Monday, March 22, 2010

Birth Obsessed

Those who know me well know that I think birth is cool. I get a little obsessed when I am pregnant. Probably in a way it is to prepare myself for what I am about to do. I enjoyed my natural birth with my last one and will do it again this time. I don't think everyone needs to do it this way. I am for choices in birth and to me that is the most important thing. I don't like to ever hear about a woman getting bullied into doing something they are not comfortable with. That said, I wish more women wanted to be in the moment of labor, but also understand why they don't and know that most women don't feel the need to experience it. For me, it was a great experience. I felt so connected with bringing my baby into the world. I was amazed at how much the body can handle, how it was made to handle labor. How God has made a way for us to be able to go through it with nature's pain reliever in the form of hormones. I really don't think about it much, but when I am pregnant I read birth blogs, birth books and just want to talk about birth. Not everyone wants to listen. But that's okay.

I read this book this last couple of weeks. It's about a midwife during the start of the birth movement in the 60's when women were tired of being drugged and tied to the bed during labor. Peggy Vincent, the author, was one of few midwives that was able to deliver both in a home and hospital setting. Unfortunately that doesn't happen anymore. Its either one or the other and women are given a lot less choice when it comes to birth. I wasn't thrilled with the amount of cursing in the book, several 'F' words too. And being in the San Francisco area means for some different stories to say the least. I love her referring to herself as a 'wanna be hippy' that didn't take. But the birth stories were awesome and some of them were so interesting! And a few of them were down right funny while others made me cry. If you enjoy birth or stories about birth this is really an intriguing book.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


My girls love swings. They were really good at the doctor's office and so after lunch I took them out when the day was nice and warm. It only lasted for an hour and the clouds came and so did the rain and cold. Emily and Lindsey are out door kids. They love to be outside and when it warms up we are usually out. It's really nice to have active kids who soak up the sun and don't sit around being bored. We have a hard time when it is too cold to be out.

Happy Birthday Emily

Emily is 6! She wanted a pink cake, with pink candles and pink frosting. She loves pink if it isn't obvious by her choice of cake.

We had family over for cake and fun on Sunday and the next day was Emily's birthday. I had planned a fun trip to see The Princess and the Frog and go out for ice cream. But Emily decided seeing a movie was not that much fun.

I decided that we would scrap the movie, go out for ice cream and find a park. For some reason my girls thought this was an awesome birthday idea. So that's what we did. I love my laid back, easy to please daughters. Then for dinner it was pizza, presents and more ice cream.

Happy Birthday Emily!