Home Birth Story of Jovie Harmony

It started as most days do,  slowly waking with the family and doing daily life tasks. To take our minds off being “past the due date” (40 +3), my partner went disc golfing with our two older girls.  I stayed home taking time to relax and connect with the babe, working on a sale for my little handmade online shop.

I felt a bit different as the day went on. I just knew it wouldn’t be too long before she would be earthside with us.

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The no-cry nap solution book review

No Cry Nap Solution Book Review ~lightgreenmothering.com

I was lucky enough to be asked to review Elizabeth Pantley’s book “The No Cry Nap Solution”. Yes you have totally heard of her, she is the Author of another well known book ” The No Cry Sleep Solution”. I recall in desperation asking a mother in my local group to borrow it not too long ago (in little h’s earlier days). My daughter was never a fan of the act of falling to sleep. At nearly one and a half she still isn’t in love with the idea.
We do finally feel pretty successful with night time sleeping (unless teeth are working her nerves or we had an off kilter day), but what about naps? Around the time she started settling into a night time sleeping pattern she cut off her two naps a day and went to one, sometimes she wouldn’t nap AT ALL.

Oh god, how do I make it thru the day with this crazy tired bounce off the wall child? Anyone who stays at home full time can tell you it is imperative at this stage to get at least one nap in a day for your own sanity as well as your child’s.

Sometimes it’s hard to get in a book when your child loves to play and doesn’t nap. But I am here to tell you it’s worth trying and sacrificing your quiet time if you have a nap time disaster on your hands.

This book is great because you can read it in bits and take the information you need right now and find it easily in its contents page if you prefer.
Honestly, it had me at “making short naps longer”.
What makes this book so wonderful is its down to earth, reasonable solutions you can choose to use to greater communicate nap time with your child. Which as most of us know isn’t always the easiest task.
In a nutshell, It teaches you about the stages of sleep and how your child needs them to nap efficiently. If you are a list or plan maker, there are also logs to help you track your nap plan. By far the best part of this book are the solutions to many of our all too well known nap time problems.
One of my favorite suggestions was setting the scene for a nap. This is something that until just recently I didn’t realize made such a difference. Making sure your nap space is inviting, sleep friendly and familiar. Now at 17 months, my daughter will often independently walk right into the calm, dark bedroom and plop onto the mattress after waving for me to come along when she is getting tired. I know by her actions that she is ready to try and nap now. She still doesn’t enjoy settling to nap or sleeping by herself, but who really does like to sleep alone?

This book has so many great solutions to nap issues that can be used through your children’s life stages. You can easily refer back to it. I have more than a few topics bookmarked for future reference and reminder.

The only thing missing for me was the ability to wear your child to nap. Baby wearing was one of the only ways we had naps for awhile in our own home. It was a magic solution at many times. It gave me the opportunity to get odds and ends done while keeping my daughter asleep and comforted.

So if you are living with a lack of nap time bliss or would like some of your nap questions answered, this one is for you. I don’t want to give away all of the juicy nap topics covered. You will want to read this.
You can find more information or purchase your own copy on her web page HERE.

Have you read this book? I would love to hear your thoughts too.  What works for you at nap time?

DIY No Sew Cloth Baby Wipes.

At last! I am finishing my DIY series on homemade cloth baby wipes. Today I will share with you the super easy no sew way to make your own simple cloth baby wipes. Seriously, this is so easy! I started making these after researching what was in my daughters conventional disposable wipes. You can read more about that here. You can make these for next to nothing. I used old receiving blankets we were no longer using and also a few I found while thrifting (old ones are expecially good because they are super soft).

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Baby Long Distance Car Travel Survival.

Baby Long Distance Travel Survival.  ~lightgreenmothering.comHere we are. It’s been well over a week (okay it’s been WAY more than a week) since we made it back from our travels in Tennessee. We survived our first official road travel with little h. 10+ hours each way in the car in what was the most rainy trip we have ever been on. Traveling is certainly different than it was when it was just the two of us. We learned so much from this trip. I have decided to make this post about what worked for us: Continue reading

Back seat baby travel bag.

Backseat Baby Bag ~ lightgreenmothering.comWe recently returned from our first long car trip with our daughter. I found having a bag just for her prepared in the backseat was a lifesaver. Here is a little list of what worked for our trip. This list was planned with weather in mind for our adventures to Tennessee from Florida and back in the summer. Continue reading

Babywearing Wednesday and Boba 3G Review

Kicking off my very first babywearing wednesday is one of my first pictures of me wearing Little h. at 2 days old in our Boba 3G in Dusk. You gotta start somewhere, I began my babywearing journey in this Soft Structured carrier and a few days later started wrapping my baby.

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Rockin Green Laundry Detergent Review

lightgreenmothering.comWhen we first settled in with little h. I purchased a bag of Rockin Green laundry soap from a local shop. I must say that one single bag lasted 10 whole months!! I can, in part thank EC for this as well as our hand washing efforts. But what I must say more than that Continue reading

Adorable Baby Sunscreen Review

We live in Florida.  They don’t call it the sunshine state for nothing. So one of my biggest concerns outdoors with my 10 month old daughter is protection from the rays of the sun. This is something we will be dealing with quite a bit since we take daily walks with the bulldog and love to go to the ocean, I wanted to make sure I found something that worked very well. After starting my research on your average sunblocks and sunscreens, I was a little shocked by the list of poor ingredients in these bottles and sprays.

I did find one that I am beyond happy with and would love to share it with my fellow light green mothers and parents.

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EC Potty Pause Time.

Yes folks, We have a potty pause on our hands.  I suppose depending on how one defines it.  Around here, we consider anything out of the ordinary to our usual lines of communication a potty pause or rather break. To most EC’ers, it would mean a total refusal to go on the potty for a stretch of time wether it be a day, week, or even months as I have heard from other moms.  At our house it comes more in clusters of EC misses. Our Elimination Communication is changing.

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Frenchie Friday!

It’s Frenchie Friday!!

 

After little h. and I got back from spending some fun friday time with her baby friends, this is what the afternoon pretty much looks like. So much for your quiet time bulldog. These two are like best friends these days….

 

Frenchie Friday ~ lightgreenmothering.comHAPPY FRIDAY!

Check out past Frenchie Friday Posts Here.

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DIY All Natural Baby Wipe Solution

As I shared in my post “What is in your baby wipes?” many of the baby wipes on the market are filled with unnecessary ingredients  I would rather not expose my child to if at all possible. Even if ingredients don’t make you want to choose an alternative, the waste you are creating from them or even the cost may make you think twice. So I would love to share with you a very cost effective natural solution that has worked well for our little family. **This is the recipe for solution only. I typically use flannel homemade wipes that I can easily wash with cloth diapers. I will share a super easy DIY with you for that very soon!

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All Natural Cloth Wipe Solution

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Stuff We Love. Product Review, Simplistic Stitches.

Simplistic Stitches Review ~ lightgreenmom.com

I am a lover of one of a kind items. I am also a lover of homemade. Today I want to share with you Simplistic Stitches. I have to say this monkey she sent for little h. is absolutely adorable!   Continue reading

Pregnancy Picture Fun.

I planned on starting this blog while I was pregnant with little h. and well….my daughter is now a little over 9 months old already. Now that she has been earthside as long as she was in the womb. I think it is a great time to share with you the progression while I was pregnant with my very first baby Harlow.

I loved being pregnant. Yes, I was that girl.

The confidence I had while pregnant was amazing. I have never felt so strong and beautiful as I did during that time in my life. There is just something so much more important than wasting that time focusing on your flaws, all I saw was the amazing transformation my body was making to grow my child. Yes, there were a few bad things that happened like the swollen feet towards the end and the morning sickness feeling I had for a little while in the beginning. But still, I will take that any day for that feeling I had while I was pregnant and the gift I was given of my daughter at the end of it.

So here are our very candid pregnancy photos week by week:

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Babywearing Ballet

Babywearing Ballet ~lightgreenmothering.com

I haven’t posted about my love for babywearing quite yet so I can’t think of a better way to kick it off: Continue reading

DIY No Sew Baby T-Shirt

DIY Baby T-Shirt ~ lightgreenmothering.com

I did alot of purchasing  for little h. at thrift stores, second hand shops and thru friends with cute stuff long before I even had her. I also received many, many onesies as gifts. So needless to say I owned alot of clothes that in my opinion really are not very convenient to put on a baby.

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Babies Love Faeries.

Babies Love Faeries in Gulfport Florida ~lightgreenmothering.com

Besides the obvious love of the ocean and beach, the one thing that I have fallen in love with since moving to Florida is the town in which we call home. Nestled right on the Boca Ciega Bay, Gulfport is a little slice of old Florida.  This is my first post in ode to Gulfport. Continue reading

Take me out to the ball game.

So my husband loves playing disc golf and won tickets to a baseball game this week. We are fortunate enough to live just a few minutes from Tropicana Field. So we celebrated Harlow’s very first Major League Baseball Game at the Rays stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida:

H. at the Rays game.

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Easy like sunday morning.

Bulldog and a Baby

So it’s a typical sunday around here. But a frog dog I know got a new bed yesterday….i’m pretty certain she likes it. Continue reading

No more Snappi shirt snags.

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Ok, so I am going to let you in on a little secret that was shared with me by a fellow mother (you know who you are and I can’t thank you enough<3)  I was ever so excited to no longer have shirt casualities. By the way this is a total “aha”, why didn’t I think of that kind of moment so be prepared. Continue reading

EC, What is it?

 

Elimination Communication

Elimination Communication (Photo credit: lkonstanski)

You ask, what exactly is EC? 

EC is a short term for Elimination Communication. Also known as natural infant hygene. It is a  gentle, laid back process in which a baby has the opportunity with the loving support of parents and caregivers to share it’s elimination needs and have his/her needs addressed. Typically beginning from 0-20 months, but really is it ever too late to positively communicate anything with your baby? Continue reading