My sweet Summer is turning 1 year-old this week.
A year ago, I was desperate to get that little girl (or boy) out of me. She, like her older sister, was running terribly late. Having had a c-section with Dylan (who seemed content to live her entire life in the womb), Summer was also riding the local lazy train. But the doctors don’t like tardy babies.
I was on a VBAC mission – that’s vaginal birth after cesarean. With multiple prior surgeries, I wanted to avoid another. I hoped to introduce my baby to the world naturally, or as natural as a sterile hospital room, filled with various health care professionals poking and prodding me, can be.
So a few days past my due date, I was on a mama mission to jump start this little babe. I tried acupuncture. I tried a prenatal chiropractor (can you believe there is such a specialty?). My doula came over with some kind of magic medicine woman who had me in positions I haven’t even tried with my husband. Now you are envisioning some kind of kinky doula pregger orgy but I promise, everyone had their clothes on. Speaking of my hubby, we tried sex. I give him props for making that happen. It can’t be easy for a guy to see that GInormous belly and think, “Oh, yes. Now that’s hot. I want to tap that.”
I walked, climbed steps and ate spicy food. I drank red raspberry leaf tea and put evening primrose oil up my va-jay-jay. The only thing I couldn’t stomach was castor oil. I heard this hardcore stuff can make your bowels basically explode during labor. You know what? I’d rather have a c-section than poop all over a delivery room. Call me a prude but that’s just too gritty for me.
Well, one of these loopy things (or maybe just time itself) got Summer excited about our big, crazy world and finally, I went into labor – in fact, 5 nights of early labor before I was admitted to the hospital on December 12th. I eventually got to 7 centimeters and then that little lady just wouldn’t budge. Of course, as it got later and later, my husband said supportive things like, “You know, it would be nicer to have a baby on 12/12 rather than 12/13. Doesn’t 12/12 sound cooler?. One day, she’ll have a birthday on 12/12/12!” O.k. buddy, I’ll keep that in mind. I forgive him because he, too, was very very tired. Finally, the fat lady (yes, me) sang. We were out of options.
Summer Jane was born via c-section at 11:40 pm on December 12th. Actually, she was born Presley Jane but that story has been told. She was 10 days late. Just like her sister. I looked at her scrunchy newborn face in the delivery room and said, “Is it me, or does she look like Yoda from ‘Star Wars?'” My husband studied her face and said, “It’s not you. I see it too.” Thankfully, soon she was less Yoda and more adorable sweet-faced cupcake. And every time she tilts her head and smiles, I am amazed by her.
So thank you Summer for joining us, on your own schedule, in your own way. We are blessed. Happy Birthday little girl. xo your mama
mama bird notes
Here is another peak at our super fab giveaway package. Details below on how to enter to win. One lucky mama bird reader will scoop up the following…
A beautiful toby + rei bamboo and organic cotton fleece baby blanket in chocolate. This soft, eco-friendly blanket ($60 value) is perfect for wrapping up your little baby. Also, a scrumptious baby gift.
These adorable, fun gloveables from Feather Your Nest. What could make cleaning more fun than these too sweet waterproof gloves? Finally, something to smile about when you’re washing all those dishes. And helps keep your mama hands nice and soft.
This Poco Bag by Bumpkins from EcoStyle Baby. It’s a perfect little bag for your cell, keys and cash when traveling with tots to the coffee shop. For those times when you don’t want to lug around that big purse. Plus, EcoStyle Baby is offering a 10% discount to all mama bird readers. Simply put in the discount code,”MamaBird.” Good til the end of January.
The Estee Lauder Holiday Spirit Lip Gloss Palette. Your lips will glisten and gleam in the stunning shades of the season. This limited edition product will turn you into one glowing mama.
And finally, this oh-so-necessary book, “Dear Peppers and Pollywogs… What Parents Want to Know About Planning Their Kids’ Parties.” We all know the stress of planning a birthday party for your little one. Finally, some help. Author Lisa Kothari believes no matter the budget or limited time, a great kids’ party can be planned.
In order to enter to win, you must come to my house and blow out my hair straight as a pin while I read Elle magazine and drink cafe mochas. As if!
Oh no.. it’s much easier that that. 3 simple steps.
1. You need to be subscribed to the mama bird diaries. I mean, it’s free and fun. Plus, my deep thoughts come right to your inbox. How freakin’ convenient is that? Just enter your email address on the right hand side of the screen and follow the instructions from there.
2. Please post a comment on the mama bird diaries this week. Absolutely no pressure to be clever, witty or super duper smart (even though I know you are all those things.) Feel free to write, “give me that damn stuff.”
3. Later in the week, you will be asked to forward a post to a friend. But before you wig out – I won’t be able to see who you’re sending it to. So no worries, you won’t be selling out your friends. But seriously, if I WAS going to sell out my friends.. I might just do it for these goodies. Details later in the week on this step.
Good luck mamas.