by sarah

how to get your baby into the best birth position in under 2 minutes

These simple moves help get your baby in the optimal position for birth, head down and on the left side of your uterus. This position gets baby perfectly lined up for his entrance into the world. The sooner and longer you get baby into this position, the quicker (and possibly sooner) your labor will be.

how to get your baby into the best birth position in under 2 minutes

prenatal care with home birth midwives

Never did I ever think when trying to make a baby that it would result in so many doctors appointments! As soon as I found out I was pregnant I messaged my neighbor’s midwife to reserve a spot on her home birth calendar, unfortunately…

prenatal care with home birth midwives

how to work well with your spouse

You may or may not know that my husband and I own our own business. We work together on a daily basis and in the beginning it was super challenging, but over the years (we’ve been in business since 2016) I’ve learned quite a few things about how to make it as pleasurable as possible.

how to work well with your spouse

how i decided on a home birth

I’ve heard so many stories about women going into labor, traveling to the hospital, and then getting turned away because they hadn’t progressed far enough to be admitted. Or they were admitted and than labor stalled and the doctor wanted to induce.  I’m also very aware that hospitals…

how i decided on a home birth

sarah’s epic first trimester babymoon

As soon as we found out we were expecting, before we told anyone (except Kristin of course!) we planned a little getaway. We knew that we’d have to wait a long time if we waited until after our baby got here to make the trip, so when I was seven weeks pregnant...

sarah’s epic first trimester babymoon

ina may gaskin's guide to childbirth review

I first heard about Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth from a friend at church. We were on a break between worship sets and she talked about the book for nearly a half an hour.  Her description of the author made me so intrigued that I knew it was going on my must read list.

ina may gaskin's guide to childbirth review

sarah's second trimester update

I just finished my second trimester of my first pregnancy and it was awesome!  It was such a contrast to my first trimester when I was sick and worried a lot.  I had so much energy! I could feel our baby boy move all the time which is so reassuring.  It was super fun when my husband was able to start feeling him move too. The first few times…

sarah's second trimester update

my biggest pregnancy fears and how i cope

My number one biggest fear is something happening to my baby.  I spent the whole first trimester low-key worrying about him constantly.  I did my best to convince myself that everything was fine and avoided anything that would stress me out.  Because of this we opted out of genetic tests and screenings. I’ve heard way too many stories about doctors telling expectant mothers their child has a genetic abnormality or a minute chance of down syndrome, etc.  The mom freaks out, but then when the baby was born they are absolutely perfect. It is always such a relief to hear his heart beating on a doppler or see him playing with his hands on an ultrasound, and now that I’m further along, feeling him move inside of me is the most comforting thing ever.  

my biggest pregnancy fears and how i cope

how to survive morning sickness

For over a week I’d wake up and think to myself “Is this morning sickness?  Do I feel it yet?” It wasn’t it. I felt fine. I felt fine all the way up until the end of week five, that’s when all hell broke loose.  I was nauseous all the time, there was no way I was going to eat any of those snacks I had stocked up on, and all I wanted to do was sleep and throw up as little as possible.  By the end of my first trimester I had lost over fifteen pounds and my throat would bleed every time I vomited.

how to survive morning sickness

how i keep my husband involved in my pregnancy

Getting pregnant for the first time is a life changing event. It’s a wonderful time full of tons of unknowns and most often dads stand by the sidelines helplessly. However, that does not have to be the case. There are so many ways to include your husband in your pregnancy.

how i keep my husband involved in my pregnancy

sarah's pre-baby parenting philosophy

As a first time parent-to-be there is so much I do not know.  The task of raising a child seems daunting and there are so many different styles and approaches to doing it “correctly.”  

Somehow I managed to live my whole life without ever babysitting and I’m not around children a lot, so being a full-time mom is going to be a huge change for me.  For the first few months at least my only goal is to survive and make sure my newborn survives as well.

sarah's pre-baby parenting philosophy

beijing beef bowl

This is a super simple and fast dinner that I love to make.  It’s definitely not an authentic recipe, but it’s asian inspired and makes the house smell amazing.  Every time I make it CJ comes home and says the house smells like a restaurant, and it makes me feel proud and so sophisticated.  The rice makes it a filling meal while the cucumber salad keeps this dinner light and fresh.

beijing beef bowl

sarah's food philosophy

The way Kristin & I do food is a little bit different, and you’ll notice it in the recipes that we share, so I thought it would be beneficial to tell you a little bit about how I think about food and what influences my decisions when I grocery shop and make meals for my family.

sarah's food philosophy

scandinavian christmas cookies

Making these cookies every year around Christmas time has been a must for me and my sister.  I’m excited to carry this tradition on with my growing family. If I’m invited to a cookie exchange or holiday party you can be sure I’ll be bringing a tin of these.  I also love passing them out to my neighbors and friends.

scandinavian christmas cookies

how to stay best friends forever

While I’m definitely not a relationship expert, I do know a thing or two about maintaining long term relationships even over long distances. Kristin and I, who are both 27 at the moment, have been friends for about 22 years! In that time we’ve been to different schools, lived over a hundred miles apart from one another, and taken completely different paths in life, but through it all, we’ve yet to even have a single fight.  How do we do it? Let me tell you!

how to stay best friends forever

7 lessons i learned during my first trimester

Being newly pregnant, especially for the first time, is an exciting and crazy time.  There is so much going on within your body that is completely normal and foreign. Some may feel completely terrible without actually being sick.  It’s an amazing time of transition and learning. These are the top seven lessons I learned during my first trimester.

7 lessons i learned during my first trimester

bringing up bebé book review

I ended up reading Pamela Druckerman’s Brining up Bebé at the perfect time.  I was in the thick of my first trimester, down ten pounds and googling every little symptom with the word pregnancy or first trimester after, not to mention all of the pregnancy blogs and forums I was following.

bringing up bebé book review