Tag Archive: asa

Day 3.

I spaced on a birthday post for my sweet Asa James. He turned four at the end of July. Four! I can hardly believe my little is so big. That's how these things go, I suppose. I do think about his birth each year. Usually I look at the clock the day before and think about what my labor was like at that moment. My amazement has yet to cease when I think about the births of my children. I still look at them and wonder at how I got lucky enough to carry them within my body. Magic.

Anyway, I did managed to get a good photo session in with him that day.

Asa James. Silly. Brave. Funny. Sweet. Every morning he crawls into bed with me and gently touches my face, tells me he loves me and says I'm the warmest.… Continue Reading...

Up on Triple Tree…

I've decided to night-wean this little guy. He's coming up on two, he's got most of his teeth, and I haven't had a full nights sleep in over 4 years. It feels like time. I started talking to him about it a few days ago, and he happily went along with the story. "Nigh nigh milky! Morning milky!" But two nights ago I tried, and he wailed and wailed. I shushed him and rocked him and gave him water and lots of love. At one point I thought we must be close to morning, and then was alarmed to see that the clock only read 2 o'clock. It was a really really long night. Then last night I tried again, feeling like if it didn't go well then I'd have to maybe postpone the whole thing (that's how it went with Vera- I tried for a couple of days, she was so upset, and then I tried again a month later and it worked with minimal tears).… Continue Reading...

Massive post to make up for my absence…

Forgive my absence, I’ve been having a helluva time trying to update here. Something on my computer isn’t compatible anymore with livejournal, and my master tech person (Jeff) has yet to really investigate for me… I’ve written two entries only to have them completely vanish on me (which was so frustrating I threw up my hands and stopped trying, until now). Then we went on vacation, and I’ll just be honest- I have appreciated the time away from the screen. Anyway, I’m back, and I’m hoping I’ll iron out all these technical issues soon. And I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to post this successfully…

So, over the past couple of weeks we have… 

:: Watched Asa turn one year old on the 24th of July!… Continue Reading...

WFP: A pickle and a taste of something new…

So, I keep talking all this lacto-fermentation business, and the health of our guts and blah blah blah… Today my sister and I made some ginger carrot slices, and I thought I would just show you how incredibly easy and rewarding this pickling business can be. So come along, make a pickle with me!

First, take some beautiful local carrots.
 

Scrub them, then slice them into nice bite-sized pieces. (aren’t those purple ones beautiful?!)

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Asa’s Birth

It was Friday, July 23rd, 2010. I was 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I had been feeling mild uncomfortable contractions all morning long, but I shrugged them off. I’d been having contractions for the past 2 weeks, and every night they’d just go away and I would find myself awake the next morning, still very pregnant. I wasn’t feeling particularly impatient, just very ready and tired. That morning Jeff went to work. My mom called to check in, but I didn’t feel like anyone needed to drop what they were doing to come help. I told her I’d call her later if I felt like things were progressing. I did my best to pick up the house and occupy my two year old, and I tried to remind myself to rest.… Continue Reading...

Big ol’ picture post.

Lots going on, although the pace seems slower. It’s as it should be. It’s that strange first month with a new baby, where you’re tired but you’ve just been sitting and nursing all day (which I know, it IS doing something and using energy, but it’s just a different activity and I don’t process it the same way). Or I’m overstimulated and bored at the same time… it’s just weird. Today has been lovely though- snuggling with both my babies (actually, all three if you count Maya!), out to breakfast with just Asa and a dear friend, jamming to The Who at loud volumes on the drive (very therapeutic), home for a bit then out to a garage sale, then I actually got a bunch of stuff done around the house and did a big harvest in the garden.… Continue Reading...

What day is it? Sunday… and it’s August, too!

If there’s anything that you’ll hear me say about the process of natural birth, it’s that it is loaded with glimpses into the nature of life- the intimate and impermeable relationship between so many things, often things that we pretend are very separate from each other. Pain and pleasure, strength and surrender, instinct and intellect, spirit and body, etc. I’m always finding myself in situations where I’m grateful for my experience of giving birth, because it shows me how interconnected these concepts are. I think, were we to live in a more natural world, we’d have so many more experiences that teach us this very lesson. As it is, giving birth has been one of the only truly primal experiences of my life, and so I find myself referencing it often in my attempts at understanding other things.… Continue Reading...