Chicken, Lentil & Veggie Soup

Soup season is officially here! Honestly, I make soup all year round, but my husband doesn’t prefer a hot bowl of soup in the middle of the summer. So for his sake I try to limit my soup making until Fall & Winter – and then I go crazy and make ALL. THE. SOUP. The best part about it is I pretty much always use my trusty Crock Pot for all my soups! I just throw all the ingredients in in the morning, let it cook all day and have an awesome healthy dinner ready by 5! So amazing and convenient. I really love my Crock Pot! But any way, today I want to share one of my favorite healthy soups that I make very often. It’s a chicken, lentil, veggie soup – see the recipe below. It’s based on a recipe that I found online a long time ago and I have tweaked it and added to it over the years. The recipe makes a full crock pot, so if you’re not into leftovers you may want to cut the recipe in half.

Chicken, Lentil & Veggie Soup 

  • 1 pound lentils
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken (I love to use rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 3/4 – 1 cup broccoli 
  • 3/4 -1 cup sliced carrots
  • 3/4 -1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano (I sometimes use oregano essential oil instead) 
  • 2 tsp chili powder 
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth 
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • Several scoops bone broth collagen (this gives the soup an awesome healthy kick, it supports and helps boost your immune system!) 
  • When ready to serve, top with green onion, cilantro and sour cream if desired! 

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My family loves this soup! Even my 15 month old gobbles it up!

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Do you have a favorite go-to soup recipe?

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Our winter protocol for boosting immunities and avoiding sickness with kids.

Last winter we were SO SICK. My toddler got cold after cold and just couldn’t seem to kick it. :( Our entire family even got an awful case of Hand Foot Mouth disease during the summer. Lets just say it wasn’t a season that was easily forgotten. This year we knew we needed to be on top of it, unless we wanted to spend another season at home feeling miserable. So, after much research, this is our new sickness protocol!

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1. PROBIOTICS. 

We are being consistent about giving our kids probiotics this year. Every morning they get probiotics mixed into their milk. We like to switch up which probiotic we use periodically so that we get different strains. It’s also important to make sure its a quality probiotic. We love Young Living’s for our toddler. We use Baby Gaia and Klaire Labs for our 9 month old. My husband and I are currently taking Garden of life’s, but we also love Young Living’s Life 9!

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2. IMMUNITY ROLL ON.

I made a roller bottle of 5 drops thieves, 5 drops lemon, and 5 drops frankincense. I filled the rest of the bottle with sweet almond oil since that’s what I had on hand, I normally use fractionated coconut oil. It’s important that the oils are diluted especially for sensitive baby skin! We also diffuse thieves all winter long! My husband and I use a stronger roll on! More thieves and Immupower (an awesome oil blend I got for FREE last month). If you are interested in making a wellness roller bottle, I recommend getting a starter kit and wholesale account – it is the most affordable way to purchase quality, 100% pure essential oils!

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3. ELDERBERRY SYRUP

Elderberries are full of antioxidants and are fantastic for boosting immunities and helping heal from colds quickly. I made my own syrup using bulk herb stores organic elderberries. The toddler gets 1 tsp and we take 1 TBSP.

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4. LIMIT SUGAR

Sugar reeks havoc on the immune system. We are using honey as a substitute for the occasional sweet treat! :)

5. WHOLE FOODS DIET

The body best fights sickness when it is being supported by a whole foods diet. We eat a bunch of healthy soups in the fall and winter! And we try and get a variety of fruits, veggies, whole grains (freshly ground), and fermented foods, etc.

6. COD LIVER OIL

Cod liver oil contains vitamin A & D which are both so important for a healthy immune system! My babies take Nordic Naturals. The baby gets the liquid and my toddler loves the chewable ones. :) My husband and I take Carlson’s.

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7. NINGXIA RED

We love having a shot of this super fruit & essential oil blend! It not only tastes great and boosts energy (a necessity when my babies keep me up at night!) but it is amazing for the immune system and overall health. It contains Gogi berries and several other super fruits! The mix provides an incredible dose of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fiber (so it aids digestion as well). It is definitely pricey, but that’s because it is packed with powerful whole food, organic fruits and oils. The way I fit it in our budget is by saving up the reward points I earn through my monthly order and then once I have enough I’ll order a 4 pack for FREE! 😀 Essential rewards is definitely the way to go to be able to afford Young Living’s products on a budget. :)

 

How do you avoid and fight sickness!?

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Oils & Pregnancy

I am currently 33 weeks pregnant with baby #2 (the final count down has begun!!!) and I have used oils all the way through both pregnancies with amazing benefits and results! It can be nerve wracking using oils while pregnant if you don’t know how to use them safely and which oils are okay while pregnant and which are not. While it is good to use caution with oils while our bodies are working so hard growing an amazing little person, it is also good to support your body with oils that can cause your pregnancy to be SO much more comfortable! Below I will share my very favorite oils to use while pregnant!

  • Morning Sickness – Peppermint – While you don’t want to go too crazy with peppermint, it can be a game changer when it comes to morning sickness. Just inhaling it can really settle the nausea. Lemon – Add a couple drops to your water and settle your tummy. Digize – Dilute with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and rub onto your tummy for nausea relief.
  • Headaches/Migraines – I have had A LOT of headaches with this pregnancy and while I know it’s technically okay to take Tylenol, I really prefer to take it as infrequently as possible. Peppermint diluted with coconut oil and rubbed on my temples, forehead, and back of neck has come to the rescue so many times!!! Lavender is also helpful with more minor headaches as well, my favorite is to mix both peppermint and lavender and really nip the headache in the bud!
  • Sleeplessness – Sleepless nights anyone?! I struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep terribly during pregnancy and Peace and Calming has been amazing for me! Diffuse this little gem at night and rub a drop on the bottoms of your feet and big toes. It smells amazing and is so calming. Tranquil – This is an essential oil roll-on blend that I put on my wrists and back of neck right before bed. It is relaxing, calming and helps induce sleep. You can also apply topically and/or diffuse Lavender to help with sleep.
  • Stretch Marks – Gentle Baby, Lavender and Frankincense mixed with a carrier oil and massaged onto affected areas (belly, chest, hips). My favorite is to mix a drop Frankincense with Rosehip oil and massage it all over my tummy before bed! It is so moisturizing and also helps if your skin is feeling itchy!
  • Hormonal Acne & Blemishes – Lets be honest, pregnancy may bring a “glow” for some people, but some of us more unfortunate souls end up struggling with unwanted and unappreciated hormonal acne. My lifesavers are Tea Tree and Frankincense! Use Tea Tree as a spot treatment on individual spots and use a drop or two of Frankincense mixed with your night cream and rubbed all over your face.
  • Fatigue/Exhaustion – Especially during the  first and third trimesters our bodies can be quite worn out from all the work they are doing making a baby! To combat this, I love to diffuse uplifting and energy giving oils! Grapefruit and Orange are awesome for this, they smell great and really boost energy levels.
  • Immunity Boosting – Thieves, Thieves, Thieves you guys!!! Seriously, it’s the best!  While pregnant our immune systems are compromised and it is easier to get sick. We are currently entering the cold/flu season here and I have been diffusing Thieves on the daily as well as rolling it onto my feet at night!
  • High Blood-Pressure – This may not be an issue for some of you, but I was diagnosed with Hypertension during my first pregnancy and I’m trying everything I can this time to keep my blood pressure stable. Throughout my pregnancy and before every OB appointment I drop Ylang Ylang onto my wrists, rub Lavender onto the bottoms of my feet and put Stress-Away onto my chest and back of neck. This has helped me SO SO much!!! It’s worth the time and effort it takes to remember to apply the oils!

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A couple other items I LOVE to use while pregnant:

  • Stress Away Roll-On Stress Away is one of my very favorite oils even when I’m not pregnant, but the anxiety and stress that pregnancy can cause can really be helped out with this amazing blend! Keep it in your purse and roll it onto your wrists anytime you feel the need!
  • ClaraDerm Spray – I use this spray to prepare for labor and delivery. Just spray your *ehem* lady parts 1-3 times daily for the last 4 weeks of your pregnancy! It helps immensely! I didn’t tear at all having my first baby. This spray is also AMAZING for post partum healing, but I will talk about my favorite post-partum oils in a future post!

If you are interested in any of the above listed oils, you can get them HERE.

Some oils to avoid while pregnant: Rosemary, Fennel, Clary Sage, Juniper, Basil, Jasmine, Sage, Cinnamon, Wintergreen.

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Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Fall is upon us and that makes me so stinkin’ happy! The crisp air, colorful leaves, cozy sweaters, pumpkin bread, boots, apple picking… I could go on. Fall is easily my favorite season, and with the changing weather one of my favorite things to do to cozy up my home is to make it smell like Fall! I do this with my favorite essential oils and my gorgeous diffuser.

Here are some of my favorite Fall diffuser blends:

  • 4 drops Thieves & 4 drops Orange. This smells DIVINE and will be benefiting you by boosting your immunities, killing all the yucky bacteria that comes with the cold/flu season, and creating a calm peaceful atmosphere.
  • 3 drops Orange, 2 drops Cinnamon, 2 drops Frankincense. Um YES.
  • 4 drops Thieves & 4 drops Stress Away. Diffuse this for a spicy – warm vanilla scent that will make you want to snuggle up on the couch with a big cup of chamomile tea! (or maybe that’s just me?)
  • 5 drops Clove, 2 drops Orange, 1 drop Cedarwood. Mmm, so warm and cozy.

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It’s so simple, smells AMAZING, and has so many great health benefits for you and your family! Ditch your candles this year with their artificial fragrances and chemicals and grab some of these truly amazing oils instead!

You can get them here: Essential oils

If you already love diffusing, tell me what your favorite Fall blends are!

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Essential Oil Starter Kit Breakdown

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     As you well know, I use oils ALL the time! They have revolutionized my medicine cabinet, replaced toxic chemicals in my house, and are vital to the care and health of my babies and family! With that being said, I am excited to announce that Young Living is running a sale on their starter kits! If you’ve been interested in essential oils for a while now but just haven’t quite taken the plunge, now is the time to do so! Starter kits are already a super discounted way to start your oil collection, and now they are an extra 10% off! This is such a FANTASTIC DEAL!!!!

The oils in the kits are all must haves in the home! I’ll break down each oil with a little summary on some of the uses for them.

Grab your kit here!

Raven

  • Thins mucus and decreases cold and allergy symptoms
  • Boosts immunities

Panaway

  • Soothes tired and sore muscles
  • Great for massage after workout
  • Relieves growing pains on children
  • Decreases menstrual back pain

Stress Away

  • Calms anxiety
  • Relaxes
  • Uplifts
  • Lowers blood pressure

Citrus Fresh

  • Heightens focus
  • Calms anxiety
  • Breaks up clogged milk ducts
  • Smells amazing

Frankincense

  • Great for all types of skin care
  • Moisturizing
  • Healing
  • Reduces swelling
  • Heightens focus
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces appearance of scars and stretch marks
  • Considered “universal oil” because of its many uses

Lavender

  • Great for skin care
  • Calming and soothing
  • Relaxation and sleep aid
  • Relieves pain and headaches
  • Kills bacteria

Digize 

  • Aids digestion
  • Soothes abdominal distress

Thieves

  • Boosts immunities
  • Fights sickness
  • Treats infection
  • Great for housecleaning and disinfecting
  • Smells phenomenal!
  • Possibly one of my favorite oils (a must have during sickness season)

Lemon

  • Uplifting
  • Detoxifying
  • Great as a household cleaner
  • Boosts digestion
  • Adds yummy flavor to water
  • Brightens complexion
  • Fades scars

Copaiba

  • Drives oils in and ramps up the effects
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Pain reliever
  • Great for teething babies

Peppermint

  • Reduces fever
  • Aids digestion
  • Reduces congestion
  • Relieves pain

 

As you can see these oils have SO many different uses and are so versatile! Plus, a little goes a long way so these bottles last for quite a while!

I can’t remember the last time Young Living did a sale like this!! Don’t miss your opportunity to get all of these oils PLUS a beautiful diffuser (I am in love with how these diffusers look and work! Cheap ones break down quickly so quality is important) The kit also comes with a household cleaner and Ningxia red sample. Oh. My. Gosh. Such a deal!! Right!?

Grab your kit here! And I will send you a FREE diffuser recipe card to help you get started using that gorgeous new diffuser!

I can’t emphasize enough how good this deal is!! And it ends Friday folks, so don’t wait!

 

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If you already have a stockpile of oils and a quality diffuser, check out the sale on the makeup kit!!! I have had my eye on this kit for a while and now its on SALE woohoo!!! This is a great way to replace all those toxic makeup products and feel good about what you are putting on your skin! :)

 

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Detox Essential Oil Baby Bath

Ahhhh to take a bath, better yet a detox bath is so good for you and so relaxing, yet most of us don’t make the time for them. Really, we ALL should be taking them regularly. But todays post is specifically about our sweet babies and how a detox bath can be so helpful and beneficial for them!

My 9 ½ month old baby girl has gone through a lot of health issues in her short little life. (I’ll have to tell her story some time in a later post) So naturally, I’ve searched for all the natural supplements, healthy food, baby massages, sleep tips…you name it, I just wanted to find anything  that would help her and benefit her health.  Many of the things I have found have been very helpful, however, sometimes very pricey. Recently I heard about giving babies detox baths with essential oils and I was intrigued. I looked into it for myself and found how easy, fun, inexpensive and super healthy they really are!

All you need is some good Epsom salt, baking soda, and an essential oil or two. Start filling your bath tub with warm water and then slowly pour 1-2 cups of Epsom salt in mixing with your hand, then add 1/8-1/4 cup of baking soda, again stirring around with your hand. This part is fun because your child can feel the salt and baking soda and help you mix it. Next just put a drop or two of your favorite essential oil, (I like to use a drop each of frankincense and lavender) and voila, you have yourself a detox bath! So easy! And my baby seems to really enjoy them!317925B7-CCEF-4642-9BF9-13C937284941 (1)

Now, I’m sure your thinking “okay, now we know how to create a nice detox bath for our kids….but what’s so great about it?” So let me give you some reasons why these detox baths are so incredibly beneficial!

  1. Helps fight colds/flus! As soon as my daughter shows signs of sickness I give her a detox bath. This helps boost her immune system. The Epsom salt and baking soda also help flush out all the icky toxins that build up in our childrens bodies.
  2. Helps to calm and relax child before bed. The magnesium in the Epsom salt is very calming and can help even the most hyper child calm down and prepare for bed time.
  3. Helps support concentration. The Magnesium helps support brain function and helps children stay focused better and for longer periods of time.
  4. Relieves stress. If your child has gone through a traumatic situation or health issue like mine has or if they are just prone to being more anxious and stressed, these detox baths will really help calm them and help prevent anxiety and irritability.

If you don’t have lavender or frankincense and would like to purchase either of them, the best way to go is getting a youngliving account and buying it wholesale! Check out some account options here! And until Friday the kits are on sale!!!!!! Eeeeeeek! Check out the sale details here along with a breakdown of all the oils in the kit!

Detox baths have definitely become a regular thing around here and we are loving them! Let me know if you and your family enjoy detox baths!

Weekly highlight – Thieves

Howdy!

I am SO excited to be writing my first weekly highlight post. Choosing a subject was so difficult as there are so many things I want to share with you all! But, for my very first post, I chose to highlight the essential oil THIEVES. :)

2017-03-26 19.35.29I’d like to start by saying that I am not writing this to push you into buying essential oils. But, if you have thieves or are interested in essential oils, this post is for you! Also, make sure you use essential oils safely. To read more about how to use oils safely click here. Do not begin using oils until you know how to use them safely.

I LOVE thieves. It is one of my favorite and most used oils. Let me tell you why!

  1.  It boosts immunities. We love to keep it diffusing in our home to boost our immunities, especially during sickness season!! 
  2. It kills germs & fights sickness. When illness strikes we rub it on the bottom of our feet and chest or add it to a roller bottle. Also, it works wonders for sore throats. My husband gargled a couple drops in warm water when he had mono and it significantly reduced the pain and boosted healing. 
  3. It works as a great cleaner. I love putting thieves in my homemade household cleaners :)
  4. It smells AMAZING. We love to diffuse it in place of candles and other chemical ridden scents often used in the home. 

If you don’t have digize and would like to purchase it, the best way to go is getting a youngliving account and buying it wholesale! Check out some account options here!

Gentle Babies is a fantastic book full of recipes and information on how to use essential oils safely for pregnancy, babies, and children. I highly recommend it!

What is YOUR favorite way to use thieves?? 

I’d love to learn some new recipes and ways to use this awesome oil!

 

<3 Sienna Carlton

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Essential Oils. Why I recommend them and how to use them safely!

Ok…honestly I was a little skeptical of essential oils when I first heard about them, but I did some research (and being the health nerd that I am) decided to give them a try! Oh my goodness, I am so glad I did! They have literally changed my life. Instead of reaching for pain meds we now reach for our eo’s. We use them in SO many aspects of our life. I am so glad we made the plunge and got a kit. We have been an oil using family for 3 years now and are never looking back! 😉 

Oils have been so very helpful to me as a homemaker. I love how they help me avoid and treat sickness for my family, keep a clean home, and keep everything smelling amazing WITHOUT using harmful chemicals. They are expensive, but they last a long time. They are also so useful since they can be used for so many things! They can be used in cleaners, bug repellent, sunscreen, skin care, to help with mood, energy, sickness, pain relief and the list goes on and on! So they really end up being worth the price in the long run. I don’t claim to know all there is to know about oils but I have learned a ton from the time that I have been using them. It is extremely important that you choose an oil brand that is pure and high quality. After all, the whole reason we are using them is to avoid using harmful chemicals on our bodies and to help keep our homes and families healthy! I am confident that  Young Living has high standards and is considered pure and safe to use.

There are 3 ways to use essential oils – topical application, diffusing, and ingesting them.

Now it is important to note that not ALL oils can be taken internally! So be sure to read the oils bottle instructions before ingesting it. Also, once you know if an oil is safe to ingest always follow safety procedures when taking it. For example, mix it with a carrier oil and be sure to know how many drops are safe to take with how much carrier oil etc. Personally, I am very cautious when it comes to ingesting oils. Essential oils are very potent and you just never know what reaction your body will have. When I take some oils internally, I used a vegetable capsule and mixed the oils with fractionated coconut oil and froze them. Taking a frozen oil pill allows the oil to slowly be dispersed into your system as it melts. So, before you ingest them, I would encourage you to do a lot of research. Every person has a different idea about what is safe or not and you really need to just do some research and decide what YOU are comfortable with!
Topical use – Topical use is extremely effective! Before using an oil test out your skin and systems sensitivity to it by placing a drop on your inner forearm. And wait to see how your skin and system respond to it…I have never responded badly to an oil, but everyone is different! To dilute the potency of the oil first apply a carrier oil – some examples of carrier oils are coconut, olive, sweet almond oil, olive oil etc. I personally use coconut oil. I love using fractionated coconut oil for mixing in roller bottles or quickly applying to skin before other oil. This one would work great.

Diffuse – I love diffusing oils! There are many different types. Simply follow the directions to fill the diffuser with lukewarm water. Make sure the water isn’t hot, as heat damages the properties of the oil. Then you simply drop 4-8 drops of oil in and diffuse! The amount you put in varies based on how big of a room you are in and how strong you want it to be. I usually use about 6 drops in my kitchen and 4 drops in my bedroom. And then you turn it on and inhale these fantastic oils as you go throughout your day. I love that many of the oils kill the germs in the air and boost your immunities.

I hope this post helped you learn a little bit about how to use oils safely and why I love them so much! :)

If you want to get started using oils the best way to buy them is by making an account through Young Living so you can purchase them wholesale! You can get an awesome deal on an oil kit with some of my favorite oils!! Such a fantastic way to get started!! Visit Young Living here!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS!? I’d love to hear from your experience.

 

~ Sienna Carlton

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Announcing new Weekly highlight

Hi!

I am extremely excited to announce that Homemaking From Scratch is going to start a weekly highlight post! We will be highlighting a natural product once a week and will cover some essential oils, cooking oils, herbs, etc. We will also be highlighting some dangerous products that are typically used every day in the average American household. It is easy to simply keep using what we are used to and often we don’t realize how harmful these commonly used products are. But we need to STOP!

I am so looking forward to discussing these natural do’s and don’ts with you all! I am so thankful when a friend makes me aware of a natural remedy or informs me that I should stop using something.. It is difficult to stay up to date on all the natural do’s and don’ts on our own. We need community! So stay tuned each week for my friendly highlights! And please leave comments. I would love to know your thoughts and opinions. There is always something to be learned an I’d love any natural knowledge you can throw my way 😉

Also, I did a course on natural living for My Homemaking Mentor an online training academy with awesome courses. This program is an excellent tool for learning more about natural living as well as growing Spiritually. AND I just found out that it is going on sale March 27 – April 3. So be sure to check that out :)

As an added bonus they are offering this free e-course! And it looks awesome.

I will try to get each highlight up by Monday. I am eagerly looking forward to chatting with you each week!

~Sienna Carltton

Boy oh boy BABY is here! When your birth plan goes amiss…

Here we are in the midst of the holiday season and I NEVER posted an official baby announcement.! Yikes, I’m behind. I took a 3 month maternity leave from any online work, but it is good to be back.

ZADEN PAUL CARLTON was born August 31 at 5:05pm. He was 5lb 8oz. We are so in love with our little man!


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I wrote a blog post about my gestational diabetes and how perfectly normal/healthy people can get it. Having diabetes while pregnant definitely was not in my “pregnancy plans” but it was the first step in God teaching me to become more trusting of HIS plans for me. Motherhood has already taught me so much — to let go of my perfect plans and my anxiety about the future and to place my trust in my all-knowing, sovereign God! I know I will probably be taught this lesson again and again through the years.

And Gestational Diabetes was only the first deviation from my plans…

My goal was to have my baby at a birth center as naturally as possible! I have always been interested in having a home birth, but my husband and I decided it would be better to have my first at a birth center in Sacramento in case anything went wrong *rolls eyes* I was pretty darn certain nothing would, my mom had 7 healthy pregnancies and births and her last one was in her 40’s! So, pshh I mean…come on, I’m only 24. What could go wrong? Surely I was in for a smooth natural pregnancy and delivery! I was so excited for a quiet, intimate birth with just the midwife, my husband, and mom. :)

So, first the news came that I had gestational diabetes… I was shocked! Honestly, I had never even heard of it. Thankfully, I was able to control it with dietary changes and so the midwife still felt comfortable with me having my baby there. That was util around 36 weeks when I was at a checkup and the midwife gave me a funny look after taking my blood pressure. She proceeded to take my blood pressure multiple times. She told me my blood pressure was elevated – but not to the point that I would need to be hospitalized. However, it continued to go up no matter how much I tried to “take it easy.” I was taken to the hospital and was there most of the night being tested and monitored and was finally sent home — conclusion = I didn’t have preeclampsia but I did have gestational hypertension. The next day I was sent in again (this time to a different hospital) and they concluded that the best thing for my baby and I was to get him out pf there. They also concluded that I did have preeclampsia (I was told so many different things, I’m not sure if I really did have it or not haha).

They were going to induce me.

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And that’s when I had to fully surrender my plans to the Lord. Here I was surrounded by strange doctors and med students, hooked up to a blood pressure monitor and IV, getting prepped for my induction… They laughed at the idea that I didn’t want an epidural and told me I needed magnesium or I my blood pressure would spike too high from the petocin and I could have a seizure…. after discussing (more like arguing) with all the different doctors, I was left with multiple stressful decisions that I wasn’t prepared to make. I am just so thankful I had my faithful husband by my side, supporting me and taking the lead with communicating with the doctors. I could not have gone through the birth without him, my labor delivery nurse friend, and my mom. They were an awesome team!

The labor was VERY painful, as the baby was face up, and being induced is no fun. But 13 hours later my tiny little boy was born!

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So that’s my story. Thankfully, nothing major did go wrong and I was still able to have a natural birth (besides the petocin). I was able to give birth to a beautiful, healthy son! And I know many people have scarier, more devastating birth stories than I do… Oh how my heart aches for them! And…oh my goodness did I learn why some people choose to get an epidural…OUCH 😉 there is absolutely no judgement on my part if you chose to get one haha. I felt led to share my story to encourage women to always hold their plans and desires with open hands. YES – it is still good to plan and dream. And yes, I still think natural birth is the best option. HOWEVER, things don’t always go as we plan and we have to be ok with that. We must have more trust and faith in God’s plan than our own.

What do I want you to take away from this?

  1. Hold onto your plans  and desires with open hands
  2. Trust your heavenly Father
  3. Don’t judge other. Everyone has a story and we don’t know it. So, before we proceed to inform someone that natural birth is best, listen to their story – be understanding – be loving.  

 

There is a time and place to gently encourage and help one another understand the benefits of a natural birth, but this must be done in a such a gentle way. As sister’s in Christ, our first priority should be to listen to each other and encourage one another as we all learn to trust the Lord with the future and live out our role as mothers – with all the crazy plan changes and stressful decision making that entails.

Thank you for listening. I’d love to hear your birth story!

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