SmartMom Feature: Dealing with Opposition While Preparing for Natural Childbirth

When my husband and I announced that we were expecting our first child we were thrilled and touched to receive countless well wishes and messages of encouragement.

“Congratulations!”

“You two are going to make wonderful parents!”

“So happy for you both!”

“We’re so excited for your new adventure!”

There was nothing better than feeling like we had an army of friends and family who were going to be a steadfast support system during this new chapter of our lives.  We felt so incredibly blessed!

Then we decided that we wanted to have a non-medicated, husband-coached, ‘natural’ birth using The Bradley Method ©. As we begun preparing for natural childbirth, suddenly congratulations turned into are you nuts?

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Keelinisms 3.0

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any Keelinisms (or anything for that matter) and since I can’t seem to transition any of my drafted posts to published posts I’ll keep this blog alive with some “kids say the darndest things” cuteness… compliments of my moody, dramatic, strong-willed, imaginative, hilarious threenager.

While brushing her teeth before bed with Z:
K: Daddy, I want you to shave your mustache and beard
Z: Why, you don’t like it?
K: Nope
Z: Do you want to touch it?
K: Yep
(Z leans down and she grabs his mustache)
K: OOOOH, Daddy, you got some whiskers!

K: I bumped my knee
Me: uh oh, are you ok?
K: yeah but it still hurts
Me: well it might hurt for a little while. Want me to kiss it to make it feel better?
K: yeah. I think a movie would make me feel better

Gammie: Keelin, do you want to go to the library to get some letter “N” books? (her letter of the week in preschool)
K: Oh yeah!
Gammie: What kinds of letter “N” things do you think we can find in books?
K: Um, NAKED!
Gammie: You want to get a book about naked things?
K: (giggles) YES!

I want to be naked forever! (Runs down the hall with no clothes on)

Walks in on Z using the bathroom and says ‘what are you doing?’
Z: going to the bathroom.
K: you have to use your bottom
Z: boys do it differently, now can you please go out and shut the door?

While playing out in the back yard we see the neighbor’s cat walk into the bushes behind the house. K picks up at large stick, puts it to her shoulder like a musket and proclaims very matter-of-factly:
“I’m gonna go get that cat”
She then spots a cluster of crows in a different part of the yard, shifts the direction she’s walking and says:
“I’m gonna go hit those birds”

When seeing the scar that used to be my belly button ring hole:
“You have two belly buttons mama!”

After bumping her knee on her desk she tells me, “I want you to put some tape on it so I don’t bump again.”

K: Mommy?
M: Yeah Kee?
K: Hey don’t call me Kee, call me sweetheart!

K: Mommy my tummy hurts (totally faking)
Me: Oh I’m so sorry. Would you like to lay down?
K: No, I think some ice cream will make me feel sooo much better.

Graydon, chill out!

K: Mommy, are you married to daddy?
M: Yep!
K: Why?
M: Because we love each other and want to spend our lives together and raise a family
K: Are you still married?
M: Yes, we’ll always be married!
K: But why you not wearing your wedding dress?

Until next time…