Monday, August 30, 2010

We're not freaking out....really.

Well. No new baby in Boise.  Still hanging out and enjoying the end of summer with our little Elliot.  I am hitting and passing the 40 week mark.  Totally (mostly) at peace with whatever the timing may be.  Izaak and I have vivid memories of the long last few weeks with our post-term Elliot.  Our babies just have their own timeline. Or perhaps this new one has a sense of humor and is waiting for Labor Day?!  I can only hope  Because the irony of it would be worth waiting this extra week. 

I read an article called Having a baby and the culture of freaking out.   I am embracing the phrase culture of freaking out because I think it summarizes a lot of what does wrong.  Let's all just calm down and trust.  Trust our bodies to nurture our babies, trust our spouses, trust ourselves.  Heck, let's stop freaking out and trust strangers and neighbors.  The freak-out-culture is never more clear to me then when I am at the end of a pregnancy.  People freak out when they find out I am due (or worse yet, that I am late).  Strangers will ask about dilation (as if it is critical and public information), question my prenatal care ("they haven't scheduled your induction yet?  My god, you are 40.5 weeks along!").  In general, I have noticed that a woman at the end of a pregnancy agitates most people.   So, anyways, I liked that article and thought I would pass it along. 

Fall semester started.  So we are also dealing with the upheaval of our summer schedule.  Everything has shifted and is rearranged.  And once we are settled, we will have new baby...and then we will be hitting the holidays and then Spring semester.  This is also the season of grad school application for Izaak.  We will be soooooo happy when the next few months are behind us. 

I have some cute photos of Elliot at the Western Idaho Fair.  We spent yesterday walking and people watching.  Elliot is just barely 36" tall now and able to ride the kiddy rides by herself.  Not really sure she enjoyed the Dragon ride as much as she thought she would...hummm.  I will try to post those photos in the next few days. 

But for now, I need to go.  Elliot is freaking out about us needing to make some cookies.  It is truly an emergency. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The sweetness I love

There are a few things that make hearts melt.  For me, the best is looking at the back seat and seeing this sweet face.  Does life get any better? 
(that's water...okay!)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

...and then my water DID NOT break, but...

...but my little angel accidentally tipped my water glass into my lap at a restaurant last night.  My chair was wet.   Izaak looked at the puddle at my feet with a excited, shocked OMG look on his face, Elliot announced loudly that mama got water all over her, and the waitress briefly looked panicked.  It was a long couple of seconds before Izaak realized what really happened.

And, then Izaak and I bust up laughing and couldn't stop.  We had tickets for the crazy train.

You have conversations at the end of a pregnancy about how you are going to play it cool if your water breaks in public.  The "whoops, I just spilled my drink, guess we better leave" was on our list.  Not anymore though...too much drama.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Girl's Night Out

A couple of weeks back Izaak was out of town working.  Them were some hot days in Boise and us girls don't like it too hot.  Mama gets hot and cranky (shocking?).  Elliot gets hot and itchy.

So, when the cat is away the mice will play.  Right?  Right!

We lazed around. We took late and long naps in front of the AC avoiding the peak heat of the day.  Then played at night when the sun went down. 

And we played it up girl-style.  I mean we spent a lot of time getting dressed up, playing with our hair, painting our nails,  picking out our cutest dresses, taking pics of ourselves.  (At least half of my face at a time)

And we hammed it up. Check out that pose.  'cause we can do whatever we want on Girl's Night Out. 

and then drove around with the windows down, people watching. (Downtown late on a Friday night provides lots of good people watching when you are 3.)    And, we walked around, stopping to splash in city hall fountains.  It's probably clean, right?

We met up with statues of historical events.

We made statue friends.  Played their statue games.  Talked about statue life.  And cuddled their statue heads. 

And last but least....ran quickly away from our waddling mama who declared it is time to go home. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I've got the GOLDEN TICKET !!

What we have waited 700 weeks  37 weeks for has finally arrived. 

New Baby is full term!

I have the green light from our midwife to have a healthy, fat, full-term baby at the birth center whenever I feel like it.  (ok, right now works for me).  So, the challenging waiting game has begun. 

Izaak and I will hold our new baby anytime in the next 4 hours to 5 weeks.  Yep.  Any time in the next 5 weeks. We'll have fun planning around that.

This also means that in about a week I will start googling and reading up on all the questionable ways to 'naturally' jump start labor. 
And, it also means that we will start panicking about names and revamp our entire list. 
And, it also means that I will become even more self-absorbed than usual. 
And, finally, it means that something beautiful is just around the corner. 

Come on little kitten.  We are ready.

And no conversation about birthing New Baby is complete without remembering Just Born Elliot. 

Less than 5 hours old - and already powerful enough to change us completely.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

“So for God’s sake, please breast-feed.”

Okay so the article I am linking to is really titled: Breast Milk Sugars Give Infants a Protective Coat
But I thought that the last sentence did a better job at summing it all up. 

A large part (21%) of human milk that cannot be digested by babies coats the lining of a breast-fed infant’s intestine, protecting it from noxious bacteria...Dr. German and his colleagues are trying to “deconstruct” milk, on the theory that the fluid has been shaped by 200 million years of mammalian evolution and holds a wealth of information about how best to feed and defend the human body...Such findings have made the three researchers keenly aware that every component of milk probably has a special role. “It’s all there for a purpose, though we’re still figuring out what that purpose is,” Dr. Mills said. “So for God’s sake, please breast-feed.”

Humm.  So perhaps formula is an even poorer substitute than previously thought?

In other news, listed under things you can buy but really shouldn't I would like to point you towards the world's largest gummy bear.  All 5 pounds of it can be yours for only $29.99.  How ever did I live with out this???


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