Rose’s Birth Story: Part 1

20 Feb

In the OR soon after Jane Darby was born via emergency “crash” C-section, my doctor informed me that I’d be a great candidate for a VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean.) I always thought it was strange that she mentioned it then, and wondered what about me, or my body, or my situation, made her know right away that a VBAC may work for me. Later I learned it was because I hardly labored at all with Jane Darby, since she was rescued within three hours of my medically necessary induction, and that trying a VBAC would really be like trying labor for the first time. Continue reading 

Our 2012 Holiday Letter

29 Dec

2012 started off with some great events around the Crawford household. On January 3rd, we traveled all the way to Jackson, Mississippi, to support Jane Darby’s Granddaddy “No No” during his swearing in as the Mississippi House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tempore. He is the first-ever Republican Speaker Pro Tem for Mississippi. We were very proud of him!

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Playing with toys Santa brought (early)

20 Dec

Lots of cool toys

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Funny head band

18 Dec

Jane Darby likes this headband.

via Flickr

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Soda Shoppe First Birthday Party

10 Sep

Our sweet baby turned one! This post is a photo tour of her first birthday party. Continue reading 

Blame the drama on the trauma

3 Sep

Expect drama from me this week. Let me explain.

Do you ever try to fix something, over and over again, but you can’t because it’s broken for good?

When I was finding myself reliving the events of last September while trying to go to sleep, or catching myself thinking about it for hours, or discussing it with Drew for the 118th time, I had to ask myself: Wait a minute. What’s wrong—with me, with this?

Then I realized: Drew and I have this thing we are trying to fix, except that it’s already occurred. Continue reading 

First Trip to the ER + Two PSAs

4 Aug

My mom education has grown vastly in the last 24 hours. I thought I’d just about heard of everything, but turns out: nope! Here’s our story for your future reference.

When I picked up Jane Darby from daycare yesterday, I happened to notice the tiniest red dots all over one side of her face. There were a few dots on the other side of her face, too. I showed them to her teacher and we both tried to wipe them off, but it wasn’t working. I knew it was popsicle day and thought maybe that had attributed, but it hadn’t. Continue reading 

How to Make Your Own Baby Food

19 Jul

So now that you’ve decided on your reasoning for making your own baby food, and have taken every little detail into consideration, it’s time to talk details.


1. High-powered food processor
(Example found here)
Uses: pureeing fresh or cooked foods
I already had a heavy-duty food processor and use it often. With one of these, I never have to chop onions and bell peppers. Plus, if you want to make Oreo cookie truffles, this is a must. For baby food, it provides the most efficient way to get the finest consistency. Plus, it does its work quickly. If you don’t already have one, consider investing in this tool because you’ll use it for multiple projects. Continue reading 

11 Things to Consider Before Making Your Own Baby Food

18 Jul

In yesterday’s post, I laid out 9 Reasons to Make Your Own Baby Food. But there may be things you haven’t considered because you’ve never done this before. I’ve happily served as your baby food making guinea pig. Read below for some intel.

There are certainly added benefits for making your own baby food, but remember that many store-bought foods are fortified with extra goodies, like DHA and iron. I can’t decide for you what benefits outweigh the others, but just know there are benefits all around. Because Jane Darby is more at risk for iron-deficiency anemia because of prematurity and low birth weight—not to mention blood tests confirmed it—I came to appreciate the iron fortification found in store-bought foods. Continue reading 

9 Reasons to Make Your Own Baby Food

17 Jul

There are many arguments that can be made in favor of homemaking baby food. I ranked them below according to my own decision to take the plunge.

I’m not talking about the top of my baby’s sweet little head. I was a new mom and wanted to do something special for my baby, so I made her food. I’ll be making her meals for much of her young life, so why not start early? It was a way to feel super motherly. Simple as that.

I’m selfish, I suppose. I like to cook and love projects. I enjoyed reading about and researching baby food making, too. Plus, it was a chance to be creative and enjoy the pretty colors involved. Continue reading