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February, be gentle

Such a busy month!  It isn’t all work-related.  I’m also busy socializing my homeschooler.  Heh heh.

I have an invitation for YOU to fill up your calendar space with a few choice selections:

“Now What”:  a class about the first six weeks postpartum.  20.00/couple/student.  Feb. 5.

Greenville Babywearing Meeting:  noon.  Bring your lunch if you’re on a work break.  Feb. 6.

Clemson Babywearing Meeting:  new time this month!  Free gathering to play and discuss babywearing (or anything else that you fancy).  Feb. 7

Spartanburg Babywearing Meeting:  Feb. 11 at 11.

“Sleeping Like a Baby“:  a class about *yawn* newborn sleep.  20.00/couple/student.  Feb. 12

Greenville Cloth Diaper Group:  a group for families who plan to or are cloth diapering.  Topic and discussion.  Free!  Taylors Library at 10am.  Feb. 13.

Cloth Diaper 101:  a free introduction to cloth diapering led by the savvy Jessica.  Dads are encouraged to attend.  Feb. 16.

Blessingway:  I’m so excited about this month’s gathering!  Please come to hear Norie’s birth story.  This first time mama had a peaceful hospital birth.  And the Puppy Nanny will be there to talk about pets and babies.  Free!  Babies and kids are welcome.  Feb. 23

“Having a Baby without Breaking the Bank”:  a class about creating a smart and green registry, DIY items, and saving $$.  20.00/couple/student.  Feb. 19.

New Member Picnic:  I’m hosting this one!  A picnic and playtime at Lake Conestee for new members of the Greenville Attachment Parent Meetup Group.  Join the AP group to find out more.  Expectant moms are welcome.  Feb. 19

Organic Nutrition for Pregnancy and Lactation:  taught by midwife, Grace Hannon.  FREE!  Feb. 21

Anderson Babywearing Group:  Feb. 25 at 6:30pm.

“Parenting the First Year”:  a class about introducing solids, child development, age appropriateness, and more.  20.00/couple/student.  Feb. 26

Water Birth and Other Comfort Measures for Labor and Birth:  another free workshop taught by midwife, Grace Hannon. Feb. 28.

*Also check the schedules for your closest La Leche League!

Coming UP:  

Registration is open for my March/April Hypnobabies Class.  This series will meet from 6pm-9pm on Tuesdays beginning March 12.  Contact me ASAP for information!

Oh!  And due to a client birthing early, I have a doula space which has opened up for late February or March.  I also have space available in May and June.  Let me know if you’d like to sit down for a free consult.

The March space is taken!  🙂

Phantom Kicks

Yeah, now that you mention it.  I am still feeling them.

View from the top



2.50 plus tax

IMG_8884That is what I paid for my favorite wrap.  I love when people stop me at the store to ask where I got “that.”  And I say, “Well, it is just a long piece of cloth!” 

Here is how you can make your own long piece of cloth:

  • Go to the fabric store.
  • Pick out some jersey knit fabric (I found it for 1.00/yd).
  • Buy 5 or 6 yards depending on your size.
  • When you get home, cut it in half vertically.
  • Give one half away as a gift to a pregnant friend. 
  • Now you have a wrap.  The edges of jersey knit roll so don’t bother sewing the edges. 

Seriously, I do not know how moms of newborns function without a wrap.  It is my number 1 ranked mom gear.   I can hold and bounce a fussy Cedar in my arms and she will continue to fuss.  But if I put her in a wrap, she almost always settles immediately into sleep and I can write thank-you notes or wash diapers.  Or blog.  The added perk is that after 15 minutes or so in the wrap, she is in a deep enough sleep that I can usually unwrap her and lay her down.   

Want to learn how to use a wrap?  Come to our next babywearing group or google instructions online.


IMG_8871My first negative babywearing comment this time around:

I’m at the grocery store wearing a snuggly sleeping newborn in a moby wrap (as shown here by Scott).  A concerned citizen approaches me.

Concerned Citizen:  “I hope you’re not smothering that baby.”  (heavy emphasis on “hope”)

Me:  (chuckle) “No, I’m not.”  Great comeback, huh?

Concerned Citizen:  “Well, I hope not.”

I wish I’d said “I hope you’re not going to eat all the junk food in your grocery cart.”

Postpartum: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Having survived my first day alone with a 3 year old and a newborn, I am–if not settling into–at least, accepting my new normal. 

Here are some highlights from my first two weeks:

Husband:  Aside from being the best birth partner on the planet, Scott played host to our visitors, cleaned house, had special daddy/daughter dates with Norah, brought me 156 million cups of Mother’s Milk Tea, made delicious breakfasts, and was the all-around hero of the story.

Family:  My family is incredible.  They have fed me, cleaned my house, and picked up strange items I needed at obscure places (my mom went all over Greenville searching for myrrh, no-sugar added coconut water, and vegetarian capsules).  And check out the wonderful cloth wipes my mother-in-law sewed.  Yes, she embroidered “Cedar” on them.  I bet I have the only personalized bum wipes in town. 


Friends:  I knew my friends were wonderful but wow!  First, this food chain idea is the EVER.  Period.  We’ve been supplied with a delicious meal every night–beginning with mom bringing our traditional Sunday feast over after the birth.  I’ve had friends drive 45 minutes to an hour to bring a meal!  It has blown me away.  And Cassandra drove from the far side of the world to give me a day-after acupuncture treatment!  Spoiled.  Utterly spoiled.  And Scott keeps saying, “Wow, you have great friends!”  Yes.  Yes, I do.

Placenta:  When Carey heard I had more bleeding than expected, she swooped into action to arrange for my placenta to be encapsulated by our friend Crystal.  I had wanted to do this but felt I would be too busy with my “galactagogue plan” to take time to do it myself.  The placenta is rich in nutrients, vitamins, and hormones that can assist the body in recovering.  And many people believe that it can prevent or lessen the effects of postpartum depression.  In some studies, it has shown an 86% success rate in increasing milk supply.  So bring on the placenta. 


Diapers:  Having never cloth diapered a newborn (we started late with Norah), I have been pleasantly surprised at how smoothly that has gone.  She hasn’t worn any disposables.  I was worried the meconium would stain.  It didn’t.  I had two grassy green stains (from the chlorophyll supplement I’m taking) that disappeared after I put the dipes in the sun for a few hours.  Magic.   

Breastfeeding:  This one is a day-by-day.  I had breast reduction surgery 12 years ago.  There have been days I supplement an ounce or so with donated breastmilk based on signs from Cedar and her weight.  I’m using a syringe and feeding her with it while she is latched and actively nursing.  I prefer this method to the SNS.  I weigh her almost daily with the same scale we used at birth.  I definitely have more milk than I did with Norah.  It takes two weeks for domperidone to reach maximum effectiveness so I’m hopeful my supply will continue to increase.  I increased my domperidone dosage from 90mg/day to 120mg/day this week.  Unfortunately, the domperidone causes horrible headaches and the only thing that helps is a cup of coffee.  Do I give my child caffeine so that I can continue to make milk?  Yep.  I’ve been reading that the headaches fade with time.  So we’re still in a wait-and-see place.  But I’m hopeful.  And regardless, I know I’ve done everything I could.  I feel really positive. 

Babywearing:  Hoorah for wearing babies!  Cedar loves being worn.  So far, the Maya ring sling and the Moby wrap have been her favorites.  I didn’t expect to use the ring sling much since I prefer wraps.  I would have gotten a prettier sling.  I’m disappointed that she doesn’t like the My BabyNest.  But that is why I have so many products–she might like it next week…

In other news, I’ve been pooped on 4 times and peed on 3 times.  I’ve realized I need more nursing tanks.  I spend most of my day nursing.  I’m writing this blog entry with a sleeping baby snuggled to my chest in a Moby wrap.  I love it.

Advanced Prehistoric Babywearing

I know, I know.  The title sounds oxymoronic. 

You might remember that my toddler loves for her dinosaurs to babywear.  See last year’s post

Today, we were startled to discover the baby torture device carrier she rigged for her long neck.  If you look closely, the mother dinosaur is wearing three babies using a headband, two ponytail holders, and a carabiner. 


Not that I Ever Use Motrin

itemWhen I first heard that Motrin was bashing babywearing, I thought the momsphere was overreacting.  And since I apparently don’t have some component installed on my computer that would let me view the commercial online, I put it out of mind.

Then.  Then, I read the transcript for motrin’s “I mean, in theory, it’s a great idea” commercial.  Are you serious?  Insensitive on so many levels.  Don’t companies realize that it is never a good idea to question parenting choices?  Nothing makes women angrier than someone (especially a corporation) questioning their choices.  Motrin actually has a computer animated mom saying that even though babywearing hurts, it makes her “look like an official mom.”  Good grief.   

For the record, lugging the heavy carseat carrier = backache. 

Using a simple piece of woven cloth to support my baby in my arms = sanity.

By the way, women have known this little “theory” for hundreds of years.  Long before motrin…

Psst…want to see more pictures of mamas and papas sporting comfortable carriers?  Check out our local babywearing group’s gallery.

ETA:  Thanks to a massive backlash, motrin has removed the ad.  It will still run in ads that have already been printed.  If you want to see the fuss and missed the link, find it here on youtube.

The Rebozo Way

Early in our marriage, Scott gifted me with a lovely sarong from his sojourn in Canada.  I’ve used it as a skirt and as a swimcover.  It found a new use when I became a babywearer.  While caring for my 7 month old cousin yesterday, I pulled it out again.  Most of my carriers are loaned out right now so the sarong was my best bet.  He fell asleep in only a few minutes.  You can see instructions here.   

Meanwhile, check out that vein in my arm!  My midwife-in-training friend is already eyeing my veins for clinical practice.  Yikes, that one is a monster.

NOT Waxing Political

Disclaimer:  This entry is not to be interpreted as a political endorsement.  I’m fairly unenthusiastic about US presidential politics.  I prefer politics for ordinary radicals. 

I’ve admired Sarah Palin since I first heard of her earlier this year–of course, having no idea she would be thrust into the campaign spotlight.  I liked her because she was a rare breed:  a breastpumping, working mother in the governor’s office.  And she brings her little one to work–in a pouch!