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The last few months have been pretty busy in the real world. Most of November amd December saw us battling one illness after another. Everyone was sick with the flu on Christmas and I didn’t bother sharing any pictures taken as we all look miserable.

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Feverish Biscuit days before Christmas

Even with all of the germs & miserableness of the last few months, I’m grateful. None of us needed medical intervention and we are all very well on the road to recovery. After this is all said & done, I’ll still have my babies to hug. I know that sounds morbid, but it is something I’ve thought about a lot lately.

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Christmas Eve & all the babies are sick

I posted a few weeks ago about #TeamRiver & efforts to help a local friend whose child was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. My heart has been a bit heavy since then, but seeing how quickly our community has come to their aid has been a beautiful silver lining!

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Almost all better!

As we approached 2015, our health was steadily increasing. I finally was able to start the doula course I had been enrolled in since November and was looking forward to using blogging to help me keep track of the books I need to read as well as my thoughts on them. (Aside from reviews that I was already obligated to and the occasional Wordless Wednesday, I know my posting has been sparse.)

Just after the start of the new year, a mom posted in a closeknit local Facebook group. She had seen us all come together many times before including #TeamRiver efforts and even rallying behind her when she was harassed for nursing in public. This time, she really her mama tribe; her sweet nursling had fallen asleep forever on New Year’s day. I know that I am not the only one who cried and reached for my babies after reading her post. How do we help? We are all doing our best to offer words of comfort or a shoulder to cry on. A meal train was started and I made spaghetti because it seemed like the most comforting of comfort foods, especially for her older daughter. A GoFundMe account has been set up to cover costs that may arise and our community is still sending her family our love and support.

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Getting started...

I expect my posts will still be few and far between for awhile. I’ve got a lot of reading/work to do for my doula certification and I’m really hoping to focus on it intently for the next few months. When I’m not doing that, I suspect I’ll be gratefully hugging my babies and sending loving vibes to all of the mamas with hurting hearts.

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After months of talking, debating & hoping; I've started my doula training.

Usually, once my baby is born, I’m done with anything pregnancy/birth related. Being that I had gone through this experience three times already, I fully expected the fourth time to be no different.

This time around, I’ve found myself suffering from Postpartum Depression (PPD) ever since my daughter was born almost eight months ago. I cried a lot during the first few days. Then my doula brought my encapsulated placenta pills. I definitely noticed a boost in my mood when I took them and even found myself rationing them out to last longer as I was worried I would start to cry endlessly once they were gone.

My best friend was due a few weeks after me & I spent a day sitting with her while she labored. We supported each other throughout our pregnancies & it was important to be there as much as possible for each other’s labors/births. Several other friends had babies over the next few months and sadly many of them had issues either with their labors or during the initial postpartum period, especially with breastfeeding.

After visiting one friend in particular, something clicked & I started crying on the way home. When my husband asked what was wrong, I told him that my heart was breaking for myself and all of my friends who were having so many problems during such a sensitive time. I told him I was feeling driven to become a doula, a postpartum doula to be exact. He laughed & asked if I had really just now realized this. Sounds like he’s on board!

Next month a new friend is having a baby and she’s asked me to attend! It seems there are signs everywhere pushing me towards doulaing. I’m ready to listen Universe!

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One of many books I will read before becoming a doula


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