This is from May 8, when Ilana was one month old. I've wavered about whether or not to put it up. It's not exactly the most "up" review of birth, but it *is* very real. So here it is :
TELL ME ABOUT WHEN I GAVE BIRTH...WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
You screamed. It sounded like this (gives a good recreation of a loud moan ending in a groan!).
WHY WAS I MAKING ALL THAT NOISE?
because you had to get the baby out!
WERE you scared?
because of the screaming.
Did you know I was okay?
Yes. You feeled pain in your legs.
because the baby had to come out.
WHAT was it like to see Ilana born?
I woke up Julie, and I woke up Batsheva and woke up Chana. Chana was mad. She didn't want to see the baby get born. Batsheva and Julie wanted to see the baby get born.
because I loved her.
WHAT DID she look like when she was born?
good. She looked red.
WHY DID you come up early?
because I wanted to see the baby and I didn't want to sleep.
HOW did you help the midwives?
by turning the flashlight on, and I was a little big sister midwife!
YOU SAT on the bed very quietly...
Yeah. And I sat with Peter, my best friend, Peter Rabbit.
WHAT did Peter Rabbit think of the birth?
good....because he loved the baby and I have Peter right in my arms now. I learned this (lifts shirt and makes to express some breastmilk for Peter).
SHOULD your friend watch a baby being born in their house, if their mommy was going to have a baby?
Yes. because the new baby is cute!
ANYTHING else you want to say?
shakes head 'no'.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Crunchy Granola Mom
Some random thoughts:
--Ilana is now six months old! She got her first tooth on her six month birthday. We were in the sukkah and she was gnawing on Sam's hand when he yelled, "she's got a tooth!!!!". Which was vey surprising. Except when I remembered that Penina B. had been telling us that all day :)
And then, a week later, tooth #2 popped out right next to its sister.
Y'know, it's funny with babies. Companies now make all these hi-tech toothbrushing implements for kids who don't have any teeth. Mom that I am, I fall right in line and buy them. And then it's sort of an odd situation because I find myself saying things like, "let's brush your....gums!" and, a little later on, "let's brush your...tooth!". It's nice to not have to think much about the grammar any more and just say, "let's brush those teeth, kid!"