A day in the life:
-After a long night with little sleep:
-I woke up at 7:30 (late), went back to sleep got up at 8am.
-Got Sol dressed,fed, entertained her.
-Got Moonbeam changed, nursed, and ready for the sitter.
-got the house ready for sitter (made sure bottles are clean, diapers are in place, etc.)
-Made Sol’s lunch for school.
-Pumped some fresh breastmilk for Moonbeam’s first bottle of the day
-Got myself ready in 5minutes.
-Dropped Sol off at school.
-E dropped me off at work. (got there late, had to create, print agendas, and prepare handouts for a meeting to happen 10 minutes after I arrived)
-Meetings and more meetings.- snack in btwn.
-pump breastmilk 2x’s at work.
-Take train and bus home. (almost missed my stop b/c I was nodding off)
-Pick Sol up from school.
-She has a ton of energy.
-Play with her in the yard, while running back and forth inside to check on dinner.
-Give Sol bath.
-Feed Sol dinner. (I eat her scraps)
-Make Sol’s lunch for tomorrow.
-Story time with Sol.
-Moonbeam wakes up, change him, nurse him. Spend time listening to music and babbling with him.
-Shower (with Moonbeam)
-more nursing, cuddling, talking with him
-put Moonbeam to sleep.
– now its 11:16 and I have 3 weeks worth of homework to catch up on, emails to send, and more… and I just wanna sleep and b/c I know in a few hours Sol is gonna wake up to pee and
Moonbeam is gonna wake up to nurse.
*keep in mind Sol is 2, so every task done with her includes me calming her down during meltdowns, repeating myself 10xs, chasing her around, cleaning up messes etc.
Moonbeam was born on February 18th, 2012 at 11:03pm. 7lbs 12oz and 21 inches of perfect divine love. He was born into his daddy’s arms, in a birth tub next to our bed, surrounded by an amazing birth team cheering us on. (Full birth story coming soon). I am a VBAC and HBAC mama (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean and Home Birth After Cesarean)… And oh so very PROUD!
We are waiting on his name to emerge. But I think we are close.
I want to thank everyone who has offered prayers, kind words, positive thoughts, etc to my family as we embarked on this beautiful journey. The outpouring of love and support has been beautifully overwhelming.
As you are aware I am very enthralled by the birthing process. Its a sacred time, and I believe that many women have lost their connection with birth due to many of the hospital birthing practices that don’t acknowledge and interfere (sometimes unecessarily or against our own will) our God-given ability to birth our babies with little or no intervention and the picture media and our society has painted around birth. Birth is powerful, it is healing, and it is transformative. The environment women give birth in, the way they are treated by their care professionals, and they way they give birth can have huge impact on breastfeeding initiation, post partum depression, ability to bond with baby, physical healing, and can even make or break your confidence as a mother. It is because of this I have chosen to share Moonbeams birthing experience with my social and personal networks. I have already shared the Meeting Moonbeam youtube video of us meeting just moments after birth, and the response has humbled me greatly.
Be on the look out for my birth story, photo images, and additional video footage. It is my hope that in the sharing of these precious moments, conversations and dialogue will happen and women and their partners will be motivated to take a more active role in the births of their children.