Saturday, September 25, 2010

An Ode to A Midwife

Every now and then, I get reminded that we are making the absolute right choice in our journey to bring this little spirit into the world. I mean, my heart knows it every day, but every now and again, something happens that really reminds me.

I haven't taken time yet to gush over our midwife, so I'll do it now... We met with Sam when this little babe was only a tiny thing, having grown for not quite three months. Our meeting was at her house, and the atmosphere was gentle and comfortable. It felt like a home we'd been in before. Sam's very presence puts me at peace. She makes me confident in myself, and our relationship, and our choices during this pregnancy, and the first meeting was just the same. We talked for more than an hour, but my heart knew in the first few minutes that this was the person to have with us on this journey.

Each appointment since has been amazing. Sam has a calming countenance, and a friendly, positive energy about her all the time. She is infinitely patient, extremely knowledgeable, and exceeding fair in every discussion. Her hands are loving and soft, gentle on my belly, quiet and peaceful to our baby. She whispers to the baby when she's feeling my uterus, and shares all her thoughts with us through her exams. Her confidence reassures me, and I feel safe in her care.

This past week, we had our 29 week midwife appointment. When we arrived at her house, Sam suggested we take our meeting outside, to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather. As she spread a blanket and made a comfortable area for us to sit and talk, I started to think about how very lucky we are to share this wonderful experience, the growing and birth of our child, with such an amazing spirit.

POSSLQ said at the very beginning that he felt a midwife was more than a caretaker, she would become a part of our journey, our family. He was right, and Sam has done just that. I feel exceedingly blessed each and every day to have a care giver, a partner, during my pregnancy with whom I feel so safe, and so loved. Sam greets us each with a hug, and embraces us again at the end of our meeting. I can imagine no better hands to usher this new life into the world. I can imagine no better energy to greet our child upon his or her arrival, and I can imagine no better person to make us feel safe and comfortable, and so very happy, with the choices we are making.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

One Love

POSSLQ and I are very lucky to have a huge circle of close friends we think of as family. We love them like brothers, sisters, parents, and more. Many of them we've known longer than we've known each other, and some we've known for the better part of our lives. We've got this huge network of love and support that spans an incredible age range, some of the youngest just learning to walk, others undoubtedly old enough to be our parents. People from every walk of life, but all like-minded, caring, loving, with passions for peace and love, music, dancing, and creativity.

When we shared the news that we were bringing another spirit into the circle of love, we were overwhelmed by the joy. Our friends were often more excited than our family, and being able to share this experience has been such a blessing. Our friends have gotten to watch this little person grow just as we have, and we can hardly wait for our little love project to meet all these aunties, uncles, honorary grandparents; this big extended family so full of love.

I feel so blessed to be able to carry this little one to so many of our favorite annual events. This child has an incredible appreciation for live music, and is learning how to dance already. So many of our favorite people have gotten to see and feel this little one groove on the energy we try to manifest, and each time we have a "family get-together," I'm reminded of how much love this child will know, and is knowing already. Belly rubs make me smile in the knowledge that our baby will soon be enveloped in the loving arms of our friends, and the little chats our friends have with my growing belly are making these voices familiar to the little one. I just can't wait to share this incredible little spirit with everyone, knowing that each person our child comes to know and love is one more person who will teach him or her how to love, how to be peaceful, how to live for your beliefs, how to be a true friend and a true human.

St. Patrick's Day 2010 - there's a baby in there, but we didn't know it yet!

DID June 2010 - the first time I felt that little spirit wiggle around, the Celthix (& friends) were playing "Copperhead Road."

Floydfest July 2010 - No denying there's a baby growing, and a taste for excellent music being formed.

Front Porch Fest Sept 2010 - Baby made it known that music is meant to be danced to, and once again we got to feel the love that surrounds this beautiful group of people.