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I complain and complain and complain to myself about not posting on LJ enough then I go and write a HUGE post and make it private. But it's about being a part of my friend's home birth experience, and I don't know if she'd appreciate me writing about it!

I have done things in the past four days that I have NEVER done before.

Seriously.

I signed on thinking "cook and clean after the baby is born."
Which I did. A lot. LOTS A LOT.
I lost three pounds thanks to calorie-burning housekeeping exercise. :D

I cleaned cast iron pans for the first time. I avoided them until my last day because I didn't want to ruin her cast iron, but I screwed up my courage and did it. In fact, I did a lot of things I'd never done before.

I was not expecting to solo babysit an 18 month old. I'm an only child with no children and while I do have a degree in elementary education I have no real experience with toddlers. But we survived!!

I have never used a power tool before - but I rocked a circular saw! Safety glasses and fancy ear muffs but no shoes. LOL.

And of course I've never watched anyone give birth before. That was amazing. I don't know that I will ever look at waterslides the same way.

So I was amazed by myself these past few days. I was worried enough about the cooking & cleaning because I tend to be competent only if no one is watching AND my friend is more Martha Stewart while I'm more Rosanne, so I was twice as scared to cook and clean for her. I was terrified about the actual birth because I'm squeamish over tiny things so how could I be useful to her? To throw in cast iron, toddler patrol, and power tools ... woot!

Power of prayer! Major thanks to those praying for me in addition to praying for my friend & the baby's health!!

Still haven't change a diaper! Ha!!
(But I assisted.)

Today I rested. Tomorrow I find out what's piled up on my desk. I baked cookies to bring in to my coworkers as a thank you for their support.

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disbandedtoastr
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
You are *awesome* on a cracker girl!! =o)
I'm so proud of you!

I can't wait to hear all about it. I'll make sure I stop by tomorrow! =o)
sarahtoalaska
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
I think the trick with watching births is that you are so busy rooting for the mom to get the baby out you stop really noticing how GROSS it is. Well that's how it is for me.

I've watched once... that was enough. I've coached two other times, but I made sure to stay by the peoples heads. Although the last time I had to chuckle when someone else got spooged.... she wasn't suppose to be in there anyway!

Cast iron is about all we use. That stuff is awesome! You can use metal spatulas and they hold heat well. Yes, there are tricks to caring for them, but the plus is they are almost impossible to really really damage.

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