Monday, October 20, 2014

Nature, development, & the repetitious message of children's movies

I've pre-written and scheduled posts for my babymoon as we enjoy the anticipation of our new little one. Responses may be sporadic during this time!

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I recently took the boys to see Rio 2 at the $3 theater, a movie about domesticated blue macaws who find a new home back in the rainforest. It was an enjoyable movie (and I wasn't too lost from not having seen the first one…), but as the film progressed, I was struck by the feeling: I've seen this before.

Without spilling much of the plot, suffice it to say that there's an oppositional setup between the noble conservationists and the greedy developers who want to clear cut the Amazon rainforest. It's the classic good vs. evil in children's-movie form.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Toonces

Going on 12 days of prodromal labor,
I need something easy and fun to blog today.

To that end, I give you …

A cat driving a car.

You're welcome.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Bumpity bump bump!

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Our most recent belly-photo sharing,
we left off at week 31.

Here are the current bump photos,
from weeks 32 through 39.

How many more will there be?

32 weeks in August,
and ready to be done with summer

Ruched t-shirt: Destination Maternity; Skirt: Old Navy
33 weeks

Faux-wrap dress: Destination Maternity
34 weeks

Bowling on our first day of {not} back to school

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Brothers by the tree

Every autumn, we take photos in front of
a sweet maple tree outside our home
as the leaves change colors.
It was time again!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Getting a breast pump through health insurance

The cat wants to know how it's done.
I've written before about the new healthcare changes in the United States and how they affect pregnant women. One exciting change is the ability of any woman with a current health insurance plan to obtain a free breast pump, with the cost covered by the insurance company. Here's my experience with that.

I live in Washington state and have insurance through LifeWise, bought on the healthcare exchange since I'm self-employed. If you're employed with health benefits or covered under a family member's employer-sponsored plan, you're likely already on one of the newer plans. If you're freelance, you probably know whether you're uninsured or on an older, grandfathered plan (which are not required to meet all the new benefits, including this one), or whether you've purchased one of the new subsidized (depending on income) healthcare plans through the government marketplace for your state. Among the new rules of healthcare reform are a requirement that new plans cover maternity and newborn care (no pre-existing condition exclusions) and that they cover lactation consultation and either the purchase of a retail breast pump or the rental of a hospital-grade breast pump. (If you have Medicaid or WIC or a state-sponsored low-income insurance plan, the Affordable Care Act might not apply to you, but you can still get a breast pump through WIC or possibly your state's Medicaid program.)

Here are a couple quotes from an online pamphlet from the government summarizing the benefits of healthcare reform for breastfeeding parents:

Health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. These services may be provided before and after you have your baby.

Your health insurance plan must cover the cost of a breast pump – and may offer to cover either a rental or a new one for you to keep.

Your plan may provide guidance on whether the covered pump is manual or electric, how long the coverage of a rented pump lasts, and when they’ll provide the pump (before or after you have the baby).

[ "Breastfeeding benefits"]

Friday, September 26, 2014

Blessings from many mothers

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Earl Grey put in an appearance.

My friends threw me a mother blessing recently, and it was an amazing experience. Thank you to all of you who attended, in person or virtually! It meant so much to me.

I am blessed.

I'm terrible at responding in real time when I'm feeling grateful and moved. Even when I think I'm gushing about a gift, for instance, people will wonder aloud if I really liked it. So I thought I'd write this little post about some of the things that touched me and pass the blessings I received on to you, if you're expecting a baby or will in the future or just need a lift in spirit.

The fabulous spread!