At Home on Hill Haven

Musings, ramblings, and pontifications on motherhood, unschooling, farming, sustainability, spirit, and life in general...

Location: northwest Georgia, United States

I'm a living-working-breathing mom, writing, mothering, teaching, and soul-searching from our home in northwest Georgia. We are whole-life unschoolers, which basically means our kids actually have a say in what happens to them (it actually means infinitely more than that, but's it's a starting point for discussion). We are also hardcore environmentalists, anti-industrialists, trying to escape from our dependence on petroleum, manufactured products and other non-sustainable practices. We homebirth, homeschool, and homestead, and try to make sense of it all, in a constant whirlwind of chaos.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Iris Aurora

Iris Aurora is earthside!

Born peacefully (well, Mom wasn't so peaceful! :D ) at home June 28, 2007 at 6:03 AM

7 pounds, 11 ounces

20 1/4 inches long
We are enjoying our babymoon as a family of four. Birth story forthcoming!

Blessingway, June 23, 2007

My blessingway, June 23, 2007. I may have set a record for the shortest time between blessingway and birth! A beautiful evening, with beautiful friends filling my home with blessings, love, and laughter. My flowers are courtesy of my friend Lisa...
Henna courtesy of my friend Kate...
Now that's a belly!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Closer to the Edge

Depending on who's counting, I'm either 37 weeks, 5 days, or 38 weeks, three days. I started to include a more happy-faced picture, but this one where I'm squinting probably captures the moment better...

And yes, in fact, this is quite painful-- some of these stretch marks have oozed blood a few times!

The hint of brown there is not from lack of bathing, that used to be my belly button. I am curious to see how my belly recovers this time... this has been a much more physically challenging pregnancy than Galen's. I would consider saying it has also been more emotionally challenging, but in fact almost all of the emotional processing I've done (which has been volumes) has been residual material from Galen's pregnancy that I didn't deal with, so in truth this one has created space to contain and create more emotional health than I had when I started. That's a good thing! Perhaps I'll find the time to expound upon that later. For now we're off to deliver grits and meal to St. John's Retaurant in Chattanooga, TN-- a simply lovely fine dining establishment if you're ever in that area. They strive to buy local organic meat and produce, and we are hoping to supply them with our stoneground grits, cornmeal, and spelt. Mmm.