Pirate People

Pirate Rock people

There is a place in St John where you will find a whole community of rock people. There must be dozens of pirates.

Hike past Salt Pond Bay past the actual Salt Pond to Drunk Bay.

You will be greated by a wonderland of rock shapes ready to have you add your own creations.

rock dog
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father and son
Father and Son Rock People
Pissazz!!
Pizzaze
The hike at sunset leading to Drunk Bay
Drunk Bay Sunset, St John

LUVS new breastfeeding commercial.

Breastfeeding in public can be a bit awkward for some women. Some women hide behind a blanket, some are discrete with their clothing covering the breast a bit and others pull it right out. I was in the middle.

Love it. Thank you LUV even though I would stay away from plastic diapers as best I could. I saw two women this week awkwardly hiding behind a blanket. I wanted to shout “Freedom for the breast” but am sure they would think me a lune. I had four kids and never hid but the one time I visited a friend in jail. It was a bit tricky and tense. I think baby’s pick up on the mothers tension. I pulled my shirt up most the time so it was a sort of natural mini blanket. Make sure the bra isn’t compressing the breast as it can restrict the flow of milk and create a possible breast infection.

So what about you, what do you thing about this new commercial from LUVS?

Should I take Hypnobirthing Class

pregnant moon

pregnant moon

Someone dear ask me this question:

Hey Jeanie, I’ve decided to have my baby  in the water! I was wondering if you knew anything about Hypnobirthing?

My answer:

I am first certified from Rahima Baldwin’s program called Informed Birth/Parenting. Then years after I was a midwife I took the hybnobirthing-The Mongan Method course with Micky herself. She came to St John in the Virgin Islands.
I wasn’t terribly impressed with this method of teaching childbirth classes but I do believe Hypnotherapy can be beneficial to relieve fear, which allows for more relaxation, which creates space for a natural birth to occur. Tension causes fear which can cause minor complications.
Is there a class nearby that you are thinking of taking? Do you know a good hypnotherapist?
Orgasmic Birth DVD- this looks interesting but I haven’t seen it.

She then ask this question:

There’s a class at the birth center, the midwife really recommends me taking it. I have the book and the cd with affirmations and the relaxation that ive been listening to everyday. Do u think i should take it?

Here’s my answer:

Ignorance is bliss for some things… too much knowledge can sometimes induce fear if you seek that knowledge in the wrong places. (By the way, I dis-like the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”) I think any relaxation inducing class you choose to take is good.
Letting go is the key.
Just don’t let go of your right to a safe birth. In my mind, safe means no one is going to do an episiotomy or induce labor just because it is routine.

Understand there is no such thing as a natural birth with an epidural. Also understanding there are truly times when an epidural is the right thing to do and that we all love doctors for the special knowledge they know when a natural birth meets a complication. Putting it all in perspective that complications are very rare when the domino effect of unnecessary intervention is not allowed and you have had good prenatal care to rule out complications before birth.
Being smart means surrounded yourself with women you trust.
Which brings us back to letting go and trusting that everything you do is enough when you care, pay attention, breath and circle around to trust and letting go.
I have total trust you already know everything I just wrote.

Ohio State Immunization Exemption

Here I go again. Another child off to college and this time in Ohio.

She had the proper form from the State Health Department for exemption from immunizations that got her all the way through High School.

Now we need to see whats up in the great Buckeye State.

Here is a nice site that lets you know state by state who allows personal belief exemptions vs religious exemptions.

Personal belief exemptions include religious, philosophical and any other unspecified non-medical exemption.

http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/cc-exem.htm

For Higher Education (college) I found this put out by Dept Of Health in Ohio. Click more below to see the whole story.

Please note that Ohio law does not require vaccination of the student, nor does it require the institution to provide or pay for vaccines.  The law requires only disclosure of vaccination status of the student.

To read my post on University of Central Florida exemptions click here. 

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Organic Trashed Granola Cookies

Why I have a hate/love relationship with summer.

The Hate Part: I make cookies.

Choc-oat-chip cookies

Choc-oat-chip cookies

After buying, at various times, all the ingredients, I now gather them up. Starting with the organic butter that I laid out an hour ago to soften gets mashed with the organic almond butter and organic turbinado sugar. Add organic fair trade vanilla that I special order and have mailed to me, then Dark Chocolate powder, free range eggs and 2 tablespoons of organic milk, whole wheat pastry flour that is hard to find, sea salt and baking soda, slow cooking oats, dark chocolate Ghirardelli chips. I grind the walnuts and all the time I wonder how come, after all this baking, my arm never gets use to all this stirring.

Then I shape them on the cookie sheet, make sure I don’t space them out while baking them. This is hardest part. I sat down to work on a project at my desk and my son ask me if I have the timer on. “Oh shit, I forgot I was cooking.” and I run to take them out of oven just in time.

Then Curtis, my no-where-to-live-take-in teen,  comes home from work starving. He ask if he can have a cookie while he is putting together a ham sandwich. He takes a bite of my amazingly healthy cookie, then sets it down on a plate.

I have a cookie and it is delicious. It is crunchy. I always say these are my granola cookies, but oh so much better than any granola bar I get from a store.

My son, Juma loves these cookies and he leaves at the end of the month for college, so I made them today feeling an empty nest virus coming on.

Later in the evening, after my daughter makes tacos for four friends and the family, I clean up the plates, scraping what looks like it could be complete meals into the trash.

I look into the trash can and what do I see, enough turkey meat to make 5 taco’s and what else?….my cookie that Curtis ate minus one bite.

Yep. He did that. They did that.

They don’t care that my money paid for the turkey meat.

And Curtis, who lives with us for the last two years, doesn’t care about anything I said in the first two paragraphs.

There is an added sting when I put so much effort into having healthy food for my family and they just don’t GIVE A SHIT.

Why I love summer.

Everyday I remember this will all be gone in a flash and I will miss them all ridiculously.

Here is my recipe if anyone wants to make them. That is, if you can find someone that appreciates a good crunchy cookie.

Yummy

Yummy

Choc-oat-chip granola cookie (warning: Twinkie lovers may not like these)

1/2 c. peanut or almond butter

1/2 c. butter

3/4 c. turbinado sugar

2 eggs

2 T. milk

2 tea. vanilla

1 3/4 c. ww pastry flour

1 tea. baking soda

1/2 tea. salt

1 T. dark cocoa powder

2 1/2 c. Oats

1 c. choc pieces

1 c. nuts

Heat oven to 375º.  Beat sugar with both butters. Add eggs, milk, vanilla, beat well.

Add flour, b.soda, salt, cocoa powder and combine with sugar mixture.

Sitr in oats-choc-nuts. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy and if anyone wants one, break off a piece for them to taste first.

Start a Journal

My St. John blog

My St. John blog

I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping a journal.

Your children someday will appreciate this. You will appreciate this one day in the not-so-far away future.

Remember time is speeding up.

I hope I have convinced you. Now to start!

So many ways to do this nowadays.

Go to the bookstore and get a dreamy looking journal. Go to the five and dime and buy a cheap notebook and dress it up yourself.

Start a blog, WordPress dot com (not dot org) allows you to keep it private. I believe blogger (Google) does too.

I am 51 now and things that I thought I would never forget are fading into the universe.

There are many memories lost. I wish I had kept a better journal. I have the essence of the past and finding people helps it flow like the ocean, back and forth. Thank you Facebook and classmates for this window into my past.

It been a great ride and the train is still moving at a rapid pace. I am still amazed every day.

I take many notes and they are scattered all over my documents that I continuously try to organize with this folder and that.

I think the old fashion journey is still the best fit for me.

Ted Talks, children shake ipod books

Artist Raghava KK demos his new children’s book for iPad with a fun feature: when you shake it, the story — and your perspective — changes. In this charming short talk, he invites all of us to shake up our perspective a little bit.

Artist Raghava

Artist Raghava

Update. I went back and looked at this Ted Talk today. Wow. I love this man. He created something that will help a child learn to change perspectives. For example: a family can be one man and one woman and children, shake the ipad and now it is two men and children or two women and children. Want to learn about India’s independence, now shake the ipad and you get Pakistan’s perspective, shake again and you get Britain s perspective.

Perspectives teach empathy. It helps them put themselves in the shoes of someone that is different from them.

Baby Explains- Normal Newborn Behavior

Is something wrong with your new baby or is this normal newborn behavior? A letter from a new baby, whats normal.

via Baby Explains- Normal Newborn Behavior.

By Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC 

Dear Mommy,

Thank you so much for breastfeeding me!  You probably already know that your milk is designed especially for me, and is better than anything else you could feed me.

I know that right now, you feel like your friends who aren’t breastfeeding their babies seem to have an easier time of things.  Those other babies sleep soundly and longer between feedings, they drink so much, and they don’t fuss to eat all the time like I do!  I can tell you’re getting a little bit frustrated, and I hear all the advice you’re getting … my grandma says you weren’t breastfed and you turned out just fine, my daddy says he feels like he can’t do anything to soothe me, and that lady with the cold hands that you call “doctor” gave you a can of something that she says will help me grow faster.  You’re tired and frustrated because taking care of me just seems too hard, but please mommy, before you give up this yummy breastfeeding thing, let me explain some of my behavior to you.  It might help you feel better.

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Getting your child to eat healthy

When my 29 year old was a baby he had no desire to eat until 9 months old. His first food was avocado, a sort of fruit/veggie. We added peas, carrots, then fruit. As he grew up into his three’s and fours, we added sprout balls (sprouts rolled up into nutritional yeast) and tofu cubes along with lots of other healthy foods. I could eat ice cream in front of him and he wouldn’t even beg it because he didn’t know what it was, he had never had it. (I, on the other hand was feed it every other nights as a child). To this day he eats very healthy.

The point is we ate really good therefore my kids would eat really good, junk food wasn’t an options as it didn’t exist in their minds. You can’t miss what you don’t know.

Babymoon Parenting blog has a post called “It’s not you…it’s me?” Article by Kelly Spec, Registered Dietitian – Spectrum Nutrition
Instructor at Babymoon Parenting in Vancover , BC. I just had to repost her—of course with her permission.

This is such basic, smart, common sense stuff but time and time again I am amazed how many parents don’t get it. Thanks for the reminder to all parents. I wish this article was mandatory reading before someone has their first child. I have such a long list of mandatory reading for 1st time parents.

Is your toddler a ‘picky eater’?  Or not eating at all?  The biggest mistake I see parents make is thinking their child’s picky eating is just the child’s personality when in fact, the issue usually stems from how the parents are feeding their toddlers.

{to read middle of article click here at Babymoon}

If parents do their job of providing a variety of foods at predictable times, in a predictable setting, toddlers can do their job of eating.  Children will not starve themselves (thank goodness this is an innate quality we are all born with!) but they do need their parent’s trust to do their job of eating.

“Into These Hands”

Available at http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/shop/print-books/ and bookstores now.

Power, politics, and profit aside, how a nation cares for its mothers and newborns is a key indicator of the health of that society. “Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives,” an anthology of essays from 25 extraordinary midwives, speaks directly to what really matters to women: the right to have safe and satisfying births.

“Into These Hands” is edited by Geradine Simkins, a midwife, author, and president of the Midwives Alliance of North America.

Special thanks to Steve and Michelle Lawson for bestowing the footage of the birth of their son, filmed beautifully by Julia Arielle (http://juliaariellephotography.com).

Featured song: “Already Gone” by Josie Overmyer (http://josieovermyer.com)