Welcome to Natural Mommyhood. I’m Jennie.
I became a Mommy in July of 2013. I had been married to my dream-come-true (Dustin) for 10 years when our son (Jamison) was born. We had experienced over seven years of infertility, but changing our diet and lifestyle was the way that God brought us the ability to make a baby. A few years later, we had our second son (Leif). Since then, we’ve continued eating Paleo-style, and have moved toward natural solutions in every way we can.
I’m constantly learning, experimenting, and LOVING the “natural” lifestyle, and I’m excited to share my experiences with you!
Something you should know about this blog…
My goal is to “keep it simple.” You’ll notice that I don’t allow comments, and I don’t have an associated Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. This is because my sole purpose is to share – not to interact. I’m a busy Mommy with lots of natural things to make and do, so I don’t want to be tied to the computer (any more than I already am). Thanks for understanding!
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This arrival to the birth center felt much more realistic. I could barely walk, talk, or breathe. Beth seemed surprised when she saw how quickly my contractions were coming, one after the other. We got into a room – the same room in which I’d spent most of the previous day, but this time it was for real. Leif was coming! Continue reading
After our long day at the birth center, we made the long drive home. I don’t think either of us said much of anything on the way home. We were both exhausted from walking all day, and emotionally drained after all the confusion and anticipation. I could not get over the fact that we would be back in our house that night without a baby, and that I would still be pregnant. Continue reading
Something is happening!
Two days before my due date, a Tuesday, I woke around 5 AM to use the bathroom (probably for the 6th time that night – haha!). When I stood up, I felt like I was peeing a little in my underwear. Hmm. This was interesting! Could my water be leaking? I felt more when I stood up after using the toilet. And again as I walked back into the bedroom. I tried not to get too excited as I put some towels on the bed and lied back down, but there was no way I could sleep. Continue reading
After the initial uncertainty that shook us a little when we found out we were pregnant with our second baby, I was anxious to start feeling some pregnancy symptoms. They didn’t take long to arrive, and I was grateful for them.
My first pregnancy was extremely difficult. So while I was so excited to learn about our new peanut, deep inside I was thinking “oh boy… I wonder how this is going to go…” I prayed that it would be easier this time! Continue reading
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here! Many, many months, in fact (okay, two years), and a lot has happened. My sweet little Jamison is now almost four years old. I can’t believe it.
We also moved from Charleston back home to NC since I last posted. When we lived in Charleston, Dustin was working A LOT of hours, and I was finding it really difficult to manage being a new mom all by myself. We moved to Charleston when I was pregnant with Jamison, so we had not been there long enough to have developed a really solid support system. And when they say “it takes a village…” they’re right. Being a parent is tough. I really don’t know how single parents do it. I just can’t imagine. It was amazing to move back to familiar [and more affordable] territory, and have some awesome grandparents helping us out! Continue reading
Dinner time is my nemesis.
I love cooking. It’s one of my favorite hobbies, and it’s usually a great stress-reliever for me. But when it’s time to cook dinner after a long day, and especially when I have no idea what to cook, it’s the worst. For YEARS I’ve been saying “I should just do batch cooking. This is ridiculous. I want to be able to pull a meal out of the freezer in the morning, pop it in the crock pot, and have a hot dinner when it’s time to eat.” Continue reading
Preparing healthy, wholesome meals from quality, natural ingredients is a huge part of being a natural mommy. In our house, meals consist of meat, vegetables, seafood, fruit, nuts, and seeds (we eat relatively Paleo-style). Sometimes it’s easy to put meals together, but sometimes I need/want some outside inspiration.
I have a lot of cookbooks… I collect them, and I use them almost every day.
I have several that I frequent MOST often. Against All Grain, Meals Made Simple, and Practical Paleo are among them. Continue reading