Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm a doula!!

WOW!! I can't believe I did it! This past Thursday through Sunday I went to a very intensive doula training workshop. It was pretty much amazing to sum it up!! The first day was all about childbirth education, then we went through the stages of labor in detail the following three days. If you can spend 44 hours in 4 days and not get tired of the topic of birth/labor.. this might be the job for you! I learned so much. That doesn't even encompass it. I still have so much to learn though. I have a clear plan of attack on the next phase, of getting myself and my name out there, and getting some clients. But we need a car :D Oh the little things. We returned our rental van back to Enterprise yesterday. Hopefully we will be able to buy a new car this week.

So this is what the calm before a new storm of busy-ness feels like. I spent my day catching up with correspondence online, watching my favorite Christmas movie EVER (The Family Stone) with my sleeping babe, we decorated our tree, and now Jason is making homemade veggie burgers!

Thats all for now! Hope everyone has a great holiday!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Getting Started...

I want to shout from the rooftops right now. I feel like I am overflowing with positive energy, of thankfulness, I feel so blessed. I came to the conclusion to create my own blog when I kept wanting to post of FB about how happy I am. So here I sit.

Right now old time Christmas music is playing on my pandora station. Bing Crosby, Tony Bennet, Dean Martin. I don't really care for modern Chritmas music, there is something magical about the old stuff. Later today I am going to get our Christmas tree, and my hair cut, I am really looking forward to that! ( I love getting my hair cut) My husband is taking a nap with my son, (I don't think it gets any sweeter than that!) my baby girl is asleep at the breast in my lap, and my oldest little girl is coloring at her new desk. Think 1950s solid wood kid furniture. Awesome craigslist score Anyway, I love the magic of this season!

So what leads me to feeling so blessed? Recently my family for 5 moved to Portland OR. Leading up to this decision was 6 months packed with trials. After being in a valley for so long, I lost touch with what it feels like to be on top. I keep going up to Jason and saying "hey, hey ... we live in PORTLAND!" its surreal. the last 6 months we have been through so much.  We learned so much. About ourselves and as a family. Spending so much time together this summer was such a gift.

It had been weighing on my mind to go through doula training ever since my friend who IS a doula pointed out to me that she though I would make a great one. I feel like as a person (and a bit of a birth junkie)  I have a lot to offer, you mean people will pay me for this? Pretty much! So I was a bit worried about getting to my class though, the van we have right is a rental (ours was stolen) and we have to give it back on the 10th, shoot, guess I'll ride the bus right? Today I get a phone call from a friend of a friend, and she needs a place to crash tonight, she is going through the same training session I am, and oh she has a car and is willing to give me a ride! How perfect is that??

no body pinch me just yet k?

I think tonight will be a "Family Stone" night. Only the best Christmas movie EVER! don't say its not!

I plan on using this space as a reflection of my experiences that I am about to embark on in my journey of becoming and being a doula in Portland OR.