Saturday, March 8, 2008

Misc. update

I'm going to go for it. I'm registering for classes so I can become certified to teach Yoga and Bradley Method (natural childbirth) classes. (Yay!) The only problem, in addition to having to wait a year for both to be complete, is the $4245 combined price tag. If this were a Brady Bunch episode, I could open up the newspaper and find a contest with a $4245 cash prize, but no such luck today. (I checked, just in case)

After over 2 months, I finally received the hospital records I ordered for myself and Claire. My midwife suggested I request them, so I'd have the medical version of Claire's birth story to go along with my more personal perspective. I'm so glad I did. They have our arrival time at 9:00 am, fully dilated, and report that I was in the waterbirth tub and pushing by 9:30. They artificially broke my water at 11:20 and she was born at 11:25. I even have a record of the alerts sent out to the nurse's station when my hemaglobin was found to be in the "critical" zone (7.2; normal range is 12-15). The nurses noted that I was accompanied by my "supportive hubby", too. Neat info to have.

A sign you need to evaluate your life: you run an errand and realize that your neighborhood looks somewhat foreign to you because you haven't left the house in 4 days. Wow, I cannot believe I got so wrapped up in work and Claire for 4 days that I became a hermit for that long. It doesn't help that the weather took a turn for the worse, and we were both a little sick for a few days. I was really enjoying the "heat wave" into the 30s and the walks we were taking outside! But I think I saw a forecast for Tuesday to be 40 (above zero, even!) so maybe we can get outside for some sunshine and fresh air then. *sigh* Hurry up, spring!

I scheduled my trip to Atlanta to see my family - I'm so excited!!! I haven't seen my mom since early January, my dad or siblings since Christmas. I'm a little nervous to be flying alone with Claire, as I don't want to be the lady with the crying baby, but I'm hoping I can just get her to nurse the entire time and that will keep her content. We'll see! Carrying her and our luggage will be another adventure in itself.

I planned to mail one of our carseat bases down so my parents could have it ready in their car when we arrive. I couldn't find a box big enough for it at our house, so Mark ran to the UPS store to check things out today. I couldn't help laughing when he came home still in posession of the base. "They were going to charge $10 for a box, $5 for labor, and another $5 materials fee. And shipping would be another $30," he reported. The base itself was only $40 and we haven't even used this one yet! What a pain. I feel bad asking my parents to buy one, especially when we'll only use it for 8 days, but it looks like that's the best option.

Poor baby is crying, gotta run - must be bedtime!