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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

drizzle drizzle fog

It's foggy and drizzly today. The grass is still green but the fall colors are beginning to drop and fade. I told my husband recently that I wish that during June and October time could somehow slow down so they'd last twice as long.

This warm tea I'm sipping is good and comforting, like a solid hug from an aunt or Oma. It would be a good day to brew up a big pot of the lovely Teavana Earl Grey loose leaf tea I have on hand, but I'm cutting my caffeine intake down or completely out at the moment, so I'm trying to resist. I've switched to herbal teas, like chamomile and peppermint. They go well with the honey I changed to last January. I prefer maple syrup in the black teas, it really adds something wonderful to a cup of Lady Grey tea with some milk.

Getting rid of caffeine and sugar wasn't motivated by any lofty desire to be a better person, at least not in the sense that I'm depriving myself to improve my character. I will be seeing a wonderful local doctor tomorrow to hear what the results were from a saliva test that measured hormone levels throughout my day, and I'm expecting to hear that she thinks I have adrenal fatigue. If I do, sugar and caffeine will be verboten, so I'm trying to get a head start figuring it can't hurt. While I'm not thrilled about the hard work it will likely take to try to get everything back to where it should be, I am weirdly excited to hopefully have an actual reason for why I wake up like a zombie and am yawning by noon. (A reason besides having four children six and under, which has been what I have been blaming.)

Speaking of the kids, they're doing great. I'll end with some photo spam...


A photo posted by Natalie (@olivesprouts) on

A photo posted by Natalie (@olivesprouts) on

A photo posted by Natalie (@olivesprouts) on

A photo posted by Natalie (@olivesprouts) on
Gonna go have a second cup of tea and unload the dishwasher now. Maybe I'll blog again before months have passed, maybe not. Nice to pop in though.
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Friday, September 05, 2014





Canva.com is such a fun resource for creating graphics! :) Here is some recent work...

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Tongue Tie

I realize I've been a terrible blogger lately. The thing is, it isn't from lack of writing. It is just emails, and facebook comments instead. I've been thinking lately that especially on things that I repeat myself on often, it might be nice to store things that I can grab easily and edit, so I'm not having to come up with them from scratch every time. So here's a recent email reply I sent, to a mom with a small baby having a lot of issues who found my email address on a comment somewhere and sent me some questions. Maybe it will be helpful to someone else. :)


Hi L----!

I'm glad that you found my email address! :) This is something I'm super passionate about and I'm happy to help you in any way I can.

A laser revision only takes a few minutes for the actual procedure, but you do have to do mild stretch/massage on the site for a few weeks which can be painful. Different providers have differing protocol, our provider wanted stretching every 4 hours for two weeks. It was definitely the hardest part of the whole thing. We did give her two doses of pain meds, but I was reluctant to give her more when she was seeming to be fine except for stretching. She seemed very uncomfortable for a few days, then it decreased. Probably after the first week, she was only in pain seemingly during the stretches. I would say, don't plan on doing much besides baby holding, nursing, etc for at least the first week if possible. Frozen pizzas and a sling are your friends!

Our provider had us push firmly up on the tongue for a count of three, and the same on the lip. We did it pretty faithfully, not wanting reattachment, but it's my understanding (and you should know this, before you decide how to approach it) that this is such a new thing that we don't really have a lot of information about how effective stretching is in preventing reattachment. The theory seems sound - break up beginning attachment by reopening the area - but we cannot say definitively that it is effective, especially since many people DO struggle with reattachment issues who have tried to do the stretches.

I do not have any regrets except not doing it sooner, and not pursuing bodywork, like cranial sacral therapy, before and after revision. It can really, really help release tension and help the revision be the most effective. As it was, she had slow but steady improvement, and now is a happy 15mo who is very good at nursing! :) But honestly, the more I read about long term health impact of tongue tie, the more I feel like if it's causing ANY issues in infancy, it's really going to be better to try to head off any other issues it may cause down the road. The tie impacts so much more than just breastfeeding!


This post by Dr. Ghaheri, one of the leading tongue tie specialists, is very helpful, I think, in understanding function.

If you join the "Tongue Tie Babies Support Group" on Facebook, they have a list of providers that people have had good experiences with, as well as helpful files, and you can post there to get more experiences and support. You can also see the files here. There are also a lot of smaller local groups that may be helpful to you as well in finding local options for chiropractic or cranial sacral therapies. I also have this blogpost you might find helpful.

Please let me know if I can help you any further - best wishes!

And my reply to her second email, with more questions...

Hi L-----!
Well, it's been a year [since revision], so my memory is a bit foggy, but here are my best guesses.

Yes, we started stretches 6 hours after the revision, I believe. We lifted and held for a few (3?) seconds, then released. I rubbed a few times, since I had read some people recommend that. My provider did not tell me to, that I can remember.
I gave pain meds that first night, and I think the next afternoon. I didn't use any type of topical gels.
I can understand that! But honestly, if you're having issues, I really feel like the sooner the better. It will be a rough few weeks, possibly, but getting it over with will likely be worth it. I would just say, make a plan and have a team. Figure out where you can get cranial sacral or cranial facial therapy - the ideal is within 72 hours pre and post revision. (We didn't have an IBCLC who knew about ties, or any bodywork...I'm just talking about the ideal now!)
My daughter Ruby could not latch initially - despite being my fourth baby, so I had plenty of experience! And when she did figure it out and latch, it was a very shallow, weak latch, where she basically was just drinking my let down, not able to create good suction. Due to not having that suction, her seal was really poor, and she was swallowing a lot of air. That led of course to painful gas, needing burped often during feedings, very very long feedings, etc. Her weight gain was fantastic, but I was pumping initially, in the NICU, and then I was also tandem nursing once we got home. At about three months, we figured out the issue. I think it was right at four months that we had the revision.
After revision, we saw slow but steady improvement. She was able to hold a pacifier in a few weeks later. She was able to take a bottle a few months later. I could breastfeed her while walking around without having her loose her latch! It was amazing.
I hope some of this is helpful to you.
Best wishes, and I'd love to keep in touch and find out how things go for you either way.




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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tongue Tie Links and Miscellaneous

The best way to remember everything you wanted to include in your printed hand out...is to look over one of the 20 that you've already picked up from FedEx. Oops! I'm going to be briefly discussing tongue tie at a support group tonight, and I have some great info to hand out, but here is what I wanted to add...  

First though, if you weren't there, check out these Fast Facts for some starter info.

I mentioned Dr. Kotlow, a leading expert in the tongue tie field, and there are several articles from him mentioned in the hand out, his website has a lot of good information as well.

Another tongue tie specialist, Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, has a lot of very helpful posts on his blog, including The Evidence Supports Treating Tongue Tie for Breastfeeding Problems, Rethinking Tongue Tie Anatomy: Anterior vs Posterior Is Irrelevant and How Tongue-Tie Affects Breastfeeding Mechanics.

You can connect with Advocates for Tongue Tie Education in a few different places: our Facebook page, our Facebook group, our Twitter account, and on Pinterest

I also have a tongue and lip tie related Pinterest board.




And this YouTube playlist:





Also, on a lighter note, Tongue and Lip Tie Memes is another place that moms are working to spread awareness.

I've been meaning to blog for months about our tongue tie experience with Ruby's posterior tongue tie and upper lip tie, and what a huge difference it made to have her ties revised, but I just haven't gotten to it yet so this will have to do for now.

But I will say it was 125% worth the eight hour round trip with a 3 month old, and the 5 minute procedure, and the aftercare.

Feel free to comment with any questions...

I'm not a professional and I'm not an expert, but doing my own mom research and managing the social media for ATTE has gotten me to the point where I'm confident that if I don't know the answer, I know people who likely do! ;)

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Friday, February 07, 2014

Happy Frog Day!

Happy Frog Day!
by Nathan, age 5 2/7/2014

"Happy Frog Day, Frog!" Ant said.

"Hop up." Frog said.

Frog was going to a fair.

After the fair, when they were coming from the fair, they saw someone with arrows and on those arrows it said "snowstorm alert." And those arrows were pointed right at the direction they were going. And the other arrows said "Stay at the fair if you're leaving from the fair."

And then the Frog family said, looks like we're going to have to stay here a long time and watch everything the circus does. Then they all agreed. And then they figured out there was no more room at the circus for them to stay. So the people who owned the circus said they must sleep on top of the circus house because that is where the other rooms were, and that guy also said they must wear their jackets while they were sleeping on the top of the fair house.

THE END


The first bit was created using index cards with simple words written on them for him to arrange however he wanted...but then he ran out of index cards and I suggested he dictate the end of the story. He wants to sell his story to earn money to buy more LEGO, so if you know anybody looking for a story about a frog family, pass it on! ;)

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

"War is proclaimed between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. It is the fruit of this enmity, that there is a continual warfare between grace and corruption, in the hearts of God's people. Satan, by their corruptions, buffets them, sifts them, and seeks to devour them. Heaven and hell can never be reconciled, nor light and darkness; no more can Satan and a sanctified soul. Also, there is a continual struggle between the wicked and the godly in this world. A gracious promise is here made of Christ, as the Deliverer of fallen man from the power of Satan. Here was the drawn of the gospel day: no sooner was the wound given, than the remedy was provided and revealed. This gracious revelation of a Saviour came unasked, and unlooked for. Without a revelation of mercy, giving some hope of forgiveness, the convinced sinner would sink into despair, and be hardened. By faith in this promise, our first parents, and the patriarchs before the flood, were justified and saved. Notice is given concerning Christ. 1. His incarnation, or coming in the flesh. It speaks great encouragement to sinners, that their Saviour is the Seed of the woman, bone of our bone..." - Matthew Henry

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ruby Jubilee

Ruby Jubilee was born via c-section at the end of May! After a week long NICU stay, we happily came home and have been making up for lost snuggles ever since.

She was a roly-poly 9lbs at birth, and has gained very well! After three long days of IV nutrition, she was able to start colostrum in bottles, then nursing. Thankfully after a few days and some tips from the awesome lactation consultant, she figured out nursing and we haven't had any more issues.

Now we are enjoying figuring out four under six! So far, frozen meals, Netflix, and help with the housework as I recover from surgery have been lifesavers. I knew a c-section recovery would be harder, but didn't realize just how much longer and more painful it would be.

I may share more of a birth story at some point, but the short version is that at 42 weeks I finally went into labor, the midwife was almost here and the birth pool was filling when I had alarming bleeding. We transferred and found that she was a face presentation, so I was quickly prepped for a c-section, which went pretty well. Afterwards things did not go as planned- Ruby was transferred to a larger hospital for fluid in her lungs, elevated white blood cell count, elevated heart and respiratory rate. She had some breathing issues, as well as some stomach dystension, that concerned the doctors in addition to their concerns that she might have an infection. By the time I was able to join her two days after birth, she looked much better, and we were able to hold her for the first time. :)