Rachel Brathen

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Feeling emotional. And tired. A lot of sadness is coming up. My heart is stirring. This process is so anti climactic; every day nothing happens. It's like I'm walking around in a bubble. At the same time everything is unfolding. Moving. Shifting. The world is both deafeningly loud and absolutely quiet at the same time. #waitingforpoppy
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Sitting in the garden. Eating the most perfect mango. Drinking tea. Wearing Andreas mala beads. Got this angel card "What you need right now is faith" - yes. I'm thinking too much. I need to just sit back and trust. So, taking a little vacation from obsessing over and planning this birth. Timing will be divine as it always is. There is nothing i have to do or fix or change for any of this to happen. All I have to do... Is sit here and sip my tea. We are cared for. We are held. All is well. #relax #letgo #trust
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This day started off crap (didn't sleep all night, crazy pelvic pain, feeling overall miserable) but its ending with a lot of smiles. We've been floating in the pool with Ringo all afternoon! I think I've figured out the secret to finishing this pregnancy with a bang: float in water.... Every damn day #stayweightless #9monthspregnant #poolday
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Writing about you is the hardest thing I've done since getting used to living without you. I'm writing this book and it's supposed to be about our lives together and how one day you died and I had to continue on my own. I've been longing to write this for years but I keep making excuses why not to. Timing hasn't been right, too busy, too distracted. But I'm writing now. My editor convinced me and honestly, if it wasn't for her I could have put this off forever. So now I have this book deal and a deadline and I'm pushed to continue forward. I've been writing and writing but I'm realizing now I've haven't been writing at all. I told myself I have to bring context to the story so I've written about the periphery. I've been telling myself I'm "leading up" to you but fact of the matter is, I'm not. I've been dancing around the core of this story. Truth is... I'm terrified. I'm scared shitless. Writing about you is stepping back into a time I barely survived and I'm not sure I'll be able to handle that. It's picking at a wound I've spent the past three years hiding, carefully keeping in the shadows. But wounds don't heal in the dark. And the timing right now is what it is for a reason: my due date is the same week as the anniversary of your death. 3 years ago today we were dancing at the festival. Facebook has given me a memory of you every day this week. A part of me knows I'm meant to put this pain on paper now because this birth and death are the beginning and the end at the same time. Poppy is arriving to bring light into it all. She knows you. You know her. You're one and the same. I wrote in my birth plan that I have printed and put on the fridge; "if things get dark, ask Andrea for help" because I know you'll be there every step of the way. Poppy is almost here the way you are but you're also not and the time to write and heal and feel is now. So here I am, my computer on my lap, a blank page in front of me. My fingers tremble over the keyboard. I take a deep breath and I start typing and the words flow and all of a sudden there you are. Here you are. You're right here. I'm writing and you're here and Poppy is kicking and I can't stop crying
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This woman inspires me every damn day. She’s been with me through thick and thin and is one of the strongest, bravest people I know. Best friend, co-worker, travel partner, maid of honor… We’ve been through so much together. And now she is pregnant and engaged with my husbands best friend! It’s so wild. How lives intertwine… I love you @orothschild !!! Thank you for always being by my side. Who inspires you? Today, post a photo of a woman that blows your mind and shower her with L O V E! Use the hashtag #MyTrueBeauty so I can read your words and we can all follow the power of women empowering women @EcoTools #EcoToolsXO #thefutureisfemale #sisterhood #inspiration #community #ad #womensupportingwomen #love
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I try hard to not get caught up in drama. What other people think of me is none of my business - this is one of my favorite sayings and I swear by it. However, I'm breaking my rule to address something right now. There is a lot of bullshit going around with people having opinions about how I want to birth this baby. In Sweden you'd think I'm a cave person simply for planning to birth at home and now some famous women are making fun of me in their podcasts and on blogs, twisting my words and trying to minimize my journey. There are as many births as there are babies born and every woman has the right to choose what is best for her. I have zero opinions or judgement about anybody else's choices and have never expressed anything but what I long for myself. I long for an unmedicated birth at home because that's what I want. If that triggers some of you, I am sorry, but the only one who can deal with that is you. I am open to the fact that this can go any way (I may end up with a c-section; who knows!?) but birthing at home is what I want and it's what I'm planning. I have the right to share that! This doesn't mean I don't have immense respect for every woman out there and for every other type of birth there is - one does not exclude the other. Bringing a child into the world is the most incredible thing and I have as much respect for women choosing scheduled Caesarians as I do for women opting for unassisted births in the woods. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is that YOU feel at peace with your own experience! I'm so disappointed by these (adult) women bashing me for no reason (you know who you are) - I am very saddened to see this bitterness seeping out of what used to be an inspirational platform. The next time you want to put words in my mouth I suggest you simply invite me to your podcast and I'll be happy to share. There is no need to spread lies and make up stories when I've never, not once, commented on other people's journeys. Feeling offended but if anything, even more motivated to do things my own way. Fuck the bs! We don't need it. What we do need is sisterhood and lifting each other up #pregnancy #motherhood #rant
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No baby yet! We are doing EVERYTHING on the list (trust me) - spicy foods, walking on the beach, bouncing on the ball, dancing, eating pineapple and cinnamon, doing the "chiki-chiki" (that's how our midwife phrased it), walking stairs, staying active... I got a deep tissue massage and am booking acupuncture and reflexology this week too. Poppy is around 3800 grams (8.5 pounds) already and getting chubbier by the day so I really want her to arrive sooner rather than later! No surprise that this is a big baby though - Dennis is 6,4" and I'm 5,8" and we both like to eat more than we like to move Babies come when they are supposed to I know I know but I'm open to anything that might give her a little nudge to show up this week. Most of all I'm telling her every day that it's safe to come out and that she is loved and that we can't wait to hold her #waitingforpoppy #pregnancy #family
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39 weeks pregnant in a pink sunset beneath cotton candy clouds... Our planet is so damn beautiful #waitingforpoppy #39weeks #pachamama #motherearth #divine
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List of things I'm longing for: _ * My yoga practice. I want to sweat, flow, jump, invert... So longing to be able to roll my mat out and move freely! This I long for the most. _ * Jeans. I miss wearing jeans! _ * Running. Normally I hate going for runs but these last few weeks I've been yearning to put my running shoes on and move! * Sleeping (good luck with that...) - or at least being able to turn from one side to the other without struggle * Lying on my stomach. * Posting non-pregnancy related photos on Instagram. My feed is 100% pregnancy because my life is 100% pregnancy right now! Guessing we will transition to 100% baby for a while before (hopefully!) landing in a balance between baby/yoga/travels/life... * Wine. A big, cold glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. GIVE MEEE! 9 months is a long time! Everyone tells me to enjoy this time but I just feel so ready to hold this little girl in my arms. #39weeks #pregnancydreams #waitingforpoppy #love
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Pumpkin + double preggos! He decided that Poppyseed would be arriving today at 1pm (as he is conveniently flying a few hours later) and strangely enough, last night I started feeling really odd... I was twisting and turning all night, going from hot to cold and felt a lot of period-like pains but today - nothing! This waiting game is driving me C R A Z Y! My ability to stay patient is almost non-existent I'm trying to just chill and write and fix things around the house but it's so damn hard. I was thinking to do a live stream later to talk to you guys and answer some preggo questions, maybe? At least I don't have to be impatient and alone - I have all of you to talk to! Thankful for this community and all the love that surrounds us. x #waitingforpoppy
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THEY DUG ME A HOLE IN THE SAND SO I CAN LIE ON MY BELLY AND ITS THE BEST THING EVERRRRRRR I love you @cado297 @orothschild ️ #beachday
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Is it a cluster of rocks? 3 buoys? A manatee? Oooooor... Just a pregnant lady floating in the ocean trying to find a moment of peace? @dennisfromsalad just posted this and I'm dying laughing. This literally just looks like a bunch of rocks. You can't even tell it's a human being (or, you know; face, boobs, belly) #whalewatching #oceantherapy #pregnancy #somebodyhelpme
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So much of what your mind tells you is just noise. Dive into silence. Dwell in the space between the noise. Find the quiet space between your breaths. Connect to the rhythmic beating of your heart. For a moment, just... Stop. Close your eyes. Stay here. Surrender to what is. All is well. All is well. All is well. #trust
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Practice. Poppy loves our meditation circles at @island.yoga ... They are so sacred. Everything is sacred. It's like she allows me to drop into a much deeper level of consciousness... Her light emanates through me. All the time. I feel so much. Thinking about @ahlaluna every moment of every day. It's hard for me to write about it because there is a pain in this love that I don't know if I'm ready to dive into. All I know is that in the end... Everything connects. #love
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This belly contains an entire universe. #earth #globe #planet #belly #universe #babybump
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Happy Wednesday! Nope, no Valentine's baby... Sorry to disappoint! We have a little wager going if you wanna get in on the action though Now, let's make this a beautiful day! Do something today just for YOU #everydayisloveday #wednesday #pregnancy #islandyoga #happiness
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a love story... part 4. _______________________________________________________ We drove with the windows down, his hand on the clutch, my feet on the dashboard. I wanted to hold his hand but I didn’t. We got to a lookout and stepped out of the car. What looked like a thousand lights glittered in the distance, surrounded by the dark of the ocean. I sat down in the back of the truck, and he turned toward me. Suddenly we ran out of words. My heart was pounding. I wanted to kiss him. I wanted him to kiss me. The air was electric. He stepped closer and for the longest time we stayed just like that, close, but not touching. Just looking at each other. I felt like I was on the cusp of something momentous and the butterflies I felt in my stomach just wouldn’t settle. I couldn’t understand it but a part of me knew; if I kiss this man… There is no turning back. _ . _ “Maybe we’ll see some shooting stars”, Dennis said. “I’ve never seen one”, I responded. “Never?” “Never”. I looked up and a dark blue canvas looked back at me. Even with all my travels I’d never seen a shooting star, strangely. I decided to make another wager with the universe. “If we see a shooting star tonight it’s a sign and I’ll kiss him” I told myself. A second later a bright light went off above us and a star shot across the sky, leaving a line of bright orange glittering light drawn in it’s trace. Suddenly, his lips were on mine and... Time stopped. I don’t know who kissed whom but I know he tasted like salt water and sunshine. _ We saw two shooting stars that night and until this day, seven years later, I’ve only ever seen one with him. A part of me knew it then and there: life would never be the same. #tobecontinued
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a love story... continued. (part 1 and 2 in previous posts!) _______________________________________________________ So… Off we went. Dennis had a white truck parked in the parking lot and as I opened the door, soda cans and old subway wrappers fell out and into the street. He didn’t seem to notice. “Time to clean the car?” I asked. “What? Oh yea? I guess.” Emelie rolled her eyes. “I can’t believe you’re taking me in some strangers car!!” she muttered. “And a dirty car at that!” He smiled. She blushed. _ I dropped Emelie off at the hotel and told my dad I’d be out for a little while. We drove to a surf break not too far away and parked along the shore. The waves were too big for me and it was crowded with local surfers fighting for the best waves. “Are you ok to chill here?” he asked. “Yes, sure”. I said. “Cool”, he replied and then opened the passenger door, stood up and proceeded to take all his clothes off. Let me repeat that. He. Took. All. His. Clothes. Off. Changing from his jeans into board shorts, he got naked - butt naked - just like that. It was like he’d forgotten I was even in the car! The funniest thing was, he didn’t seem to notice that this was slightly out of the ordinary or care at all if anyone around him could see. The whole thing took all of five seconds and then he was off, paddling out into the distance. I couldn’t believe it. I’d never met a person so… Carefree. It seemed like nothing bothered him, like there was nothing complicated in his world. _ I sat on the shore and watched him surf until the sun set. As he paddled back in I felt butterflies in my stomach. Why was I feeling so nervous around this guy? It’s not like this was the first cute surfer guy I’d ever hung out with. He dried himself off and sat down next to me on the beach. “Wanna go eat something?” he asked. “Yes! I’m starving”. We went to a Thai place and for the life of me, I can’t remember what we talked about. We sat for hours, eating vegetable rolls and yellow curry, drinking Singha’s, just talking. Laughing. A lot. When we’d finished the food I didn’t want to leave. Neither did he. “Wanna go for a drive?” he asked. “Sure”, I said. So we did. #tobecontinued
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Jump for joy! Happy Valentine's Day and happy week 38 of pregnancy to us! I'm teaching meditation for self-love at @island.yoga tonight at 7pm hoping @dennisfromsalad will cook me up a feast at home in the meanwhile. In Aruba there is a a saying; you can't deny a pregnant woman anything or you get pimples (really!). Sooo I'd like a romantic evening for two and a Valentine's baby, please! Is that too much to ask? #38weeks #valentinesday #comeonpoppy #jumpforjoy #love
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The day is done. Today I'm grateful for the ocean because it makes me to feel weightless and for my husband because he makes me feel beautiful. Also, this sunset, because, magic. Weightlessness and beauty and magic. That was my day and that is my gratitude. What are you thankful for this evening?️ #givethanks #trust #love
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...part 2 is on my blog (rachelbrathen.com/blog) and on my Facebook page. Instagram doesn't have enough space! Search Yoga Girl on fb, or click link in bio️ . Woke up feeling nostalgic... And full of love today! @dennisfromsalad #lovestory #tobecontinued
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My whole life I've been looking for a place to belong. For many years I was running; from boyfriend to boyfriend, country to country. I'd throw myself into relationships thinking they would save me. I hurt a lot of people along the way. The year before I met Dennis I was head over heels in love no less than four times. I'd meet someone, experience an electric connection, convince myself that this was "it"... And then completely forget about the guy the moment something else caught my attention. What I didn't understand was that I was actually keeping my heart at a distance, never truly opening up to anyone at all. Then I met Dennis. Or, actually, my dad met Dennis. We walked into a surf shop and the moment I laid eyes on him I felt like I was hit by a brick. I couldn't talk. Something about his presence made me completely unable to act cool. He said hi and I answered with "heherumpf" and felt my face turn red. He ended up talking to my dad. A lot. At one point my dad turned to me and said "weren't you looking for a surf instructor Rachel? I'm sure this guy can take you!" Dennis scribbled his number down on a piece of paper and handed it to me. "Sure! Call me if you want to go surfing. I'd love to take you" "Th-thanks", I said, feeling mortified. Where was my normal, breezy self? I couldn't even string two words together! After what felt like an eternity we finally left the store. Dennis smiled at me as I walked out but I couldn't even look at him. What was happening to me?? .. "You have the WORST taste in men", my dad told me as we were crossing the street outside. "Just look at that guy in there! Humble, straight-forward, good looking. You could tell right away; that's a great guy. And you didn't even give him the time of day! Instead you date these douchebags all the time. I hope one day you'll see the value in a guy that has both feet on the ground." My dad didn't know the reason I didn't talk to him was because I was physically unable to. Every cell in my body was screaming at me to call him. I didn't. Instead, I crumbled the note up and threw it away. Whoever this guy was I wasn't ready for him. Or, that's what I told myself... #tobecontinued
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So the whole island was without electricity last night during a thunder storm and I was up literally all night. Some days I feel really trusting and some days I drop into serious doubt: how is this baby ever going to make its way out?! Seriously! I move between longing for labor and totally dreading it. It just feels so surreal. Last night in the dark my mind started spinning with fear and worry. I finally fell asleep around 8am and when I woke up at 9 Poppy was quiet. Most of the time she moves non stop (literally all the time) but for all of three minutes this morning she was totally still and I absolutely PANICKED. I woke Dennis up (who's logical thought was; "dude - she is just sleeping! Let her sleep!") and spent what felt like an eternity rubbing my belly listening for movement. And then she stretched, of course (probably annoyed with being woken up for no reason) and now she is dancing around just like normal. And I am back to longing for labor. Like. I want it to be today. This is all such an emotional roller coaster!!! Doing my best to settle back into trust today. Patience. Patience. _______________________________________________________ This photo was taken around 28 weeks; 10 whole weeks ago. I remember feeling huge and like I was so very pregnant... I had no clue #pregnancy #moodswings #emotional #trust
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_____________________________________________________ : @michelwidenius @tidningenmama #babybump #motherhood #blessings
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This was Ringo during our live @oneoeight.tv meditation yesterday I love doing these live sessions!! Thousands of us connecting and grounding at the same time from all corners of the world... It's so special. I have a ton of meditation and yoga classes over at my online home www.oneoeight.com - try the free trial and roll out your mat with me today! . Meanwhile, I'll be here, waiting for baby. Everyone seemed to think last night would be the night with the full moon and so many cosmic events happening... But Poppyseed is still put️ She is moving like CRAZY though - I taught two classes yesterday and in both she was twisting and turning and bouncing around so much it was hard for me to speak Does anyone know if more movement means she's closer to arrival? Or is she settling in deeper? She has been in position for so long now but suddenly she is getting wilder and wilder. God I wish there was a timeline I could follow here! Patience is not my strongest virtue. Wondering how much longer she will be... Feeling so ready to have her in my arms now #pregnancy #Poppyseed #patience
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Mama Magazine Out in stores now! This was such a fun feature to shoot (and it's Ringo's fourth cover!)️ To read the full feature in English, download the app (link in bio) #mamamagazine #pregnancy #cover #motherhood
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Thursday Today I'm writing. Lying in my hammock. Swimming (ok; floating). Listening to Bon Iver. Drinking tea. Eating grapes. Enjoying these beautiful moments of nothingness before the next chapter of this journey begins. Everything is so quiet. I'm just... Happy #itsabeautifulday
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Sunshine in my belly️ #37weeks #poppyseed #beach #sunshine
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When you're trying to hug your bestie but there are too many babies in the way #preggos #22weeks #37weeks #whalewatchingeverydamnday
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THANK YOU. Say it. Right now. And repeat as needed: . (thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you) . #gratitude #bliss #joy
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I hit 37 weeks and will officially be cleared for home birth in 90 minutes! So... We're having a birth pool party. Yup! Pomaritas and BBQ and blowing up the birth pool. Very surreal. Not sure how we got here.... The boys are now IN the pool asking for pomarita refills There is talk of filling the pool with beer and ice and also possibly rowing it across the Atlantic. Oh, and, Patrick just simulated giving birth with Dennis as his birth partner. So far everything is happening just the way I'd planned it #birthpoolparty #37weeks #homebirth #family
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Love. It's the beginning the end ... . and everything in between. ____________________________________________________ : @lovebyemelie #pregnancy #sunset #smile