Review of Majestic Pure Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo

I am incredibly grateful to have received this product:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016RQ8PRU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and I would like to take a few minutes to review it. First of all, it came packaged well and not leaking in any places. It came fairly quickly, arriving within the week. It also came with a cap that screws on as well as a pump for it, which is very helpful when determining the amount to use. Because I am a mostly natural product using mama, I immediately checked out the ingredients and I am happy to report that this product is free of parabens, harsh chemicals, and is sulfate free. It contains pure water, several different extracts, 14 DHT blockers, and essential oils. I feel good about using this product on my hair.

What I noticed, within just a few days of using it, is that I was actually losing less hair. We have noticed that my hair is fuller and looks healthier. It was incredible to me to notice this that quickly and, throughout the past week and a half of using it, I continue to notice less hair loss and, as someone who loses my hair at an alarming speed, this provided me with less stress as well. Thank you Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals for this Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo product that I received at a discounted price in exchange for my honest review.

30 Week Pregnancy Update

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It’s been a crazy week here in our house, but really, what else is new? We’re prepping for a new teaching year for me, trying to prep all of our kids ministry stuff for our church for the next few months to get through this new little one joining our family, and trying to finish off the last little bit of fun summer activities on top of my health issues and bad days, like the one I had yesterday.

And now we’re getting all the smoke from the fires all over the Northwest so the air quality today is considered unhealthy. You wanna know what a house with very active boys looks like when you have to stay in all day?

Bikes in the house

Oh yes, I’m THAT mom that allows bikes in the house when they can’t get outside to burn off the energy.

Anyways, on to my facts for this week!

Random Facts:

  • Total Weight Gain:  Haven’t been to a new appt since 28 weeks and we don’t own a scale so probably just a little over the 26 lbs that it was at my last midwife appointment.
  • Cravings/Aversions:  Well, I dreamed about chocolate ice cream last night so I’d say that one is still there. And still southwestern style food (fresh tacos, burritos, taco salads, etc.) and Japanese food. And fruit and fruit strips! And lemonade. Still not too keen on plain chicken or popcorn.
  • Sleep:  Been dealing with headaches from all this smoke so this has interrupted my sleep some, but other than that, much better than I was!
  • Best Part of Week 30: Taking it slower, but still checking off quite a few things before my work year starts back. And spending summer days with the boys!
  • What I’m Most Looking Forward To:  Spending time with friends for a cookout and we’re gearing up for our trip to a pastors conference without the kiddos thanks to some great friends who are watching them for us!
  • Baby Predictions: Same as I said last week: I’m predicting an October 27th birthday, but I’m really hoping for one a little earlier. I’ll finish the term for my teaching job when I hit 39 weeks so anytime after that would be perfect! I believe he’ll be weighing in at 8lbs 10ounces.  I think he will have dark hair and blue eyes. And my prayer is for a similar labor to Judah’s. My hope is 2-3 hours 🙂
  • Exercise: Well, like I said before, I’ve had to put my normal exercise plan on the back burner due to being on moderate bed rest. I’m borrowing free weights that I use some times and I just got an exercise ball off of Amazon that I’ve been sitting on to be more comfortable and then just what I do to take care of my 3 kiddos!
  • Nutrition: Same as last week: LOTS of protein! My midwife recommended 100+ grams a day so I’ve been doing pretty well with that. To do this, I eat eggs, plain Greek yogurt, protein bars, trail mix, string cheese, meats, beans, etc. and I incorporate my veggies and fruits as well. I eat every few hours or so to stay on top of it. And I drink my red raspberry leaf tea.
  • Signs of Stretch Marks:  Yep, definitely have some stretch marks on the front part of my belly now.
  • Maternity Clothes: Of course! I need to find some more leggings to take me into the fall though.
  • Baby Movement: I’m feeling a ton of movement now! And everywhere! My other 3 tended to lay one way so I’d always feel feet in the same place and a bottom and back in the same place, but while this baby is head down, I feel movement on all different sides.
  • Belly Button In or Out? Out
  • Wedding Rings On or Off? On, but for the first time since Cale, I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep it on the whole time due to the swelling I’m experiencing this time.

Less than 10 weeks till the due date! Please keep praying with me that we stay healthy until term!

~Mrs. Project Freedom

Heartbroken after the recent Josh Duggar news, but he is not alone

Today, the world heard from Josh Duggar as he admitted that it is true that he did use the cheating website as claimed, but my attitude is not one that includes pointing fingers, but rather one that is broken for his wife, his family and yes, even for him. It is sin and, because of who he is, it is a very public sin and the shame that comes along with it is something I can’t even imagine, but please remember he is not alone in this sin.josh-duggar-768

I read an article just a few minutes ago that best sums up how I feel about this tragedy. Be sure to check it out HERE. And be sure to pray!

~Mrs. Project Freedom

Schedule for the New School Year Part 2 and September GOALS!

Here is part 2 about my routines, schedule, and goals I hope to be able to meet this year. In the last post, I talked about my plan for my morning routine and the varying responsibilities that make up my day. In this post, I am going to share my plan for my evening routine as well as assign each responsibility to a specific time slot and plan out some goals for this year. I have to remind myself that, due to my health issues at this time, sleep and rest is more important than it would be at a different point in my life so my schedule has been adjusted accordingly.

First of all, I would like my evening routine to look something like this:

  • Dinner
  • Clean up the kitchen and do a quick clean up of the house
  • Lay out everyone’s clothes for the next day
  • Prepare lunches if we’re going to be out over lunch
  • Read together as a family
  • Put boys to bed
  • Read for 15 min.
  • Spend time with Michael (working together, watching a show or movie, etc.)
  • Wash face, take out contacts, and take vitamins

Now, here is what I hope my daily schedule will look like:

  • Wakeup at 6:30
  • 6:30-7 quiet time
  • 7-7:15 Get a few minor work things done (Emails sent for Kids Ministry, work, blogging, etc.)
  • 7:15-7:45 Get ready
  • 7:45-8:15 Breakfast and plan out dinner
  • 8:15-8:45 Get boys ready
  • 8:45 Leave to work
  • 9-12 Work while boys play in the gym childcare on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and work out 30 min. as able at this time. Other days, meet with women from church, play groups, etc. and homeschool 2 days a week.
  • 12-1 Lunch and clean up at home as needed
  • 1-4 Naps
    • 1-2 Finish up LU Online work, Kids Rock work, and blogging
    • 2-2:30 Nap if needed or tackle goal projects
    • 2:30-3 Fold laundry, clean bathrooms, etc.
    • 3-4 Prep dinner as needed and work on workbooks and flash cards with Cale
  • 4-5:30 Built in extra margin time (if ahead, play with kids and begin dinner early)
  • Evening routine (except on nights we’re out)
      • 5:30-6:15 Dinner
      • 6:15-7Clean up the kitchen and do a quick clean up of the house
      • 7-7:15 Lay out everyone’s clothes for the next day
      • 7:15-7:45 Prepare lunches if we’re going to be out over lunch
      • 7:45-8:15 Read together as a family
      • 8:15-8:30 Extra margin time as needed
      • 8:30 Put boys to bed
      • 8:30-9 Read
      • 9-10:45 Spend time with Michael (working together, watching a show or movie, etc.)
      • 10:45 Wash face, take out contacts, and take vitamins
      • 11:00 Bed

I also am excited to actually put into writing some goals that I have. I have to continue to remind myself that, due to my health issues, these are much smaller than my typical goals, but without further ado, here are my

GOALS for the Month of September:

  • Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

    1. Start this new fall schedule and work on pre-k with Cale.

    2. Read 1 book per day with the kids

    3. Go on California Pastor’s Conference trip/baby moon with Michael with no kids!

    4. Get our room organized before leaving for trip

    Personal Goals

    5. Rest more and eat enough protein every day for the baby

    6. Begin another book (probably “Through the Eyes of a Lion”)

    7. Take Make Over Your Mornings course

    Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

    8. Prep Kids Rock Material and Schedules through December

    9. Reach out to one new mom per week via text or a note

    Business Goals

    10. Write at least one blog post per week for this blog and prepare post for liftupyourday.com blog that I am now a contributor for!

    11. Begin reading and studying for Life Coaching training and certificate

    12. Stay ahead of all teaching tasks

Thank you all for reading and being a part of this journey to thriving in life! Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Project Freedom

Schedule for the New School Year Part 1

As I head back into the Fall term of teaching counseling for an online university for my 6th year and with Cale starting pre-k from home, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and planning to determine the best way to focus my time with my multiple responsibilities. As many of you know, but some may not, I teach from home, I am the children’s ministry director for our church plant, I am a homemaker like many moms, and I have 3, soon to be 4 boys four and under.

Because my brain feels like it’s going in 100 different directions, I really have to focus my time and energy and make the most of the seemingly few hours that are in a day, all while dealing with some recent health issues I’ve encountered.

Over the past few months, I’ve been reading though and working through some of the activities in the book “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” by Crystal Paine. You can purchase it Here. If you haven’t read it and are looking for something to help you thrive in life and not just survive, I highly suggest it! She’s one of only a few women that I know that I can relate to with the varying roles she has and the way she effectively handles them. The reason why I entitled this blog Mrs. Project Freedom is because of the very idea of saying goodbye to just surviving in everything: finances, our jobs, our home, life in general, and really focus on THRIVING with everything!

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The biggest thing I’ve been working on while reading this book is developing an effective schedule for me so I am going to share this here for some accountability. I may end up tweaking it as we get in to the new school year.

Crystal suggests you begin with your 24 hours that you have and break your responsibilities down in to segments from there. Here’s what I have determined:

24 hours 6 days a week:

  • 30 min. quiet time in the morning
  • 2 hours evening time with Michael (either working together, planning and prepping, or just relaxing)
  • 30 min. exercise
  • 45 min. shower and getting ready
  • 8 hours sleeping
  • 1 hour for working on Kids Rock material 3 days and blogging other 3 days
  • 2 hour 45 min. teaching counseling online
  • 1 hour cleaning/home management
  • 3 hours meals and meal prep
  • 2.5 hours homeschooling, playing, and reading with kids/getting together with other moms and kids/playgroups
  • 2 hours of extra/margin time
  • Sundays: ministry at church all morning, rest in the afternoon

She then suggests you break this down in to a morning and evening routine and schedule everything else in between.

My morning routine:

  • 30 min. Quiet time
  • 1 hour 15 min. Get Ready
  • 15 min. Check work emails
  • 30 min. Kids Rock work or Blogging
  • Make breakfast and plan dinner

I’ve been learning a great deal from her blog as well at: http://moneysavingmom.com

This was part 1, stay tuned for part 2 as I break down my schedule into time slots and then show you how I plan to focus on specific goals within this schedule!

29 Week Pregnancy Update

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I promise this blog will not be only about updates, but as I sat down to write another post, I realized I just hit 29 weeks so I should quickly update this as well. Found out some more information regarding my health this week. I was diagnosed with both hypothyroidism and SIBO disease in February, before I found out I was pregnant and went on a natural thyroid medication and special diet then. I found out last week that my levels were worse than they were before I went on medication so my dose has been doubled. Praying this helps with some of the pain and physical issues I’ve been dealing with. My midwife says she’s proud of me with all I’ve had to overcome. So here’s my facts for this week!

Random Facts:

  • Total Weight Gain:  26 lbs at last midwife appointment, but some of this is related to  my thyroid not being within the appropriate range.
  • Cravings/Aversions:  Still southwestern style food (fresh tacos, burritos, taco salads, etc.), chocolate ice cream, and Japanese food. And I’ve also been craving fruit even more this week! Certain types of plain chicken has not been appealing to me unless it’s mixed in a dish.
  • Sleep:  Been dealing with some cramping the past few days and still some crazy dreams, but pretty well all things considered!
  • Best Part of Week 29:  Finding out results of my thyroid tests so that I can hopefully start feeling a little better and getting a nutritional IV. This helped a ton with energy for a few days!
  • What I’m Most Looking Forward To:  Completing the nursery. Some great friends from church gifted us with a new crib and other friends have been blessing us with some new clothes and blankets and such!
  • Baby Predictions:  I’m predicting an October 27th birthday, but I’m really hoping for one a little earlier. I’ll finish the term for my teaching job when I hit 39 weeks so anytime after that would be perfect! I believe he’ll be weighing in at 8lbs 10ounces.  I think he will have dark hair and blue eyes. And my prayer is for a similar labor to Judah’s. My hope is 2-3 hours 🙂
  • Baby Registry: As I said last week, I debated on doing this for our fourth pregnancy, but I wanted to keep track of some of the things that I wanted for this little man since we’ve used the same things for 3 boys so far and they were mostly hand-me-downs to begin with.  I made one on Amazon and I’m thinking about making one on Target to save some with the registry discount. We’ve already been really blessed by people giving us wonderful gifts for this newest one!
  • Exercise: Well, like I said last week, I’ve had to put my normal exercise plan on the back burner due to being on moderate bed rest. I’m borrowing free weights that I use some times and I just got an exercise ball off of Amazon that I’ve been sitting on to be more comfortable and then just what I do to take care of my 3 kiddos!
  • Nutrition: Same as last week: LOTS of protein! My midwife recommended 100+ grams a day so I’ve been doing pretty well with that. To do this, I eat eggs, plain Greek yogurt, trail mix, string cheese, meats, beans, etc. and I incorporate my veggies and fruits as well. I eat every 2 hours or so to stay on top of it.
  • Signs of Stretch Marks: Just noticed new stretch marks on my belly this past week! I haven’t noticed them anywhere else yet, but I have 11 weeks till the due date!
  • Maternity Clothes: Definitely! However, I still like to wear long tank tops with kimonos or cardigans, etc. and some pants and leggings that aren’t maternity when possible. Maternity dresses are comfortable with the August heat, but I feel they make me look larger.
  • Baby Movement: I’m feeling a ton of movement now! And everywhere! My other 3 tended to lay one way so I’d always feel feet in the same place and a bottom and back in the same place, but while this baby is head down, I feel movement on all different sides.
  • Belly Button In or Out? Out
  • Wedding Rings On or Off? On

11 weeks till the due date! Would love your prayers that, with my health issues, baby stays inside until term, but doesn’t go too far past my due date as I’m in my sister’s wedding in Florida just a few weeks after. Thanks!

28 Week Pregnancy Update!

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I’m planning another home birth for this little one and, according to the ultrasound, he’s a boy! Yes, this means I will be living in a house with 6 boys, including our brand new puppy Roi! The biggest changes that have happened with this pregnancy have been related to my health. We’re not sure exactly what is going on, but I have been struggling to keep up and have suffered from many different physical issues that usually come with preeclampsia, but without the high blood pressure at this point. Due to all of this and some blood tests, my midwife has put me on moderate bed rest, which really just means to do less than I was doing and rest more, but this is a STRUGGLE for this active extrovert. I also have to eat 100+ grams of protein a day to help combat this. Anyways, on to the facts about this week of pregnancy! Let me know if you have any questions!

Random Facts:

  • Total Weight Gain:  21lbs at last midwife appointment
  • Cravings/Aversions:  Southwestern style food (fresh tacos, burritos, taco salads, etc.), chocolate ice cream, and Japanese food. I used to be a lover of homemade popcorn with the hubby at night, but can’t deal with it this pregnancy. I think it’s the salt and butter combined.
  • Sleep:  Decently. Struggling with lower back pain and strange dreams, but otherwise, good!
  • Best Part of Week 28:  Being taken care of by our church family. Due to being on moderate bed rest, I’ve had a harder time going and doing my normal responsibilities and so many people have stepped up to help!
  • What I’m Most Looking Forward To:  Getting through the next term of teaching with my job (8 weeks long) and having baby Levi here!
  • Baby Predictions:  My hopeful prediction is an October 26th or 27th birthday, weighing in at 8lbs 10ounces.  I think he will have dark hair and blue eyes.
  • Baby Registry:  I debated on doing this for our fourth pregnancy, but I wanted to keep track of some of the things that I wanted for this little man since we’ve used the same things for 3 boys so far and they were mostly hand-me-downs to begin with.  I made one on Amazon and I’m thinking about making one on Target to save some with the registry discount.
  • Exercise: As the woman who ran and did 100+ jumping jacks at 41 weeks with baby #3, it’s been a real struggle for me to have to limit this due to resting more per my midwife’s recommendations. Prior to my health going downhill a bit, I did Total Barre classes at our gym and lifted weights and used the bike. Now, I mostly just am as active as needed to take care of the kids and use free weights some when I feel ok.
  • Nutrition: LOTS of protein! My midwife recommended 100+ grams a day so I’ve been doing pretty well with that. To do this, I eat eggs, plain Greek yogurt, trail mix, string cheese, meats, beans, etc. and I incorporate my veggies and fruits as well. I eat every 2 hours or so to stay on top of it.
  • Signs of Stretch Marks: No new marks with this baby that I’ve noticed so far.
  • Maternity Clothes: Yes, I am definitely in maternity clothes, but try to only wear what I feel best in this time. I actually gave a good friend several of my maternity clothes because of the overabundance that I had for the summer season.
  • Baby Movement: He’s definitely picked up his movement this week and I am so grateful! He hasn’t been as active as my other 3 so far.
  • Belly Button In or Out? Out
  • Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Thank you for reading! I plan to try to update frequently in the last few months before the little one is here!

Graco Nimble Nook Review

Yes, I’m back! Wanted to share with you a new product that we found for baby #4 and are super excited about! Baby #4 you say? Yes, we’re expecting our next little love bug late October/early November so I am getting ready to begin the third trimester now! It’s been a whirlwind the past few months, but we’re getting excited and geared up for our 4th little addition.

Ok, without further ado, we were in need of a new pack n play after our mat literally broke in several places. We did use it pretty much every day for 4 years straight so I’d say that was pretty good! Anyway, I did quite a bit of research and determined that the Graco Nimble Nook was the perfect choice for us! Our third little man has now been using it every day for his naps so I’ve been able to test it out quite a bit in the past few months.

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Here are my favorite features of it:

1. It’s more narrow than your average pack n play and can fit through all regular doorways. This was a huge selling point for me as I was so tired of collapsing our regular Graco pack n play every time we wanted to move it to a different room in the house. Another positive about it being narrow is that it can more easily fit in a hotel room or a smaller cabin or tent when going on trips. This is definitely my favorite aspect of this!

2. It folds up to be smaller than the average pack n play. When carrying it in the travel case, it is much smaller and takes up less space in our vehicle.

3. I love that it is sturdier than some of the other slimmer and lightweight travel cribs that are new on the market such as the Lotus or Baby Bjorn. I have heard that those other travel cribs are more likely to tip over from a heavier child’s weight. Our now 18 month old uses this Nimble Nook and has never had any issues with it so far.

4. The price point. At only $79.99 on Amazon currently here, you really can’t beat the price. It is far cheaper than the other slimline travel cribs out there and it surpasses them in my opinion.

5. Although I haven’t used the bassinet portion yet, I love that it is a feature of it. I can’t wait to put our newest little one in it.

6. My hubby loves it! This should probably be the biggest selling point for me because if he ain’t happy with a product, we’ll all hear about it 😉 But, in all honesty, it is a big deal that the dads love it as well as they may end up doing much of the folding and unfolding and loading in the car for trips, etc.

This is a great product and one I highly suggest!

Until next time friends!

Mrs. Project Freedom

Home is Where the Heart Is…

Corny title, true statement.

We just bought our first home on May 27th, a definite fixer upper, it was a short sale, in which at least 8 college kids lived in at some points. We’re talking hundreds of holes in the walls, beer stained carpets, and nastiness everywhere, including a fridge that took me 2.5 hours (an entire nap time) to clean and a freezer that required defrosting just to get to the leftover frozen-over food. 

To put it this way, our neighbors came over and thanked us for buying it. And, though we went through one of the most stressful points of our lives for the first month and a half after closing on it as we attempted to replace the floors, clean, paint, and find many other shocking repairs that were needed, we are proud to say we are happy with our new home and the peaceful neighborhood we live in. It really is home and our heart has found a new joy in caring for it and for the little people within its walls who love to run around dumping yogurt on the kitchen floor, clogging the toilets with toilet paper, and throwing little cars all over the place… 

Oh wait, that was only during this morning’s escapades 😉

Although I’ve taken quite a long break, I’m truly hoping to be back to blogging on a regular basis and updating you on our lives in Bozeman! We’re loving our life group that meets on Sunday evenings and the near future events and community projects we will do as Bedrock Church! They’re family to us! Enjoy the pics of our house (oh yeah and maybe one of the little rabbit that we were given: Mrs. Josephine Cottontail) and happy Friday!

 

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The Blessing of a Home Birth with Our Third Little Man

I’d say the birth story of our newest sweet addition to our family goes all the way back to before Michael and I were even married. I vividly recall sitting in the living room of the townhouse I shared with 3 friends the year before we got married and the conversation about the fact that Michael’s mom had a home birth somehow came up. I said something to the affect of “I’m never going to have a baby without an epidural, let alone have a home birth”….

HA! Oh how the Lord changed my heart in so many ways over the past 6+ years and this was just one of them.

Needless to say, while pregnant with Cale (our first), I became interested in the Bradley Method after watching an episode of “19 kids and counting”. This was halfway through a pregnancy in which I still fully intended to have an epidural. After moving to North Carolina, we signed up to attend this class with 9 other couples and learned so much about birthing the natural way and with my husband as the main coach in the birthing process. Such a beautiful thing!

After a long and crazy labor with Cale, I had a beautiful, natural labor with my second, Gabe, in the hospital, but with a fabulous birthing team. Once I had this great experience with Gabe’s birth, I felt more prepared to have a home birth and, while it still slightly freaked me out, I knew deep in my heart that I wanted to experience it with my third baby.

Our third baby was another unplanned little blessing just like with Gabe. We had just decided to make the across country move to Bozeman, MT from Raleigh, NC. Our first two were 14 months apart and this little one would be 18 months younger than Gabe. And did I mention I also work from home teaching for LU Online?

… Needless to say, finding out I was pregnant for the 3rd time in 2 years slightly rocked our world 😉

I had a pretty uncomplicated pregnancy with a few exceptions. We moved from NC to TN when I was 12 weeks pregnant so that we could live in missionary housing while building partnerships to support us starting a church in Montana. I began seeing a midwife in Tennessee that we loved and set up an appointment for our mid-ultrasound. At this ultrasound, we saw something that could be an issue with the baby and I had to have a few further blood tests done to see if I had contracted CMV during the pregnancy or not, which could produce some negative side effects for the baby. Thankfully, we found out that I had already had it prior to this pregnancy, but we still prayed our hearts out that he would be healed if it was another issue or that it was nothing in the first place.

Other than that and a few stomach viruses along the way, I had a pretty boring pregnancy 😉

At the end of October, when I was 28 weeks pregnant, we moved to Bozeman and began the search for a midwife. Let me just say that the Lord took care of every detail with this in the most perfect way! I told Michael that I couldn’t have imagined a midwife that was a better fit for us. An incredible blessing from the Lord. Not only has she been a midwife for 35 years and has a wealth of knowledge, but she is a believer and loves the Lord and this just overflows from her and she has taken care of me and our little guy so well.

Now to the actual birth story….

Having had intense contractions (some of which had to be stopped with a bath and rest) since I was 35 weeks and Braxton Hicks since 20 weeks, I had expected to go a little earlier than my due date, but lo and behold, I passed it and then passed the longest I had gone with my previous pregnancies (41 weeks) and was approaching the scary 42 week mark. At 10 days past my due date, I made a visit to my midwife who did a membrane sweep, gave my some homeopathic options to induce labor, and mentioned starting castor oil either that day or the next. That evening, I started having intense contractions again, but didn’t mention it to anyone but Michael because I still expected they’d stop again like every other night. They kept up for about 6 hours so I decided to rest about midnight and ::surprise surprise:: they stopped again. However, at 7 in the morning, after a full night’s rest, they started back up and were even more intense then the ones the night before. I knew this was the real deal so I had my mother-in-law (who had been in town since I had been 6 days late fully expecting to meet a week old baby) take the boys out of the house for the morning. These contractions continued and got closer together until they were 5-6 minutes apart for some time. Then, at 10 am, they spread back out to 15-20 minutes apart. To say that I was upset is an understatement. Take note that this starting and stopping had now gone on for almost 7 weeks.

My midwife had me come back so she could check to see if any progress had been made and, thankfully, I was 4cm and 100% effaced at this point. But my contractions were barely coming. She told me my body was probably just giving me a break and they would start up again and I’d have a baby by that night or the next morning. Either way, she said my mother-in-law and sis-in-law would get to see a baby before flying out at 5am 2 days later. I’ll admit…. after dealing with this starting and stopping for so long…

I had my doubts.

She advised me to eat well, rest, and possibly take a small walk that day. So I took her advice and Michael and I grabbed lunch and I went home and took a nap at 1:30. At 3pm, I had a contraction that woke me from a dead sleep. And the second contraction after that was so intense and my water broke with that one. I went to the bathroom and texted my midwife to tell her. She asked how far apart the contractions were and I told her I hadn’t timed them yet. I’ll admit, I was brushing my hair and fixing my makeup. Why you do that before a natural labor is beyond me ha!

I sat down with my birthing ball and timed them. They were 6 minutes apart. I texted to tell her and by the time she responded with “Let me know when they get closer”, I had to respond with “The last 3 were 4 minutes apart.” She then sent back asking if she should come now and, by the time she sent that, I told her “Yes, they’re now 3 minutes apart and I’m shaky.” I was literally shaking at this point and knew that I was in transition so I could guess that I was most likely 7-8 cm and this was all within less than an hour and a half of my water breaking.

She then called Michael because I was at a point where I couldn’t talk or anything through contractions and they were 2.5 minutes apart and lasting at least a minute. She asked what I meant by shaky and he told her it was DEFINITELY time to head our way. I was in the shower because that is the best thing for my achy back while in labor and it really helps relieve some of the intensity of the contractions for me. This was around 4:30 or a little before.

My midwife and one of her assistants arrived at my house close to 5pm and the first thing she said was that she wasn’t ignoring me, but had to get everything set up. I think she knew he was close to coming even more than me. Thankfully, Michael had the birthing tub set up in our room and ready to go. My midwife asked if she could check me and the pain was too much for me to even get up on the bed. I had already felt the urge to push for at least a few minutes at this point. I got into the birthing tub and the urge overtook me and, within less than 10 minutes, and no true pushing, he was born into the water at 5:34 pm, about 35 minutes after my midwife had shown up and only 20 minutes after her apprentice arrived.

Our sweet little Judah Luke David Tyson (who wasn’t named until he was 3 days old) was here with a full head of dark hair, weighing 8 lbs. 7 ounces and 21 inches long! He nursed right away and I can’t tell you about how wonderful and truly relaxing it was to be in our own home and just enjoy him in a place we were all so familiar with.

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