Mr. Chu seeing his Effy print I commissioned of Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat! I think he likes it because then he hugged my legs and ran around hooting.

Thanks again Effy, we love it!

Thinking about

Starting that baby registry. We find out the gender in two weeks, and the kicker is the families think we aren’t. We’re going to send out gender reveal box’s across the continental U. S. with our registry attached. Great fun it is, because they’re all pretty upset that they ‘have to wait’. Originally that was the plan, but decided against it. As if it’s harder on them then it would have been on us….. Grrr… That’s another rant for another day though. Woo Saaaah.

There’s so much to choose from with becoming a new parent, it’s pretty overwhelming. Especially when you don’t have any veterans to help you out. That’s why I’m putting off the registry. But truth be told, I’m kind of thankful for the isolation of where we live. I would be one irate momma if everyone felt the need to be over 24/7 giving opinions and unwanted advice. Then I’d have to be the bad guy and tell them to butt out.

But with the proper training and technique, a mother can trigger her own natural pain-relieving chemicals, so she doesn’t feel the pain and the labor is actually enjoyable! Shatter the myth that labor HAS to be painful. That belief makes a woman tense up. This causes her muscles to work in opposition and the cervix to harden, causing the baby to have to FORCE his/herself out, causing pain for the mother. It also blocks the pain-relieving chemicals/hormones. When the mother is relaxed, feeling no fear, and is not expecting pain, her labor is NOT as painful. When she is relaxed, the body does what it is naturally made to do.

- Hypnobirthing - A Celebration of Life by Marie F. Mongan
- Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read
- Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin.