else is a blogger to do other than post a frantic question to their Facebook wall?

I ended up with a wealth of responses (because ya’ll are simply awesome) ranging from vinegar to those Magic Eraser thingies to Softscrub and everything in between.

After some trial and error, I knew that vinegar wouldn’t work. And my hot soapy water wasn’t cutting it either. I don’t like most Softscrubs because of the bleach, and I’ve heard mixed reviews about the safety of the Magic Erasers.

So, there I was.

I was ready to break out the paint and just cover up the scribbles, when my handy friend and neighbor, Jana, suggested using lemon essential oil.

Yeah. Ok. Worth a try, right?

It worked like magic.

I’m talking within seconds of lightly rubbing the marks with a drop or two of lemon oil on my finger, they were gone.

No elbow grease, no sweat, no chemicals. Wahoo!

Here are just a couple tips to keep in mind:

  • I’m not sure this will work so great on flat paint. I used it on a satin paint as well as semi-gloss with great success. But, flat paint smudges so badly, I’m not sure anything would help that. (Thankfully, not very many people use flat paint in their homes)
  • If you have a really big area to “erase” you might slightly dilute the lemon oil with something like olive oil so you don’t end up using a whole bottle.
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Interview with Authors of Super Nutrition for Babies (Plus a Giveaway!)

 

Considering my recent announcement, I was thrilled to be offered a chance to check out the new book, Super Nutrition for Babies by Katherine Erlich M.D. and Kelly Genzlinger C.N.C/C.M.T.A. (This is not an eBook- it’s a 240-page paperback.)

Upon it’s arrival, I was excited to discover that this book is “rebellious” as I am when it comes to our society’s ideas of how children should be fed. Not only do they recommend raw milk for kiddos (Raw is all Prairie Baby has ever had…) but they whole-heartedly advise against rice cereal (I can’t stand the stuff!) and conventional “kid” junk, aka ‘health’, foods. Yee-haw!

This book is written from a traditional foods perspective (think Weston A. Price style), and has no problem tackling the controversial aspects of feeding your kids. Not only will you find lists and guidelines for feeding babies and toddlers of all ages, there are plenty of recipes packed into the pages as well.

I was thrilled to also have the chance to ask the authors a few questions of my own. Check out their responses below, and after that find out how 2 lucky readers will win a copy of Super Nutrition for Babies! 

(My questions are in green- the authors’ answers are in black)

Q1. My husband has had severe environmental allergies, food allergies, and asthma since childhood. Our firstborn daughter is (so far) free from any of these conditions. (I have been very particular about her diet and breastfed her for over a year) In your experience(s), what are the chances that our future children will possess these problems if we are careful about proper nutrition?

A1. There is no way to ensure that your daughter or other future children won’t have similar allergic conditions to your husband. But by feeding yourselves and your children the cleanest and most nutritious of diets, you will be improving your family’s ability to detoxify and enable your bodies to work most efficiently.… [Continue Reading]

22 Activities for the Country Toddler or Preschooler

country kid activities

Ever since Prairie Baby was born, we have made an effort to have her be an active participant in our lives. It always makes me sad when I see couples constantly dropping off the kiddos at grandma’s house or the babysitters so they can go out and “enjoy themselves” or work on a project.

Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the occasional date night, but if we think we must continually separate ourselves from our kids in order to accomplish things, the kiddos will miss out on many valuable life experiences.

Since Day One, Prairie Baby has been a part of our team. Some days I stuck her in a Moby Wrap, or buckled her into my giant jogging stroller as I worked outside. We took her everywhere with us… During her first 6 months of life, she attended multiple cattle brandings, went antelope hunting, hung out at several equestrian clinics, and took many a nap in the cool shade of the barn. She’s experienced more in her few years of life than many city-dwelling adults have seen in a lifetime.

Now that she’s a “big girl” (two years old!), she can take an even more active role in our activities- and she is already comfortable and familiar with our routine, since she’s been along for the ride since the day she was born.

It’s never to early to start sharing your homestead life with the kiddos. Below, you’ll find my list of simple activities for the homestead toddler or preschooler to help inspire you in your journey.

22 Activities for the Country Toddler or Preschooler

1. Teach them to plant things. Larger seeds like peas, beans, or corn are fun to poke into the ground, and items like seed potatoes and onion sets are downright fascinating!

2. Let them water.… [Continue Reading]