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Home Birth Plans

Posted on 21. Feb, 2011 by pinky in Pinky, Uncategorized

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I think I can finally say that I have everything ready for the birth. You would think that this being my 3rd homebirth I would know what you need and be a pro at planning. I always remember getting a big box of things ready and then whether we even used half of them I have no idea as you are not exaclty paying attention to what people are doing around you during labour.

So this time we have a table set up and I think I have everything.

Pool stuff:
Pool is blown up and in the study out of the way – just needs extra air added when needed, it has been cleaned and sterilized and we have the tap attachments so it can be filled. I am a bit worried that it takes long to fill but there is not much I can do about that.
I have plastic drop sheets for under the pool, heaps of towels, and old duvet to put under too to make it softer. I have the 2 packets of salt that we are supposed to put in the water to make it more sterile, I have heard mixed things about if this is really necessary but it does not do any harm and the midwives seem to be happier if you do it so I got the salt.

I have clothes for me
Very sexy tracksuit pant and big t-shirt for before the pool
and a swim top for in the pool. I want to be able to share some pics and video and felt more comfortable with a top on in Caleb’s birth than nothing in Rachel’s birth.

I have stuff for baby
Towles
hot waterbottles
clothes
new nappies I made specially for him as his first nappy
I have hats of various sizes
blankets

I have labour snacks, both the other times I planned snacks and never used them, so this time again I have stuff planned and not sure if I will use it but I am nearly positive that The Geek will make sure I eat something. He is sweet and over protective like that.

I have empty ice-cream tub for the placenta
I have box lined with big bag for rubbish, bucket, cleaning stuff ( handy andy, jik, cloths, paper towel etc)
I have the camera and video camera on the table all charged and ready
Linen savers for the bed and extra plastic covers for the couch if I want to sit there after the birth so it does not get wet or messed on, I have towels and old sheets to put over this on the couch
I have candles

Just need do sort out music and maybe some affirmation posters. Although I think i will just write a list of words I find useful and suggestions that The Geek and the Midwife can use when I am in labour. Usually have my eyes closed so I doubt I will read the posters.

Anything I have forgotten?

Our Geek Baby Shower

Posted on 17. Feb, 2011 by pinky in Pinky, Uncategorized

We had our Geek theme baby shower/celebration on The 5th and it was great. We have such lovely friends who came to join us. Much much love and anticipation is surrounding #Koos’ arrival.

On the night before I had as usual planned way too much for us to do in my usual over ambitious way, The Geek is so infinitely patient with my big plans, but needless to say we did not get that much sleep on the Friday night.

We made sweet bags for the kids and candels for each family ( we asked that people light their candles when they hear we are entering our birthing time, not that we really believe in vibes coming to us, but more that it is nice to know that people are thinking of us and the collective goodwill for #koos’ safe arrival. I asked that people either tweet, FB or email the pictures to me so I can make a little collage of the candles and messages after Koos is here. So if you were not at the baby shower please still feel free to light a candle for us on the day and send us the pictures. @pinkhairgirl on twitter or email cameronsallyjane@gmail.com)
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geek baby shower

General geeky decorations and equations
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geek baby shower

We even planned a Rock, Paper, scissors, Lizard, Spock competition which Boo won, it totally slipped my mind to take any photos during the tournament but it was funny.
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There was a fire engine ballpit/pool for the kids to play on and the trampoline which some not so small kids played on too. I believe that there are pictures of some of our jumpers?
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Rachel and her buddy Nate thick as thieves as usual
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We even had Greek Alphabet cupcake that @cupcakemummy on twitter made for us, and a tetrus cake that The Geek iced at about 4am and which I sadly did not get any nice photos of.
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baby shower

I made The Geek open all the presents as this is his first baby and he should be in on the fun, we made it very clear that presents were not required and that it was all about spending time with our friends and celebrating, but we are really grateful for all the generous gifts people gave.
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baby shower

A huge thank you to all our friends who came and made the day so special
The twitter crowd
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Robyn and The Geek
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The babynet ladies and +1s and kids
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The Geeks family of course who I did not get pictures of. There are a few who escaped my camera but I just want to thank everyone so much for coming all the way out to our place. I know how much Capetonians hate driving far.

Thank you all so much, it was a really special day, and great to know so many people care about us and our little family

Place your bets

Posted on 15. Feb, 2011 by pinky in Pinky

We are in the final stretch, technically #Koos could come anytime now and it would be okay. I have everything ready but that is another post all together.The ins and outs of planning a homebirth.

There have been some guess as to when he might arrive so I thought it might be fun to do a prediction post.

Just add your comment with:
- the day you think he will arrive.
- his weight
- the time
- and a guess at his name if you like.

Let’s see who is closest.

Henna Belly

Posted on 12. Feb, 2011 by pinky in Pinky

Last Saturday before the baby shower I went to have a henna/mehndi design done on Koos. Robyn kindly agreed to come with me and take some pictures. It was really relaxing and amazing to watch how quickly Chandra worked. She had an wonderful steady hand and was so friendly and kind. I would hight recommend anyone in Cape Town that wants henna done to give her a call. Chandra Magan 0727436642 6ondove@gmail.com

These pictures were just taken with my phone, I forgot the proper camera but they do show the process

She first cleaned it with lemon juice to make it henna last longer and remove the natural oils on the skin or any lotion that stop it sticking.
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Just working from the picture she was able to do the whole design free hand.
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She even did some butterflies for Rachel
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At home with the better camera
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With the henna off the next day
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Video of #koos rearranging his accommodation

Posted on 10. Feb, 2011 by pinky in Pinky

Auto correct rename this, it was supposed to be hyperactive baby not operative baby. But here is #koos doing what Rachel calls disco dancing