Saw the OB today and he's cool with not scheduling a c/s. Well, sort of. lol I had a really positive NST today and he felt like scheduling a c/s would be a bit overkill, sooooo.... I have another visit and NST scheduled for Thursday. At that point they'll check and if I have a good Bishop score they'll send me to L&D for AROM and hope for the best, or if the NST is non-reassuring they'll send me to L&D for surgical prep, or if the NST is good but there is still no cervical action they'll schedule a c/s for Friday morning. The midwife I really like and who caught ds is on call tonight. I'm burned out on wishes and hope right now, but I'll light a candle and see what happens. Maybe? Please?
Of course, I was also told today that if /anything/ changed I was to hustle my bum into the office ASAP and that if at any point I wanted to call and schedule a c/s they would understand and put me on the calendar immediately. The OB basically said he wouldn't try to push for a c/s since babe was currently healthy, but that he also didn't think a c/s was a bad idea right now (I'm 41 weeks today) so it would be totally up to me till Thursday. And then we'd see.
I'm reading Simplicity Parenting right now and feeling inspired to de-clutter. Anyone else know the book? It's basically a discussion (by a therapist who is also a Waldorf teacher) about how to slow down, simplify, and create more mindfullspace for children to grow (birth through teens). Sort of a "why to" as well as a "how to" guide.
Greenmagick- yikes! That does sound like a challenge. I think my 6yo dd would go crazy with that sort of mobility restrictions, though at least with the autumn weather at least there wont be the siren song of sunny/warm days where everyone else is off on the playground. Hmmm... would she like to learn knitting or some other focus intensive but easy to do while sitting skill like table weaving, a musical instrument, pottery, a new art technique like calligraphy or felting, making balloon animals or origami? Does she like workbooks or mazes or things like that? Is it a flexi cast or a hard cast... if it's flexi, does the medical center offer a hydrotherapy program where she could have fun in a pool/whirlpool jacuzzi? Or could the medical center suggest a short term play group or therapy option that would give her something fun/special without risking the surgery/cast? Our local medical center partners with a wonderful youth yoga program for kiddos with different mobility issues but I don't know how widespread that sort of thing is.
Anyone planning for the equinox? Any neat crafts or rituals in the works? I've seen these amazing little beeswax lanterns cropping up in various books, magazines, and websites so I think I'm going to give them a try... basically you melt beeswax (carefully in a double broiler type set up) and then dip inflated balloons into the wax over and over to build up a thick shell of wax. You can press leaves or flowers or whatever into the wax while it is warm and seal them in place with more layers of wax. Eventually you set them aside to cool, pop and remove the balloon, and you're left with a beeswax bowl/globe lantern. The images I've seen look amazing, and I bet the smell fantastic!
We usually do an autumn leaf handprint craft as part of our autumnal rituals... the kiddos shave crayons into waxed paper, I iron them into those big sheets of marbled "stained glass", and then we cut out dozens of handprints (instead of tracing their hands over and over and over I generally have them make handprints on cardboard using finger paint, then cut out the "best" handprint to use as a template). We make dozens of the crayon/wax paper stained glass handprints and string them up like bunting, glue them to the windows (with a glue stick, it washes right off), fill vases with them, and send them to relatives. It's fun to see how much their hands have grown from year to year (I save a few each year)! And it adds a really neat fire/leaf theme to our autumnal decore.
And then every year I try to get my act together to make corn necklaces with the girls (this is the first year I "have" to though, since each year so far I've been able to rely on dd1's waldorf school to make corn necklaces as part of family craft day lol) and craft a few simple corn dollies we leave as offerings/blessings around our property.
I saw a fun wreath idea too... tying strips of fabric in seasonal colors to a grapevine wreath. I do try to get a new wreath up on the door for each holy day and this might be a quick/easy way to manage it this holiday. If I tuck some other symbols and things into the mix, maybe a few of those handprints from each family member, some corn dollies or corn necklaces.... hmmmm!
speaking of property... the girls made a really nifty fairy house a week or two ago. Ds trampled into the mud the other day though. The girls are a bit upset (Ds had actually helped build it too). I don't want to tell them to build only where ds can't reach, but... should I jsut encourage them to keep building housees in a very "this is temporary" way or should I help them find a way to make more permanent (less kick down, squishable) houses? I've been thinking about making little "caves" in the side of our staircase hill to hold LED candles and our winter earth altar so I could suggest adding a few for the fairies. But then it wouldn't be "all them" and I think that having a set spot might kill some of the spur of the moment fun involved in fairy homes. What do you all think?