Miss Jyve’s birth story (2): “Pre-Labour & Hypnobirthing”

40 weeks + 3, Wednesday

Contractions still going, received a message from my doula (E) first thing AM:

E: How are you feeling today, are the contractions increasing in frequency/intensity?

L: Yea… erm… maybe…? I’m not sure…

At this point I may be making it all up in my head.

She decides to come by to check on me, and confirms that I was indeed making it up in my head.

E: Real labour is much more intense than this.

L: But how will I know?

E: Oh trust me, you will know.

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Organic Tropical Fruit Oat Bars for Baby Led Weaning

These have no added sugar, no honey and no dairy – perfect for babies 6 months and up!

Serves: 8 – 16
 
PREP TIME
10 mins
COOK TIME
20 mins
TOTAL TIME
30 mins
INGREDIENTS
  • 150g organic oat bran
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 50g organic coconut butter
  • 2 organic bananas
  • 3 dates (chopped into large chunks)
  • 4 tbsp pineapple coconut juice
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 170c and line a baking dish with some parchment.
  2. Soak chopped dates in fruit juice.
  3. Mix oat bran and desiccated coconut in a medium bowl.
  4. Blend the coconut butter, bananas, dates and fruit juice until it forms a sticky paste. Combine with the oat mixture until well mixed and creamy.
  5. Spread and smooth mixture evenly onto baking tray with a spatula.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until the edges of the mixture are beginning to brown.
  7. Lift the parchment paper out of the dish and leave to cool before cutting into 8 large or 16 small pieces
NOTES

The bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. However they are best eaten within 24 hours before they start to dry out.

They can also be frozen. Simply wrap them individually in parchment or in individual freezer boxes. They will defrost at room temperature in about 30 minutes.

On motherhood

I’m feeling all sorts of things today.

I’m so tired but I can’t sleep.

I’m exhausted, but have been woken up almost every hour last night since putting my baby to sleep, and immediately rush to her side in fear of her waking the husband from his.

My back hurts, stretch marks over my belly and hips, and of course there exists the infamous mom belly flop, rolls and all. My body’s not how it used to be – I’m not one of those who’ve magically snapped back into pre-preggers shape. I tell people that I don’t mind it at all, but deep down I know that I resent it.

I took some time out for myself for a yoga session today in the hope of feeling a bit more like… well, just me. And it’s like all the aches and pains that I’ve been holding in and trying to brace are released and my body ends up hurting even more.

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The husband cleared the kitchen, dining area and did all the dishes last night – without being asked, I might add. I seriously never knew how happy it would make me, just to see areas of the apartment with No Mess in sight!! I squealed with delight; I could kiss him a million times over!!

Miss Jyve’s birth story (1) – “The Sweep of Non-Consent”

I’ve wanted to write this post for months now, but each time I’ve picked the laptop up, Miss Jyve stirs; and I am now typing this out while breastfeeding her on the other arm – talk about Multi-tasking Mom Power!

So 40 weeks came and went, and we were still waiting on Miss Jyve’s arrival. I knew that it was just round the corner with The Pregnancy Waddle, the increasing weight bearing down, the increasing downward pressure which felt like her head was right ‘there’, and the increasing stabby pains on the cervix each time she shifted and bounced on it. (Oh the joys of pregnancy!)

Would she be a June or July baby? I wondered.

For a bit of a background, we’d decided to work with a doula on having the natural, drug-free water birth that I wanted, using hypnobirthing techniques.

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