If I didn’t write something today some of you might suspect that, so I just wanted to let you know ; – )
My firstborn, Katie, senses a change is coming. On this cool, rainy morning in Texas I am being repeatedly smothered in kisses and requests for “snuggwing.” Without realizing it she is giving me the most precious gift I could ask for right now. We are soaking each other in, filling our days with “I wuv you’s” and leisurely story times in bed.
The stress and strain of house showings and broken contracts feels worlds away. For now, we are an island. An island that promises to tweet an announcement when we’re sure Babypotamus is on the way.
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Or at least, not yet. I’m talking about the DFW premiere of BIRTH, a play which is often referred to as “The Vagina Monologues for Childbirth.” Most moms are fascinated by this intimate, powerful, sometimes comical subject. (If you find poop pellets comical, that is)
Just last night, while I was negotiating with my good friend/midwife about whether or not I can attend the premiere (in a diaper, of all things!), some friends and I started talking birth stories. We had no problem letting graphic descriptions fly while the men were outside watching the kids and grilling, but as soon as they stepped in the kitchen for a spatula or beer we switched to hushed tones.
Don’t you wish there was a place where we could just talk . . . about EVERYTHING? Thanks to BOLD of Fort Worth, there is.
BOLD Fort Worth is presenting a day of focusing on mother-friendly childbirth choices on September 25, 2010. Theatre goers will gather to see the DFW premiere of Birth, a play by Karen Brody, and a Birth Fair will offer new, expectant and future mothers access to professionals and companies who follow the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative.
Bold Fort Worth 2010 Press Release
“I’ve chosen eight women’s stories” she says. “That was the hardest part — choosing only eight. An impossible task. What about women who give birth to stillborn babies at seven months? Birth from a blind woman’s perspective? Women who give birth in prisons? Some birth stories had to be dropped. I chose the most typical ones I heard; the most common themes. Namely: epidurals, cesareans and natural births.”
I wish I could say more from personal experience, but I haven’t actually seen the play. Unlike the way marketers slap “New!” on consumer products even if it refers to the packaging and not the product, “Premier” in this instance means exactly what it says.
The true stories she selected do seem intriguing, though:
In the play we meet Jillian, a stay-at-home mother of four children, who always sees the humor in life, especially in her mixed-bag of birth experiences; and Beth, a 35-year-old successful, high-powered computer systems manager from New Jersey who confidently planned a cesarean.
We are introduced to Vanessa, a buyer for a major department store who never had a doubt that she wanted an epidural. . . and Lisa, an African-American who felt intimidated and used by her midwives and the medical system after her birth.
We get to know Sandy, who thought birth was “just one day,” but found out that having an emergency c-section on that day changed her world. We hear Natalie’s intimate story of physical betrayal; and Amanda, an athletic, confident stay-at-home mother who believed her birthing mantra–”My Body Rocks”–gave her the attitude she needed to give birth naturally in the hospital.
Following each performance there will be a one hour Talk Back Panel on Childbirth in North Texas. Share your story, your frustrations, your concerns. Make a t-shirt with your mantra on it if you want. I don’t know what mine would be, but it would definitely have to include a reference to puke while ending with “most awesome thing I have done . . . EVER!” Not very catchy, but true.
This is the perfect “Girl’s Night Out” event. All my friends are going and you should, too! Take your bestie, your mom, your sis. It will be a night to remember.
You can either click here for tickets or leave a comment below for a chance to win two free tickets complements of the Tarrant County Birth Network, which is sponsoring the play. For additional entries, share this post on Facebook or Twitter and leave another comment letting me know. The contest will end this Thursday at midnight so get the word out!!!
Also, check out the Birth Fair and Silent Auction from noon – 6:30pm.
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Congratulations Miriam, you’ve just won free lifetime access to Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food for Rookies E-Course. Starting September 5th you will learn how to make delicious “fast food” recipes (even french fries!), identify fake foods (even when they are labeled organic), and more!
Don’t worry if you didn’t win! You can still contact me for an exclusive discount code to use when you sign up for enrollment. But you have to hurry–enrollment is only available through September 5.Read More »
Forty weeks is kind of an arbitrary number. . . due dates used to be estimated around 41-42 weeks. Even so, I’m so excited to be at this point. Not every circumstance is as I would like it to be, but I feel surrounded by love . . . my family’s, friends . . . yours. Thank you for being on this journey with me. Stay tuned . . . Babypotamus can’t stay in forever!Read More »
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to All About Babies Birth Center tonight. I loved getting to connect so many names and blogs with actual faces and voices. Which reminds me, for some reason my ears were stopped up like I was riding in an airplane, so I sounded like a chipmunk to myself the whole night. I wanted to finish every sentence by singing “Alvin! Simon! Theodore!!“
I’m still wondering what I sounded like to ya’ll ; – )
Also, I want to say a big thank you to Cindy, Donnellyn and Christy for hosting this evening. The birth center is so warm and welcoming I could have stayed and “girl talked” all night.Read More »
As promised here is the second installment of our Real Food For Busy Moms series. It’s only been a week since I posted the first batch of recipes so most of you probably haven’t had time to give them a try yet, but if you did I’d love to know how it went!
This quiche is a quick, elegant meal that’s versatile enough for breakfast, a quick lunch or an elegant dinner party. If you have a mandoline slicing the potatoes is a cinch. Even if you don’t, a potato crust is much faster to make than a traditional flour one (and yummier, too, in my opinion!)
1. If you don’t have (or like) chevrê, don’t worry. I’ve substituted many kinds of cheese in this recipe and they were all delicious.
2. Make a double batch! It’s not much more trouble and you’ll get more meals for your effort.
Check out Nourished Kitchen for the recipe!
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but this dip is really delicious. Although I’ve made this recipe many, many times I can count on one hand the times there have been leftovers.
Quick Tip: Bake the salmon ahead of time and place in fridge to cool. When dinner time rolls around you’ll have less than 10 minutes of prep from start to finish.
Check out the recipe here.
I have been making homemade pizza for years now and this method is by far the easiest I have ever found. I love that it calls for the healthiest of ingredients: raw cheese that ends up only slightly melted, sprouted tortillas, and of course butter.
If you’re feeling adventurous when it comes to toppings, you might adapt this margharita pizza recipe from Whole Foods. I make my own pesto instead of the pre-made it calls for using this recipe. Or how about a chicken alfredo pizza? Or pepperoni and pineapple. I’m getting carried away, aren’t I?
Check out Real Food Digest for the recipe.Read More »
Have you submitted your guest blog post idea yet? You have two more days to submit your idea and send in your post. If you’re riding the fence, allow me to persuade you.
What am I talking about? The awesome Guest Blog for Mommypotamus and Win Your Own Blog Contest. Naturally.Read More »
Daddypotamus here. If you’re friends of my wife, Scott and Kate Cole, or the Haggertons, you may have already heard about the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act S. 510.
[pullquote_right]If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower[/pullquote_right]
For a full rundown of what this bill is about, go check out Steve Green’s post at Food Freedom.
Did you read it? Well, if you did you know why I was understandably alarmed. After all, my family strives to buy from small, local farms, not the conglomerates. I’m already more than concerned about the real threat Monsanto poses to organic farmers worldwide. Now this. So I followed a friends recommendation and contacted my representative immediately. I went to WriteRep.House.gov and contacted my local House Representative through the easy contact form.
After all, the FDA is practically a four-letter word in my household. For all the protection they are supposed to offer consumers, they really help big business produce toxic food and medicines which your body was never intended to digest. I’m automatically going to question and investigate any FDA policies or upgrades.
Now, I’m no political genius. I admit it. I am not caught up on political affairs and I didn’t know that my Representative, Michael C. Burgess, M.D., has no say yet on this proposed bill.
Here’s what his people said in response:
“As you might know, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510, was introduced on March 3, 2009 by Sen. Richard Durbin [D – Illinois]. If passed, S. 510 would expand the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to regulate food, including the authority to suspend the registration of a food facility. The Secretary may also collect fees related to food facility re-inspection, food recalls, and the voluntary qualified importer program. This legislation also asks the Secretary to enhance food borne illness surveillance systems through the Director for the Center of Disease Control.
S. 510 has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
As this legislation is still before the Senate, I advise you to contact your senators, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (202-224-5922) and Sen. John Cornyn (202-224-2934) to discuss this legislation with them or their staff further.
I want you guys to be informed; well, at least as informed as me. So if you’re going to take action, and I hope you will, please contact your senator immediately and tell them how you feel about the prospect of having awesome local farmers limited and controlled because of an egg recall whose fault belongs entirely to the massive industrial farm conglomerates.
Here’s a video that may give us a glimpse into what the future holds if this bill is passed.
Thanks for caring. If you’re ready to email your Senator, you can do so with the help of this page on Senate.gov. Happy hunting!Read More »