It has begun. Our 5 month old son Jubal has begun the inevitable journey of all young ones.... teething! In January he started gumming at everything. And you know what, that was okay. It was cute, he was drooling so we just took his onesies off and showed off his cute rolls and adorable cloth diapers.
Fast forward to the third week of January.
He was shreaking! He cried out in pain that night like no other cry he had before. My momma-brain first thought of nurisng him. But you know, he didn't want the boob. Nope. He was in too much pain. This broke my heart. I felt like I wasn't working, like I wasn't enough for my son. So Brent, God bless his heart, walked with Jubal around the house and tried various teething solutions: cold teething monkey, cold washcloth, squishy chew toys, homeopathic Camilia, gum massages... nope nope and nope.
It took 45 minutes of walking around with him for him to calm down and fall asleep.
I did not want this for my sweet boy. That took too long. I could not imagine this happening on a regular basis.
So Jubal and I took a whole morning to bring up all my Herbal textbooks and Infant Health textbooks to the dining room table from the basement. We nursed, sang, rocked, danced, and giggled. Then he slept in my arms and I went to work. That afternoon was filled with research.
I made a plan. And guess what? It worked.
We have been free of that shreaking pain for nearly 2 weeks now! The most he has had is a wee bit of pain that has lasted for maybe 5 minutes. Maybe. And even more than that, he nursed when I offered to help with the pain.
Breastmilk has natural painkillers in it, so horray for breastmilk as a solution!
My plan included:
- a herbal infused oil for gum massage throughout the day
- a mild clove oil to help when nothing else does
- a homemade homeopathic chamomile remedy for when he cries when put down (for diaper changes)
- herbal soaked wooden rings with washcloths attached (one for the freezer, diaper bag, and living room)
- accupressure performed by his Daddyo using the 4 gates theory and focusing on Liver 3 and Intestine 4
- herbal infused oil for face and body massage
- lavender diffuser in use
- lavender chamomile baths
- rest and relaxation
And drumroll for the kicker...
- a herbal blend I formulated as a tea for me to drink so it could go through my milk to Jube
I know, it sounds like a lot. But it all works pretty simply. Stay tuned for more information as to how each of these worked for us and how they fit into a day filled with Mommying.
Delighting in truth is dear to my heart. I believe it is truthful when we are resourceful with the tools and knowledge around us. One of those tools we can use is herbs. And when we combine that with knowledge - the physiology of the body and chemistry behind how herbs can interact with it - we create a recipe for creativity and confidence.
You are INVITED to come join me on MAY3rd (11am or 7pm) for a postpartum DIY herbal workshop. Here you will learn about herbs that are friendly for mama and baby during the babymoon time.
You will make a Nourishing Postpartum Herbal Bath Blend, and you will have a choice to take home either a soothing nipple cream, or baby bum salve. Creams are a blend of oils, herbs, and beeswax.
Click HERE to register.
What else is there?
Other herbal products will be available for sale, like our perineal healing powder and hemorrhoid oil!
By attending this workshop you get a FREE mama and baby loot bag!
DATE: Tues May 3rd 2016
TIME: 11:00 am or 7:00pm
COST: $45 per person. Bring a friend and save $10 – Call or email Discoverbirth for the coupon code. You may also email Cassie at TheKnittedWomb for the Bring a friend coupon code.
LOCATION: 103 King St E, Bowmanville
TO BOOK: call or add to cart now to register
Click HERE to register now!
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I have a confession to make: I love birth. I love everything about it and when I find cool websites that sell birth products I am all over them. Here is a blog that was written from another website, for all you homebirth folk out there. It is a great, concise article that clearly outlines what you need and where to get it.
Everyone will have unique preferences for birth - and your birth doula can help walk you through what is important to you so you can narrow down what you need. It can be overwhelming having every tool around you and not knowing which one to choose next. Imagine your worst menstrual cramp (healing and herbs can help with these!). Now think back to what you usually turn to when you are experiencing discomfort. This is similar to how we will choose to use tools in labour. The more you are familiar with your tools, the more second nature it will become to choose from what you have.
This is when it is great to hire a doula. She is familiar with birth tools that can help during labour. She can suggest when to use each one so you can go on with working through each wave that brings your baby down, out, and into your lovely arms.
What contributes to who your baby will be?
As written in Alfred Davis' "Free to be Me" the emotional part in our brains develops while still growing in utero. In fact, they fully develop by the end of pregnancy.
What does this have to do with who my baby will be?
A part of how we express ourselves to the world is how we feel and how we think. Thinking is something we develop through life experience (observing and hearing or reading others' words). This part happens after we are born. How we feel about ourselves and who we are (our identity) begins developing while we are still fetuses, still in the process of being knit together in our Mother's womb.
Fast forward to when we become adults and we have developed patterns of behavior to cope with the tension from the acceptance or belief of lies we were exposed to. These three behavior patterns are: perfectionism, control, or addiction and can exhibit themselves in various ways but are nonetheless perfectionism, control, or addiction. When these are emotionally related, they can stem all the way back from when we were still growing in our Mom's womb.
And this is what it has to do with who your baby will be...
How you feel and think during your pregnancy has an effect on you, your family, and your new baby. This is how humans interact. What each member of a family goes through affects all the others... and in different ways! The impact on your baby is no different. These feelings and emotions interact with your baby as he or she is developing.
The good news is: this is normal!
The key is you recognizing your emotions, thoughts, and feelings and entering the process of intentionally responding from a place of healing instead of reacting out of unhealed pain.
This process of healing is a journey and takes time. As you learn different truths about your own identity you can communicate similar truths to your growing baby before and after birth. Hold your baby, kiss your baby, cuddle your baby. These are all healthy expressions of love that your baby will understand and will comfort them.
How will I know if what I am believing about myself is a lie?
Anything that breeds fear inside of you stems from a lie. The opposing truth will cast out this fear.
Lie: I am unworthy, uncared for, and unloved.
Truth: I am worthy, cared for, and deeply loved.
Teach me more about Alfred Davis!
What are some truths that you know about who you are? Share below!
Questions? Send Cassie an email.
After a long, hard day I just want to run some hot water and melt in the bath. It sure feels good as the water works away muscle tension.
Adding herbs to your bath can be a great way to optimize nourishing benefits. Herbs in bath water work like marinating chicken or tofu. This sounds crazy, I know! But hear me out.
Cooking herbs used for any meat dish were chosen because of their antimicrobial properties. When the meat was allowed to marinate with these herbs, it took on the antimicrobial properties of the plants and was therefore protected form growing bacteria. This meant a lot when it came to people eating meat and staying alive back in the good ol' days. So, a bath with herbs is like allowing your body to soak in everything it needs from what the plants have.
Check out this fun flower recipe to make your bath-time invigorating for the mind, body, and soul.
Carols are being sung, advent calendars are being opened, and most families are preparing gifts for loved ones. As has been a tradition in my household for a few years now, I continue on in making gifts for family.
I search my cupboards, bookshelves, craft bins, and pinterest for inspiration. This year I found inspiration on my herbal shelf. With some common household ingredients and some herbs you too can make some nourishing gifts for loved ones this year!
One of my favourite things to make is beard oil. I first heard of the idea from my husband and knew that I shouldn't need to buy some when I have perfectly fine ingredients at home to make a unique one just for him. I had some tobacco essential oil that Mike Strathy gifted me after ordering some moose hide from him. This oil was sweet yet woodsy and I knew it would combine handsomely with some Cypress essential oil. And that was the beginning of my beard oil adventures.
The Christmas season is a great time to reflect on all that we are thankful for.
This Christmas I knitted a womb Christmas ornament to celebrate all that I'm thankful for when it comes to womb health. I've had many ups and downs with painful periods. However there were two times this year that the pain either went away completely or was manageable enough with the use of a rebozo. This was very miraculous to me since period pain has been my reality for the past 3 years! With the help of encouragement from friends (Katherine Henkelman, Michelle Kapler, Christine Lewis, Tammy Slater, my hubby Brent Harris), Osteopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition, movement, and writing in my womb journal, I have begun to see hope for a happy period once again!
What journeys has your womb been on this year? Comment below to share your thankful story.
You've heard it said many times, "you are what you eat." So what about when it comes to feeding your babies? I recently met with a soon-to-be mom who asked the what-if question when it comes to feeding her baby. She knew that breast milk was the way to go but was concerned when it came to choosing a formula as a back-up plan. The thing is, that formula is not like breast milk. However, there are situations where you may need to choose one for your baby. This book was made with you in mind. With over 20 hours of research and information compilation on feeding your baby vegan and successful breastfeeding you can be rest assured that book has the information you need.
What you will find in this book:
A breakdown of important nutrients for you and your baby.
What those nutrients do.
A general composition of breastmilk.
How to ensure you are on your way to successful, exclusive breastfeeding.
When to choose formula.
Comparison of two different vegan formulas and their constituents.
Who you can go to for breastfeeding support.
Common breastfeeding complications.
You can own this go-to-guide for information on feeding your newborn baby from breast to bottle for $15.99! Simply click the link below, add it to your cart,