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Liam Bradberry: My Natural VBAC Birth Story

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And the midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them.”
Exodus 1:19

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BIRTH STORY SUMMARY

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That scripture is mind blowing and it’s the exact prayer that I prayed for my birth. The birth of Liam from the beginning to the end was nothing short of supernatural! I keep replaying the day in my head over and over again because I can’t get over how fast and dare I say “easy” everything was.

I struggled to write the word “easy” because let’s face it – there is nothing easy about birthing a baby. However, I used the term “easy” because in comparison to how challenging I thought things would be as I prepared for this birth – it was nothing like that. I am so excited to share my natural VBAC birth story with you!

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BIRTH PREPARATION

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]3 years ago I had my first baby, Judah via an emergency C-section. When I found out I was pregnant again with our second, I knew I wanted to do things differently. Ironically, I prepared myself as much as possible for a natural birth with Judah – but things didn’t go as planned.
This time around, I knew I wanted to do things a bit different. Below is a list of things I did differently this time around and things that were absolute non-negotiables.

  • Switched over to a midwife team vs. an OBGYN to care for my pregnancy and deliver baby
  • Hired a doula to support me and my family through the pregnancy and during birth
  • Started going to therapy for my emotional health and to address birth trauma from my first pregnancy
  • Learned more about hypnobirthing and regularly practiced meditation
  • Learned and practiced breathing exercises to manage pain
  • Used essential oils regularly to help relieve stress and anxiety
  • Joined a natural birth Facebook Group for tips and positive natural birth stories
  • Took a birth prep tincture starting at 35 weeks to prepare my uterus for labor

Reflecting on my pregnancy and birth experience as a whole, I recognize how much “soul” and mindset work I did throughout my pregnancy. I focused a lot of my attention on learning to manage myself and with that came me going through healing in many other areas of my life.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1568943845415{padding-top: 2% !important;padding-bottom: 2% !important;}”][vc_column_text]

EARLY AND ACTIVE LABOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]It was about 7:30am and I started the morning like any other morning. However, I woke up feeling like I was on “Day 1″ of my period. You know that feeling. Slight cramps, but nothing too crazy. By this point with my period, I would’ve popped a few ibuprofens to avoid cramps. I knew that something had shifted in my body so I texted my doula around 8:30am.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7043″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” image_hovers=”false”][vc_column_text]After I texted her, I went about my morning like I usually would. We made a plan in the case that I was in labor and I told her I would follow up with her within the hour to see if things had progressed.
So, I made breakfast for Judah, turned on some worship music and went to get Judah out of his room. By this point, I was definitely feeling the pattern of my contractions, but still wasn’t fully convinced that I was in labor. Haha. After all, I was having Braxton Hicks off and on for the past week.
An hour went by and I was still noticing I was having this pattern of contractions – still wasn’t timing them. It was about 9:30am and Cornell had just woken up. I let him know very calmly, yet extremely excited that I believe I was in early labor and he was like, “Okay, great!” I just remember the both of us being super calm and excited in that moment.
I told him that I was going to take a shower and just kinda get myself together. I also wanted to run to Target real quick and exchange some headphones that I purchased because I wanted to use them for my labor. So I went in the bathroom, greased my scalp (my scalp was dry. lol!), put my hair up in a bun and took a shower. Contractions were still coming, but they weren’t intense at all.
When I came out the shower, I noticed that my contractions were way too strong for me to go to Target so I asked Cornell to just go to Starbucks for me and grab me a breakfast sandwich as well as some fruit and veggies from the grocery store for me and the girls to munch on as I was in labor.
By this point it was about 10:00am and I let my doula know that I was for sure in labor and I also reached out to my videographer.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7041″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” image_hovers=”false”][vc_column_text]By this point my doula and my videographer were on their way to my house. Both of them were about 45 minutes away, so I took the time to lay on the couch and sleep. However, the contractions were so strong (not painful, just strong) that I couldn’t sleep through them.
So I continued listening to worship music, sitting on my birth ball and started diffusing my Lemongrass essential oil. The reason why I chose this oil is because Lemongrass always refreshes me and reminds me of a clean start. I know a lot of women like using Lavender essential oil during labor, but Lemongrass is my jam!
By this point, I finally started timing my contractions and they were coming once every 3-4 minutes lasting about 30-45 seconds long. My midwife told me to call when my contractions were 5 minutes apart lasting 1 minute long for a consistent 1 hour.
My videographer showed up at 11:23am and my doula showed up about 12:00pm. Cornell and Judah got back to the house about 11:40am and I ate my breakfast sandwich and continued laboring on the sofa.
As I was laboring the thing that helped me get through the contractions the most was to take deep breaths through the contractions and also moaning through them. After the contraction passed, I was good! I was able to talk between them. I didn’t have my doula bring out any of her tools or massages because I felt like I was managing the contractions pretty well on my own.
Cornell had stepped out for a moment and Judah was hanging with us in the living room. I remember Judah wanting me to play basketball in his room and also him playing his guitar loudly in my ear as I was having contractions. Haha. Omg. This is life with kids![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7200″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” image_hovers=”false”][vc_column_text]My contractions were picking up, but once again – they were not unbearable at all. I imagined things to be way more intense than what they were. With every contraction I kept reminding myself to lean into the contraction, to relax my body and let my body do what it wants. I felt most of the contractions right in my belly.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7051″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” image_hovers=”false”][vc_column_text]I also used Mel Robbin’s 5 second rule and counted down “5-4-3-2-1” in my mind with every contraction. This exercise helped redirect my mind into thinking that the contraction was almost over – and it helped a ton.
There was a point in my labor where I started getting the chills so I had my doula throw a huge blanket over me to warm me up. The intensity of the contractions were definitely picking up. I also realized that my breakfast sandwich from Starbucks was sitting right in my chest and I needed to throw it up. So my doula grabbed the trash can, and thanks to my first trimester – I am a “professional thrower upper”. All it took was for me to lean into the trash can and out it came. Lol![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7201″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” image_hovers=”false”][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1568943857584{padding-top: 2% !important;padding-bottom: 2% !important;}”][vc_column_text]

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CALL THE MIDWIFE

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]It was about 1:30pm and by this time my contractions were very consistent and we called the midwife. After hearing how consistent my contractions were, they told me to head into the hospital. I remember asking them to fill up the birth tub, so I could labor in there, but they told me that they will not be able to fill up the tub until I actually arrived at the hospital. Good thing they didn’t because I wouldn’t have been able to use it anyways!
So Cornell called his mom to come pick up Judah and we started preparing to head out the door as soon as she came. My contractions were lasting longer than a minute by this point and also more intense – but not painful. I don’t remember being in actual pain. I do remember feeling intense pressure.
My doula packed up some fruit and veggies and we headed out the door. It wasn’t until I stood up off the sofa that I remember having to reaaaally breathe through the contractions. It was almost like as soon as I stood up, it sped things up to like the 10th power. Haha.
I even had a contraction as I was walking to the car. I had to lean against the car and my doula put some pressure right on my lower back and encouraged me through the contraction. I then got in the car and realized I didn’t have my phone. Gah! Cornell ended up running back into the house and finding my phone and then off to the hospital we went.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7202″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” image_hovers=”false”][vc_column_text]My doula and videographer both hopped in their own cars and met us at the hospital. They both already had the address and the floor to meet us on.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1568943880311{padding-top: 2% !important;padding-bottom: 2% !important;}”][vc_column_text]

ALMOST TOO LATE

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]It was now about 2:35pm and I am swaying my head all around as we’re heading to the hospital. I literally felt my body wanting to push Liam out, but I knew I had to wait until we got to the hospital. I kept feeling like I had the urge to poop and quite honestly, I was ready to poop and pee on myself because the feeling was so intense to get “it” out. Not realizing that “it” was actually Liam’s head!
We pulled into the parking garage and immediately I got nervous because there were so many cars in this garage and NO parking spots. Like, why in the world did this hospital not have a designated area available for women who are in labor?! I almost had Liam in the garage!
By God’s grace, someone was pulling out and Cornell pulled into the spot and we started walking to the elevator. As we’re waiting for the elevator, once again – I feel the urge to poop and to push, but I kept “sucking” it back in. As soon as we got to the level that we needed to, I sat down in a wheelchair and Cornell wheeled me through to Labor and Delivery. When I sat down in the wheelchair, I was still kinda holding myself up on the sides of the wheelchair because I couldn’t sit all the way down. My doula and videographer were right there by my side. It was now about 2:55pm.
When I got to registration the girl says, “Oh wow, it looks like you’re in labor!” I didn’t even pay this girl any attention. Like, DUH I’M IN FREAKIN LABOR! I kept yelling, “He’s coming, he’s coming!” We literally had no time to show my ID. I gave her my name, Cornell signed a paper and he rolled me into triage.
Once in triage there were about 5 nurses in there and they got me to sit on the bed. As I’m sitting on the bed I’m yelling that I need to poop. The nurse kept asking me to get up on the bed so she can check how far along I was dilated, but I couldn’t even get my body on to the bed. She ended up checking me with one leg up on the bed and the other leg still down. Right before she went to check me, my water broke and Liam was already crowning.
Someone took my pants off (one pant leg was still on. haha) I was finally able to get up on the bed and I just started pushing. No IV, no hospital gown. Just me in my t-shirt and yoga pants half off. My midwife hadn’t even walked through the door yet, but my body couldn’t resist the urge anymore. One of the nurses ended up delivering Liam and within the next 6 minutes Liam was in my arms. It was 3:06pm. I couldn’t believe I did it! I kept yelling, “Omg, I did it! I did it!”[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7203″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” image_hovers=”false”][vc_column_text]I was so shocked that I couldn’t believe I had the VBAC that I wanted! In came my midwife about 2 minutes later and she helped me deliver the placenta. I allowed them to give me a shot of pitocin to help deliver the placenta and to stop any excess bleeding. Soon after they rolled me into an actual room and my midwife began stitching me up as I did tear. However, I did not care! Haha. I can’t believe I just had a successful natural VBAC!
Everyone in the room and even on the floor were so shocked by how fast everything went and you can say that Liam’s birth definitely brought some excitement to their afternoon as everything happened within 10 minutes.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1568943887257{padding-top: 2% !important;padding-bottom: 2% !important;}”][vc_column_text]

REFLECTIONS

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Looking back now at how everything unfolded, I just can’t believe how “controlled” the entire day was. Like, everything went very, very smoothly and calmly. I remember saying that I wanted to labor at home as long as possible and I wanted to be able to eat – something I wasn’t able to do with Judah.
What helped me the most during my labor process was the breathing exercises and the essential oils. Those two things helped me get through my contractions. I believe what helped my labor go so fast was the birth tincture that I mentioned earlier.
Literally all of the reviews were of women who had really short labors and how the tincture helped prepare their uterus for birth. I’m a witness that my testimony is the exact same thing. My labor was not hard and I would even do it again.
My prayer was that I would give birth like the Hebrew women in the Book of Exodus and that I did. It was fast, powerful, and supernatural. Even now, I don’t know how far I was dilated throughout my labor. It seems like I just went from 1 to 10 and then had a baby. Haha. The rest is unknown!
I really hope my story encourages women who are pregnant, but especially those who had a C-section and are weighed down with the torment that sometimes comes with that experience. I just want to let you know that having a natural birth VBAC is possible for you and that labor does not have to be hard. I know that if I can do it, you can do it too![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Thank you to Kaitie Leist Photography for the beautiful photos!

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How To Plan Your Day And Complete Your To-Do List

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INTRODUCTION

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Have you been struggling to complete your to-do list every day? Do you end your day wondering what you did with your time and how you wish you could’ve accomplished more?

If you’re feeling scattered throughout your day and want to be more intentional with your time, this tutorial on planning your day and completing your to-do list will give you the direction you’re looking for.

You’ll learn my exact process for planning my day and you can download your Mom on Fire Daily Schedule Planner© and begin implementing immediately!

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TOOLS YOU’LL NEED

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]For this tutorial we are going to be using the exact planner that I use every day to plan my day, but feel free to recreate this on your own if you’d like! If you would much rather not spend the time recreating this on your own, feel free to download the Mom on Fire Daily Schedule Planner©.
Here is a short list of other items that I would recommend to use along side your planner:

 
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HOW TO IMPLEMENT

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Every night I have an “Evening Cleaning Routine” that helps me reset my home for the following day. As apart of my “Evening Cleaning Routine” I like to also plan the next day using my planner. Filling out my planner the night before helps me wake up knowing exactly what I need to do. The planner serves as my roadmap for my day. I take my time and fill out each section of the planner.
During the day as I complete a task on my planner, I simply put a checkmark in the box to show that the task was complete. I love the idea of putting a checkmark next to the task because it gives me a sense of accomplishment! At the end of the night I wash off my planner and reset again for the following day. You can see an example below.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6958″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image” image_hovers=”false”][vc_column_text]

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THINGS TO REMEMBER

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I like to put a certain amount of time to complete each task in parenthesis next to the task. You’ll see it in the example above. The reason for this is because I only give myself about 30 minutes every day to complete tasks on my to-do list. This just helps me to set an intentional time during the day to knock out items on my to-do list.
Anything that is not done during that 30 minute time frame will either get done at the end of the day or I simply move it to the following day. The key is to not overwork yourself and to prioritize task based on the importance level.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1568943880311{padding-top: 2% !important;padding-bottom: 2% !important;}”][vc_column_text]

THE REWARDS

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I promise any time I feel scattered in my life, it’s because I’m not using my planner. I find that when I use my planner I’m just overall more focused and find myself completing more tasks than when I don’t use it.

The rewards for staying organized throughout your day are endless and will not only effect your life, but also your family whom you serve on a day to day basis. Those rewards may look like more time to do things that bring you joy, more time with your husband, more time with your kids and even more time with your family and friends.

If you’ve found this helpful, I invite you to join me in my on-demand workshop where I show you how you can manage your time better on a day-to-day basis and remove the stress of home management.

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How To Structure Your Time On A Day-to-Day Basis

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In this on-demand workshop you’ll learn how to create an easy to follow schedule and establish routines to manage your home with ease.

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The Best and Worse of 2018

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As I sit here and think about all the ways I want to improve in my home management skills in the new year, I couldn’t help but reflect on what I feel that I did good this year and what I think I did the worse and how I can improve going into the new year!

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Revealing The Most Useful Tool To Organize Your Home Life

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Please note: This is the first lesson of the Routines That Reward training series.
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Productivity. Oh, if there were just a switch that we could turn on to automatically make ourselves more focused and productive. I would buy that – especially for those days where I just want to sleep in and let Judah take care of himself. Haha. But seriously, having a daily schedule or plan is imperative if you desire to see yourself grow in any area of your life. And friend, I am dedicated to helping you develop one. Let’s dig in!

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A DAILY SCHEDULE

Kicking Chaotic Living To The Curb

As I write this, I’m thinking of the people who call into Dave Ramsey’s radio show about their money problems. His response to one caller was, “You’re broke and out of control.” I laughed so hard listening to his response to this caller, because his response was so direct, yet true.
This caller was frustrated by his current financial circumstances and when asked about his budget or plan, guess what – he had none. He was going week-to-week spending money and not telling his money where to go. Instead, he was just taking on expenses as they were thrown at him.
Have you been in this place before in your life or home? Maybe you’re waking up every morning with no plan about what’s going to happen that day. Sure, you may have a general idea of what’s going to happen, but you’re not moving forward in any of your goals or desires. Instead, you’re jumping from task to task and yet getting nothing done.
Maybe you’re a mom with toddlers who have no schedule. You’re chasing your kids around the home all day and your children are roaming around freely throughout the house because there are no planned activities for them. And then you get upset at them for not respecting boundaries that you never set. 🤦‍♀️
The purpose of having a daily schedule is so that you can live a focused life, move forward in your goals and kick chaotic living to the curb. By having a daily schedule for both you and your family not only are you able to remain in control of what takes place throughout your day, but you’re also cultivating an atmosphere of peace in your life. So the very first step to creating a daily schedule is to identify your goals.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

QUESTION 01

What Are Your Goals?

There are so many areas we can target when discussing goals, but for this training I want to focus specifically on setting goals in your home. As woman of God, we are commissioned to be keepers of our homes (Titus 2:5). Being a keeper of your home means that you are making sure the needs of your home (if single) and the needs of your family (if married) are met.
I want you to be honest with yourself. Can you truly say that the needs of your home are a priority to you? Can you truly say that you’re honoring God in the way that you’re using your time? If not, it’s okay. None of us are perfect and we’re all on a journey. The most important thing is that you’re willing to take hold of the grace God has given you and commit to being and doing better every day.
In the daily schedule planner (which is free, ehm), I list out 7 core categories that I feel are the most important elements of a home. Those areas are:

  • Personal Growth
  • Marriage Growth
  • Baby Growth
  • Money Management
  • House Cleaning
  • Home Organization
  • Meal Preparation

I also left a few extra sections if you would like to write out some personal goals. In order to identify your goals I want you to set time aside and dream about what you want those areas of your life to look like. You must be able to clearly articulate your goals in order to know where you’re going.
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QUESTION 02

Why Do You Want Those Goals?

As you begin to write down your goals, I want you to really focus on the why behind your what. Your why is what’s going to keep you when you’re feeling lazy and you don’t want to clean your home and when you want to binge on Wendy’s 4 for $4. I thought I’d share a scripture that has given me strength in my moments of weakness:

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2

I love how Jesus endured when He was pressing toward His end goal. He endured because He had a joy set before Him. He had a vision of what it would look like once he completed His task.
In the same likeness, I would encourage you to get a vision of your why. What would it look like if you were growing spiritually on a daily basis? What would it look like if you had your children on a consistent schedule? What would it look like if you weren’t living paycheck to paycheck? Let that vision be the fuel that keeps you going.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK
TIME TO IMPLEMENT: 45 MINUTES

Have A Dream Session and Write Out Your Goals

Your assignment for this week is to have a dream session and write out your goals. A dream session is simply you sitting down and brainstorming each of the categories listed above. There are no limits when you’re dreaming. Even if it seems wild and crazy, go for it! Write down what you want those areas of your life to look like and then break them down into mini-goals. More of what that looks like in the actual planner. You can download it here.
If you need accountability, ask a friend to join you in this training or simply share your goals with them. If you’re married, share your goals with your spouse and together you guys can come up with a vision for your home and family.
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IN THE NEXT LESSON

Organizing Your Day

In the next lesson, I’ll be going through exactly how to set up your daily schedule. This is where we begin to implement your goals into bite-size pieces. This is probably one of my favorite parts because I know how effective having a daily schedule is. I seriously can’t wait to show you how to do it!
Oh, and if you’re a Mom – you know I have you covered. I’ll also have a daily planner for your baby that’ll be coming in Lesson 3. Sign up for the training if you haven’t already so you can know when it’s available![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

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A Mom on Fire Playlist: Summer 2018

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I LOVE creating different playlist in my Spotify player for different moods, moments or seasons. This Summer playlist is no different. It is composed of songs I’ve been listening to over the past few weeks leading up to the new season. Most of these songs were curated during times working in my home, running errands, or getting work done! I’ll continue adding songs throughout the summer.

You can listen directly in Spotify, right here. Or you can stream below if you’d like. ♫

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Family

5 Must Have Parenting Books

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Someone once said that you if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. I believe that this is true especially when it comes to parenting.

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Mixtape

The Best Christmas Music Playlist of 2017

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This Christmas music playlist is sure to give you all the “Christmas feels”.

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Baby

4 Simple Steps To Get Your Baby On A Schedule

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Getting your baby on a schedule is one of the best things that you can do for both you, your baby and your family.

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Baby

Sample Baby Schedule (0-4 Months)

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Being able to get your baby on a schedule is such a key element for when trying to meet the needs of your family and the needs of your baby. It may be hard to imagine what that should look like, especially as a new mom. So I’ve composed a list of schedules that you can use as a guide to help you develop a schedule for your baby.

Please note: I have adopted these schedules from the book “On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep” by Gary Ezzo. If you would like to see other books that I recommend for new moms, you can check out my resource library.
I highly recommend purchasing the book as there are so many moving parts to getting your baby on a consistent schedule. These are just the schedules, but to actually achieve the results you desire, I highly recommend reading the book! You can get it here.
No time to read the book? I totally get it. You can also listen to it on Audible. AND if you’re a first-time user, you’ll get a free 30-day trial and you can listen to the book FO’ FREE. Sign up for your free trial here.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

SCHEDULE 01

Sample Schedule Weeks 1-2

Early Morning
7:00am – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Mid-morning
9:30am – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Afternoon
12:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Mid-afternoon
2:30pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Late Afternoon
5:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Early Evening
8:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Late Evening
11:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and down for sleep. Allow baby to wake up naturally, but do not let him/her sleep longer than 4 hours continuously at night for the first four weeks.
Middle of the Night
1:30am – Feeding, diaper change, and right back to crib. (usually between 1:00 and 2:30am)
Pre-morning
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Baby Schedule Planner

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SCHEDULE 02

Sample Schedule Weeks 3-6

Early Morning
7:00am – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Mid-morning
9:30am – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Afternoon
12:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Mid-afternoon
2:30pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Late Afternoon
5:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Early Evening
8:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime: minimal
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Late Evening
11:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and down for sleep. Allow baby to wake up naturally, but do not let him/her sleep longer than 4 hours continuously at night for the first four weeks.
Middle of the Night
2:30am – Feeding, diaper change, and right back to crib. (usually between 1:00 and 3:00am)
Pre-morning
5:00am – Feeding, diaper change, and right back to crib. (usually between 3:30 and 5:00am) – baby may drop this feed by this age[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

SCHEDULE 03

Sample Schedule Weeks 7-10

Early Morning
6:30am – 7:00am – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Mid-morning
9:30am – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Noontime
12:30pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Mid-afternoon
3:30pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Late Afternoon
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Early Evening
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Feeding, diaper change, and hygiene care
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap (I personally like to make this bedtime)
Late Evening
10:30pm – 11:00pm – Feeding, diaper change, and down for the night
Please note: Your baby still may not be sleeping through the night by this point and that’s okay![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

SCHEDULE 03

Sample Schedule Weeks 10-16

Early Morning
6:30am – 7:00am – Feeding
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Mid-morning
9:30am – Feeding
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Noontime
12:30pm – Feeding
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Mid-afternoon
3:30pm – Feeding
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Late Afternoon
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Feeding
_____ (enter your own time) – Waketime
_____ (enter your own time) – Down for a nap
Early Evening
8:30pm – 9:00pm – Feeding and down for the night
Please note: Your baby still may not be sleeping through the night by this point and that’s okay![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

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Motherhood

The Minimalist Mom Gift Guide: Fashion Edition

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The minimalist mom in your life may seem hard to please, but trust me – it’s not as hard as it seems (all those Dr. Sesuss books got me rhyming!). She’ll like the gifts that will compliment what she already has and prefers that you stick to a neutral, yet versatile palette.

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THE KEY TO A MINIMALISTIC WARDROBE

Timeless Pieces She Can Wear Over and Over Again

I have been embracing a minimalistic wardrobe now for about 5 years, even more since I became a mom. As a mom there are a few key elements that I like to look for in my clothing. Those include:

  • Quality
  • Durability
  • Fashionable
  • Comfortable
  • Easy

If you have a friend or a wife who is a mom and is minimalistic, yet into fashion – I’m sure she will love these pieces. Though she may be a mom, she still wants to look put together throughout her day and doesn’t want to be in work out gear all day. I created this gift guide to make things a little easier for you as you shop for that special lady in your life!
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Shop The Gift Guide

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