My father-in-law gave me a sweet card and this beautiful rose bush.
My BFF flew in from the District to meet the baby and has been having so much fun with her. His return to our city and first meeting with E was one of the most emotional moments of my entire life. I will never forget it.He gave me this photo frame, which is my new favorite gift idea for new parents. We take so many photos of our little ones and never seem to find enough frames to hang all the great ones. This cycles through a Facebook album or can be connected to an email account. The email address for this one is being shared with him and the other BFF, and I can't wait to see what sweet photos pop up in my living room from across the country. It's been here only for a few hours and I already have caught myself staring at it, mid-sentence, head cocked to the side and smiling.
On Friday, I was surprised to find a big package on my door step from a far away friend. I saw her return address and burst into tears. When we first met, she and I were young women, making the transition from girlfriends to wives, children to adults. Since then, I have taken inspiration from her as a woman and as a mother. She has treated my family with great love and care and has made sure that our families continue to be connected. She sent a package with gifts for my husband and daughter, and these three for me, which really could not be more thoughtful. I was just stunned at how well she knows me, even though I can't remember the last time we talked on the phone. The book is a vegetarian cookbook by MamaPea, the earrings are perfect, and the chocolate bar has sea salt. Thank you, Susi!
I'm not sure what tomorrow holds, but I have been informed that it begins with the baby being stolen from bed in the early morning and whisked away so I can sleep in for REAL. If that's where my special treatment ends, I'll be more than happy.
Just over seven months ago, I brought this little girl into the world in an environment of intense physical and emotional support. The staff at that hospital took incredible care of me and my daughter. Not only we were attended to by skilled physicians and midwives, but we were also treated with respect and dignity.
It goes without saying that the scissors my husband used to cut the cord were sterile, that the floor beneath me was clean, that the nurses and doctors wore gloves.
But in Papua New Guinea, these things cannot be taken for granted. That's why blogger Adriel at the Mommyhood Memos started an initiative to send kits stocked with materials for clean births along with education how to use them to rural communities in Papua New Guinea. She has called her initiative Bloggers for Birth Kits, and has so far donated or sent over 1000 birth kits. The initiative runs year round, but would be a perfect last-minute Mother's Day gesture for someone special. The below photo details the contents of the kit (via Adriel's site)
If you have a few moments or dollars to spare, here's how you can help assure healthy mothers and babies in Papua New Guinea today.