Friday, January 31, 2014

Birth Ritual

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Birth Tub Practice

Birth Tub

Week 38. Day 4. 

Today is about practicing the set up of our birth tub. We rented this tub from our midwife, Maria. The tub has internallly heated walls that maintain the temperature of the water for an extended period of time. There is also a top cover for the water made of rubber foam that is used for the same reason. It was not hard to set up but it's a little bit more complicated than I thought it would be because of the limited hot water supply in our house. So we needed to boil water off the stove to make the process of filling the tub faster. 

It will probably take an hour and a half to two hours to fill the tub. That's important to know of course, because we don't want to be scrambling trying to get this done and stress out while I'm going through labor pains. 

The recommended water temperature is at 35-38 degrees celsius but you can pretty much choose whatever you feel most comfortable with as long as it doesn't go over 40 degrees. We heated up ours at 39 degrees and it felt very hot for me. Now, I can appreciate how the water and the heat will help with pain and contractions. And why you are not supposed to get in the water until you're very close to delivering as it might stop the contractions. 

Sushi was very intimidated by it, another foreign object in the house. Everything that's new or seemingly unfamiliar makes him nervous.

Here are some good information to have when setting up your birth tub. http://www.waterbirth.org/birth-pool-faq#What_temperature_should_the_water_be_

Friday, January 24, 2014

Waiting Patiently

Birth kit. Swaddle cloths. Cloth diapers. All ready for Isa's arrival.
Week 38. Day 3.

Patiently waiting for Isa. Today is another day of prenatal check-up at Kaiser. Isa's heartbeat is strong and she is measuring perfectly in my belly at 38cm. Everything is pretty much ready at this point. We just have to "rehearse" filling the bath tub with water and how we're gonna be setting it up in our living room. 

We already have our new stoller set up. Car seat is set up too. We got a travel system that is both a stroller and a car seat. Thanks to  my Mom who gifted this. It's now sitting in our living room. Aaron talks to the stoller  imagining Isa is there when he arrives from work. I think the stroller is making him feel like he is more connected to this whole birth process. It's kinda interesting.


Muddy Waters - Tea before prenatal yoga class

This morning, I went to Jane Austin's class at Yoga Tree for my prenatal yoga. It's always nice to go to class. I think more than anything else, going to my class helps me focus on Isa and her arrival. It helps me be in tune with her. I can't help but sometimes feel a slight paranoia if I'm doing enough to take care of her while she is in my belly. Or I'm doing enough to take care of myself. When I go to class, or when I do my yoga practice, I realize that there is really nothing to worry about. Everyday, I set my intention of being really mindful of my pregnancy and visualizing a healthy, happy birth for me and my family. I do the best I can, yoga, exercise, food, etc. There is nothing to worry about.

Belly Cast - Week 35. Day 5

This weekend, I wanna set up a little altar for Isa and the birth with offerings, candles, incense and all sorts of fun things. A friend of mine is gonna help me do this. I wanna start preparing the energy of our home. I am very excited about it. I've already picked some songs that I would like to Innerdance or sing to during my birth. It's gonna be a mix of, Eternal OM, Joey Ayala, Bayang Barrios, Morcheeba, Cynthia Alexander, there's gonna be more. I'm just collecting songs as I go along that speaks to my heart. Ah! I'm excited it's gonna be beautiful. I wanna sing and dance to Isa while she's transitioning. While we are both transitioning!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Maui Home for the Week


Gumamela, reminds me of my childhood. I used to make bubbles out of this beautiful flower.

We arrived in Maui yesterday at noon after missing our flight the day before. It's our first time flying out of Oakland and using long term parking. We left an hour early from our place which I know is too late by itself. I had been up early and ready to go. But I let Aaron's over confidence in timing run the show. We got to the airport at the check in counter 3 minutes before 8am. Boarding was at 7:45am. But Hawaiian Air didn't let us in the plane anymore. Aaron tried to persuade them by showing my big belly and telling them that it was our baby moon to no avail. They graciously got us in another flight the day after. We went back home and our little Sushi-man was happy.

So no driving in this trip. Aaron forgot his US driving permit and only brought his expired Canadian driver's license. I don't have mine yet. Yes, up until now. No license yet. I never really needed it. All good. We're used to not driving anyway. Having a car is something that is recent for us in SF. We've been mostly walking, biking, or taking MUNI pretty much everywhere since just almost 2 months ago.

We rented a place off of VRBO and found a very nice one in Kihei whose owner turns out to be someone Aaron knew from his Calgary skateboarding days. It's a sign! This is where we're supposed to be in Maui! So here you go, our Maui home for the week. Who needs a hotel when you can have a place like this?!


A full kitchen. I love that this place has most everything that you need to cook.

We didn't have any crazy plans for this trip. I know for sure that I want to spend as much time in the water as I can. Go snorkeling. Spend as much time in the sun by the beach. Discover the island and watch the Maui sunrise and sunset. Make offerings and prayers to the ocean. Ok, maybe that's a lot already. Maybe I do have an idea what I want to do here.

A TV, that we barely use. Why? When you can enjoy all the sunshine.

Today's pretty windy so no snorkeling today. But I already did my lapses on the pool so I'm just happy being in the water.

Our living room. It's nice. Only thing is. I can't hop on the couch when I just come back from the pool or the beach. 
There's a pool in this property. I've been taking advantage of the it. Swimming is supposed to be good for the baby and I. I do find myself having shortness of breath more as Isa grows in my belly. So it's nice to exercise my lungs. I know for sure Isa's loving the water.

We've been taking advantage of being out here for eating and reading.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Sushi's Bed


So proud of my Sushi-man. We bought this bed for him at least 4/5 months ago.
He didn't give any interest and still insisted on sleeping on the bed with Aaron and I inspite of us moving so much. He'd get squished with the pillow or the comforter or our legs but didn't care. 

We've relentlessly trained him by giving treats on this bed to no avail. Today, for the first time. We wake up to the Sushi sleeping on his own bed! Woohoo! I don't know what happened but Isabela is gonna need Sushi's spot on the bed in a few months.  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Roast of James Franco - Time Travel and the Secret to Being Straight - U...



Hooray for Aziz for calling out racism and homophobia in  The Roast of James Franco!!!

A Wonderful Reminder of What LOVE means




As around the sun the earth knows she's revolving 
And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May 
Just as hate knows love's the cure 
You can rest your mind assure 
That I'll be loving you always 
As now can't reveal the mystery of tomorrow 
But in passing will grow older every day 
Just as all is born is new 
Do know what I say is true 
That I'll be loving you always 

Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky---ALWAYS 
Until the ocean covers every mountain high---ALWAYS 
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea---ALWAYS 
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream 

Did you know that true love asks for nothing 
Her acceptance is the way we pay 
Did you know that life has given love a guarantee 
To last through forever and another day 
Just as time knew to move on since the beginning 
And the seasons know exactly when to change 
Just as kindness knows no shame 
Know through all your joy and pain 
That I'll be loving you always 
As today I know I'm living but tomorrow 
Could make me the past but that I mustn't fear 
For I'll know deep in my mind 
The love of me I've left behind Cause I'll be loving you always 

Until the day is night and night becomes the day---ALWAYS 
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away---ALWAYS 
Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4---ALWAYS 
Until the day that is the day that are no more 
Did you know that you're loved by somebody? 
Until the day the earth starts turning right to left---ALWAYS 
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself 
I'll be loving you forever 
Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through---ALWAYS 
Until the day that you are me and I am you---AL~~~~~~WA~~ 
~~~~~AA~~~~~~~AA~~~~ 
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky~~~~~AA~~~~ 
~~~~AA~~~~~~~AA~~~~~~~~~AA~~~~~~~YS~~ALWAYS 

We all know sometimes lifes hates and troubles 
Can make you wish you were born in another time and space 
But you can bet you life times that and twice its double 
That God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed 
so make sure when you say you're in it but not of it 
You're not helping to make this earth a place sometimes called Hell 
Change your words into truths and then change that truth into love 
And maybe our children's grandchildren 
And their great-great grandchildren will tell 
I'll be loving you 

Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky--Loving you 
Until the ocean covers every mountain high--Loving you 
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea--Loving you 
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream--Be loving you 
Until the day is night and night becomes the day--Loving you 
Until the trees and seas up, up and fly away--Loving you 
Until the day that 8x8x8x8 is 4--Loving you 
Until the day that is the day that are no more--Loving you 
Until the day the earth starts turning right to left--Be loving you 
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself--Loving you 
Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through--Loving you 
Until the day that you are me and I am you-- 
Now ain't that loving you 
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky 
Ain't that loving you 
Until the ocean covers every mountain high 
And I've got to say always 
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea~~AL~~~WA~~~AYS 
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream-Um AL~~WA~~AYS 
Until the day is night and night becomes the day-AL~~~~WA~~AYS 
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away-AL~~WA~~~AA~~~~~ 
Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4~~~~~AA~~~~~~~AA~~~~~~~AA 
Until the day that is the day that are no more-AA~~~~AA~~AA~~~AYS 
Until the day the earth starts turning right to left-AL~~~WA~~~A~~~AA 
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself-~~AA~~~AA~~~AA~~~AYS 
Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through-AL~~~WAYS 
Until the day that you are me and I am you 
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky 
Until the ocean covers every mountain high 
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea 
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream 
Until the day is night and night becomes the day 
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away 
Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4 
Until the day that is the day that are no more 
Until the day the earth starts turning right to left 
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself 
Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through 
Until the day that you are me and I am you