Weekend Links / / Flat Tire Injuries

Hey! I’m sorry I missed posting a Weekend Links on Friday.

Last week was long for many reasons, but adding to it all, I got a flat tire Wednesday night. Cars are a necessary annoyance, am I right? The culprit? A nail in my tire. I arrived to work fine, thankfully, but when I walked out, at 10:30 pm, my tire was completely flat. Phoenix makes everything so worth it, but in moments like this you realize kids do complicate matters. In other years, Jordan would just come get me, but we try to avoid waking a sleeping baby!

I’m grateful for friends who don’t mind taking you home.

Thursday morning a friend drove Jordan to our car and once we realized we would have to call a tow truck, Phoenix and I went to pick Jordan up. Phoenix was happy and content watching all of the commotion. He sits up and scoots constantly and gets himself into all sorts of funny positions. It’s fun to watch except when he does it during nap time. HAHA.

Onto the links!

How to Throw a Low Key First Birthday Party | I’m trying to not think too far in advance, but with the going rate of Phoenix’s first six months, piecing ideas for a first birthday doesn’t seem crazy. Well, okay, some of the past six months did drag on. HAHA. My mom loved throwing birthday parties for us as children so I look forward to carrying on the tradition.

Tips for Feeding + Food Ideas for A Toddler | A few weeks ago I shared a post on baby-led weaning. Phoenix is still less than enthusiastic about solids, but I’m saving articles, like this one from Nelle, for meal ideas. #milkbaby

The Scary Truth about Childbirth Injuries | I listened to Kiera Butler’s fascinating podcast interview on childbirth injuries. Women are told the risks of cesarean sections, but very few are told of the potential longterm effects of vaginal deliveries.

First-time mothers are not told that roughly one-third of all women, at some point in their lives, will develop stress urinary incontinence—a condition wherein a cough, a sneeze, or a laugh is likely to cause an “accident.” Or that surgery for this condition is three times more common in women who give birth vaginally compared with women who deliver by cesarean section.”

John DeLancey, a urogynecoloist at the University of Michigan, is studying the toll of pelvic injuries on women. 

“Simple measures taken during birth can also help women avoid injury [such as an epidural]. These things are worth considering, even for women put off by the idea of modern medicine crashing their birth-day party, because forging ahead with a difficult labor may actually mean more medical intervention in the long run.”

I’m not proposing all women have a c-section, but it’s important for us to demand a true understanding. Could interventions assist in better long-term health? Why not ask.

Chrissy Metz | I’m not caught up with This Is Us but I do enjoy the show and plan on finishing out the season. Chrissy, one of the main stars, wrote an opt-ed for Glamour Magazine where she shared this, “When I booked This Is Us, I had 81 cents in my bank account.”  

Hot Spinach Dip | This Skinnytaste version reminds me of a similar dish my mom makes. Except she adds artichokes and pulled chicken to make it a main dish. I love eating chips and dips at gatherings. I’m thinking about making this for February’s wine club.

Happy Weekend, all!

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24 thoughts on “Weekend Links / / Flat Tire Injuries”

  1. Clearly my mom exhaustion is messing with me – I read the first link as a Keg First Birthday – I was like ooooh, that’s different! hahahha. Great links for reading this morning.

  2. I DEVOURED that article on vaginal childbirth injuries. (I noticed the podcast in my podcast player app, but have been too scared to listen! I will now.) We’re basically told that labor will be hard, we’ll heal quickly, and everything will be fine if we do our Kegels. Not even a little bit true. I’m one of the many women who developed a childbirth injury postpartum (who knew that was even possible?) from all the stress on my pelvic muscles during labor and pushing. It’s still not healed all the way and it terrifies me to think about having another baby and reinjuring myself and going through it all over again. I’m so glad some friends suggested pelvic PT, because even though it hasn’t fixed everything, it has dramatically changed my quality of life! Thanks for sharing this article — I will be too!

    1. I’m so sorry, Brittany. I don’t want to make everything a feminist issue but I really feel like the lack of information given to women is a problem. Pelvic issues affect so many women, but the resources available is limited. I mean just the fact that we’re expected to go right back to work! I’ve heard great things about Pelvic PT so I hope it continues to show results for you.

      1. I completely agree! There is a huge lack of information and quality education — everything from how our reproductive systems work to what actually happens to our bodies during and after giving birth. I’m sure what I’ve learned these last few years just scratches the surface! It’s been encouraging to see more honest articles and books gaining popularity — they have helped me for sure!

  3. Yes.. I too had trauma with delivery of first child 36 years ago.. I was 15 min away from a c-section .. But alas didn’t happen.. …. Hysterectomy at 38 ..I Face future reconstructive surgery.. I was never given the option of PT because they didn’t have it available..I consider childbirth a miracle .. And my 3 RD baby almost didn’t happen.. But I am so glad she is here.

  4. Oh no! So sorry about your tire, what a mess. Tires are so expensive too.
    I love Chrissy Metz! This is Us is such a great show; it’s the only time in my entire life I can remember seeing adoption depicted so accurately on TV. So special!

  5. Thanks so much for including me!! I’m honored!! Also I need to check out those baby meal ideas now. Aiden eats basically everything but I always am looking for healthy ideas!

  6. YES to that injury article. I feel like it has become such a movement to shame women who decide to include modern medicine in their birth. We’re told women have been having babies forever, our bodies will know what to do, we’re strong and can do it and will heal, but no one EVER talks about the aftermath.

  7. I just came across your Blog and I can soo relate! I just LOVE this list of links! My little guy just hit the six month mark and we are already talkin’ first birthday plans…glad I’m not the only one!! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!


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