Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. --John Milton

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Take Nap is on My To-Do List

It made a notable difference in my two beautiful deliveries. First one: spent. Second one: engaged.

A primary reason? Naps.

With an active toddler, I had to put it on my daily To-Do List. My husband would come home from work and ask, "Did you get a nap?" It still didn't always happen, but making rest a priority did give me many helpful naps.

It's tough going into the workout of labor already tired. I remember. And guess what - my body still did what it needed to in bringing my baby into our arms.

Here's what's amazing. Being rested for baby boy #2, I enjoyed every moment. I felt so alive!

I lay savoring it all with Baby nestled on me. I felt the kind of good like after a challenging run - but better. Delightful emotions washed over me.

After my first delivery, my feeling was relief. And then I fainted - twice.

Naps help.

And when contractions start, then rested-or-not here comes Baby. And I let go and trust the life given to me to be enough.

Any tricks for getting rest with a toddler ... or two?

Quote from Nourishing Traditions on fatigue: "Get as much sleep as your body tells you it needs! That may mean frequent naps, even a cat nap at work."

Monday, July 20, 2015

Don't Toss the Liver

Usually I toss the liver to my dog when cutting up whole chicken. This time I cooked it in olive oil and garlic.

Apparently it is high in vitamin A, which combined with vitamin D is wonderful for mama and her growing baby. It's a densely nutritious gift to mama and baby.

The concern that liver has too much vitamin A is addressed in The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care. Sally Fallon Morell and Thomas S. Cowan, MD give us a lot to discuss on this any many, many fabulous topics.

Have you read this book? Do you eat liver - any special recipes?

For more info: Check out The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care. I like this balanced review on Informed Mama blog. Here's another. On pregnant mama's eating liver see The Weston A. Price Foundation