Saturday, October 20, 2012

Need your help

I am working very hard on the certification process to become a natural childbirth educator. I plan to teach 10 week childbirth preparation courses through Birth Boot Camp. Every aspect of planning for natural birth will be covered as well as breastfeeding and attachment parenting techniques.

This is where I need you. I want to build a great list of community resources to help new parents.

If you have any healthcare provider that you think has helped you with a great peaceful birth or a provider that has served your family's needs I'd love their name for my list...

Lactation consultants

Let me know.... And if you know any pregnant moms that might be interested in classes starting next spring keep me in mind!


Friday, October 19, 2012

I grow things

If I had one wish than it would be...

It's a little past midnight. I am officially halfway to seventy years old. Kyle held me tonight just when the clocked flipped to 12, kissed me and said happy birthday babe. In the morning my mom will call and tell me what she was doing at whatever time it is - thirty five years ago. "they were wheeling me to the OR" "I was in the recovery room" "I was holding you" Do children ever tire of hearing about when they were born? this kid doesn't. Then she will sing the primary version of happy birthday.
Thirty wasn't a biggie to me but this 35 business kind of is - I gave birth to Nola just under the mark of what is considered "advanced maternal age"

35 and you know what? I have an awesome life. As far as goals go - I am exactly where I wanted to be when I dreamed of this day. I always wanted to be a college graduate happily married with six kids- and here I am

When I was a kid I said it would be four boys and two girls ... But four girls and two boys is awesome.

Things can be hard. Money is tight. The walls are dirty and the carpets stained and just about everything is sticky, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

My emotions are always tender in this postpartum stage - but it's a happy tender. A realization that this is a great moment that like most, passes too quickly.

So hear,hear to enjoying the next thirty five years! I suspect it's going to be awesome

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

guarding this time.

I gave birth before sunrise on September 21st - then I stayed in my bedroom for almost an entire week - snuggling my new baby skin to skin, breastfeeding her, breastfeeding her older baby brother,
 older siblings coming to and fro holding the new baby, Dad and mom staring at each other and new baby - thinking "Do we really have half a dozen children?"

I am guarding this time with a crazy ferociousness.
I don't want it to end, yet I know it will, so I am breathing in deep the moments.
I'll get around to her birth announcements. 
I'll get around to writing her birth story. 
Here is a sampling of what we've been up to.
This past Saturday I did make it into jeans and tennis shoes and we went to six flags. But for the most part we are homebodies at the moment and I wouldn't have it any other way.