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This is the Spotlight Thread for Code Name Mama (Dionna)

 

Dionna, please copy the questions below into a new post and bold them.  Answer them as you feel comfortable, adding any extra information you'd like to share.

 

DDC members, please feel free to comment and add your own questions to keep the conversation going!

 

 

1.  How did you choose your screen name?

2.  Where do you live?  Where were you born?

3.  What are your plans for this birth?

4.  What is one of your favorite books?

5.  What is one of your favorite movies?

6.  If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

7.  Do you/have you done any sports?

8.  What is your current job?  What did you do pre-motherhood?

9.  What is one thing you like to do in your free time?

10. What's one thing you're looking forward to doing differently with this baby.  What's one thing you plan to do the same?

 

We look forward to getting to know you better!  smile.gif

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Bumping this for Dionna.  Maybe she's on vacation.  bump.gif

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Sorry it took me so long to respond!! Here are my answers:

1. How did you choose your screen name? It's the same name as my blog smile.gif

2. Where do you live? Where were you born? We're in Kansas City right now. My hubby and I were in New Mexico for 3 yrs prior to this (and I would gladly return), but we moved back to the KC area to be closer to family when we found out we were expecting our first son. We're both originally from Kansas.

3. What are your plans for this birth? We have a wonderful midwife and are planning a home birth. My midwife has a birth pool, I just need to get a disposable liner. I'm so excited!! We had Kieran at a birth center, and I wished it had been at home.

4. What is one of your favorite books? zomg - I won't tell you how many times I've read the Twilight series - it's like junk food for the brain when you need a break. Ummm, I'm a fantasy/sci fi/thriller/legal fiction junkie - so Harry Potter, Stephen King, John Grisham . . . Honestly, I'd read just about anything you put in my hands.

5. What is one of your favorite movies? I love the LOTR & Harry Potter series. I watch Sound of Music at least once a year. I will also admit to seeing Titanic and Dirty Dancing more than is necessary. My last movie purchase was Music & Lyrics from the bargain bin - Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant are cute, and the main song is actually quite catchy.

6. If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you go and why? I've been itching to take a family vacation to Europe, but that's a long way off. I studied in London for a summer, and we took trips to Ireland, Germany, and the south of England. I'd love to go back, and I'd try to plan it where we could just tool around for at least a month, if not more, hitting all kinds of countries.

7. Do you/have you done any sports? The correct question would be "have you done any sports well" wink1.gif My sports endeavors top out at co-ed softball as an adult, some swimming (I swim better than I field), and the solo yoga practice I've been pretty faithful to during this pregnancy. I tried running for awhile - I'm just not a fan.

8. What is your current job? What did you do pre-motherhood?
Pre-mama I was a lawyer. I clerked for several years (in New Mexico) for a federal judge, and when we moved back to KC I did a brief stint with the DA's office. Now I do occasional contract work for that same judge (who is now retired and does some settlement type things just for fun). I wish I had more steady part time work, but for right now, this is fine.

9. What is one thing you like to do in your free time? I spend entirely too much time blogging! In addition to Code Name: Mama, I'm also cofounder of both Natural Parents Network and NursingFreedom.org. Natural Parents Network is my labor of love - we have this incredible group of volunteers who are passionate about NP issues, and I am so blessed to know them all. We're planning a volunteer get together here in KC this October - I hope I'm not too big and pregnant to have fun with them!!
Otherwise, I spend free time with Kieran (since I'm a WAHM). We're starting week 4 of swimming lessons this morning, so I've been hanging out poolside watching Kieran turn into a fish. (That's not as glamorous as it sounds, since we've been experiencing a major heat wave!)

10. What's one thing you're looking forward to doing differently with this baby. What's one thing you plan to do the same? Hmm . . . I think one thing we'll work on more is having papa help with bedtime routines. It gets exhausting doing them by myself, and I don't know what that will look like with two.
Of course the home birth is definitely something we're looking forward to! I'm also going to try to do Hypnobabies this time, I'm crossing fingers that will help during active labor.
As far as doing things the same - I'm really happy with how we've done with Kieran as far as breastfeeding, gentle discipline, cosleeping, etc. I'm looking forward to doing everything again and being more familiar as a mama.
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Awesome! I follow your blog, and I'm planning a home birth as well.

Do you have a plan for who is going to take care of Kieran during the birth? That's something we're still working on for our son.

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Awesome! I follow your blog, and I'm planning a home birth as well.

Do you have a plan for who is going to take care of Kieran during the birth? That's something we're still working on for our son.


We have no plan - at this point, he wants to be present. I'm nervous, because he's a sensitive guy, and I don't want him to be overly concerned when I start making noises. My fingers are crossed that he'll just sleep through it wink1.gif
If worse comes to worse, we have some friends nearby that can either come over and help occupy him, or take him to their house. It's not something we've worked out formally - I guess we should do that! I'd love to hear what others are doing as well.
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We have no plan - at this point, he wants to be present. I'm nervous, because he's a sensitive guy, and I don't want him to be overly concerned when I start making noises. My fingers are crossed that he'll just sleep through it wink1.gif
If worse comes to worse, we have some friends nearby that can either come over and help occupy him, or take him to their house. It's not something we've worked out formally - I guess we should do that! I'd love to hear what others are doing as well.

 

Obviously all kids are different, but dd2 is two days older than K is and she was fine with noises once her dad explained mama was okay...and then went back to watching a movie. LOL As dd3 was born, she was in the hallway outside our bathroom with her older sister laughing and jumping up and down because she was told she was going to meet her sister soon. <3
 

 

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Originally Posted by BananaBreadGirl View Post

Awesome! I follow your blog, and I'm planning a home birth as well.

Do you have a plan for who is going to take care of Kieran during the birth? That's something we're still working on for our son.


We have no plan - at this point, he wants to be present. I'm nervous, because he's a sensitive guy, and I don't want him to be overly concerned when I start making noises. My fingers are crossed that he'll just sleep through it wink1.gif
If worse comes to worse, we have some friends nearby that can either come over and help occupy him, or take him to their house. It's not something we've worked out formally - I guess we should do that! I'd love to hear what others are doing as well.

My mil is going to stay with us for several weeks around the time of the birth. Her main job will be to take care of the kids while I'm in labor and pp if need be as well. If she wasn't coming I would have one of my good friends take this job. So far both of my kids have been born at night, so maybe it'll happen that way again.
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