sarah's favorite breastfeeding outfits
I love clothes. I’ve spent a lot of time curating my minimalist, mostly grayscale wardrobe. It took me a long time to figure out what I like and what feels best on me regardless of trends. Now that I’m breastfeeding my little one, and will be probably for the next year (or more if we have another babe) it’s important to me that my clothes are functional as well as fashionable…
how to create a birth plan
I credit a lot of his chillness to the way he came into this world, so I wanted to talk to you about how to create a successful birth plan. There are a lot of templates out there where all you have to do is check off boxes or answer a few questions, but for me those templates were not as thorough as I would’ve liked…
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 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 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…
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...
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.
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…
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!