Author Archives: nicaela3

The Footling Breech, VBA2C, Dream-Come-True Home Birth of Gregan Wallace

(Editor’s Note: I wrote this the day after Gregan was born, and his first birthday seemed like a good day to share with the world. Plus, I procrastinate a lot. Happy birthday, my son! Not a day goes by I do not in some way think of this amazing experience.) After weeks of prodromal labor […]

Tips for a “Successful” VBAC

As we prepare to welcome our fourth baby, I’ve been thinking a lot about the births of our three children. They couldn’t have been more different. Each birth was amazing and life-altering. And each had a lesson to offer. Our first was born two weeks before her due date via a very fast, not very […]

Weaning: A Time to Feast

Last week, after months of indecision, we decided it was time for our youngest child to say goodbye to nursing. To be honest, I wasn’t really tired of it, but it just seemed like it was time. I don’t want to bore you with details about how I wean my children, but suffice it to […]

Conquer the Monster Under the Bed: The Birth of a Warrior

  When our oldest child was three years old, she began to have severe nightmares.  Terrified and shaking, she would always relate the same strange story to us:  there was a black shadow beast that was trying to capture and devour her. It had long glassy fangs and was covered with black smoke. She described […]

Herbs in the Home, Part 1: Medicinal Infusions

Don’t tell him I said this, but my husband and I are suckers for chick flicks. A few months back, we found ourselves watching Julia & Julia. If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s  about Julie Powell, a blogger who cooked over 500 recipes from Julia Child’s famous Mastering the Art of French Cooking […]

Why I Dump 4 Buckets of Ice Cold Water Over My Head Every Day

Every morning I wake up before sunrise, go outside, and pour five gallons of ice cold water over my head, back, and chest. Twice. Then I do it again just before bed. The weather is cold at night and early in the morning, around mid-30s these days. It’s never easy, but I think of it […]

How to Maintain Parental Sanity in the Face of Chaos

I’ve learned through the years, and particularly since becoming a mom, that stress is sneaky and has to be attacked aggressively and consistently. Otherwise it will drag you down, as well as everyone around you. Unfortunately, I have a history of poor stress management habits. I was a heavy smoker throughout college while working two […]