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[8 Aug 2009 | 24 Comments | 955 views]

Let me just start by saying that babies rock! Really, they do! Before we started this whole Elimination Communication (EC) thing, I really didn’t imagine it would be all that successful.  I mean, I read all the books on EC, with little babies peeing on command.  But when I imagined how I could make that work with my own little baby, I initially had a little trouble imagining it.
But here I am with my 12 week old baby, and today I took her outside on 5-6 separate occasions and cued …

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[28 May 2009 | Comments Off | 217 views]

A few pics from the day we burried B’s placenta, 2 days after her  birth.
Arp heading down the path to one of the mango and citrus fields on our property:

The placenta.  What more can I say.

It was hot as hell and humid, but I had to wear a hoodie to guard against bugs.  My face is still puffy and I look tired, but I feel pretty good for two days after giving birth.  M is the photographer.

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[27 May 2009 | 10 Comments | 339 views]

The Birth of B
B’s Birth was so different from the birth of J (now age 4) and M (now age 6) that it surprised me in most every way.
One major differenc came before the birth.  B made us wait a bit more than I expected.  With M, I gave birth a day before my due date.  J came 2 days after her due date.  So with B, I was reasonably expecting that she might show up sometime close to the due date.  I figured it was simply my genetic makeup.  …

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[25 Apr 2009 | 3 Comments | 257 views]

After a night of tossing and turning (aka trying to lift the weight of my huge pregnant belly from one side of the mattress to the other), I was hoping to get out of the house for an hour or two with the family.  There is some sort of environmental festival going on in our town this weekend, and I thought it would distract me from feeling so miserable that I’m still pregnant.   But then I headed over to the closet and proceeded to try on literally all of my …

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[15 Apr 2009 | 3 Comments | 280 views]

On Monday, the whole family and I headed into the city so that I could meet with the backup OB for my midwife.  Partly, this was a visit so that I could be familiar with the OB just in case of a transfer.  But mostly, I was just documenting that I was having prenatal care in Costa Rica so that we will have an easier time getting a birth certificate after the birth.
Initially, I was a bit freaked out about seeing the OB at all.  For one thing, I often …