Wednesday, August 02, 2006

What's new today?

Setting: kitchen
Me: frustratingly banging a containter of honey on the counter to get some to come out
Iris: "no banging mama, that's VERY sassy!"
Me: "hahahahahaha!"

I feel like I'm constantly trying to keep Iris from banging things on our kitchen table. Here I thought all this time my warnings and threats were going in one ear and out the other. I guess not!

This morning, in my never-ending quest to remove everything from the ever-growing to-do list, I got out all of Iris's fall/winter clothes and washed them. Hooray! She of course is now walking around the house in a pair of fleece polka-dotted pants (which she calls "circle pants") and a cordoroy jumper. VERY stunning! I also took apart her bed because it was taking up the space in my bedroom where the birth tub is going to go. She never sleeps in it. I can't even remember the last time she tried. Sigh. At least the entire thing fit under my bed after it was broken down. Now there is a big lovely open space just waiting for the tub. So exciting! Everything is really coming together. Now I just need the baby!

I also realized last night that Pearl might have to come right back off the tops of my name list. It doesn't go nearly as well with my last name as Eloise does. You'll just have to take my word for it if you don't already know my last name :) I was also thinking that I am more likely to call Eloise "Elle" for short than Ellie or Ella. Right now I call Iris "Ice" for short, which is short for her self-given nickname of Icey. Even though Elle is a very close nickname to Ellie or Ella, it's still different, and therefor just fine in my book. So, I feel that overnight I am now almost 100% set on Eloise Pearl (plus a second middle name and then her last name).

I got a tip from MDC to join the Hypnobabies Yahoo! message group. So far I am really glad that I found it. Even though I am not practicing Hypnobabies, I am still very much enjoying being a part of the community of mamas using hypnosis for childbirth. It seems like the mamas who are using Hypnobabies are doing a program much more complicated than what I am. Basically what my program boils down to is relaxing, visualizing whatever I like that relaxes me and listening to whatever music I like. I won't be listening to any kind of affirmations or anything during labor, although maybe that would help! My doula was here visiting with Iris and I yesterday and told me she just attended her first hypnosis birth (as a student midwife). Apprently the mama had a cd going of music and affirmations. I said, well, I won't have that, but any affirmations you remember and want to throw my way, feel free! LOL

I'm really excited about my doula. She's going to be amazing. Heck, I'm just excited about the birth all around. Come on baby!


  1. I love the name Eloise and the nickname Elle! It's very unique. I wanted Ella to be part of our baby's name, but hubby is not too keen on it.

  2. Thanks for the kind thoughts about the name! I am due right around when you are (somewhere between the 27th and 30th). I'm going to put a link to your blog on mine so that I can follow your progress :)

    Good Luck!

  3. I think that both Eloise and Pearl are beautiful names. I don't know your last name so I don't know why Eloise works better, but the one advantage I see to Eloise is that you can then buy your daughter the book Eloise by Kay Thompson. Of course, you can buy her the book if you name her Pearl too, but it's such a great book and I have such wonderful, playful associations with the name Eloise because of it! I think Iris is a beautiful name too, btw.

  4. Oh, yes! I was thinking how cute it would be to buy those books for her. Thank you for reminding me :)

    Maybe that seals the deal! LOL

  5. Another MDC mama here :) I just wanted to say that I love your blog!

    I'm another hypnobirther expecting in early September. When is your due date? (You're probably in my DDC on MDC and I don't even know it!)

    Do you have a link to the yahoo board? I'm interested in checking it out.


  6. Hi Erin!

    Thank you for reading :)

    I don't know if this will work for you, but here is the link to the hypnobabies yahoo group:
    You need to join the group and be approved by the moderator to join, however. It's a pretty active group!

    Oh, I'm in the August DDC, but may very well end up being in the September one (though I hope this babe makes an early appearance just like her big sister did!)


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