A Successful Natural Breech Birth Without a C-Section

This is a personal birth story of a successful natural breech birth. I am not a doctor, so please follow your doctor or midwife’s advice during labor for a safe and successful birth. I am also NOT judging moms who have c-sections. The goal of labor is to bring a baby into the world the safest way for both mother and child. 

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Our little Madeline made her “grand entrance” into this world on September 27th, 2014. I say “grand” because my sweet little girl was breech and came out butt first!

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Newborn pictures by CiJi Ann Photography

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to try for an unmedicated birth this time around. With my first baby, my son Graham, I had low milk supply and wasn’t able to breastfeed like I wanted. So this time, I didn’t want any drugs in my system to make sure that breastfeeding would (hopefully) get off to a better start.

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Beauty and the Beast PJ Family Movie Night

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Tonight, we’re having PJ Family Movie Night at home and watching the original animated Beauty and the Beast. It’s a classic!

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We’re all pretty beat – we spent the morning at Washington Farms picking strawberries, playing, eating ice cream, and getting a tiny bit sunburned. So it’s the perfect night for a movie – we can relax and put our feet up!

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To go with our movie, we made a quick themed snack. I saw these adorable Puff Pastry Apple Roses on Facebook a few days ago and they looked so cute and easy – I knew I wanted to try making them!

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The 5 Stages of the Hell that is Consigning Your Kids’ Clothes

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Chances are, if you’re a thrifty mom, you’ve been to a kids clothing consignment sale. It’s a great place to find cute clothes, often name-brand items, for a much lower price. Because really, who wants to pay $20 for a shirt that’s only going to fit your child for a few months, at best? No thanks! I can think of a few other things I’d rather spend money on. Mostly Starbucks and wine. But I digress.

 

Consignment sales are also a great way to make some extra money by selling those barely-worn outfits. But don’t be fooled, consigning takes a lot of work. Sorting, ironing, tagging, hanging – it all takes time and effort. If you’ve ever been a consignor, you know what I’m taking about. Some moms love it – usually the type of moms who like having yard sales and volunteering for school fundraisers. (No thank you!) If you’re one of those moms – great! Consign away! But other moms (like me) don’t actually realize what they’re getting themselves into when they start going through all of those old bins of clothes. Here are the 5 stages of consigning your kids’ old clothes.

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Our Easter Sunday

We had such a busy Easter Sunday.

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Lots of driving, church, food to organize, an egg hunt to prep, a couple of Easter baskets to fill, all on less than 5 hours of sleep. (Where’s that Easter bunny when I need him? I could’ve used a little help!)

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Add all of that, on top of all our normal activities and chores, and needless to say – I was one stressed out mama.

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So although adorable, these pictures won’t tell the true story of our Easter Sunday.

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The Best Places to take an Instagram-Worthy Picture in Nashville

 

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Since I started blogging again, I’ve been looking at everything through a photographer’s eye. What would make an awesome picture for my blog and for Instagram? When we planned our little kid-free getaway to Nashville, I knew I had to scope out some great spots to take pictures. Nashville has plenty! All of the creativity in that town is amazing. We ended up finding so many, that I thought I’d make an entire post about it. So if you’re heading to Nashville anytime soon, grab your camera or your phone, and check out my top 5 best places to take an Instagram-worthy picture in Nashville. (With a few bonus spots included at the end!)

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