32 weeks!

Today I am 32 weeks!  My baby weighs a little more than a large jicama!

“By now, your baby weighs over 3.75 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus.  You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby.  In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb.  She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz).  Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.”


the business of being born.

bornLast night Greg and I watched “The Business of Being Born.”  We were deeply impacted by the information shared in this documentary of hospital births versus home births.  Here’s the trailer.  It’s really a must see for parents-to-be, or anyone who plans on having children in the future.  We really appreciated the information that was shared through the various doctors, midwives and pregnant moms in the film.  However, if you do plan on watching this film, be prepared for the nudity of the labors and some profanity. 

The following is a statement from the Director of the film:  “When my friend Ricki Lake approached me about making this film, I admitted to her that I was afraid to even witness a woman giving birth, let alone film one.  I had never pronounced the word “midwifery” and I thought Ricki insane, as she planned the birth of her second child, for passing up an epidural in a hospital delivery.

But as I did the research, I discovered that the business of being born is another infuriating way medical traditions and institutions – hospitals and insurance companies – actually discourage choice and even infringe on parents’ intimate rites, ultimately obstructing the powerful natural connection between mother and newborn child.

As I began to shoot the film, I saw that nowhere does the tension between technology and nature play out more dramatically than birth.  The film became an unexpectedly personal journey when I hesitantly turned the camera on my own pregnancy and became my own subject.  Initially making choices based on faith and intuition, I had to contend firsthand with all the issues and politics I had been exploring from a comfortable distance, until my choices were put to the ultimate test.  The birth of my child and this film will remain forever intertwined, and both continue to surprise and thrill me every day.”

confessions of a home-schooler.


Here’s an interesting article I came across on home-schooling.  I found it encouraging.  Some points I loved about it:

“Call us crackpots, but our kids spend their days at beaches and museums, not in school.”

“They have never heard of “Transformers”, and we’re OK with that.”

“If you grew up in the school system, you can’t imagine how totally different this looks,” says Alicia Bayer, who home-schools her four kids in Westbrook, Minn., a small town about 160 miles southwest of Minneapolis.  “I didn’t go buy desks.  We don’t sit in rows.  We don’t spend an hour on one subject and then move on to another.”

Bayer tells me she began her “grand adventure” by teaching her eldest daughter to read at age 4.  When she first met another home-schooler online, she began to understand how different it was in practice from what she had envisioned.  “She told me that one of her daughters was asleep at noon, because she’d been up all night studying the constellations,” Bayer remembers.  “Another one was across the street taking soil samples from a vacant lot that she was convinced was contaminated with toxic waste, and a third one was someplace in the house curled up with a book.  It sounded like what I was doing, and what I wanted to do.”

The author’s wife also has a blog entitled, “Do-It-Yourself Preschool”.  (As a caveat, I appreciate this method for preschool ONLY — not for further grades.)  Her little intro goes a little something fabulous like this:

“Relax:  You don’t need a curriculum.  You don’t need special training.  And you certainly don’t need flash cards, special software, or any of the dopey rote-learning toys that are passed off as “educational” these days.  Welcome to DIY Preschool, the adventurous parent’s alternative to structured schooling.”

On the flip-side, I was not encouraged by an article entitled, “Unschooling.”  The school of “Unschooling” is a completely unstructured environment which allows a child to do whatever piques their interest and whenever they want — a form of learning as you go mentality.  Give me a break Joanne Rendell.  I’d call this irresponsible.  I believe in kids needing structure even in a homeschooled environment, especially when it comes to their education.  I don’t think it requires the structure found in typical schools, but structure nevertheless is necessary.


“The more I see of all this world, the more I am convinced I’m called to be a stranger to all it’s ways.  So do not hide Your laws from me.  For I know that they are my doorway to eternity.

I want to live a life that’s worthy of Your calling.  Remove the things which hinder me from loving You because I don’t want to regret upon the day I stand before You.  May I be found a pure and spotless bride.

I want to be ready.”

30 weeks!

Today I am 30 weeks!  My baby weighs a little more than a head of cabbage!

“Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs a little over 3 pounds.  A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus.  Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day.  When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face.  (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)”

30 weeks


I was just looking at some photos we took in India earlier this year.  Found some of Greg that made me smile.  This guy could totally make it living in India long-term.  He’s got it in his blood. 

28 weeks! the home stretch!

I’m in the home stretch!  Today I am 28 weeks and beginning my third and LAST trimester!  My baby weighs as much as a Chinese cabbage!

“By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels.  She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes.  With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb.  She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.”

28 weeks