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This biweekly open thread is hosted by men in belted sweaters. Read any good articles lately?


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Wow. You have outdone yourself with these MEN IN BELTED SWEATERS. I can't really think about anything else now.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJMT

Right now, my family is giving thanks that I can't knit.

I did read an interesting article today-- to smart phone or not? I'm due for an upgrade, but I'm also cheap. What to do? http://www.theminimalistmom.com/2011/05/16/my-smart-phone-is-making-me-stupid/

I started my book review on the Goldberg book.

Almost 16 weeks pregnant and starting to feel somethin' somethin'. Yay!

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rachel

It's International Week for Respecting Childbirth/Semaine mondiale pour l'accouchement respecté, which was started by an organization in France (www.smar.info). The theme this year is: " Birth where you want, the way you want and with whom you want". Is anything happening in your cities to celebrate IWRC 2011?

In Montreal, Dr. Michel Odent is here for a conference and workshop and the organization that supports women in their VBAC choices, AVAC-Info (www.avac-info.org), is presenting the play Birth (BOLD, by Karen Brody). The panel following the play is composed entirely of women who have had a VBAC: a midwife on her way to her second VBAC, a nurse turned doula who had an unassisted VBAC at home many years ago, a researcher who's first birth, a c-section, led her to research childbirth and an obstetrics GP who had two VBACs. The lovely MC for the panel is a TV host who just had a VBAC a few months ago. We're really excited and can't wait for this great event tomorrow night! : )

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Empowered Birth Awareness Week!
Lets GO!

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Rivera

(I think the one in blue is the hottest.) No smartphone here... I got sick of paying $30 a month for the data package. I originally wanted the blackberry to keep up with all the details my brain is too fuzzy to remember, like a palm pilot or whatever, but I never could remember to use it as such. :)

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

For the record -- and thank GOD for this open forum -- I'd like to say that I have no idea how/why husbands get to have a say in naming babies. For the record, I'd like to say that HE didn't get the vasectomy, HE got laid, and *I* got pregnant and MY body is doing the work -- for this 9 months and however long after that as required by breastfeeding. For the record, the name he wants is WRONG and the name I want is PERFECT. That is all.

Oh, and I don't know what would be worse: the name he wants, or making the child wear belted sweaters. For fuck's sake.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Rachel, I vote "yes" to the smart phone. I finally got one a few months ago. As the blog post to which you link says, I am a texting jerk for sure. I think I can live with that.

I can't wait to read your review and, yes, I will walk to the bookcase and put that book on my nightstand now!

16 weeks already? Wow. :)

May 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterJill

Kim, that's right. The name you picked is perfect and his choice is vile. That's what open threads are for.

May 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterJill

Being a writer sometimes blows. It's not like putting a hammer to a nail and so there are days when I am super productive, and there are days when it's "all work and no play..." I'm also running low on patience for no reason I can see. I'm not pregnant, though I want to be, and not just because it would be a great excuse for, well, everything. *sigh* I evidently need the practice at being patient.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSesasha

Sarah, I'm glad you posted that. I followed some links and just got engrossed by the Parto Libre site. http://partolibremexico.org/index.php

May 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterJill
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