It was like a bad first date …

Last week, I had one of my dreams come true.

Through a random series of events, a good friend of mine contacted me last-minute with an extra ticket to go see Ina May Gaskin, an amazing American midwife and activist, speak at a conference in Toronto – potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Brad was kind enough to help me figure out how I could work it out (I had to leave at 4:30 and wouldn’t be home until 10:30, the longest I’ve ever been away from Gil, not to mention that Brad had already made some fairly firm plans for that evening).

Honestly, the thought of seeing her and potentially meeting her had my heart beating faster than is normal ALL. DAY. LONG. I was so excited! We worked it out, and I headed out to see one of my sages. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that both Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth AND Spiritual Midwifery are both on my list of essential childbirth preparation books. These books were tantamount in my ability to trust my body and choose a homebirth for both of my kids.

The event began at 7PM and she spoke until 9PM, with a short intermission in which she did a book signing. It was an incredible evening full of inspirational talk – from everyone except me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trees of life – How to create a placenta print

On Sunday, we were planning to plant three new trees – a plum tree and two apple trees. On the agenda? Thawing both Gwen’s and Gil’s placentas in order to plant under them and nourish the new trees.

Brad pulled the frozen placentas out of the freezer on Saturday and as I watched the 4L ice cream container thaw, I got a bit nostalgic and, after seeing this onesie, started (re-)researching placenta prints. After a bit of coaxing from Brad to make up my mind already, I decided to go for it – if they didn’t work out, I had at least tried and if they did, I would have some beautiful art. I decided to do the prints on canvas with acrylic paint.

Following is a tutorial (sadly, without pictures other than the finished products!)! Read the rest of this entry »

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International Doula Month!

Head on over to Bellies and Babies to check out her introductory post on International Doula Month! Nicole will be hosting a bunch of birthy stuff giveaways! I know a number of doulas and would love to win some prizes for them!!


The Birth Story of William (Gil) Farrell

Here follows the birth story of our son, Gil. If you don’t enjoy reading the more graphic details of birth, I’d suggest not reading it :)

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Gwen’s A Big Sister!!!

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our family – a son!

William (Gil) Farrell Schellingerhoudt was born at home 3:23PM on February 19, 2010. He was 6 lbs 12oz and 20 inches long.

I had a FAST labour – I thought I was in labour in the morning, but it had quite the pause … in the end, my active labour lasted only 2.5 hours and I only pushed a few times!

We’re doing well – getting to know one another and getting breastfeeding well established. I’ll check in with you all soon with a birth story :)

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I stole this post …

… from my sister Jenny’s blog. Wuhoo for stolen blog fodder!

I can’t get to sleep without:
Brushing my teeth!! But seriously, at this stage in my life (with a 3-month-old and all), I can fall asleep every night just fine, thank you!

If I were a doll, the accessories packaged with me would be:
Gwen, ring sling (or babywearing accessory of some sort), laptop

I have an irrational fear of:
Being attacked by a man while I’m walking somewhere (maybe that’s not irrational?)

At my grandparents house I usually eat:
Ummm … I remember once eating really nasty soup, does that count?

When I was born I weighed:
7 lbs something (Jenny, you were in the 7’s, too!)

I am most opposed to:
Commercialism, war, abortion, the “cry-it-out” method

On myspace I like to stalk:
Me no have no myspace. On Facebook, I often stalk my sisters =)

I am too old to be:
In grade school – or even high school, for that matter!

I find the thought of childbirth:
Exciting and empowering!

Next door to my house is:
Railroad tracks. Like RIGHT next door.

My feet are:
Flat. I need orthopedic shoes =(

My preferred style of jeans are:
Blue ones that have a bit of flare

I know how to cook:
Quite a bit of stuff!! That doesn’t mean I’ve been doing it lately, though …

I am annoyed at:
The fact that I can’t get anything done during the day anymore. I’ve realized I’m a ‘doing’ person and that not be able to ‘do’ drives me bonkers! I’m also annoyed that our house isn’t completely unpacked/set-up, even after being here for months and months …

Men should always:
Hold the door for women =)

Women should never:
Talk about others behind their backs (please remind me of this)

The scariest sea creature is:

The world is over populated with:
Cell phones

I recently broke:
Hmm … I can’t remember!

I last cried because:
A girl I love very much is in a very difficult situation

My favorite shoes are:
My birkenstocks (that’s right. I wear birkenstocks)

As a parent my greatest fear is:
Being too selfish and my kids knowing it

When I think of Full House:
I think of the time I tried to start a club like the one in the book Phone Call from a Flamingo – did you even know there was a Full House Stephanie book series??

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My birth story … in six words

Nicole at Bellies and Babies challenged her readers to describe their birth stories in six words. Here’s mine:

counterpressure, vocalization, our bed, beautiful girl

What’s yours?

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