Archive for the ‘Birth’ Category

Summer Projects

I’ve gotten completely out of the habit of updating since my little vacation. I think this is half due to the change in the structure of my days, and half to everything else that seems to have popped up out of nowhere all at once. My to do list went from a small handful of things, to not having space for everything on the little board where I keep my list of things that need doing.

That list includes a larger, more permanent place for our goats….. which is going up on the shady side of a larger storage shed. It is going up remarkably quickly for something being done in spare time (ha!).

There was also the first (of what will hopefully be many) Georgia Birth Network’s Birth Ball!After lots of planning and hard work by several of the GBN ladies, it went wonderfully and was well attended. I love when effort pays off.

Mellie is loving the summer. She is a huge fan of the outdoors. When she is fussy and nothing else seems to make her happy, a snack and some grass between her toes works wonders.


Roadtrip To Baby

We’re finally home again, arriving to be greeted by a massively overgrown garden (no pictures of it in full glory since I dove straight into clean up efforts upon arrival without thinking about taking any). That kept me busy last night, so I got all my pictures from the trip uploaded this morning.

Mellie was really amazing on the ride. She only really got fussy right before bedtime and shortly before we arrived back home after 3 hours in stop and go traffic.

We ended up staying for about a week and a half, during which Mellie learned to say “baby”..

..and we did some belly henna.

Then there was a special delivery!

Greetings From Maryland

My munchkin and I are visiting my best friend outside of Baltimore as she eagerly awaits the beginning of her own journey into parenthood. After a somewhat long road trip with a small child, we are here and settled in and have been for a few days. I have taken a ton of pictures, but my brilliant idea of bringing both camera and laptop and continuing to update like normal isn’t working out the way I had expected it to. Then again, how often do thing really go as planned?

Soon it will be back to normal schedule, but, until then, please wish my favorite Maryland mama-to-be (and the associated daddy) a quick, easy, uncomplicated birth for their first child!

The World’s Biggest Baby Shower

I spent the weekend working the Georgia Birth Network booth at an event called “The World’s Biggest Baby Shower”. What a great weekend! I met some really awesome mama-to-be’s, some local prenatal, birth, and postpartum professionals that I’d not run into before, and even a couple of care providers.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Afternoon at the Botanical Gardens, Part 1

On a side note, totally unrelated to the rest of this post, I have a beautiful new niece as of about 10:30am today! She is beautiful and I can’t wait to go visit her again after mom, dad and big brother have had some bonding time with this precious new addition!


I took a ton of pictures during the hours we spent wandering around the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, so I’m splitting this update into two parts.

I was very excited to see the new Canopy Walk project that was recently opened.

I was a bit disappointed with the scale. After reading about the cost, time invested, and sacrifices made to build it, I expected a little more. You can see almost the entire thing in the picture above. What was there was neat though.

After checking that out, we took Mellie to the children’s garden.

Munchkin isn’t really old enough to play in the fountain yet, but next summer, if not the end of this one, I think she’s going to love it.

Rounding the corner beyond the fountain, we ran into one of the elder Mellie’s (Munchkin’s great-grandmother). What are the chances?

After a quick visit, we continued on through the garden which was particularly full of young life that day.

Not long after the above photo was taken, Mellie was ready for her afternoon nap, and spent most of the rest of the visit passed out on my chest in her carrier.

With a sleeping baby, we headed out of the children’s garden and towards the conservatory, taking the scenic route. First stop, a small formal garden.

Second, the Japanese garden.

Then the rose garden.

Then the rock garden.

And then there was a visit to one of my favorite places, the conservatory and orchid center. To be continued….

More Birthday Pictures

I seem to be getting further and further behind on my blog posts, but I’m finally getting caught up on some other stuff that has desperately needing doing. For example, my brand spanking new birth services website is up and running! It’s kind of bare bones, and a bit rough around the edges, but I decided it was time to stop waiting for inspiration to strike me for a design and just put something functional up. I’m getting a new Etsy shop going too, but that project is only partially complete.

I did, however, get Mellie’s birthday party pictures off my camera, sorted, touched up, and ready to print, post and otherwise share!

I love first birthday cake pictures!

Growing Bellies and Baby Plants

The garden is coming along well. The rain gave it an amazing boost. Some of our plants have had growth spurts so drastic, it’s a wonder we didn’t see them growing.

I’m looking forward to the first meal we get to have entirely from the garden. For now we’ll be eating some of the goodies from our new CSA membership. I stumbled across this one recently and am very pleased with the first delivery. It’s a group of small farms instead of a single farm, so the variety is awesome. Our first box contained  locally grown carrots, lettuce, cabbage, coriander, fresh herbal tea mix, apple mint, strawberries, kale, spinach, and leek, local raw wildflower honey, cornmeal, grits, and pancake mix from local farms and mills, locally roasted fair trade sumatran coffee, a baggie of roasted nuts seasoned with rosemary, and a tiny loaf of cranberry nut bread. Since it was our first delivery from them, it also came with a cookbook and a reusable bag.

I’m not thrilled with the fact that everything comes bagged in plastic though. There must be some way to get around that. That said, it’s still a world of improvement over a trip to Kroger.

On a non-food related note, I had the pleasure of doing a belly henna design yesterday on an expectant mama who had a general idea of what she wanted (grapevines) and let me just run with it from there. I love being able to just freehand things with the henna. I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

I had a bunch of henna left over (I mixed up a good deal since I didn’t know what design she was going to want), so I decided to do a little work on myself. I managed to get some time to let it sit and dry (thank you Calvin!), but eventually the need to do things other than sit playing cards became too great, and that time ran out. I got a pretty decent stain out of it for only having it on for a couple of hours though. A couple of spots the design got sort of rough, but I’m trying not to worry about it too much. The soles of your own feet aren’t the easiest places to reach while maintaining control over the application.