Life is Good

. . and that is probably why I’ve not really been posting recently. I’m out of inspiration.

Still, if it’s a trade off between things being great in my life for a change, and my blog suffering as a result . . . then I’m going to surrender to it. Believe it or not, I actually PREFER being happy. I just hope it continues.

I’ve been pretty preoccupied with my son. That’s probably what’s making me the happiest I’ve ever been. And the nice weather that we’ll be having & summer. Who’s not looking forward to that? 🙂

Of course, I am struggling completely moneywise, as I got a bigger place! So excited about decorating. So not excited about packing & moving.

What’s making you happy right now? Or unhappy? Feel free to share.

I am sitting here staring at a blank screen trying to think of something that I can put on here. Of course being a writer I know that a blank page is the best thing for creating writers block. They say never stare at one, just start writing and something will come to you.

Being single in general I think is a great thing. Being a single mom has some very trying moments. Something that feel close to what I imagine being suffacated with a pillowcase would feel like. Everything is up to you and everything is dependant upon just you. So if you screw up, then there is no one to take the blame with you, its just you. Then again when those little moments where one of the children make you proud you can take 100% of the credit….at least in my situation I can. I know there is a lot of good and with the good comes the bad. There is no way out of that, but looking at the good helps when the bad hits.

Hope that all is well with you all….

Until next time….

Premature Babies

I will never stop thanking God for having such a brave, smart and a happy baby. My son was born at 29 weeks 4 days at 1320 grams. He was in the hospital for 48 days and he braved through it all. He is my little miracle which I am so blessed to have for all eternity. My precious gift from God for which I am forever grateful to be his mother.

Home births up 20 percent as more Americans prefer natural child birth

The number of pregnant women who choose to have their babies at home instead of at a hospital has risen by 20 percent over the past four years, according to new statistics released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though home births had been on the decline between 1990 and 2004, the period between 2004 and 2008, which represent the newest figures available, saw a sharp increase in home births.

Marian MacDorman, lead author of the study from the CDC, told reporters that the rise in popularity for home births is being driven primarily by Caucasian women. Roughly one out of every 98 pregnant white women had their babies at home in 2008, while only one in 357 black women, and one in 500 Hispanic women, had their babies at home during the same year.

“I think there’s more of a natural birth subculture going on with white women — an interest in a low-intervention birth in a familiar setting,” said MacDorman to reporters.

Published online in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, the findings are not being met with approval by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which for years has been vocally opposed to home births. The group claims that home birthing is potentially dangerous, and that the “safest setting” for a birth to take place is at the hospital.

Unless there are serious complications, women who choose to give birth at home typically do not require the services provided by obstetricians. Many women who take the home birth route also utilize the services of midwives that are not certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). These may be among the reasons why ACOG remains opposed to home births.