Monday, July 30, 2007

yes sir... that's my babies!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

True Love

this post was one I was thinking about after finally getting my hands on HP7!! * it took long enough! *

After hearing a friend that she hopes her hubby realizes how much she loves him, letting him read the HP7 first I decided to post this...

hee hee.... I feel the same way about letting my son read it before I've finished. TRUE LOVE!! =)

here's how it is in our house...

I read ch.1, then handed the book (that was difficult, but I had agreed to it) to my 11 yo for 30 minutes... then I read again...
then hubby came home with our daughter (9)... they were out scootering & skateboarding and having the best of daddy-daughter time...,

I was reading, and chuckling aloud... and after hubby's comments of "not fair".. I asked if he wanted to read too... "'OF COURSE!" was his reply... so I gracefully handed the book over to him (after I finished the chapter!)

he read a little.. we ate dinner... the boy grabbed the book and started reading again... the girl got a bath, with the promise that I'd read a little to her before bed... We have always read Harry Potter out loud, and so we continue with this last installment.

SO I read one chapter to the girl... Continued reading a to myself.... handed the book over to the boy, with the stipulation that he not stay up too late reading... we told him 10 pm, but then let him read 'just one more chapter.. PLEASE!!" okay, go ahead, kid... "ALRIGHT!" =)

Hubby and I watched Premonition with Sandra Bullock... I thought it was a movie with potential, but sadly unfulfilled.
Then I read another chapter and headed off to bed.

Hubby stayed up late drawing....

and I woke this morning planning to eat and read and the boy has the book in his hot little hands... the nerve of him! =)

Actually, I'm reminded of the first time the boy admitted guiltily that he didn't actually go to bed on time but stayed up with a flashlight and HP5 under his covers .... We had been reading that one aloud as well, but he couldn't stand the wait and would read ahead to himself. It was his first BIG THICK book that he was reading to himself. And we were proud. =)

to think how many wonderful worlds of words he has since devoured. =)

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Friday, July 20, 2007

waiting and waiting and waiting

and yes... stalking the ups site for tracking info... anxiously awaiting that truck with the much anticipated package containing THE BOOK.

oooh will it ever get here???

We decided to skip the parties and ordered home delivery in our efforts maintain our own impervious charm regarding spoilers.

Now that the kids are older and huge fans it was a big decision.. to go and be surrounded by other potter fiends. Dressed in costume as they most certainly would have been, playing games as the air grows heavy waiting for that minute after midnight when the books are finally released to the public. Released to me. ... or to enjoy the quiet orderly and timely delivery from our friendly (are they friendly, I don't really know ours) ups man (or woman).

we went for quiet, orderly, TIMELY delivery in the comfort of our home.

Now , as silly as it may be.... I find myself going back to UPS tracking site... I know my book left Landover MD for its final destination at 10:48 AM.... (aghast I was to find it sat there waiting to be loaded onto that final truck for eight hours and forty eight whole long minutes. DO THEY NOT KNOW ??? ) I'm WAITING!!!

We spent the week listening to Jim Dale tell us the familiar tale, the next to the last (or is it?) book. We discussed possible endings, deaths... whose would be hardest to handle.. whose we just could never accept.
We spent time contemplating good vs evil...

and now we wait.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Water Birth with Barbara Harper radio interview

Have you ever thought of having your baby in water? Why are more and more birth centers and hospital birth rooms using birth tubs? One of the most comfortable ways to handle the pains and tensions of labor is soaking and floating in warm water. In this week’s Timely Topics in Childbirth we will explore waterbirth and the issues surrounding this controversial way to bring a baby into the world.

Barbra Harper RN, founder and director of Waterbirth International Resource and Referral Service, has been researching and documenting waterbirth and gentle birth since 1983. An internationally recognized expert, she lectures and consults within hospitals, birth centers and universities on the issues and application of water birth.

Waterbirth International Resource and Referral Service


Thursday, July 12, 2007

a freakin' felony???

a freakin' felony???

it amazes and angers me that politics would ever be involved in a woman's choice for prenatal care..

midwifery a felony.. PULEEEZE.

I think this Sen John Loudon is fast becoming my very favorite Republican ever.

Columbia Tribune

Reproductive war’s new front line
Midwifery provides cost-effective health care.

Published Tuesday, July 10, 2007
In May, just before legislators were to recess for summer, Republican state Sen. John Loudon pulled a fast one. He snuck a one-sentence amendment having to do with women’s reproductive choice into an otherwise unrelated 123-page health insurance bill that Gov. Matt Blunt was certain to sign. The measure was approved unanimously before anyone noticed the add-on, and when they did, it caused such a ruckus that Loudon was stripped of his committee chairmanship.

Reproductive politics is war, and this was exactly the kind of sneak attack you’d expect from a partisan politician. Except that this amendment wasn’t about abortion. Actually, it supported a woman’s right to choose - a midwife, that is.

Lobbyists in Missouri tried to legalize midwives for decades. You heard that right. In Missouri and 10 other states, independent midwives cannot get a license, which drives them to practice out of state or underground. Loudon sponsored a bill that would have licensed and regulated certified professional midwives - CPMs, whose credentials are recognized explicitly or implicitly in most other states - and it was finally close to passing when a lone senator filibustered, killing it. So Loudon got creative, and literary, and quietly slipped some Victorian lexicon into the widely popular bill.

The amendment grants anyone with "tocological certification" the right to practice. Tocological is derived from the Greek word "tocos," which means birth. It was code for the CPM credential. Blunt signed the bill into law on June 4.

And faster than you can say tocological, the Missouri State Medical Association was in court, suing for malpractice.

The doctors claim that recognizing CPMs will make birth less safe. That’s incorrect. Midwives provide evidence-based care, and studies show they promote optimal births. A 2005 study of 5,000 low-risk women who planned home births with CPMs in North America - the largest such study to date, published in the British Medical Journal - found that 95 percent of the women had spontaneous, vaginal births, and their babies did just as well as babies born to healthy women in the hospital. The low-risk women who receive traditional obstetric care have far higher rates of cesarean surgeries and other invasive procedures.

CPMs aren’t nurses or doctors. They are trained to be the primary-care providers for normal pregnancy and childbirth in an out-of-hospital setting. Midwives are regarded with suspicion by many Americans, but in much of the industrialized world they are the norm - a woman only sees an obstetrician if she has a problem - and these countries have a far superior track record than we do in the United States. The women there have fewer cesareans, fewer birth injuries and fewer deaths.

In some states, such as New Mexico and Tennessee, CPMs are health-care providers like any other, who list themselves in the Yellow Pages and get reimbursed by Medicaid. In other states, such as Illinois and Indiana, they are outlaws. In such places, women who want an alternative to the hospital must go underground and find an illegal provider. As they give birth, they are accomplices to a criminal offense.

In Missouri, it’s a felony.

The Missouri State Medical Association would rather keep it that way. Arguing in court for an injunction last week, the physicians group claimed that the midwifery measure is unconstitutional because it is unrelated to the larger thrust of the insurance bill, which Blunt lauded as expanding Missourians access to health care. Here, too, the doctors are wrong: Midwives provide cost-effective care to which many women are now being denied access. And don’t consumers have the right to choose where and with whom they give birth? This is not only a major public health issue, it’s a women’s rights issue.

You don’t typically hear Sen. Loudon defending women’s reproductive choice - he’s one of the state’s most vocal abortion opponents - but here he’s proved himself a surprise hero. The chief opponent to the midwifery bill - the one who filibustered, Chuck Graham turns out to be a pro-choice democrat. Surely Loudon wouldn’t want to be labeled a champion of women’s reproductive choice, and Graham wouldn’t want to be branded a foe. But in this instance, the two men have swapped places.

Perhaps Graham and his physician allies could instead follow the lead of Sheldon Wasserman, an obstetrician and democratic state representative in Wisconsin. Last year, he voted for a bill that licensed CPMs in his state. "If women have the right to decide on abortion, don’t they have the right to decide where they give birth?" he said.

Missouri CPMs should be able to practice in the open. It makes the most sense all around, especially in the "Show Me State."

Jennifer Block is the author of "Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care" (Da Capo, 2007).

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

7.7.07 happy family! =)

This is us at the Smithsonian Folk Festival on the mall. July 7, 2007


happy sleepy pregnant mama!

this one was mid june...

and this is July 6, 2007

Thursday, July 05, 2007

bla bla blog

I don't know why I don't blog more.
pregnancy due date