Labor Preparation

(Photo from my 365 Days Project)

I’ve been making big pots of GINGER/LEMON/HONEY tea for these winter mornings and yesterday morning David threw in a few big handfuls of delicious, red GOJI BERRIES! The result? Divinity in a mug, yum! I find drinking ginger tea to be one of the tricks to staying warm and healthy during these colder, wet, and rainy months, and of course goji berries are amazing for the immune system too. Here is how I make the tea:

Take your biggest pot and fill it with water, about 3 quarts (I like to make enough to last throughout the day, and this tea is delicious cold too, so you can put what is left at the end of the day in the fridge for some ginger lemonade.)

Finely slice a 2-3 inch piece of fresh ginger root and put into your pot of water (I like mine really ginger-y, and use a big thick piece about 3 inches long.)

Bring water and ginger to a boil, and then turn off.

Juice 2 lemons and add to pot with 2-3 tablespoons of honey, stir stir stir and ENJOY! For extra goodness, add several handfuls of goji berries.

Other sweet things:

~Sophia’s first tooth made an appearance two days ago and made this mama very excited! It was magic as when you plant a seed in the ground and then a sprout appears, the budding of life never ceases to amaze and thrill me. So far teething hasn’t been too bad. Sophia has had a few restless nights, but because we sleep together I am always right there to nurse her teething blues away and she falls right back to sleep. She also loves having a nice cold carrot from the fridge to chew on (I just give her the whole carrot, washed and with the ends cut off) and frozen strawberries from the fridge work wonders. I have to hold onto the strawberry for her, but she loves holding onto my hands and suck away, and then gives me a big, red strawberry smile! A cold, wet cloth also works really well.

~ I found this BEAUTIFUL blog of baby photographs through my adventures on Flickr. If you love babies, you will love Baby as Art!

~My friend Angela brought this wonderful site to my attention: Positive Birth Stories. One of the best things I did in preparing for labor was to fill my pregnant days with stories such as those found on this site! I love birth stories, I love the uniqueness of each story wrapped up with the universal experience of birth. This site is well worth visiting!

Getting ready to crawl!

Thanks for reading!

Love and goji berry kisses,



November 9, Sunday. Journal Excerpt

Week # 8

A wonderful Sunday spent at Ma Rineke and Pa Brad’s house. Breakfast there with my cousin Cecily and her boyfriend Andrew, and their friends Patricia, Ben, Nicola and Ryan, who were all visiting from Vancouver. It was Waffle Sunday at mom’s house and so I had ½ a waffle (whole grain with all kinds of seeds and goodies added) with coconut butter on it and fruit salad.  Patricia has just finished her medical program at UBC and is now doing two years of practicum, starting off in obstetrics so there was a lot of talk about babies. A Child Is Born by Lennart Nilsson has been sitting on my mom’s living room table so that she can check in to see how big June Bug is with the passing weeks, so we all had a good look at it. Patricia said that the one thing she has seen to make a huge difference in the way that birth unfolds is education: if a woman knows about the process of birth, it is likely to go as nature intended, if not, things can get intervened with pretty quickly. She told one story of a woman who wanted Patricia to look up her vagina to tell her if she was going to have a boy or a girl while she was in labor! That woman ended up with a C-section.

Once the Vancouverites left, we had a late lunch with Ma and Brad, and then made nut mylk ice cream in their new ice cream maker (I like it better made in our VitaMix! Yet another appliance you don’t need if you have a VM.) Came home happy and tired and I went straight to bed.

November 8, Saturday. Journal Excerpt

Week # 7

I spent much of yesterday watering good seeds for a beautiful, joyful labor.

Spoke with several midwives and made several appointments for when we move to Victoria. I see that one good reason to book your midwife early around here is that their schedules fill up quickly! I must have called about 8 different practitioners, and half of them are all booked up for June babies!

I also read un-assisted birthing stories and watched several videos on-line. It is AMAZING what we have access to on the WWW! It is also amazing to me how much fear the medical community seems to spread around the birthing process. Don’t fall for it! Search out the information that makes you feel excited and empowered around birth! I feel so blessed to have the information and knowledge about birth that enables me to feel excited about it! I am so excited to open my body and soul as a channel for this new being to enter through.

My dear baby, I think about you all the time and I anticipate with joy the day we will look into each others eyes. I am so happy you are here with us now, growing beautifully in my womb. I am honored, sweet one, to be with you. I love you, your devoted Mother, Katrina.