Saturday, January 3, 2009

Home Birth Prep

In case any of you are wondering what you need for a home birth, here's a list my midwife gave me:

1 newborn hat
24 23x36 underpads
12 sterile gloves
1 2 oz. bulb syringe
2 plastic backed sheets
1 peri bottle
2 oz. comfrey leaves
1 scrub brush
1 herbal cord care
(The above is in a kit for $38.60)
liquid chlorophyll
16 oz. olive oil
baby clothes, blankets, diapers, etc.
gown, panties, bra, etc.
extra sheets, pillow cases, etc.
sanitary pads
small pack of napkins or baby wipes
juices & Popsicles, honey
6 older towels & older wash cloths
2 large trash bags
trash can
1 or 2 shower curtain liners
empty gallon jug
Thursday we finally picked up the few things we didn't have. (Believe it or not, we don't have old towels so we got cheap ones at Walmart since we don't know of a thrift shop around and weren't sure how much time we'd have.) I got a rush of nesting and set up the co-sleeper and put everything out so it actually feels like the birth may happen.

Note the birth kit on the side table. Anything you don't see in the co-sleeper is there.
As far as the baby's position, I can't say it's changed. I realized, though, that it was probably mostly caused by nursing Karrots laying down since I did so on my back mostly. Since the revelation, I've been nursing her sitting up with my belly over her. I've also been more conscious of leaning back when sitting down. I'm definitely not as comfortable relaxing, but hopefully the baby will turn and I'll be more comfortable for labor.
For those of you wondering how Karrots' understanding all of this, she was asked the other day where mommy's baby was and she pointed at my belly. On the subject of her being at the birth, she'll be watched here by my mom (and anyone else who's here) and we'll wing it. I'd like her to be there. I've heard that if she sees the baby come out of mommy then she'll be more likely to accept the baby as an extension of mommy instead of some random new creature that's simply here to take all of her parents' attention.
So, my dear baby, we're ready for you! Get in position and we'll be holding you soon!

Friday, January 2, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday!

Big Red finally finished his car! He rocks for not having to go to the mechanic, but for saving us money by fixing his car at home. He admits it probably costed just as much since he had to buy so many tools, but at least we're all set for auto repairs in the future.

Honey, you rock for being able to fix anything! You can do anything you put your mind to! I love it!

Monday, December 29, 2008

What's Been Making Me Smile...

  • Karrots saying "amen" as we grab her hand before eating to pray.
  • Karrots grabbing the papers every time I print something out and handing them to me. What a great little helper!
  • My husband mounting a candle holder on our bedroom wall before I even think of mentioning it needs to be done.
  • A friend telling me that she shows her mom a picture of Karrots randomly throughout the day and it brings her joy every time!
  • Having a camera that works off the bat!
  • Giving Big Red a bad hair cut...and him not caring.
  • Sleeping more than 4 hours before having to use the restroom again!
  • Watching Big Red being the greatest daddy ever!