Monday, April 20, 2009

Baby showers, baby birthing, and baby watching

I'm planning a baby shower for my friend. Its tomorrow. Weird day, I know. However, its one of the only days before she's due that we could all get together (she's due saturday). So, I'm hosting several women and several more children on a tuesday morning for a fourth baby in four years of a mother who is about to be divorced. Fun times.

I'm pretty exhausted from my DONA doula workshop, too. It was very intense, and a lot of information in just 2 days. I feel slightly overwhelmed with the amount that was shoved into my brain in 16 hrs. Want to know my favorite tid bit of information we learned? Studies have showed that just having a doula present (meaning just sitting in the corner hanging out) greatly improved the odds for an unmedicated and intervention free birth! That means, if I can't remember how to do the counter pressure or how to use my rabozo, its still okay. Just having me there greatly increases their chance for the birth they want. Cool, huh?

Even though the workshop was wonderful, and empowering, the best part of the weekend was visiting with my friend Raechel and her husband. Very fun, indeed! I remember last year when I took the kids for a visit, it certainly didn't feel like we hadn't seen each other in 7 years or so. Its been around 9 mths or so since that visit and IT didn't feel like it had been that long. It was so nice, and so refreshing!
I just began my 5th week of my nanny position. We are to decide if this is something we want to stick with or discontinue at the end of next week. I'm feeling really wishy washy. If I'm pregnant, I'd like to discontinue the care. If I'm not, I'm sort of in the middle. I love the money, and he's not that much trouble. But, if I start getting more doula clients, will I be able to do both? If I had to chose one or the other, it'd be the doula deal hands down. I just don't know how to work it out to do both.
I'm definitely starting on a cold. Or cold-like virus. That makes me have little to no desire to clean or cook. But, alas, I've had to do both today. Currently in the oven are 2 pans of an egg/ham/tater tot casserole as well as the crust to a lemon bar. My house smells funny.


Lisa said...

I hope you feel better soon. The doula training sounds neat!

d e v a n said...

I think I'm going to try for a natural birth this time so I could really use you. :)