Baby kicks, “Childbirth Revolution,” trucks, pics, and more

I felt the baby move from the outside this weekend and I think Ava felt it too! Unfortunately, Jody wasn’t home at the time, but I’m sure he will get to feel it soon enough himself as well. Exciting!

I got in touch with my friend’s midwife and am scheduling an appointment to chat with her and learn more about homebirths so I feel like I’ve fully explored all of my options.

On a related note, I saw this article – about how England’s government is supporting women to have homebirths – posted on another person’s blog. Here’s a bit of what it said. “Pregnant women are to be advised to give birth at home as part of a revolution in childbirth policy that will reverse decades of medical convention.

Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Health, is to “challenge the assumption”, prevalent since the 1970s, that the safest place to give birth is in hospital and that home births can be dangerous.

In what is being billed as a historic shift in the politics of childbirth, doctors will be told to offer all pregnant women the chance to deliver their baby at home with the help of a midwife and their own choice of pain relief.

The Independent on Sunday can today reveal that the Government is planning a “strategic shift” in childbirth policy away from hospital delivery and towards births in the reassuring surroundings of home. It has commissioned research to support the case for home births and “challenge the assumption that births should take place in hospitals”.

The Secretary of State wants to “demedicalise” pregnancy and challenge the “presumption” that birth should take place under the supervision of a doctor.” … (
I find it all absolutely fascinating and wonder if such a shift will ever be possible in the U.S.

I didn’t end up getting to take Ava’s 2 year pics this weekend, but we got our new bed delivered (which is nice, but going to take some getting used to) and went to a “Touch a Truck” event where kids get to see, climb into, play on and honk the horns in trucks, buses, construction equipment and emergency vehicles of all kinds. Ava thought the double-decker bus was pretty cool (and we went up on the top level), but I don’t think she was all that impressed with everything else. She’s been getting into construction equipment lately (always asking me “What is that?” when we are out and see something) so she got to see some things up close and personal. But the whole thing wasn’t as big a hit with her as it was with the kids of some of my friends (who are boys – go figure). I’m sure it didn’t help that someone honked a school bus horn right as she was standing in front of the bus (which scared the crap out of her and reduced her to tears). Poor pookah. The cool thing (IMO) about the event was that there was a plant nursery there giving away free flowers, so I got a whole flat of petunias. Score! :)

On Saturday, Jody got out bright and early to “window-shop” a few garage sales and came home with a Little Tikes kitchen, complete with a bag full of play food and dishes – all for $10. We’re saving the kitchen for Ava’s birthday, though she already got into all of the food/dishes since Jody had them out to wash them. We have to find a good way to store all of that. What a mess when it’s all out over the floor! Eep. ;)

Yesterday I photographed my friend Brandy’s newborn son. The shoot went really well and I’m happy with many of the pictures. After we got done with pics, Brandy and I sat around and talked a lot about homebirth and her experience with it. It was good to learn more from her while the experience is still very fresh in her mind.

Now that we are down to less than two weeks before my family gets into town and Ava’s birthday party, I’m starting to clean the house in earnest and make food to freeze for the party. :)

Here’s what I finally came up with for Ava’s party invitations:

And now for a few pics of my chickpea. :)
Here’s Ava playing outside (her favorite place to be) earlier this month:

And stopping to smell one of our flowers: