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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Birth Junkie

So yes, I've come to realize that I'm a birth junkie. What, you may ask, is a birth junkie? Well according to my definition, it's someone who is passionate about anything and everything having to do with birth - including pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. I've found myself continuing to read articles and research even after Kaylee was born. But why? Who cares? Kaylee is here and I got the birth I wanted right? At first I wasn't sure. What in the world was making me want to continue reading about the history of labor and delivery in our country, how drugs could affect labor, the "sphincter law", what the placenta does and how it changes and its benefits postpartum, delayed cord clamping...I could go on and on. But I think I realized what's driving me to continue to learn. The more I learn about how the aforementioned works - or rather, was designed to work - the more amazed I am at our Creator!! Seriously, it's BEYOND amazing what our bodies are capable of doing both when interferred with as well as when not.

I understand this tends to be a sensative subject that can spark much debate. That's not my intention. Here's my point of this post. If there's any woman out there who's interested and open to learning more about pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum, I'd love to help! If I could, I think I'd become a doula. But I just don't have the time to sacrifice with having a family right now. Maybe I can be more of a birth consultant. :)

So, if you can't afford a doula (and I highly recommend having one) but you at least want someone to bounce things off of as you read or have appointments or become concerned or are told things by family that you're just not sure of, I'll do everything I can to help as long as it doesn't interfere with my family responsibilities!

If you're not a birth junkie, may I recommend at least getting your feet wet - perhaps reading Ina May Gaskin's "Guide to Childbirth" (very informative!) or just start Googling and read away! It doesn't mean you have to have a natural, drug-free birth at home and consume your placenta afterwards. But how cool to learn about God's design!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Ray of Sunshine!

I didn't think it was possible but it seems Kaylee is an easier baby than Rilynn was. From the time we came home from the hospital, she was sleeping 4-5 hours. She's been sleeping through the night (about 11-7) since she was a month old and as long as she's being held or she's on her belly with her paci, she's a happy camper.

I can't believe how big she's gotten already! I've tried to cuddle her as much as possible because those moments are so fleeting! She's getting some good, chunky legs like her sister had (errr, has) and she interacts so well - loves to smile and coo!

It seems her hair is thinning out a bit but I'm hoping it won't completely fall out. It's still silky soft, which I LOVE. It's gotten a little bit lighter...not as jet black as it was when she was born.

I'm so curious how her and Ri will interact when Kaylee is older and how many ways they'll be different. Who's gonna be the bossy one, who's gonna be into sports (both please???), who's gonna be the comedian, who's gonna love school, who's gonna be prissy, who's gonna be a leader, who's gonna be sensitive....

I know one thing...both my girls are precious gifts from the Lord and I'm so thankful to Him for allowing them to be a part of my life!!! May He grab ahold of their sinful little hearts early and use me to point them towards Christ!
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