Musings of a crunchy, domestic goddess

Just another mama musing about her kids, Attachment Parenting, activism, photography, and life in general

Saddened September 28, 2006

Filed under: Current events,Kids — amygeekgrl @ 11:23 am

I’m so saddened and sickened by the recent high school shooting in Bailey, CO, about an hour and a half from where we live. I don’t understand what possesses people to do these things.

After one girl was killed and other girls were reportedly sexually assaulted by the gunman, I can’t help but think about the safety of my own daughter. We do everything we can as parents to keep our children safe, but ultimately, it’s not always under our control. :( Such a scary thought.

Obviously a hostage situation in a school is an extreme case, but here are some tips on “What You Can Do to Protect Your Child” in other situations.

My heart goes out to the parents of all of the children involved, especially the girl who was killed.

 

Let’s see how much money I can spend *cough, cough* September 27, 2006

Filed under: Natural childbirth,Photography,Pregnancy — amygeekgrl @ 10:52 pm

After my pseudo-complaining about the cost of hiring a midwife (or moreso that insurance won’t cover the cost), I’m actually considering hiring a photographer as well to document my birth. Am I nuts or what?! (Uh, don’t answer that. Seriously.)

The way I see it, having a baby – this baby – will happen once in my lifetime. And this may very well be the last baby that we have. (Maybe. Nothing is carved in stone yet.) I would love to take pictures of my own birth, but, as hard as I try, I can’t be in two places at once. ;) I really, really want good pictures from this birth – not just snapshots, but a photojournalist-style documentation of the events as they unfold. So I’ve justified to myself the expense of hiring someone to take photos, even if it means dipping into savings.

Now I’m trying to find a photographer who has done birth photography in the past and that I would feel comfortable with being in labor in front of. I don’t think this will be an easy task, especially considering we only have about 7 weeks left!

I thought about hiring a doula who specializes in photography, but since I’m having a homebirth and will have two midwives here to support me already, I can’t really justify the expense of a doula too. Not to discount their value, because I think doulas are awesome and, if I was planning a hospital birth, I wouldn’t hesitate for one second from hiring one! But since I’ll be birthing in the comfort of my home, I figure the money would be better spent going to an actual photographer.

So that’s what I’ve been up to – trying to find ways to spend the money we don’t have.

Oh, and I went for acupuncture tonight and they decided I don’t need to start on the Chinese herbs yet, because I’m apparently doing so well. Yay! :)

 

For all the aspiring photographers out there

Filed under: Activism,Breastfeeding,Photography — amygeekgrl @ 5:50 pm

This looks like fun. :)

Breastfeeding Outlook has launched two new photo contests to celebrate families!

Parents nationwide are invited to enter one or both of these contests:
-Everyday Families
-Breastfeeding

Multiple entries are welcome. Digital and print entries are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for:
-Best Picture
-Funniest Picture
-Best Breastfeeding Picture

In addition, each contest participant will receive $2 for each photo accepted by Breastfeeding Outlook (up to $50), and a prize of $100 will be awarded for “Most Pictures” to the participant with the most photos accepted.

All entries are due by November 15, 2006. Awards will be announced by December 31, 2006.

To view the photo contest flyer, click here.

I am going to do my best to submit some pictures, but I don’t know how much time I will have between now and the middle of November! ;)

 

Latest happenings in baby world September 25, 2006

There’s not too terribly much to report on the baby boy front, but I thought I’d post a lil update anyway since I’m quickly approaching the end of this pregnancy. Where did it all go??

I’m 32 weeks and still feeling good, though getting a bit more uncomfortable because of my growing belly. Friends have told me my belly looks small for being due in two months, but it feels huge to me.

My midwife sent me for a liver panel (labwork) a few weeks ago to make sure my liver is functioning properly, since liver function is something that breaks down with HELLP syndrome. Everything checked out good with it. I think I’m going to do another one at 36 weeks.

Also in the preventative vein, I went for more acupuncture, but this time to the acupuncture college clinic in town, where they also prescribe Chinese herbs. The supervisor of the OB/GYN clinic used to be a midwife and is very knowledgable about treating pregnant women. I met with her on Wednesday and she definitely wants to see me start on the herbs soonish. She said they are going to taste just awful and make my house smell nasty (I have to cook them up every three days and drink some twice a day), but she thinks they are the best thing I can do (even better than acupuncture) right now. So I’m going back this week to get my first batch of herbs **gulp**, as well as more acupuncture. I’m sure I’ll be reporting back. She also noted that my tongue was a little red, which in Chinese medicine means I have too much heat (though not in the traditional Western sense of heat). But it’s not a good thing for a pregnant woman to have so she’s hoping that will lessen with treatment. I don’t really understand what it means myself other than my body might be working a bit harder than it needs to.

At my last midwife appointment on Thursday, everything was good. My blood pressure is remaining normal, I’ve not had any swelling (like I did big time with Ava), baby’s heartbeat is good, he’s still head down, etc. We scheduled my next appointment for 34 weeks and also tentatively scheduled my 36 week appointment which will be “the home visit” and take place at my house rather than my midwife’s. It’s a chance for my midwife and the midwife who will be assisting her at my birth (there are generally 2 midwives at every birth) to make sure they can find my house, talk more about what will be set up where in the house (like the birthing tub), what everyone’s roles will be (Jody’s and Carrie’s – who will be here to help out with Ava), and just answer any questions we have about the birth. It’s exciting and scary to think that it’s coming up sooooooo soon!

In the meantime, I need to order my “birth kit” which contains a lot of the medical-type supplies needed for the birth and after, as well as get all of the rest of the supplies (towels, bowls, old sheets/plastic cover for the mattress, etc.) that we will need.

So that’s where we currently stand. Unfortunately, we still owe the midwife over $1,000 and have to be paid up by 36 weeks, so we’re trying to figure out where that money is going to come from. Eep. It’s kind of hard to think that if we went the hospital-route, everything would be covered by insurance, but because we’ve chosen the homebirth-route, we have to pay over $2,000 out of pocket. BUT, BUT, BUT…I really feel like it will be soooooooo worth it to experience the kind of peaceful birth that I desire in our own familiar surroundings. And there’s a good chance we can get the insurance company to reimburse us for some of the money after it’s all said and done. We just can’t hold our breath waiting for that.

The lil one continues to be an active lil guy, especially in the middle of the night when I’m trying to sleep. ;) Funny how that works.

Thanks for reading if you’ve made it this far. So much for being a “lil update.” LOL ;) And thanks for all the continued support and positive pregnancy/homebirth vibes. :)

By the way, plaques like the one pictured above can be personalized and purchased here.

 

She’s got the cutest li’l BabyLegs September 22, 2006

Filed under: Ava,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 1:24 pm

You just knew I would have to take pics of Ava in her new “BabyLegs” from Urban Baby Runway didn’t you? Apparently Ava knew as well, because as soon as I put them on her she said, “You need to take my picture, mama.” LOL She’s a photographer’s daughter, that’s for sure.

Anyway, besides being cute as can be, they are coming in very handy (er, leggy?) at keeping her legs warm during this whole potty learning thing. :) And they aren’t just for girls either. There are some cute patterns for boys as well. I am pretty sure baby boy will be getting a pair or two this winter.

 

Don’t forget “The Office” September 21, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 5:02 pm

The season premier is tonight! :)
And watch this for a Jim/Pam recap. It’s sure to bring on the goosebumps.
Pam & Jim Moments

Updated at 10:42 p.m. to say it was a pretty good episode. :) I like where they left things with Pam, Roy and Jim. Should make for an interesting season.

 

The Biggest Bed in the World

Filed under: Attachment Parenting,Books,Parenting — amygeekgrl @ 4:30 pm

This is rather timely considering my last post. My midwife mentioned at my last appointment that she had recently ordered this book – “The Biggest Bed in the World” – and today when we went for my 32 week visit, she had it in and let us take it home for Ava to borrow. :)

It’s a super cute book about a co-sleeping family that keeps growing, and so does their need for a bigger bed. The daddy can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep with all the kids in the bed and ends up building the world’s biggest bed so the whole family can have enough room. The problem with the world’s biggest bed is it ends up also being the world’s heaviest bed and breaks right out of the house, slides down a hill and lands in the ocean! Eventually, daddy makes bunk beds for all the kids so that he and mommy can have their bed to themselves again, but guess what! He misses all the kids and still can’t sleep. So in the end, they all (even the pets) end up sharing a bed again and everyone is happy. :)

It’s a book any co-sleeping family can relate to. Sometimes it’s hard to find a way for everyone to get comfortable, especially with a foot in your face in the middle of the night, but when it comes down to it, most of us wouldn’t trade it for anything. :)

Will post more about my appt. and how everything is going w/ me and baby boy later. The short of it is – all is still going well.

 

Potty, undies, bed – oh my! September 20, 2006

Filed under: Ava,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 9:42 am

This past weekend was a big one for Ava. We got her her own bed (off Craigslist) and her first big girl underwear! She hasn’t really started wearing the undies yet, but, in typical girl fashion, had to try on each and every pair when we first got them home. ;) She has, however, continued to use the potty regularly (when having naked time), and (TMI) I’ve only had to change one poopy diaper in the past 10 days or so because all of the rest has gone into the potty! Yay!!!

Now that the weather is cooling off, I don’t feel as good about her running around with a naked bottom AND legs (though that’s the only way she seems to feel the urge to go to the bathroom so far). So I found these legwarmer-type things for kids called “Baby Legs” – which you can also buy from fellow blogger, Mama C-ta over at Urban Baby Runway. I ordered two pair for Ava and can’t wait for them to get here. In addition to keeping her lil leggies warm, they are so darn cute! :)

So Sunday night was Ava’s first in her new bed (which is positioned right next to my and Jody’s bed). She slept in it about 5 hours before waking up upset and climbing into bed with us. Not a bad start. The next night it went even better. She woke up a couple times and wanted to touch me (my hair, my face, whatever she could reach), and one time had to “see baby brother” which just means touch my belly, and then went right back to sleep, staying the whole night in her bed. (Woot!) And last night, she didn’t wake up at all! (Hooray!) I’m glad that the transition has been such an easy one. It’s not that I minded cosleeping in the same bed as her, but we all (me, Jody and Ava) couldn’t sleep together there comfortably, and with baby boy on the way, I just didn’t see how that would work for us. So I feel like we have the best of both worlds now. Jody and I can sleep together comfortably. Ava is still in the same room with us and baby boy can sleep either in bed with us or in the cosleeper (which I think will just barely fit next to the bed on the other side). Wall to wall beds! (Snapped that pic of her while she still slept this morning.)

Seriously though, I wish some bed manufacturer would start making a “family bed” that’s about 2 feet wider than a king. I am not sure how great sales would be, but I know a bunch of folks who would be interested. ;) I’m sure they could get an endorsement from Dr. Sears too and then they’d sell like hotcakes, no?

She’s going to love me when she’s older, huh? Pics of her in her new undies and sitting on the potty outside all in the same post. I’ll throw in this cute headshot just for good measure. ;)

 

Most Women Unaware of Key Nutrient Needed for Babies’ Development During Pregnancy September 18, 2006

Filed under: Breastfeeding,Health,Pregnancy — amygeekgrl @ 10:26 pm

Sorry for another article post today, but this information is definitely worth sharing, especially considering the number of pregnant women who read my blog. :) I hope to write a “real” entry again soon, but have just been busy (and tired) lately.

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Most Women Unaware of Key Nutrient Needed for Babies’ Development During Pregnancy

Newswise — Most women are aware of only two of the “Big 3” nutrients considered essential during pregnancy and breastfeeding, according to a Kelton Research survey(1) sponsored by the Society for Women’s Health Research, a Washington, D.C.- based national advocacy organization. The majority of women surveyed know the importance of including folic acid and calcium with vitamin D in their diet, but half of them do not know about the need for DHA Omega-3, a critical nutrient for the development and health of a baby’s brain, heart and eyes.

A growing body of scientific evidence continues to demonstrate that DHA Omega-3 is an important building block of perinatal nutrition(2). Often overlooked by mothers and health care providers alike, it is possibly the most important nutrient expectant mothers don’t know about. If taken during pregnancy, it may help lower the risks of pre-term birth and even post-partum depression. DHA Omega-3 is also important for ongoing health throughout life.

What to Expect When They’re Expecting? Apparently Not DHA

The vast majority of America’s recent moms and moms-to-be say it is common medical knowledge that folic acid and calcium with vitamin D are two of the most important nutrients for pregnant women. Seventy-nine percent were able to identify leafy vegetables as a source of folic acid and 97 percent named dairy products as sources of calcium. However, more than two-thirds of women (68 percent) say their doctor has never told them anything about DHA, and more than seven out of ten (72 percent) have absolutely no idea how to get DHA into their diet.

The Big 3 for Baby and Me

“Folic acid, calcium with vitamin D and DHA Omega-3 — together, they make up the Big 3 essential nutrients that are important before, during and after pregnancy. Fortunately, by paying attention to what they eat, women can easily obtain these nutrients through a balanced diet, fortified foods and supplements,” said Phyllis Greenberger, M.S.W., president and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research.

In addition to eating a balance of foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding, women should include the following nutrients in their diets:

• Folic acid: 400 mcg/day to make healthy cells and prevent certain birth defects. The recommendation for folic acid can be met by consuming enriched cereals and grains, by taking a multivitamin, or folic acid supplements.

• Calcium with vitamin D: 1,000 mg of calcium with 200 IU of vitamin D per day for strong bones and teeth. Calcium is readily available in dairy products and fortified foods.

• DHA Omega-3: 300 mg/day for a healthy pregnancy and ongoing health. DHA is found in cold-water oily fish, such as mackerel, herring and salmon. However, pregnant women and women considering pregnancy should not eat certain types of fish because of contaminants which have been shown to harm an unborn infant’s nervous system, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An algal-based source of DHA has been added as an ingredient to some eggs, soymilk, nutrition bars and other foods, providing a safe and healthy alternative. Women should check nutrition labels and ask their grocers and health care providers what foods contain algal-based sources of DHA. Algal-based DHA is also available as a supplement.

Other Survey Findings:

• Wishful thinking: If they could choose to add DHA to a food, more than a third (39 percent) chose cereal or cereal bars, followed by milk (36 percent), orange juice (34 percent) and pasta (25 percent). A hopeful 19 percent wished that DHA could be added to chocolate.

• Eating more, but enjoying it less: Forty-two percent eat more food than usual during pregnancy, and 33 percent are unable to eat foods they normally like.

• The fish factor: Just 17 percent of women are aware that fish is a source of DHA. When informed that pregnant women are advised to minimize or avoid fish because it may contain mercury, 88 percent of respondents said they would be interested in purchasing a product that would help them get DHA without having to eat fish.

• Less educated are at a disadvantage: Awareness of DHA is higher (42 percent) among women who have college degrees, but dips to just 34 percent with those who have a high school diploma or less.

• A little knowledge goes a long way: Once advised of DHA’s benefits — including how it helps brain, heart and eye development in infants and lowers the risk of pre-term birth and the baby blues — more than nine out of ten say they would include DHA in their diet while pregnant (92 percent).

To learn more about what foods to eat and what foods to avoid before, during and after pregnancy, please visit http://www.womenshealthresearch.org.

About the Society for Women’s Health Research
The Society for Women’s Health Research is the nation’s only nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1990, the Society brought to national attention the need for the appropriate inclusion of women in major medical research studies and the need for more information about conditions affecting women disproportionately, predominately, or differently than men. The Society advocates increased funding for research on women’s health; encourages the study of sex differences that may affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; promotes the inclusion of women in medical research studies; and informs women, providers, policy makers and media about contemporary women’s health issues. Visit the Society’s Web site at http://www.womenshealthresearch.org for more information.

The Society’s public and media outreach on the “Big 3” nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy is supported by funding from Martek Biosciences Corporation, which develops, manufactures and sells products from microalgae. For more information, visit http://www.martek.com.

(1) The public opinion survey on nutrients women need before, during and after pregnancy was conducted Aug. 23-31, 2006, by Kelton Research of Los Angeles, Calif., on behalf of the Society for Women’s Health Research via telephone among a national representative sample of 500 women, 18 years of age or older, who have one or more children age 3 and under, are pregnant, or are nursing. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.4 percentage points.

(2) Jensen CL, et al. Effect of Maternal Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Supplementation on Neuropsychological and Visual Status of Former Breast-fed Infants at Five Years of Age (abstr.). Pediatric Research, 2004. 49:181A.

 

Never a recall on breastmilk September 16, 2006

Filed under: Activism,Breastfeeding,Natural living — amygeekgrl @ 9:42 pm

Huge Recall Of Similac Baby Formula

I know not everyone can breastfeed, but the fact that breastmilk will never be recalled is just another reason why I feel good about my choice to do so. That’s one less thing this mama (who’s already lost too many brain cells) has to worry about. ;)

 

 
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