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The Midwife Mess


 Does this look like IUGR?

It happened like this:

I am a 33 year old plus-sized mama of four children. I have never had any health concerns other than the actual weight on my body, and my pregnancy had been going well: good blood pressure, no gestational diabetes, baby looked great on the ultrasound I had in February, I had been drinking lots of water, walking, and eating mindfully. Having a home birth was important to me, and I had been looking forward to it and doing my best to be as healthy as I could be.

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The Homebirth of Henry Rupert

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I have so much to catch up on!  Taking a blogging vacation the last part of my third trimester has left me with so much to tell you, but before I post about anything I want to tell you about my new baby!   On May 20th 2013 I gave birth to my fifth baby, a boy we named Henry Rupert after my grandfather and James’ father.

This will be a long post, so get comfy!

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Learn it: How to mix henna paste.

The first step is to make sure your henna is from a reputable henna supplier.  It is very important that your henna is a high quality, finely sifted product.  I get mine from Artistic Adornament because I trust them to provide me with 100% body art quality, fresh henna.  Their Artistic Organic Henna is USDA certified organic.  If you buy your henna powder from a store there is no way to know how long it has been sitting on the shelf, or what other additives are in it, and most people aren’t aware that henna has a shelf life.  I store my boxes of powder in my freezer.


Photo credit: Heather Caunt-Nulton


There are as many henna recipes as there are artists, but my favorite is the basic recipe provided by the woman that taught me about henna (Heather Caunt-Nulton):

100 grams of body art quality henna powder
1 – 1  1/2 cups lemon juice (you can squeeze your own organic lemons if you want, but I find this stuff is easier)
1 ounce (2 tablespoons)  of cajeput essential oil  (cajeput is full of monoterpene alcohols (terps) which get you the darker stain)


Photo Credit: Heather Caunt-Nulton


Pour 100 grams of henna powder into a large bowl.  I prefer glass or metal to prevent staining.

Slowly stir in lemon juice, a 1/4 cup at a time.  I just eyeball it, but you might want to use measuring cups until you get the hang of it.

Stir the mixture with a spoon or whisk until it becomes loose and easy to stir in the bowl.  It should look sort of like lumpy mashed potatoes.  You may have to add a little more lemon juice or henna to get it right.

Photo Credit: Heather Caunt-Nulton

Once it is the right  consistency, cover it and put it on the counter overnight/about 12 hours or so before adding the oil.  Then cover it up again and leave it for another 12 hours.  (Most of henna mixing is just waiting!)

You will be able to tell your henna is done when you scoop it up and the top is brown, but the underside is still greeny.  Stir it up again.  The henna should form a thick and smooth ribbon off your spoon.  You can add a little more lemon juice if it isn’t quite smooth enough.

Photo Credit: Heather Caunt-Nulton

If your henna looks like this, you did it right!  Congratulations!  You now have henna ready to cone up for fabulous body art! 

Now you’re ready to make and fill your henna cones!

This recipe should yield about 15 henna cones.   Just pop them into a freezer bag and store them in your freezer until you want to use them.  Remember that henna is perishable.  It should last a long time in your freezer, and about a week in your fridge.  I usually thaw what I think I need, and then put the leftover thawed cone in the fridge.

The  images above were taken, with permission, from videos by Heather Caunt-Nulton of Henna by Heather and Artistic Adornment.  You can check out the full video here.




Once There Was a Girl

Once upon a time there was a girl. She wasn’t a particularly happy child, but she loved to be creative and spent every spare moment adding to the towering stacks of drawing books and canvases and endlessly scribbled her poems and short stories in her school notebooks. Continue Reading

Learn it: Henna Your Hair

I’ve been hennaing my hair for three years now. I love how it makes me hair smooth and strong- I have crazy frizzy/curly hair.
(Everyone has their own recipe and system, but this is what we do for my hair- written by Jessica)
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