Thursday, June 4, 2009

Birth Image

Yesterday, Brian and I went to our first childbirth class! Even more fun is the fact that we are taking the class together with our friends Chris and Julie who are expecting their baby Aug 4th (or earlier) and also planning a home birth! So it's cool to be able to do it together with them.

Last night, one of the exercises was to hold ice cubes in our hands for a full minute to see how we respond to pain. The dads had to do it too--and boy was it funny to watch Brian squirm!

Then we were all instructed to take some time putting our "strongest image of birth" onto paper with pastels. Here is what I made:

For a little explanation, the story starts in the bottom left hand corner where the purple represents "intensity" and the little "curls" also have the same tense feeling. The curls then begin to open up and relax represented by the blue "peaceful" color. The journey then moves up into a calm place represented by the blue in the upper right hand corner, swinging around back to the left again where that big explosion of light is my Lucie Joy with all her sparkle whose light then keeps going left towards the beginning of a new journey! (My scanner wasn't able to capture the whole picture so some of it is missing, but you get the jist of it)

We have three more classes left, and I can't help hoping that there are more art projects involved! :)

Just thought I'd share...

8 comments:

♪essica said...

I love you, and your baby, and your birth image.

Auntie Amanda said...

what a great little sparkle she is! ;)
i'm doing alright, though every day i am reminded in some way of my seemingly short time in uganda. miss it. where are you guys again? tx?
hope all is well!

Beth said...

yay! how beautiful!

Hannah Elizabeth said...

i love lucie sparkle tharpe. am ready to hold her in my arms and love the heck out of her. :)

susie said...

I can hardly wait to see our little Lucie Joy......my heart is so full reading what you have to say. Such a special time. Makes my heart want to sing or something....know what I mean....or maybe turn a cartwheel or two. So happy for you all.

Lindsay said...

i like those techniques...lucie is going to be so amazing!

julie d said...

thanks for the congratulations...i do believe a congratulations is appropriate for you and brian as well! baby girl!! yay! how far along are you?

Shannon2-24 said...

Your drawing is sweet and makes me think you are going to be so ready for going through the pain with good resolve. : ) Just when the pain is the worse {transition}.. not much longer, then it's time to push!! I think you will do wonderful!!

I'm so glad you have a friend who is also doing home birth for this time.. how special.