Hey, guys! As you guys probably know, I’m 38 weeks pregnant (that’s out of a 40 week gestation period, my friends who may not be aware). What you don’t know is that my baby is currently in a breech position — which is just no good for those of us interested in a natural birth plan. By the way, only 3-4% of babes are breech (head not down in the birth canal) by week 37…so it’s sort of a raw deal.
We tried all kinds of things to encourage her to flip on her own. Weird stuff like swimming, handstands, underwater somersaults, yoga positions, peppermint oil, flashlight enticement, cold packs on my upper abdomen, playing music down by my junk — you name it! She just ain’t budgin’.
We have a procedure scheduled this week called an “external cephalic version,” where doctors will try to turn her by manipulating her position from outside my belly. It’s kind of a last attempt for avoiding having to have a C-section. C-sections aren’t the devil, but they do have way more risks than a natural, intervention-free birth.
Could you please say a prayer, make a wish, send a vibe, and/or throw out some positive energy for us? I would appreciate it so much.
Thank you, everyone!!
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard - they don’t have to be “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
tagged by fwarg
- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
- Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
- The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
- Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
- This Book Will Change Your Life by Benrik
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.
I was tagged to answer the following questions given to me by til-kingdom-come3313. I’ve always loved to answer questions [about myself…I’m a Leo] because it reminds me of my pre-teen self on AOL or my teen self on Livejournal. Here goes:
1. Bacon or sausage?
I’m not much of a meat eater, so I usually prefer my breakfast sides to be, like, hash browns or toast with grape jelly. However, if I have to choose, I’ll say bacon.
2. Who inspires you the most and why?
I really get emotional about people who have overcome significant obstacles. For instance, people (most times women and/or racial minorities) who are able to beat the demons they have faced. I also always get overwhelmed by racers at my husband’s triathlons who compete with physical or mental disabilities — with or without aid. It’s truly incredible and touches me deeply.
3. Favorite book and why?
There’s something about Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild that makes me very nostalgic. I read it several times when I was little, and I loved everything about it. There are three girls, all adopted into a once-wealthy family who now has to work hard to make ends meet. Each girl has a talent/gift (acting, intelligence, ballet) that they use to grow in their own lives and contribute to their family. Mostly I loved it because I wanted to see myself in each of the girls.
4. Favorite TV series and movie on Netflix?
Currently on Netflix, eh? You can never really go wrong with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (was a religious viewer and fan since it came on air when I was 10 years old) or Scrubs (so funny and yet so sad at times). Forrest Gump and Hook are also undeniable gems.
5. What’s your best quality?
My determination and ability to choose happiness. It’s something I learned how to do about five years ago, and I am extremely proud of that change in my life.
6. What do you want most out of life?
Happiness. Love. To enjoy moments. To remember to treasure the ones I love while I still have them. And to touch my husband’s butt a lot.
7. Top 3 on Bucket List.
Very thrilled to report that my Top 3 are almost all checked off! They were marry a good man (exceeded expectations), travel to Europe (thanks, honeymoon), and have a baby (just 3.5 more weeks).
8. Where do you want to settle down?
My husband and I really love where we live now, which is in Fairhope, Alabama. We are trying to design our “Forever Home” to build here one day. But we would love to travel more in the future, too.
9. Favorite Robin Williams movie?
I REALLY love Hook. To this day, I’m always “Bangarang”ing or telling people, “You’re doing it, Peter! You’re doing it!” Pan’s the man.
10. Coffee or Tea?
11. Say you won a Mega Millions lottery…What do you do with the money?
Build the aforementioned house, make sure our family is all set, and then there would be some SERIOUS animal rescue being done. It’s my biggest passion, and I would love to be able to help fund some amazing things that could enable the saving of animals. My dogs saved me, and I owe it to them to give back.
I tag anyone who would like to answer questions during their boredom. Same questions as above!
I’m doing a persuasive speech and this would really help me out.
If you think animals should be adopted from shelters, reblog.
If you think animals should be bought from pet stores, like.
I just think they should be taken to a home no matter what. This is such a hot button issue with me. You can’t win, op.
I understand why this is an argument. I understand that puppy mills are disgusting. But I also understand that those animals still need homes regardless of where they came from.
I totally agree with you — I wish all animals could just all find homes. It’s my truest passion. No dogs should be homeless and no homes should be dogless, right? (Unless you suck…in which case, please don’t have a dog).
However, have you ever thought about it in terms of, like, economics? If you have people who spend money at pet shops, then the breeders and even puppy mills have a reason to continue. Supply and demand. Also, if you’re not supporting rescues, they will not have the money to function and continue helping animals in need. Maybe if everyone would adopt pets from rescues, pet shops and breeders and puppy mills could finally disappear.
Side note: If puppies aren’t selling, pet shops will eventually give them to shelters to make room for new inventory, and rescues are the ones that work to get dogs out of those shelters before they are euthanized.