Our Birth Day… Part II

Here we are on Yves’ 3 week ‘birthday’, getting some fresh air during our long morning walk, feeling stronger each and every day! In my last post, I shared what I referred to as Part I of our home birth story.   I left off just about the time contractions had begun, although I didn’t […]

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Welcome, Yves Blake

Hello from Babyland, or as our midwife and doula have referred to the area we’ve been spending much of our time these past two weeks… Bed Island. On May 9, 2019, at 10:25pm, our son, Yves Blake Stephenson was born safely at home after a three hour labor. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 oz and […]

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Pregnancy + Meditation

Today is Birth Day… perhaps! It’s my official due date and while being incredibly excited not only to welcome our son, I feel at the same time, an incredible calm. I’ve felt this way throughout the entire duration of the pregnancy and without a doubt, this is largely due to having incorporated a meditation practice […]

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Why We’ve Chosen A Home Birth

Hang on, no, this one’s not ours! We have another four weeks until our due date, but isn’t he just gorgeous? This little guy was probably born a very short time frame before this shot was taken; I’ve been attempting to memorize what babies look like at every stage from our extensive research above and […]

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Is Carb Loading Really Still A Thing?

Apparently so. (And as I’m finding, not just for runners and endurance athletes, but for moms to be!) Given that the article that prompted me to write today’s post was a recent one published in Runner’s World, I’ll focus today on the misconception that runners / endurance athletes not only need carbs, but a heck […]

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How Healthy are Those Healthy Snacks?

Are Vegan, Nacho “Cheeze” Flavored, non GMO, soy, dairy and nut-free, USDA Organic Certified kale chips all they’re cracked up to be? Gone are the days when the line between healthy and so unhealthy was a glaring red divide.  Think back to a time when one might wander into any run of the mill grocery […]

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Kale + Fat: What’s Wrong with That?

I’m a kale fanatic; anyone who knows me will vouch for this, and it goes way back to before kale was a thing. Far before kale was cool, and for that matter, far before health food stores were cool, there you’d find me as a toddler with my hippie mom, purchasing the 70s versions of […]

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Gut Health and Brain Function

About two years ago, my husband and I did DNA tests.      The raw data received was interesting, including finding out exactly what percentage of my ancestry actually is Norwegian (less than I thought) as well as the option to “trace parts of my ancestry to a specific group of individuals from 1,000+ years […]

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