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My Summer So Far!!
August 6, 2009

Alright, so I haven’t blogged in four months!! I know! Lots of things have happened in the meantime and I don’t even know where to begin. I’m also pressed for time, I have another 15 minutes and then my babysitter is leaving.

Yes, babysitter. I have a neighbor (at least he’s a neighbor for another month or so) that I can trust with Andor and I’ve had him over three times now to watch Andor while I try to have some down time. However, as my luck would have it, It looks like his family has bought a house and are moving in at the end of this month! What then?!?! I finally find someone that I can trust to watch Andor and he’s moving away. Grrr. Arrrg. He claims that his mother will drive him here for a weekly thing, but I really don’t think that that’s going to happen really. It sounds like they have a lot of renovation on the house, and then he will start school again.

I don’t know what I’ll do. Andor requires ALOT of interaction, and I have reached my limit. I need time to decompress and write, or read, or just stare at the wall for a couple of hours a week. It’s unnatural for a grown-up to play 17 month old games all day! In order for me to be a better mom, I need more alone time.

Anyway. Andor finally decided that solid food was better than nummies and eats way more regular food. He still nurses plenty, but over all he asks for food more and nummies less. He loves to swim (he is part fish) , and run, and play with legos. He is talking up a storm.  He just loves a kitty of any kind and would pretty much chase one all day long if he could.

Also, Abra and I have planted a garden and it has grown up and started to produce. It is great! We have been eating plenty of fresh produce from it! It has been utterly satisfying to grow food. I hope I have a chance to grow my own food from now on. It’s nice.

Also, Abra is due on the 8th, in two days, so there is a new baby soon! Oh how exciting it is. She is ready for the baby to come, so, now we just wait…I have been given the task of making food and taking pictures at the birth.  She is having a home birth and it will be nice to document.

Lastly, Cal and I have applied for work at Breitenbush Hot Springs. I’ll keep you updated!! If we get it, we’ll move there. It will be interesting.

Love you gotta go!!

Got Advice?
November 1, 2008



Relax, I’m not pregnant again.

Many of you have asked for me to pass along some baby information, so here it is.

Books, articles, and videos about birth, babies, and being parents:


The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
Hypnobirthing by Marie F. Mongan
The Baby Book by William Sears

Touch and Human Sexuality by Robert W. Hatfield, Ph.D.
Parenting from the Inside Out by by Daniel Siegel

The Business of Being Born a video 

Before you get pregnant, figure out how to stay home for the first few years of his or her life.  Your baby deserves to be raised by you!

Also, some basic advice.

Use midwives, avoid the medical birth/pregnancy.

Have your baby at home, or have a doula with you at hospital.

Get educated about birth and the process your body goes through.

Eat well, exercise and relax.

Chant .

Avoid frilly baby clothes, they are not practical.

Breast feed and co-sleep, you’ll sleep better and be more relaxed.

Take pictures of your belly growing.

Listen to your intuition, avoid too much intervention.

Get a sling, but wait until the baby is born, he or she will have a preference. I went through many types before I found one that worked.  Touch is paramount, babies belong in arms, not plastic containers.

Once you start showing, ladies will try and share their sometimes scary birth stories with you. Ask them politely to wait until you have your own story to share before they go on. Expecting to be scared and in pain can increase the likeliness of fear and pain.

Relax, your baby is probably fine, obsessing will not help anyone.

But many things second hand, they grow fast!


If any of you have any additional advice please feel free to comment!

Apple Blossoms March 15 74/366
March 15, 2008

The sun came out for a few minutes today so I ran out to get a few shots of the apple blossoms. Flowers have a whole new meaning to me these days. The process of budding and blooming is now more familiar and beautiful. I feel closer to the natural process now more than ever before.

The blue sky and the delicate pink flowers are a little taste of what’s to come this spring and summer. I so look forward to just relaxing in the sun with Andor and gazing into the blue sky.

Good times.
I love Portland.
I love my man.
I love my tiny family.

Last Night out for a While March 14 73/366
March 15, 2008

George, Abra’s boyfriend, was a darling and took us out to eat. We went to Masu Sushi! It was really good, seriously. We ended up ordering far too much sushi, but managed to eat nearly every bite because it was just so good. I can’t remember exactly what we ate because I didn’t really there to review really, I went out, to go out. Though, the picture here is of the seared scallops. If you want more information about Masu Sushi go to the website is excellent.

Flowers and bi-valve mollusks sum up beautifully where I am right now in my life, though, I have no way of explaining that, so you’ll have to just believe me. Tonight was probably the last night out for me for a while. I will be taking care of myself and Andor. I don’t consider this a burden, so don’t feel sorry for me. I just think that it’s worth noting.

Heres to tiny babies and future nights of really good sushi.

All Ready Already March 13 72/366
March 13, 2008

I’ve prepped up and stocked up on a few things to make life after baby a little easier. If you click on the picture you can see all the notes on the flickr page that’ll tell you what is what.

I’m a bit of a organizer/planner/list-maker type, so this is all very therapeutic for me. Having all the veggies ready to throw into a soup, and making sure there is enough eggs makes me feel rather comfortable in my little nest. Not only are all the little things for the baby ready to roll, but also for the new mom and dad! We’ll get to lounge about and coo and kiss Andor and each other and not have worry too much about food or going anywhere.

So, little Andor, we’re all ready, already! Come on out!

Swollen Toes Woes! March 12 71/366
March 13, 2008

My poor feet have grown a whole shoe size and my little toes feel like over-stuffed sausages. In between a couple of my toes the skin has split and peeled to make way for the blood volume!

Whenever I’m at home, with no shoes on, I spread my toes as wide as I can to get them away from each other. They’ve never had to touch each other so much, and they get cranky and irritable by the end of the day!

Ha! I say! Get over it! Some women suffer their whole pregnancies with terrible side effects! Some never stop vomiting, some have awful headaches, and you, you get some swollen toes and complain! Ha!

It could be worse :]

Birth Mantra March 10 69/366
March 11, 2008

I’ve been practicing birth meditations for just under six months now. I’ve been practicing trance, hypnotism, dance, and deep meditations in an effort to make birthing more calm and pleasant.

Sometimes I simply repeat short sentences rhythmically until my mind settles into a quiet state of observation. Other times I dance to Indian trance music, moving my hips and body to the tabla and getting lost in the moans of the singers. I listen to the calm still voice inside my head repeat, “I am calm, I am peaceful, I am strong.”

I am ready and I am not afraid.

Patiently Practicing Beautiful March 7 66/366
March 8, 2008

Today I decided to practice being beautiful.

I made my home beautiful. I cleaned it and filled it with the scent of lavender and rosemary oil. It made me feel light, safe, and comfortable. When I walked, I walked slowly and deliberately, with a straight spine and light feet. It made me feel regal and important. When I relaxed into the bath, I let the candle light wash over me and warm me to the core. It made me feel pampered and refreshed.

Today was a beautiful day.

Consumed March 6 65/366
March 7, 2008

I am, as you may well understand, consumed and possessed with this person growing inside of me. Tomorrow is his due date, and everything is ready if he decides to be one of the 5% of babies actually born on their due date. I wait patiently, keeping the house tidy, dancing, and meditating. I can hardly contain myself.

Any day now, as they say.

And if you’re curious, I wouldn’t dream of an induction. No thanks.
I am patient, I wait.

Therein Lies the Contents of my Brain! March 4 63/366
March 5, 2008

So much information to process. So many sides to consider. So many pages of advice to pour over, to process and to understand. So many studies to consider.

It’s very exciting but nap or day dream provoking.

My mind is ever wandering to the little person in my belly. I am ever dreaming of his little feet and hands and belly, and the hours of gazing into his little face. I love him.

So I read:

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
HypnoBirthiing The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan
The Baby Book by William and Martha Sears
Vaccinations by Aviva Jill Romm
Baby Sign Language Basics By Monta Z. Briant
Birthing From Within by Pam England
The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

And I visit these sites:

Attachment Parenting International

Le Leche League

3D Pregnancy Calendar

Any of you like any of these books, or have any of your own favorites?

About a year ago March 3 62/366
March 4, 2008


About a year ago Abra and I were strolling through Tanner Springs Park when she took this shot of me. I was just thinking about how lovely it will be to be rid of all this extra weight, and how I’m going to look in a year from now. Inspired, I dug up this shot.

I’m not worried about whether or not I’ll lose it, I’m just looking forward to losing it!  It’ll be a relief.  My joints aren’t used to this weight!

Walking Overall House March 2 61/366
March 4, 2008


I’m serious, I’m a house. I contain two people.
I’m beginning to feel very heavy and large, though, I have no complaints.

During this weekend, contractions became regular and strong, and I almost thought I might possibly go into labor. Turns out no labor. but the work has begun. My cervix is thinning and the baby has engaged. It’s all very exciting.

I am calm, I am ready, I am capable.

I am starving again.