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my birth story

Sometime after the birth of my fourth child I decided that I wanted to have my next birth without an epidural or other pain meds. I had had an epidural for each of those four births. While I realize that having an epidural doesn't make me less of a mother, or diminish the birth in any way, I wanted to do it “the real way.” I'd read a lot about how babies can be more alert after a non-medicated birth, and how recoveries can be easier for the mother. I'd also read about how having less interventions overall actually leads to less problems. And while I was also open to an out-of-hospital birth like a birth center, that was not an option for us for a few reasons.  read more »

More than two

Today when you go out to vote, I hope you realize that there are more than two choices.

all mama-made

All wrapped up

his pants, his hat, his sweater and socks, even his diaper, all mama-made. And don't forget he spent an extra 10 days baking, so he's mama-made too!

it's a BOY!

And a big one at that! The newest Frugalbaby was born October 22, 9 lbs 6 oz 21 3/4" long. Everyone is doing well! More details to come.

Who says 2 is too young to help?

Who says 2 is too young to help?

This kid just barely turned three and she is quite a good helper around the kitchen already. She can help grind cucumbers for relish, or apples for applesauce, help put dirty dishes in the sink when I wash, set the table all on her own, and sort laundry by color.


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