After absolutely no warm up anything, I started feeling some early labor stuff last night. It’s been a tough road since then. My body is urging me forward and my emotions are fighting me back.
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Congratulations, Nikki M, you’ve won 2 free tickets to see the premiere of BIRTH!
You should still come see this amazing performance! If you didn’t win, Click here for tickets and don’t forget about the Birth Fair and Silent Auction from noon – 6:30pm. For more information visit BOLD Fort Worth.
It was a Labor Day festival of fashion greatness! Check out my AMAZING baby shower gift worn especially for Labor Day. I know, my friends ROCK!!! Below that there is a pretty funny clip you should check out, too ; – )
I can’t say I agree with everything Bill Maher has to say on on the subject (or his word choices for that matter) but this is just too funny. And true . . . which makes it kind of sad, but I hope you will still laugh.Read More »
This Southwest Potato Hash recipe is one of our favorites for Saturday brunch. It takes a little while to make, but it is oh-so-worth it. Goes great with scrambled eggs!Read More »
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 »