Monday, September 26, 2011

My SIL Has a Cool New Blog

My sister-in-law, Tamara, started a blog this summer called Mess-Cipes:  Inspiration for Early Childhood and if you have little ones at home, you will LOVE it!  She has always been super creative and good with kids.  This idea has been over a decade in-the-making, as her youngest child is now 18!

Some of the different topics include:  


Sorry for the super short blog post today, but I wanted to steer you over to Tamara's blog (Yes, the is the same SIL that was a doula and saved me from a c-section with my first baby.  Read the story here.)  

I hope you take some great ideas from Mess-Cipes and have fun with your kids!

BOLD Fort Worth was awesome, in case you were wondering.  The play was so well done and I think everyone laughed and cried, but most importantly walked away having a better understanding of their options in childbirth.  The Birth & Family Expo was so much fun and the vendors and silent auction were great!  Thanks to all those that volunteered and participated.  I have spent the day resting.  I hope they have too!  Now life resumes to normal, right?

Monday, September 19, 2011


What is BOLD Fort Worth?  It's 3 performances of a play called "Birth" and a Birth & Family Expo with over 60 vendors and a Silent Auction.  The event benefits the Tarrant County Birth Network.

This year, there are three performances of "Birth," a play by Karen Brody, to choose from.

Friday, September 23 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 24 (Crybaby Matinee) @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 24 @ 7:00 pm

Tickets are on sale at several locations in and around Tarrant County, including several Birth Centers and Chiropractors' offices.  Tickets can also be purchased online and picked up at Will Call.  They are on sale for $10 each and will be $15 at the door.

Each performance will be followed by a Talkback, led by yours truly, where you will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of various birth professionals that work in Tarrant County.  The Talkback will run about an hour.

BOLD Fort Worth will take place at the Bob Duncan Center in Arlington.  There is plenty of parking on the south side of the building.

On Saturday, look forward to the Birth & Family Expo from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.  The first 500 people through the door will receive a "green" goody bag.  This year we have twice as many vendors.  There is such variety in vendors, you'll enjoy every minute.  Pick up some fabulous products -- some for baby and some for you! -- and gather some valuable information and resources from various business in Tarrant County.

Also at the Birth & Family Expo, you can take part in the Silent Auction.  I am a total junkie and this Silent Auction is no exception.  Come bid and win on all kinds of services, products, gift cards, etc. 

All proceeds benefit the Tarrant County Birth Network, which I am a Chapter Leader.  If you live in the Ft. Worth/Dallas area, we invite you to be a part of our organization.  We hold free monthly meetings and have held some pretty cool events, and even published a book of birth stories, The Birth Next Door.  BOLD Fort Worth is our big fundraiser that makes these other things possible throughout the year.  I hope you'll come out and support Mother-Friendly choices in and around Tarrant County.

This year marks the 5th Anniversary of "Birth" being performed around the world.  The play is the story of 8 women as they share their birth stories, all very different from one another.  This year, Karen Brody added a VBAC storyline for one of the 8 women, so if you saw the play last year, it will be different this time around.  

We decided to put a rating on the play this year of PG-13.  It probably is not a play for children.  With that being said, we are holding a Crybaby Matinee on Saturday afternoon for those with babies.  The actors have been warned that this will be the noisy show! 

If you are not a fan on our BOLD Facebook page and TCBN Facebook page, that really is the best way to keep track of the updates. 

We are printing "My Body Rocks" t-shirts to celebrate BOLD.  You can also pick up TCBN logo shirts, "The Birth Next Door," as well as vinyl for your car window.  All will be available at BOLD Fort Worth at the TCBN table.  Stop by and see us.

 Buy your tickets now. See you this weekend!

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Thoughts on 9/11

I am writing this on September 11.  It's been 10 years since my country was attacked.  

I do not have any family in the military.  I cannot identify with the thousands of families that sacrifice to send loved ones out each and every day -- and year -- to fight for and protect The United States of America.  I am one of the millions that is not touched in my daily life by the War on Terror.  But I am one that is incredibly grateful for the sacrifice on my behalf, so that I can live free and free from terror.  Thank you.

I love my country.  I cannot hear the National Anthem without getting tears in my eyes.  Forget trying to sing it -- I can't even get through it!  I love to see my flag waving in the wind.  And since I live in Texas, the bigger the better!  The history of The United States is like none other.  In fact, the only text book I ever read cover to cover was US History in college.

My children are of ages now that they are learning about 9/11 and we have had many discussions about that day.  Life changed that September day.  Innocence was lost.  The whole world changed.   

I held my 5-month-old baby on the couch for days, watching the television in horror, not believing this was happening to my country.  Things like this didn't happen in America.  Who would ever hate us this much?  My son was 5 years old at the time.  He would look up at the TV every now-and-then and then continue playing with his toys.  He built towers and crashed other toys into them, knocking them to the ground.  It made me cry.  I wrestled with turning off the TV, but I couldn't.  I had to watch.  I had to know and understand what was happening.  Like all those that flocked to Ground Zero and the blood banks.  I felt a unity with my fellow Americans.  I could not turn off the TV and pretend this wasn't happening.

The sky was eerily quiet for several days.  I remember driving from Albuquerque to Santa Fe to see my parents, listening to Lee Greenwood sing "I'm Proud to Be An American" and sobbing my eyes out.  My father had a heart attack 6 days after 9/11 -- the first of several that would happen over the next 6 weeks.  It was a stressful time.  My siblings came from out of state when my dad was in the hospital and were surprised that I was still flying my flag on my front porch.  I never wanted to take it down.  In fact, I still wish I could fly it every day of every year.

This post has nothing to do with birth or breastfeeding, but I felt compelled to write it.  I live in my own little bubble most of the time.  My 10-year-old has a friend whose mom serves in the Air Force and is in Iraq again.  She leaves for an entire year, only coming home for 14 days.  I believe she's there for the third time.  Her friend has two little sisters, too.  I can't imagine the sacrifices that family makes.  The girl's dad came by to pick up Abby the other day, and it was windy out.  I have this little Uncle Sam statue on my porch with an American Flag in his hands.  The flag had blown down and was laying on the concrete when he came to the door.  He gently picked up the flag and place it back in Uncle Sam's hands.  I was humbled and quite embarrassed that it had been laying on my porch when everything about their family has to do with protecting our country. 

I wish we could remain naive. I wish we could greet loved ones at the gate instead of the baggage claim.   I wish our children didn't have to grow.  The world can be a yucky place.  When Vena, now 12, learned about 9/11, the thing that stuck with her was all the people that jumped from the burning towers.  How could that have possibly been better that staying in the burning building?  She had nightmares for weeks, that is, when she would finally fall asleep. 

I love our elementary school.   Every Veteran's Day they do a beautiful program in the school parking lot.  Every public servant you can think of -- all military branches, police, firefighters, EMT, etc -- are honored.  The kids learn and perform all those American songs we love -- America the Beautiful, I'm Proud to Be An American, and The Star-Spangled Banner.  I learned that first year, bring your tissues!  As long as they continue to do that program, even when I no longer have children there, I will make that my tradition on Veteran's Day.

I won't even touch on the politics, but I will say that the way I have viewed the world since 9/11 has caused me to change a number of attitudes, including how I vote.  I was never concerned about war and such before that fateful day.  I hope we never encounter a day like that again.  I am grateful that 10 years have passed and we haven't seen another attack like 9/11.  Someone was doing something right, I believe. 

Thank you to those that love this country as much as I do -- perhaps more -- to step out on the front line to defend this land that I love.  God Bless the USA.