Where to start?
With Will the most important---so glad he's extubated and out of the scariest part.
Hope all you sickies feel better.
Iris is getting to be so fun- the last two days she's been a whole new baby very interactive, responsive, and giggly. She's "talking" lots and acting out into her world so much more. She's a very sturdy baby, too, keeping her head up and getting stronger all the time. She just really seems to have suddenly become more grounded. She's 6 1/2 weeks and now 12-11, up from 8-7 at birth and getting to be a chubby one.
Crunchiness- I think I was considered crunchy when I was high school-college age (I was a hairy legged vegan women's studies major, uh, I guess that qualifies), maybe more mainstreamy folks still see me that way, but as a homebirth midwife I try to stay pretty neutral so just about anyone can feel comfy with me. I shed the excessive body hair when I graduated from college and worked for Outward Bound kids program- young boys had a bit to much too say about leg hair for my comfort. I started midwifery school when I was 22 -I had no kids and lived in a house with 4 glitter girls, as many cats, a crazy dog, a tire swing, and a tree house 25 feet high in a big oak. I had imposter syndrome as it was, I felt like I had little business being in something as real and raw as birth with people much more grounded and usually older than me. So I tryed to be accessable and not do anything to turn folks off. Clients are usually on the far right or far left, or at least marching to their own drummer. I wanted the mormons and mennonites to feel as at home with me as the rainbow gathering folks and the Basque rebels. I like to set a neutral, but warmy and cozy, stage at my birth center so whoever comes in can fill it with their personality, who they are, and feel at home.
GIO- It's a fact you don't make much lube when breastfeeding, bring that astroglide on.
The tingly breast feeling- I've bee nwondering about that too think maybe it was the start of a yeast infection, but I think it's just normal let down stuff.
Dipes- After reading all the lengthy musings on dipes, and going to the righteous babe site and dreaming of getting more really nice diapers(I'm a sucker for them cause I am a big Ani DiFranco fan, and her label is righteous babe
) I went and crawled into bed with my baby in her very nice fleece purple rb fleece shell set. I was smug reading about all your night time diaper woes cause I was assured she was in the super dipe. I nursed her a bit and felt a warm rivulet on my belly, and jerked up to find her leaking pee all over me and the bed. I carried her to the changing spot, seeing a butt crack peeking over, and took the diaper off to find it totally dry. A mystery- how'd she pee out of the diaper and it stay toitally dry. Well, she went back to my current night time solution size 0 kissaluv with an all in one for a cover. I love the kissaluvs fitteds, they are our fav. Mine were all used and I had no absorbabncy problems, but they do get soaked. They fit great though, and go good with a bummis wrap. I'm sorry I missed the size 1's i need to get some. And Ann if you still got your wraps and prefolds's I'd love em.
How's your back now Karen? What's up with all the back trouble? Too bad LLL wasn't a big event. I am impressed you would take on having all the folks over. My house is far from that state. I still can't bend and reach well, so a frind came and cleaned my floors today. She asked how sleepy Iris would do with the vacuum, and it made me thin I really don't think she'd heard it yet
Thanks Andy for the distance healing offer. I'll take whatever vibes you got...
My regular (free) chiro was more helpful this week, my (free) massage was canceled this week and her husband a retired chiro was gonna look at me too. He's done some special points for sciatica in massage. And I couldn't afford my accupuncture this week. I feel like my back is better, and the sciatica just needs to heal- the nerve is irritated at this point. But my energy is overall way better, so I have hope. I definately would have overdone it if I'd had more energy earlier. As soon as I got a glimmer of energy my mind was racing as to what I could busy my renewed self with. But somehow, taxes, which need much attention, didn't come up as the answer......
And Jess- i am so iimpressed with your graceful return to work. How cool you have a reliable family member for evelyn. I haven't tried pumping yet, somehow figuring how to insure my used medela pump is sanitary and then figuring how to store milk has been an obstacle since I have been not doing to much more than sitting in a chair. I made my hotel reservation for St. Louis- we are staying at the Windham (sp?) historic hotel downtown Thursday May 12th leaving Sunday May 15th. There are wedding activities Friday night and my cousin's wedding is Sat night. We have Friday day all free and Sat I don't know if we'll hang with family or be out and about.
So, take care all. It's 3 am and I have the birth center mom's group and a birth center meeting tomorrow....what am I doing up?
geez, it's april now, time for a new thread!