Friday, August 30, 2013
Tonight I had the opportunity to make a home visit to help a new mother with her breastfeeding newborn. In our culture women just don't help women like they used to and like they do in other countries around the world. Mother's are just sent home with their babies without support. I am a CLC and a Post-partum Doula. I was proud to use my skills and experience to go make a visit for free to a mom in her own home to help her with her breastfeeding journey. She was not able to reach anyone at the hospital she delivered at to get some lactation assistance. By word of mouth and from previous contact with me this new mother knew me and welcomed me into her home to support her. I spent two hours with her and will probably visit with her again as long as she needs till she is comfortable with her breastfeeding experience. This should be a service available to every mother. Why am I the only women I know providing this service in the community for free?
I am diffusing these two oils today. They are meant for helping with traumatic events and helping with spiritual matters. I put several things in this picture. Of course I showed the oils used but I chose to put them with my Goddess doll that represents me and a picture of my great grandmother and her family. The tree in the background was Annika's tree. It is a willow representing her watery weak nature. I wish I could cut it down but the tree never hurt anyone and it is soaking up water from a wet spot in the yard. The trauma I am dealing with involves all of these objects. I desperately want to deface my doll and remove the beads that represent three of my children that I no longer claim. Maybe I will just cover those beads with cloth like they died when I add Sophia's bead when she is born. The doll is beautiful like the tree. As for the picture of my great grandmother Ines I placed it in the photo because she holds meaning for me. I am a bit out of place in my family. I don't quite look like anyone in my family except Ines. I have mentioned her before especially last October when I visited her grave. I never met her. She died the year I was born. The meaning she holds for me today is in her name. I haven't 100% decided on a middle name for Sophia. I would like to honor Ines but her name just doesn't flow for me.... hence my dilemma.
Later this day I got two messages supposedly from Annika. They were worded like they came from her father though. They were also sent at a time when she should have been in school. The main reason I let her go and live with her father was so I would never have to deal with him and his abusive nature. To get messages from him veiled like they came from Annika is another trauma to my day. Some children leave their mothers when they are 18. Some when they are 30. She just happened to be 11. It was her choice. Who was I to stop her?
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
I haven't brought out my Motherpeace cards out in a long time. I use them to meditate or just clear my mind. I am waiting for Lyn at volleyball practice so I am actually alone in a car without an errand to run or children needing my attention. I desperately wish I had a circle of women to whom I could turn to and commune with. I need to try to cultivate a group at church but I am not sure if many would be interested. I just need to find a center. What is a center without a circle....
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Ben is all about hunting out and collecting snail shells everywhere we go. Today at church he found a really big shell. He was so happy. As we waited for his teacher to arrive in his class we drew snails. Ben is working on more control with his coloring. I have seen children younger than his 3 and a half years able to almost write their name legibly but he has difficulty making purposeful strokes. I am not worried. I am not pushing him too hard academically. I want him to pick up on literacy naturally at this age. He recognizes environmental print like stop signs and store signs and he recognizes his written or typed name along with about 6 letters of the alphabet. I am good with that!!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
|Elaina breast feeding last summer|
|Elaina breast feeding last month|
Thursday, August 22, 2013
We got to play outside some today. It has rained almost every day for weeks. Nice to get to hang some clothes on the line and soak up some sun.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Eliot and a friend visited the library today. We played, we explored, and we picked up some books for homeschooling....
Monday, August 19, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I enjoyed attending UABs new breastfeeding support group on Monday. They are working on becoming a Baby Friendly Hospital. For a first meeting it turned out well. Today, I attended a La Leche League meeting.....
It was nice to be surrounded by women who understand.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Today I finished my finals for the two college courses I am taking and had a lot of paperwork to do. My breast milk supply seems to be dwindling according to Elaina's constant nursing. That little girl will nurse 10 to 12 times an hour if I am sitting still. We are trying to offer her more food and some cows milk but she mainly just wants mama milk...
Solution... fennel tea with some "Mother's Milk" added. Of course I added fennel to my diffuser so the scent pervaded the house. Loving my Young Living Oils....
Want some too?
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Another sweet breastfeeding picture of Elaina. She is almost 14 months old. Poor girl has a scratch under her eye...
|Ben, 3 and half years old|
|Elaina 13 months old|
Yes, that is a hunk of homemade brown bread, a candle, a stalk of wheat, and two books. I visited a friend a few days back who just needed to talk and I brought her a few things to celebrate the first harvest and to talk about natural ways to help her through some medical problems. She was excited to discuss herbal and healing essential oil options to incorporate into her treatment. I didn't actually provide her with anything other than information but hopefully I can help her in any way I can to ease her pain...