All is going very well. I am loving being with Maeve and Joe. In particular, I love watching the way she moves her fingers, the moments when she looks in my eyes and, as the days pass, seeing the expression in her features and body becoming more clear, articulate. I love the way she migrates around (surprisingly far and fast) just by the wending of her limbs, head and neck.
I love how utterly self possessed she is – she is sure – and I marvel, sometimes shudder, at how completely vulnerable she is. Her presence seems to have flipped a switch in me around ways I have limited myself in the past. I have more resolve to achieve my goals than before. The days fly by. I can’t believe it’s already been two months.
Here are three great parenting resources have come on my radar in the last couple of weeks:
My best friend Shinehah sent me a book called The Female Pelvis: Anatomy & Exercises – which gives incredibly clear, simple information (in words and diagrams -including the one at at the top of this post) about the organs in the female pelvis and what happens in the pelvis with pregnancy and birth. I really appreciate having a clearer picture of all the parts and how they fit together and change through pregnancy and delivery. Seems to me really great information for any female to have. The Female Pelvis was written by Blandine Calais-Germain and published by Eastland Press.
The other gem that came to my attention is Hand in Hand Parenting‘s new Newborn podcasts. I was already a big fan of the philosophy of parenting laid out on the site in articles like How to Innocculate Your Child Against Racism and was really happy to see all the new Newborn specific information.
Last but not least, we have been casting about, plumbing our childhood memories for songs to sing to Maeve and looking for one that we can sing every night and have landed on this song by Fred Small that Joe found – Everything Possible that I think is a good song for any two people to sing to each other any time of day or year.