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5 WAYS TO NATURALLY INDUCE LABOR

11224741_10206608765801416_3816183014202982893_nI have a friend who just recently gave birth, but a week before and after her due date had passed, she asked if I knew of any methods to naturally induce labor as she was ready for the baby to ‘come out’. She was scheduled to be medically induced a week after we spoke, but she didn’t want to wait and at the same time wanted it to happen on its own.  She mentioned she had been walking tons for the past week and cleaning and just staying active overall.  I told her to do some light squats and hip circles on a yoga ball, etc…She said she had done all of that, but would try the squats.  She later asked me if I had ever heard of anyone drinking Castor Oil or Karo Syrup to induce labor…I said no, but that I would find out.

As someone who had a midwife during my pregnancy, I am all for promoting the most natural ways to give birth rather than it being medically induced.  So, I went on a quest to find out from other moms what they’ve done to naturally induce labor. I put up a post asking moms the question and was immediately showered with answers with things that they had done themselves that worked for them.  So for those of you preggos out there who are past their dues dates and are looking for ways to naturally induce labor, here are some of the most common answers I received to my question.

  1. SEX – Have lots of sex
  2. Foot Massage/ Pedicure/Acupuncture/Pre-natal massage/Warm Bath
  3. Walk, walk and walk… a lot (squats and pelvic circles on yoga ball are good too)
  4. Foods that can help: Eat Eggplant Parmesan (CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE), Pineapple, Spicy Food, Chinese Food.
  5. Let the baby come out when it wants to (it won’t be in there forever LOL)

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Although, many of the women were against drinking Castor Oil as it causes extreme abdominal pain, diarrhea and meconium (having the baby poop inside; which of course would not be a good thing), some of the women had actually used Castor Oil and claimed that it worked for them (as long as you don’t abuse the dosage).  Of course this post is for informational purposes only and in no way it is to be taken literal.  I am not a professional in this field and your decision to try any of these suggestions would your own responsibility.

I thought it was very interesting finding out what other women claimed help induce their labor process.  Some of the woman said that after doing one or two of the above they were in labor just a few hours later.

So if you are in this situation and are looking for a natural way to induce labor, I think the 5 suggestions in this post are fun to try and non-threatening.

If you do try any of these, I would love to hear if they worked.

Wishing you a happy and healthy labor and baby.

Xoxo Kari
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Our Healing Journey: Appointments

Today (11.17.14) we had 3 different appointments. The pediatric orthopedic that we saw last week recommended we see a physiatrist and go for a physical therapy evaluation to see what Jaxson’s needs may be from a physical therapist standpoint. So, our first appointment today was with a physical therapist named Alexandra at Mountainside Children’s Hospital. We are also trying to schedule an appointment with a physiatrist as soon as possible but that takes a little longer as they are booked from what I was told; however, physiatrists  work closely with physical therapists and from meeting Ali today I feel that we are in pretty good hands in that regard.

Ali asked me a bunch of questions and ran several tests on Jaxson, particularly, she tested his vestibular system functioning which I greatly appreciated as I’ve been trying to tell all these specialists (the gazillion ones I feel we’ve already been to) that the problem is coming from his vestibular, inner-ear systems as having been damaged by the gentimicin. They mainly ignore me. What do I know? I’m just a worried mom who has lived with my child from birth and saw the massive unnecessary medical intervention he underwent because I developed a slight maternal fever during labor. Crazy newborn intervention needs to stop.

Crazy interventions during labor in general need to stop as well. The Business of Being Born documentary portrays all that can go wrong when an uninformed mother to be like me at that point in my life, goes into labor. I experienced this first hand. I was strapped to a bed as soon as I got to the hospital and given only ice to eat for almost 20 hours. WTH? I felt great, what was the problem, why was I strapped to a hospital bed from the moment I got there and immediately given pitocin without my knowledge. “Hospital policy” I was told. You can’t walk around because the baby could just fall out. hahahahah!!! Seriously, wouldn’t I have to push?  Anyway, what a nightmare that was. I rather just focus on positive things and not re-live that experience in my mind. Mind you, I was a super healthy 26 year old with a beautiful, perfect pregnancy throughout and just made my way to the hospital because my water broke and excitement told me, “rush to the hospital”. Bad idea, I should have probably stayed home and waited until contractions began at the very least.

They took Jaxson’s temperature rectally about 3 days after he was born as their “routine nurse check up” while doing their rounds (we were scheduled to be in the hospital for 4 days since I ended up with a c-section not surprisingly, although I did request the c-section). Anyway, I specially remember our room being extremely hot on this particular day and I had Jaxson perhaps a little too bundled. The temperature was 100.3 rectally, which is technically not considered a fever by most medical standards, that’s actually right at the cusp, and they should have retested his temperature before hooking him up to an IV again with Gentimicin. The first 3 days he was automatically given gentimicin because of my “slight maternal fever”.  They began running a bunch of test to see if there was an infection. These tests included a spinal tap which his father and I vehemently objected to no avail. Again, all tests results came back within 2-3 days negative but they continued to give my newborn gentimicin for a total of 8 days and wanted to keep him an extra two days on the drug. We refused and had to sign a waiver to release him from the hospital. I often wonder if those extra two days would have made him completely deaf. However, since he passed his newborn hearing screening (as gentimicin can take months to show any side effects) and he met all his milestones on time, Jaxson’s severe hearing loss was not confirmed until he was about 3.5 years old (I began inquiring about his verbal development not being up to par when he was about 2.5 years old, and it took me a year to finally have an audiologist confirm that I was indeed correct, he has hearing loss) and given the fact that he received his hearing aids by the time he was almost 4 years old which is super late, he is verbally almost at age level and continues to improve. I believe my child was born perfectly fine and I hope that all the genetic testing we have to do soon come back clear.

Alright so back to the appointments now that I’ve shared a little newborn medical history. Ali, the physical therapist informed me that his vestibular system was definitely not working to its full potential and that based on the fact that he has sensorineural hearing loss, she already suspected that regarding his balance issues. She explained that he clearly has balance issues but that on top of that, his hamstrings are very tight and so are his heels. He is pronating his feet as he is flat footed, one leg is slightly longer than the other, and he is a little low muscle-toned. Geez! She will have her report ready as soon as possible which will include a recommendation for physical therapy twice a week targeted at strengthening his other senses in order to compensate for the vestibular/inner ear dysfunction which directly affects balance and he needs inserts/orthotics for his feet.

Immediately after this appointment, we headed back down to Princeton and made our way to the chiropractor’s office. He quickly assessed Jaxson, stated that one leg was slightly longer than the other and hence he was not in alignment. He adjusted Jaxson and put his legs back into place. The legs are now symmetrical and I actually did see the difference which made me feel a lot better.

After the chiropractor, we drove down to Jaxson’s school where I had a meeting with his teachers, the school director, case manager from our school district (Jaxson attends a private auditory/oral pre-school for the deaf and hard of hearing- he will transition into the regular school system next Fall), physical therapist and occupational therapists. He has physical and occupational therapy in school once a week for 30 minutes.

I was very grateful for the school meeting. I had sent them a copy of the MRI and expressed all my concerns at the moment although we still do not have a diagnosis. We do not know what the underlying issue may be and a meeting was put in place by the school immediately in order to discuss things with me.  Well, Jaxson’s private school had their radiologist look at the MRI and it is my understanding that the MRI looked normal to him Thank God. The enhancements to some of the cranial nerves may have been there since birth and not necessarily indicative of any disease, especially if there is no basis to compare the MRI to, there is no previous MRI. Then the school’s director asked if his EARS have been check for an inner ear, fluid infection. We already know Jaxson has had a history of fluid in his ears and repeated infections. Ear infections that cause no fever and therefore it’s hard for me to know. I was so worried that my first step was the ER instead of the ENT. Anyway, this gave me a sense of relief and I’m hoping this is the case and not something more serious. If I remember correctly, the Princeton school system also had their own specialist look at the MRI with a similar opinion.

The school director got on the phone immediately with the school audiologist to get her recommendations for my next step in this puzzle. In the meantime, I scheduled an ENT appointment immediately. The school audiologist called me and suggested that Jaxson be seen by a neurotologist to address everything that may be causing the imbalance. I must say though, Jaxson’s balance has stabilized for the most part with a few falls here and there, mainly when he is running fast. However, when the falls were worse, he did have a cold and was pretty congested which could really make sense regarding the fluid in the ears. Aside from making the neurotologist appointment, the audiologist suggested that it could be labyrinthitis and that I need to rule all these things out. I looked up labyrinthitis and that seems very possible as Jaxson has recently complained of nausea, specially while riding in the car. His teachers also expressed that his balance is usually a bit worse when he wakes up from nap and then stabilizes. Could it be because while he is sleeping the fluid builds up more to one side? I also think it has to do with his hamstrings being tight and having to warm up as he wakes up and walks around. Maybe a combination of both?

Thank you for your positive thoughts and support while we figure this all out for the best possible outcome.

Much Love,

Belmax

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zulily Maternity Fashion Week Events and Giveaway


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zulily Maternity Fashion Week Events and Giveaway 

Moms should always be celebrated and that is exactly what zulily is doing this week, celebrating moms all around by hosting various Maternity Week sales and a fabulous Maternity Fashion Week GIVEAWAY.  Yes! I said GIVEAWAY…zulily is giving away a Rosie Pope Maternity London Shopper Leisure Diaper Bag and you and I can win one!  

I know most moms out there would agree that having a stylish diaper bag is a big plus.  As a mom you want to be able properly store all of you baby’s needs and at the same time look fashionable. That is exactly what this gorgeous diaper gives you, practicality and style.  The Rosie Pope London Shopper Leisure Diaper Bag is durable,  has a washable interior with ample pockets for bottles and diapers, discrete stroller straps and a stylish changing pad and it comes in a lightweight silky nylon fabric. This bag retails at $295 but you and I can win one for free!

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All you need to do is pick out your favorite zulily baby product and tell us all about it in the comments below by Friday, Sept. 19th. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, Sept. 22nd.

Happy Maternity Fashion Week and good luck to us both!

XOXO

Karintia

Contest Rules: US and Canadian residents 18+ are eligible to participate. Winning affiliate selected at random.

Be sure to check out these stylish events for mamas-to-be from zulily this week:

***zulily Maternity Fashion Week Events***

Monday, September 15th
zulily Maternity Fashion Week Rosie Pope Diaper Bag Giveaway

HOTMilk Intimates on sale at zulily

Tuesday, September 16th
Fall Color Trend at zulily: Cognac

Madeleine Maternity on sale at zulily

Wednesday, September 17th
Soon Maternity on sale at zulily

Thursday, September 18th
Fall Color Trend at zulily: Royal & Sangria

Michael Stars & LAMade on sale at zulily

Friday, September 19th
Maternal America on sale at zulily

I conquered hair washing

IMG_9459My daughter was born with a lot of hair so washing her hair has been part of bath-time since her first bath. I have gone a day or two here and there without washing her hair mainly because it is either too cold or too late and I don’t want her to go to bed with wet hair, but for the most part her hair has to be washed since there’s always some sort of food particle stuck in it.

Her hair never fell off like it sometimes happens in babies at around 4 months of age; it has just kept growing ever since she was born. With her hair now passed her mid-back at 2 years and 3 months, washing it was becoming a complete struggle. She totally freaks out when water falls on her face so tackling hair-washing on a two year old without getting water on her face while she’s freaking out and crying and keeping her head down is nearly impossible. I’m sure you get the idea, not fun.

IMG_9467Well I don’t have that problem anymore, I can honestly say I have conquered hair-washing my daughter’s hair…and all I did was talk to her. I showed her how mommy has to put her head back when washing her own hair and I asked her if she would try doing the same. I literally got down, grabbed her little face and said “you don’t have to cry mamita, all you need to do is put your head back for a little bit while mommy pours water on your head, can you try that – just for a little bit? I promise not to get water on your face” and almost crying she said in her little voice, “ok mommy.” So she put her head back and I poured the water; she only did it for like 5 seconds and said “all done mommy, all done”, but it worked! I was so happy! I congratulated her on doing a great job and gave her a high five.

The next time around I said, “now mamita we have to wash your hair, do you remember what mommy taught you about putting your head back?” she said yes and did it; this time a little longer. The same thing happened for the third time around.
I’m so happy and proud of my little girl and all it took was a little patience and talking to her.

As a parent it is easy to get frustrated when your little one isn’t listening or paying attention to your request. The funny thing is that they are listening; they just refuse to acknowledge you, especially if you are yelling or they feel forced. So next time you are having trouble getting your toddler to do or try something new, try talking to him/her and try listening to them as well, it might just work wonders.

Xoxo
Karintia

Making the best out of your small space

We’ve lived in a small apartment for the past few years and thank God we are moving to a new place very soon.  Our current apartment is perfect for a single person or couple, but it is not ideal for a family of three.  With that being said, I am always trying to make the best out of my space. I am always looking for ways to make the overall space more functional, especially for our toddler who loves to run around.  You certainly don’t want things in the way that are not safe for your child and also, I’m sure you’d like your place to look like adults live there too– haha!  I know many parents out there struggle with maximizing their space and creating a functional, child-friendly, nice environment for everyone.

While looking through www.pinterest.com I came across some awesome space-saver ideas I plan to put to work myself and perhaps can help you in your journey to re-claiming a space where you can invite your adult friends over. You can check out our “cool ideas for every room” board on our www.pinterest.com page for more cool ideas.

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Use your already in wall closet and compartmentalize to fit your needs or use an old bookcase and add a couple of poles to hang your baby’s or toddler’s clothes.  If you don’t have space for bookshelves, you can always put these ideas to work; use an un-used corner to create this super cool bookshelf that does not take much space or create a stylish one like this tree.

And for an adult office space or a kid’s play/coloring area an un-used corner or wall space can always do the trick as long as it doesn’t block off any passage ways.

I’m sure your little one will appreciate his or her own space.  These ideas are fantastic for small spaces.  If you have two little ones, bunk beds are always a great fit and you can use the rest of the space for a play-learning-coloring area as well as storage.

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Sectionals are perfect for small spaces; of course there are massive sectionals so you have to get one that is fit for your space.  Sectionals are great because they don’t take a ton space in general, and provide a large amount of space for you and your guests.  If you don’t like sectionals or they don’t work for your space, a love seat always does the trick along with an accent chair to complete the look.

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There is no reason not to have a beautiful bedroom for yourself or your young adult/teen just because the space is small.  Even if you have a small bedroom, you can always find a way to make it look chic/classy and still very functional.  Using the wall as best as possible by adding a built-in that doesn’t take too much space or by adding shelves which you can use for books, décor items or add baskets in between to function as drawer, etc. If there is no closet space and you can’t fit a stand-alone closet, a great idea is to get a bed with drawers where you can store clothes or your bedroom essentials such as sheets, blankets etc.

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Now let’s not forget the small kitchen…it can get a little frustrating not having the proper space to prep your food or store your pots and pans. Check out these small space ideas that can make your life int he kitchen a little easier.

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Now let’s not forget the small kitchen…it can get a little frustrating not having the proper space to prep your food or store your pots and pans. Check out these small space ideas that can make your life in the kitchen a little easier.

I know we all like our bathrooms to look nice and clean, especially if you only have one which is used by your entire household and guests.  These small bathroom ideas are great if you have or don’t have children.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together.  Can’t wait to create these dreamy spaces in my home.  Let me know how you like it and if you have already put some of these ideas to work and how it has worked out for you.

For direct links to these wonderful spaces check out our pinterest page.

xoxo

Karintia

No Child Should Be Left Alone In A Car

20140714-150151-54111183.jpgI have recently come across so many posts regarding parents who have “forgotten” their child in the car on a hot day (or any day for that matter) which has caused the child to overheat, and in many cases lose their precious life.  The idea of being so consumed by your daily routine to the point of completely forgetting/neglecting to get your child from the back seat is just unfathomable to me.  Is it really possible?  I can’t imagine how it could be.  I understand people get busy, have daily life snags, may have an overwhelming amount of things to do, their daily routine may change a bit, but to FORGET YOUR CHILD! That’s just ridiculous! Can’t you see your child is in the back seat with your peripheral vision? Or when you get out of the car, obviously there’s someone in the car, can’t you sense it? Have we become that detached? As a parent I couldn’t bear to live with the thought that I was so busy with non-sense that I forgot my beautiful child.

When I am at work I think about my child constantly.  Wondering how she’s doing, what she’s doing, did she eat, did she take her nap, etc.  If I knew my hubby was out and about with her and perhaps needed to drop her off somewhere, I always call and find out how it went, if he dropped her off and so on.  So if your wife or husband happens to be responsible for dropping of the child at the babysitter’s or at daycare and this is not normally their responsibility for instance, wouldn’t you call and find out how things went when dropping off the child?

Or as the parent that was responsible for dropping off the child to remember, “oh, wait I strapped in my kid this morning and I’m supposed to drop him/her off.” Or even perhaps the babysitter, daycare, school call the parent and find out where the child is…aren’t they supposed to be expecting him/her to arrive? I believe most daycares and schools do call if the child is absent, therefore, I just don’t understand how you can forget your child for 8+ hours out of the day and no one calls anyone! It just boggles my mind.

I once saw a story on TV of a lady who had four children.  One particular morning she was responsible for dropping the baby at daycare, however, because it wasn’t her normal routine she went to work and forgot her child in the car on a hot day.  What the heck can you possibly be thinking about that is so important that you completely forget you were driving with your child in the back seat? The child was found dead by a colleague of hers at like 6 PM when she walked by her car in the parking lot. The mother seemed genuinely devastated she had lost her child and who knows maybe she genuinely forgot.  However, one of the most recent stories is of the one father from CT who forgot his child in the car the entire day. He is now in custody since after some investigation it turns out the father actually went to the car during lunch, went out and grabbed lunch all while his precious child was in the back seat overheating.  You can’t possibly tell me he did not see his child during his lunch break! He is obviously in custody because of his intentional negligence and I hope justice is served for the sake of the child.

These are just two stories of this type.  According to Department of Earth & Climate Sciences San Francisco State University already 17 children have died this year due to heat-stroke or Hyperthermia.  That is just devastating because these incidences are completely avoidable if parents were more present. It saddens me to know these children have gone through such agonizing deaths while the parent was doing who knows what.

In an effort to bring awareness to this situation and in hopes that no child should ever go through this, Terry Williams filmed himself in a hot car to show others what it is like.  In his video you can see how much he is sweating in a just a few minutes.  Imagine now a child with less resistance to hyperthermia than an adult.  Here’s his video:

He is asking everyone to try this out for themselves and help spread the word in order to prevent these types of incidents. I find it absolutely courageous that some parents/people have decided to put themselves in the child’s position to show the world what these poor little angels have gone through. Let’s continue to spread the word and create awareness…it can save a child’s life!

Here’s a re-enactment of a possible circumstance of leaving a child in the car.

Perhaps it is possible that one can genuinely forget their child in the back seat of the car.  As a mom myself, I ask all parents to live in the present moment and avoid something like this happening to your child. When you go in the car after buckling your child in the back seat do something to remind you that your child is there, put kid’s music on or talk to your child the entire ride.  Some other parents have suggested taking off one shoe and putting it in the back seat or taking the child’s toy or teddy bear and putting it in the front seat with you.  These are just some ideas, but as a parent I’m sure you can come up with other ideas that will help you remember if need be.

While doing some research on this topic I found a very useful and informational website, www.kidsandcars.org that can provide you with great information for car-child safety and here are a couple of their nice Fact-Sheets that are great to follow:

http://www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/dangers/heat-stroke/look-before-you-lock-front.pdf

http://www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/dangers/heat-stroke/look-before-you-lock-back.pdf

 

xoxo

Karintia

 

 

Why every child should have a ZooMoos this summer!

20140710-103432-38072369.jpgWhen we received our package with our very own ZooMoos, Kiara immediately snatched it from my hand and ran with it as she said “mine, mine.” She has not let go of her Sparkle ZooMoos ever since.

What we love most about the ZooMoos is that they are super cute, insulated sippy cup holders that look like a toy and my little one loves to carry it around. I definitely think every parent should get their child one of these.  The holder is designed to keep your child’s beverage nice and cold. It can also keep milk from spoiling by keeping it fresh!  ZooMoos come in various, fun designs your child will love. Go check out www.ZooMoos.com and let us know how you like it.   My daughter’s favorite is Sparkle – the cutest little unicorn ever!  The ZooMoos holder comes ready with its own BPA-free and phthalate free sippy cup, which is very convenient and safe. Its useful design allows you to fit in most sippy cups, bottles or cans. How perfect is that!?

Diana Dinges is the mom-preneur behind this fabulous invention. Her ingenious idea is sure to make every mom or dad grateful, particularly on a hot summer day.  Dinges is a mother of two and always found herself having to use her college coozies in order to keep her children’s drinks cool. This inevitably led her to the idea and development of ZooMoos as there was nothing out in the market like this for children.

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ZooMoos are suitable for children 6 months and up; they are easy to hold, machine washable and are made of neoprene.  Their durable material is meant for a long-lasting experience. Kiara has already taken her ZooMoos to the park, on our jogs and to restaurants. It is also very easy to spot thankfully, with their beautiful bright colors. No more forgetting her sippy cups (it’s happened a few times in the past before we got our ZooMoos).

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If you are working on introducing sippy cups to your little one, using a ZooMoos is actually a fun way to start. Also, if your child is going to school or daycare, this is by far the best way for him/her to keep their drink cool throughout the day and to identify their own sippy cup or bottle if thrown into mix.

We are absolutely delighted and in love with our ZooMoos!! We highly recommend it!!!

ZooMoos are currently featured on Zulily for a discounted price of $12.99 (retails for $19.99) www.zoomoos.com. Hurry on and get yours! This summer is super hot!!!

xoxo

Karintia