Friday, May 30, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

Making sure to say yes to the right things means you're on the right parenting track.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment!

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Friday, May 23, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

Even Grampas can play.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mmmmm Hanson!

Am I the only one who feels 16 again every time I hear MmmmmmBop? I know I'm not. Here, just take a trip down memory lane with me:

This past weekend turned out being totally crazy and we missed out on Mayfest, Blue Dome Arts Festival AND Spring in the Square, all fantastic events I totally wanted to go to and blog about! However, we did not miss The Hop Jam!

Besides the fact that we all LOVE Hanson, this event is really awesome for Tulsa and the local microbreweries. Artisan beers are gaining in popularity and Tulsa has some amazing locally brewed beers. Inside the festival, there was an area with 14 Oklahoma breweries showcasing their beers. Festival attendees purchased tickets so they could sample as many of the beers as they wanted. Unfortunately, by the time I showed up, Hanson Brothers Beer was sold out!
Not a problem. It was still a beautiful day, and my beautiful friend, Dawn and I still got to try some yummy beers.

 At 5pm, the music started. The stage was perfectly poised to show off the skyline of downtown Tulsa.
My sweet little Alec and I had a good time. He loves music and dancing, and even got to go up close and see the stage and instruments, until he was too tired and needed a piggy back ride. Man, I love this kid.
Then TWO of the Hansons walked by and I went from being a completely rational, cool-as-a-cucumber grown-up, into a 14 year old girl and screamed (jumping up and down with my 6 year old on my back, mind you) "Oh my gosh! Picture, picture! I need a picture with Isaac Hanson!" Thankfully, he obliged.
We stuck around for a little more music from the local bands who opened for Hanson, then I had to get my little guy home since it was a school night. The most fun thing about the festival was seeing all the other thirtysomethings out there with their strollers and toddlers, trying to maintain the coolness they once had. The thing about Hanson is they are OUR band. These guys were our age when MmmBop went mainstream and we all felt like we were a part of it. Kids our age from our town, and they were rock stars. I mean, I was dancing to one of their early songs, "Poison Ivy" when I was in elementary or middle school at dance class!

The Hanson brothers continue to not only champion their hometown and state, but they are constantly raising money for amazing causes. They're just all around good guys, amazing musicians, and they're ours! Hanson is one of the many things that make me proud to be a Tulsan.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Six Ways to Progress in Labor

When preparing for childbirth it's important to understand the process of Normal Birth, to alleviate fear and simply to know what to expect in the birth process. One very important thing to understand about the Normal Birth process is how the body progresses throughout labor.

There are Six Ways to Progress in Labor

Thursday, May 15, 2014

What is Normal Birth - Part 4

We've been talking about what Normal Birth is, and what interventions are and are not a part of Normal Birth. Today I want to look at why it's important to understand the process of Normal Birth.

Why Is It Important to Understand Normal Birth?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What is Normal Birth? Part 3

We've talked about what Normal Birth is, and we've talked about interventions that can support the Normal Birth process. But, what interventions are not involved in Normal Birth? What interventions would mean labor has gone "off the tracks" of Normal Birth?

I tackle these questions in my latest video!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What is Normal Birth? - Part 2

Normal Birth is the process of physiological childbirth. Read part one of Normal Birth to read about the factors that define the process.

If things are going as they should, there isn't any need to interfere with the body's natural process; however, there are interventions that can still occur within the realm of Normal Birth.

Interventions in Normal Birth

  1. Augmentation of Labor - Using artificial oxytocin (Pitocin) or other natural means to increase contractions or their intensity.
  2. Monitoring Mother and Baby - Listening to the baby's heart rate, listening to mother's heart rate and monitoring vital signs.
  3. Artificial Rupture of Membranes (AROM) - This is where the care provider manually ruptures the bag or waters or breaks your water.
  4. Pain Management - Using natural or medical methods to reduce or relieve labor pain.
  5. Active Management of 3rd Stage - Introducing artificial oxytocin to help contract uterus to expel placenta and reduce excessive bleeding.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of Normal Birth - Interventions Outside of Normal Birth

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