Sunday, September 6, 2015


Placentophagy: (from 'placenta' + Greek φαγειν, to eat; also referred to as placentophagia) is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after childbirth. (Source: Wikipedia)
Y'all. Don't freak out. But I ate my placenta. Or rather I am eating it. Don't worry-I didn't hack away at it with knife and fork in the hospital, but rather I had it dehydrated and encapsulated into pills.

Thanks to some girlfriends who are passionate about childbirth, I became very intrigued about this process. Both of them had done it and benefited from it. After doing research of my own, I decided it was something I wanted to try. My girlfriend referred me to a doula who offered these services. It was fairly easy to secure her, as the work really couldn't begin until I gave birth. The doula, Natasha, gave me instructions on what I needed to do, and I approved it with my doctor before delivery. He noted it in my chart and was also an advocate for me after I gave birth, as my nurses thought it was the most obscure thing they had ever heard.

In the hospital I just had to make sure it was saved, as typically it is discarded of after birth. They placed it in a sealed plastic bag, and then placed it on ice until Natasha could come retrieve it. Since I gave birth in the middle of the night, I waited until a decent hour to notify her that I had delivered. She came right to my hospital, and Nick met her outside with it. Her turn around time is quick, and she often delivers the pills to her clients right back at the hospital before they are even discharged. I only stayed in the hospital for roughly a day and a half, so Natasha delivered them to my home the following day.

Here are some of the reported benefits of consuming your placenta:

  • Reduction in feelings of postpartum sadness and anxiety 
  • Higher energy levels
  • Balanced hormone levels
  • Replenished iron levels
  • Increased milk production
  • Faster return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
  • Less post partum bleeding
*Click here for source and additional information

I followed the recommended dosage for the first few weeks postpartum, and the most notable effects I experienced were the reduction of postpartum sadness along with higher energy levels. I mean, I did experience bouts of brief sadness here and there, and of course I was tired, but both were less than I had experienced with my three previous births. I am now nine weeks postpartum, and I take two pills once daily, or whenever I feel I need a little boost. I don't necessarily believe that encapsulating your placenta gives you some kind of magic pill, but I do believe that it has benefited my body and general well being. I have not experienced any negative effects from doing so.

One sweet little feature of Natasha's services is that she also dehydrated my umbilical cord. That's the little heart shape in the photo above. Following suit from our other children, we planted a peach tree for Alma at our farm property. Alma's umbilical cord is buried underneath it, where it will once again serve to nourish and grow life.

If you live in my area and are interested in placenta encapsulation, click here for Natasha's information. If you do not live near me but this still piques your interest, I encourage you to seek out doula or midwife services in your area and ask for a recommendation for this service.

Monday, August 31, 2015


Q: How old are you today?
A: Seven!

Q: What do you like to play?
A: i like to play Barbie Legos, house, Barbies, and  cooking show.

 Q: What do you like to do with Mommy?
A: Snuggle, read books, cook, and go to fun places with Mpmmy ans Siisy-just us three!

 Q: What do you like to do with Daddy?
A: Wrestle, read, and snuggle.

Q: What do you like to play with Milo?
A: House (Shrek, Fiona, King John, Queen)

Q: What do you like to do with Otto?
A: Cooking show, house, kitties and puppies.

Q: What do you like to eat?
A: Macaroni and cheese, chocolate chip pancakes, taco salad, and pink drinks and sprite.

Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Pink, purple, light blue, and yellow.

Q: What do you like to watch on TV?
A:Barbie, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Mermaid show, Handy Manny, and Sophia.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: The Little Mermaid and Tangled.

Q: What is your favorite store?
A:  American Girl doll store. Is Patty's Place a store?

Q: What makes you happy?
A: When Daddy tickles me.

Q: What makes you sad?
A: When Milo takes my Legos.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: Dolphins and horses.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A cool Lego Builder.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Well I suppose there is nothing sweeter than the birth of a new baby to try to redeem this blog one last time. I've tried and failed many times, yet here I am again. I know I'm missing the opportunity to document so much here, but um, I have four kids. So I'm a little busy. And there's Instagram, so at least that's something.

It's wild to believe that its been one whole month already since our little Alma girl was born. I've been dragging my feet on writing this post because, well, I'm not sure why. Her birth was pretty intense and has been an interesting one to reflect on. Y'all, I chose to have a natural, unmedicated birth. And it hurt. A lot. My three previous births were all done so with the aid of an epidural. And while the first two went fine, the third one did not, and I desperately did not want to relive those feelings. It was so strong that I could not feel a thing. You might think that's a good thing, but for me it wasn't. Also, the older I get, the more I learn, the more I feel empowered. Knowing there is a great possibility that this would be my last birth, I knew it was my last chance to challenge myself. And I did it. And while I'm grateful I did, I can't say that I would choose a natural birth again. Whoever invented the epidural was a genius, and I shall forever remember that.


My little Alma. She's here. And she's going to be strong and fierce and independent. I just know it, because that's the way she arrived in this world. She kept me guessing, and came just one hour past her due date. I thought for sure she'd come early like the others did. She gave me contractions every night for a week, which resulted in a really clean house, fresh laundry for days, and a fully stocked fridge. One good thing that came from her staying in as long as she did was that my doctor was able to deliver her. He'd missed my two previous deliveries, and was on vacation until just a few days before she arrived. And after my wild ride that was her birth, I'm so glad he was the one to deliver her. For a situation that I couldn't control, it all worked out in its own way.

My contractions began around 8:45pm on the night of my due date. I had wanted to labor at home for as long as possible, but I had an appointment earlier that day and my doctor advised that I not wait around at home too long, and come in after having regular contractions for two hours. He was afraid if I waited, I may not make it to the hospital. I wanted a natural birth, but I wasn't quite looking to deliver her at home. So I did as I was told, and headed in to the hospital around 11pm.

I was checked in and settled into my room at 11:30pm. I was 4cm dilated and 70% effaced, and from there things progressed rather quickly. Since I was screaming through my pain,  I don't have a clear memory of how it all went down exactly. That's probably a good thing. Nick jotted down a few notes, but again, we didn't have much down time.

I tried to walk around as much as I could, anything to keep me from having to lie in the bed. My girlfriend was coming to take photos, and I just kept telling myself I had to hold out until she got there. She arrived at 12:45am, and there wasn't a dull moment after she walked in the door. The urge to push kept getting more and more intense, and at 12:55am while sitting on the toilet I felt it was time. I knew enough to not deliver her there, so I sent Nick to call for the Dr. He quickly came in as I made my way to the bed. He checked me and I was 6cm dilated and 90% effaced. I heard him whisper to Nick to not let me get out of bed again. I don't think my doctor was even out the door when I was hollering that I was ready to push. He turned around, checked me again, and this time I was complete. The next eleven minutes were the most painful and intense minutes of my life, and I honestly had to piece them together from the photographs. I know I screamed, which both startled me and felt necessary at the time. We all weathered some choice curse words and a handful of pushes, and at 1:06 am, my little Alma slipped into this world.

I was spent. Every ounce of my body was exhausted, and I barley had enough energy to hold my daughter in my shaky arms. But I kissed that sweet, warm face and smelled in her beautiful scent and even shared her with her Daddy.

I've never before had the feeling that our family was complete. I never knew exactly how many children I hoped to have. But Alma makes me feel those things. There's always a chance for a curve ball later down the road I suppose (never say never, right?) but for now she's my bookend, and I'm pretty satisfied with that.

To see more photos, watch this beautiful slide show my girlfriend captured and created for us. (Photo credit to Jennifer Bahn Photography.)


Welcome to the world, my sweet baby Alma.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Otto is two today! How did that happen? He is such a sweet and silly boy and he brings countless smiles and laughter to my day. Although he's talking up a storm these days, I'm going to help answer his interview questions :)

Q: How old are you today?
A: Two!

Q: What do you like to play?
A: "Bogo guys" (Lego guys), race cars, look at books.

Q: What do you like to do with Mommy?
A: Help with anything in the kitchen, snuggle and read books.

Q: What do you like to do with Daddy?
A: Wrestle and play Legos.

Q: What do you like to play with Sissy?
A: Dress up and wear her dresses!

Q: What do you like to do with Milo?
A: Copy anything he does, play Lego guys.

Q: What do you like to eat?
A: "Oggie" (yogurt and granola), jelly, almond butter, waffles, cereal, candy.

Q: What is your favorite color?
A:  He's working on learning colors, and knows orange, purple, and pink.

Q: What do you like to watch on TV or what is your favorite movie?
A: TV: Dora, Diego. // Movie: "Movie night!"

Q: What is your favorite store?
A:  Grocery store. He loves to ride the horse there, which he calls a "moo".

Q: What makes you happy?
A: Playing with Orelia and Milo, being with Mama, wrestling with Daddy.

Q: What makes you sad?
A: When he gets hurt or frustrated.

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: "Kiki!" (kitty)

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Q: How old are you today?
A: Three...(as he holds up four fingers!) Me: You're four today! Milo: Yes!

Q: What do you like to play?
A: Batman, decorate my room, I like to play Max (his puppy), Legos.

Q: What do you like to do with Mommy?
A: Watch a show. Snuggle in the morning and play Duplos.

Q: What do you like to do with Daddy?
A: Hang out with him. Fishing and wrestle. He build me something cool (with Legos).

Q: What do you like to play with sister?
A: Fiona, John and Queen (dress up).

Q: What do you like to do with Otto?
A: Funny stuff. (They have a mad game of monkey see, monkey do)

Q: What do you like to eat?
A: Hot dogs and taco salad. Soda water and orange juice.

Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Blue and black and pink and purple.

Q: What do you like to watch on TV or what is your favorite movie?
A: TV: Green Ninja (Lego) and Batman and Lego Superheroes. // Movie: Peter Pan, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Scooby Doo and Batman movie.

Q: What is your favorite store?
A:  Lego Land. It's pretty  far away.

Q: What makes you happy?
A: When Sissy plays with me.

Q: What makes you sad?
A: When Sissy punch me in the face. (I promise this has not happened! Yikes!)

Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: Sharks!

Thursday, December 25, 2014


Santa :: Baby

He's my favorite.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


My bestie Jen and I had been dreaming for a long while about doing a craft show together. We tossed around some dates and locations, but nothing was seeming to line up just right. Then one day this summer, she called me up excited, and had just learned about a promising festival called Strange Folk. She submitted her application, and once we learned she had been selected as one of the 150 vendors, I started looking at flights. I was a little nervous about the timing...being just three weeks into a new school year and not knowing yet what to expect with Orelia. But the very affordable plane ticket sealed the deal for us both, and I booked it that very night. We knew that if I didn't, one of us might get nervous and talk ourselves out of it! (fyi-flying with no kids and only a carry on is a breeze!)

Fast forward two months, and there we were, together again! (And all was right in the world!)

We wasted no time in getting to work. Jen was the mastermind behind it all, I was just there to help! One trait that I adore the most about Jen is her attention to detail. She put so much time and effort into planning her tent display, and nothing went overlooked. She's a gem and her efforts were noticed.

We rocked the sales, and even had time to sneak in some fun. (She knows how to show a girl a good time!)

It doesn't matter what we do when we're together, time with this girl is a rare and welcome treat. I went home with a very full heart, belly, and suitcase....filled to the brim with Swank of course! (Which my kids were thrilled about!)

And because Jen is such a doll, she asked me to share a coupon with YOU!

These are just a few of my favorites that Otto is rocking this fall...(Yes, his closet is 90% Swank!)

You can find all these, and loads more, in her Swanky Shank shop. Use the code "amysfaves" for $10 off your order of $30 or more TODAY only! Isn't that a sweet deal? Let me know what you get, Otto and your babe might just get to be twinsies!