A BIG thank you to everyone who commented on my hair issues; seriously, all of your input was terribly valuable to me because I feel like we know each other well enough to be nice, but anonymous enough to be objective. Tillymonster - I also like what you had to say about spiking it with product. The pixie cut from above was taken on a day I was working, but on many weekends, my hair looked more avant garde. Like MamaMash mentioned, I am a teensy bit concerned about hacking it off in pregnancy because I am much more moon-faced now with pregnancy bloat and worried that a short haircut is going to make my face look like a tan and red balloon, but I am seizing the day and headed to the hair salon this afternoon after my massage (holy crap, day of pampering; I'm going to be slurring my words at the birth network meeting this evening I'll be so relaxed!) All of your comments made me take a hard look at my hair changes in the past several years and when I saw my wedding hair (shoulder length) compared with later photos of it short, I realized that while I will always have envy of long haired girls and their gorgeous braids, I am not that girl. I suck at braiding and I am always hot. All that being said, I will post photo(s) tonight or tomorrow of the results of the hair chop of 2013.
lilmamita - I would DEFINITELY recommend Ina May's Guide over Babycatcher and frankly, I am not sure why the roommate suggested that. I own both books and you are absolutely right about Babycatcher being more of a chronicle of a woman's experience in midwifery in the 80s in the Bay Area. On a personal note, Babycatcher was the book that inspired me to work in maternal child health and really opened my eyes to what birth is like in Western culture. Peggy Vincent's book got me started working as a doula and then moving onto my true love of working in lactation, so I am eternally grateful and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone considering MCH work, but for a guide on creating a positive birth experience for a pregnant mom and her family, I'd recommend Ina May's Guide or Birthing from Within by Pam England.
Tillymonster (again!) - I just caught you got married on the Queen Mary. That is badass! I still have a little glass seal my grandfather bought me when we visited it harbored near Dana Point about 15 years ago. I have a photo of us dancing in the ballroom somewhere...
letniaLynne - I think wedding dress color is pretty subjective on the bride. I personally could never wear all white or ivory. I am blessed/cursed with the pale skin of my French/Welsh ancestors combined with the Hungarian ruddiness of my paternal side. White (and yellows) make me look physically ill. My first wedding I wore a white and black tea length dress (Vegas wedding) and my second wedding I wore a pink tea length dress with a green shrug for the Justice of the Peace and a red/white tea length dress for the fancy family ceremony. After re-reading this sentence, I realize I apparently only own tea-length cotton dresses!
KaliHekate - I love your wedding dress - it fits in SO WELL with the type of ceremony you had and your body shape (as someone blessed with top-heavy assets finding a dress to provide coverage but still look feminine is a chore)! And that beaded shawl looks marvelous with it! I think I may have audibly had a dreamy little sigh when I saw your wedding photo!