SmartMom Feature: Dealing with Opposition While Preparing for Natural Childbirth

When my husband and I announced that we were expecting our first child we were thrilled and touched to receive countless well wishes and messages of encouragement.


“You two are going to make wonderful parents!”

“So happy for you both!”

“We’re so excited for your new adventure!”

There was nothing better than feeling like we had an army of friends and family who were going to be a steadfast support system during this new chapter of our lives.  We felt so incredibly blessed!

Then we decided that we wanted to have a non-medicated, husband-coached, ‘natural’ birth using The Bradley Method ©. As we begun preparing for natural childbirth, suddenly congratulations turned into are you nuts?

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Keelinisms 3.0

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any Keelinisms (or anything for that matter) and since I can’t seem to transition any of my drafted posts to published posts I’ll keep this blog alive with some “kids say the darndest things” cuteness… compliments of my moody, dramatic, strong-willed, imaginative, hilarious threenager.

While brushing her teeth before bed with Z:
K: Daddy, I want you to shave your mustache and beard
Z: Why, you don’t like it?
K: Nope
Z: Do you want to touch it?
K: Yep
(Z leans down and she grabs his mustache)
K: OOOOH, Daddy, you got some whiskers!

K: I bumped my knee
Me: uh oh, are you ok?
K: yeah but it still hurts
Me: well it might hurt for a little while. Want me to kiss it to make it feel better?
K: yeah. I think a movie would make me feel better

Gammie: Keelin, do you want to go to the library to get some letter “N” books? (her letter of the week in preschool)
K: Oh yeah!
Gammie: What kinds of letter “N” things do you think we can find in books?
Gammie: You want to get a book about naked things?
K: (giggles) YES!

I want to be naked forever! (Runs down the hall with no clothes on)

Walks in on Z using the bathroom and says ‘what are you doing?’
Z: going to the bathroom.
K: you have to use your bottom
Z: boys do it differently, now can you please go out and shut the door?

While playing out in the back yard we see the neighbor’s cat walk into the bushes behind the house. K picks up at large stick, puts it to her shoulder like a musket and proclaims very matter-of-factly:
“I’m gonna go get that cat”
She then spots a cluster of crows in a different part of the yard, shifts the direction she’s walking and says:
“I’m gonna go hit those birds”

When seeing the scar that used to be my belly button ring hole:
“You have two belly buttons mama!”

After bumping her knee on her desk she tells me, “I want you to put some tape on it so I don’t bump again.”

K: Mommy?
M: Yeah Kee?
K: Hey don’t call me Kee, call me sweetheart!

K: Mommy my tummy hurts (totally faking)
Me: Oh I’m so sorry. Would you like to lay down?
K: No, I think some ice cream will make me feel sooo much better.

Graydon, chill out!

K: Mommy, are you married to daddy?
M: Yep!
K: Why?
M: Because we love each other and want to spend our lives together and raise a family
K: Are you still married?
M: Yes, we’ll always be married!
K: But why you not wearing your wedding dress?

Until next time…

My Mush: 12 Months 

  • First foods: cake, spaghetti squash, tilapia, meatballs
  • Climbs up on everything! HG was standing on a step stool about to climb on the coffee table so I moved the stool to the middle of the floor. He looked up at me and walked straight over to the stool, pushed it back to the table and climbed right up. Oy.
  • Cut two more teeth… One of which is a monster molar.
  • Gives sweet and gooey open mouth kisses
  • Loves sneaking into his room to turn his sound machine on. The “summer night” setting is his favorite.
  • Bops and bounces to music.
  • Learning to scoot himself along the floor on the ride-on toys.
  • Major talker. Always has something to say!
  • First sibling attack: bit K when she tried to take something away from him. He’s gaining power!!! Big sis better toughen up!
  • Will run at us with his arms outstretched and squeeze around our necks.
  • Has some sweet little curls in the hair at the back of his neck. I can’t bring myself to cut it yet but I’m thinking it will be a lot like his daddy’s luscious locks.
  • Loves animals… especially cats. Tries to follow the neighbors cats around the yard whenever he catches a glimpse and will crouch down and squeal at them. He also gets a kick out of dogs barking.
  • Such a wonderful, happy personality and is generally a smiley, giggly, silly, snuggly little boy.
  • Better sleeper overall. Still has rough nights but is doing so much better and finding some consistency. ** And we’ve officially gone a full year with him waking up around his birth time on the 6th of every month!
  • Clicks his tongue, makes kiss noises, and sucks his teeth.
  • Still uncertain of strangers but warms up pretty well after scoping things out a bit.
  • Very busy little boy. Keeps himself entertained (a blessing for mama) and is still a little explorer!
  • Loves to tackle and/or straddle anyone who is laying on the floor.
  • Loves running around the house playing with and laughing at his sister. They have such a great relationship these days.

I’m in total denial that this is his last monthly update and that I no longer have a ‘baby’. How did a year go by so fast? I was asked yesterday how old my kids are and I realized I’ll no longer be speaking in terms of months for him. We have a 3 year old and a 1 year old. Whaaaaat???? I feel so blessed to be mommy to this sweet little mush and am excited to continue watching him grow!! 

Now to get moving on his bow tie fabric quilt!! 

Until next time…