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Natural Childbirth: Hypnobirthing (Mom 2.0)

At the tail end of middle age,

here I am.

My eldest child, just now expecting her first child.

I am a grandmom twice.

This child having her own will complete a circle that I have waited for quite sometime.

My girl China, who made me into a mother.

Seeing her now take the place as mother to her own,

now that’s something special.

I will attend her at birth as I have with the other daugher and daughter-in-law,

and have done with hundreds of other babies over the past 18 years or so as a doula.

I have attended hypnobirths, Bradley births, c-sections, stillbirths and of course medicated births.

In hospital, at home and at birthing centers.

I have given birth 6 times myself plus one stillbaby born too soon.

All unmedicated births.

The last 3 using hypnotherapy.

I won’t claim to be an authority but I have a bit of experience under my belt,

so to speak.

China, invited me to her hypnobirth class.

I agreed.

A few couples sat in a semi darkened room with a candle lit.

The instructor sat cross-legged on a footstool with a pashmina across her shoulders like a prayer shawl,

and her hair hanging loose to her mid back,

a good look when you are 30.

Not so much at 55.

She proceeded to speak on birth without pain of any kind.

The contractions as “surges” and pushing as “so yesterday”.

Now as I mentioned I am all for Hypnobirthing.

I think it’s extremely helpful in attaining a natural childbirth if that’s the woman’s wish.

I held my tongue as she led the women through the “full dilation” (or pushing stage of labor) breathing.

“Ladies”, she quietly sang, “You gently breathe in, and breathe out,there is no drama of pushing ,or people coaching you to push your baby out, your baby comes out all on its own with no more effort than your gentle breath.”

Okay, I was done holding my tongue.

I can tolerate varying opinions and means to an end in getting babies born, but telling a group of first time expectant mothers that they won’t have to push their babies out, and that the experience will be pain-free is just plain horsepee.

It will be a sad day for these women when their babies descend low into their pelvis towards birth.

The time when the tendons stretch, and tissues, (it doesn’t matter if you massage in a gallon of evening primrose oil) stretch and often tear with the scope of the coming skull.

I’m not talking perineum here I mean the vaginal canal.

Never mind the “Ring of fire” (straight from a hypnobirth training manual to describe when the head emerges from mom’s body).

“Ring of Fire”

Hello!!!

It’s not called that for nothing!

Hypnobirthing can absolutely get a woman through labor and delivery with much “less pain” then just muscling through the contractions.

But pain-free it ain’t.

“Madam”, I said,”I have attended hundreds of births of all kinds and the disservice you are doing to this group of women appalls me.
Never in all my experience has even the most calm,the most ‘in control’ woman who has used hypnobirth didn’t say post-birth that it was the hardest thing she had ever done.”

I felt my daughter’s hand on my arm.

I was embarrassing her in front of her teacher and classmates.

“With all due respect”,I finished.

We left the class into the cold of the Silver Spring night.

I apologized to China who walked arm-in-arm with her husband.

“I couldn’t abide seeing you lied to,” I said,” Having a baby is going to be the greatest day of your life, a day you never forget, I won’t have someone build you up ridiculous expectations that may leave you feeling afterward like your body failed you.
That if you do end up choosing to take an epidural you will have failed at childbirth.
You are going to have 18 years to raise this child.
This is only one day in your life. Whether she comes natural, by epidural or section she is going to be the same baby. ”

“The truth is giving birth hurts.”

There I said it.

Chicken Pastrami Honey Mustard Roll Ups. Easy Recipe Freezer Friendly.


Here you go kids.
An easy and delicious recipe.
As an entree or appetizer it totally rocks both with adults and kids.

From Gmom’s kitchen to yours have a safe and peaceful New Year!

Chicken Pastrami Honey Mustard Roll Ups
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Pound the chicken breast to 1/4 inch thickness. Coat in dry rub and let marinate in fridge for several hours.

INGREDIENTS:

6- whole chicken breast, cut in half and pounded to 1/4 inch thickness

24- slices of pastrami

4- tablespoons brown sugar

4- tablespoon oil

3- teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons black pepper

2- teaspoons Seasonal or Lawry’s

3- tablespoons paprika

5-tablespoons spicy brown mustard

1/4- cup honey

1- cup seasoned breadcrumbs

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Pound out the chicken breast halves to 1/4 inch thickness.

Mix in a small bowl the brown sugar, oil, seasonal, garlic,pepper and paprika.

Rub this mixture all over the chicken and let the chicken marinate in the fridge for up to 6 hours.

In a small bowl stir together the mustard and honey.

Do not rinse off the marinade.

On each chicken half arrange 2 slices of pastrami.
Brush on top of the pastrami a coating of the honey mustard.

Roll up the chicken and place seam side down into a baking pan.

Roll up the chicken breast tucking in to the ends any stray bits for a more uniform presentation.

Arrange rolls in a baking pan so they do not touch. You don't want them to steam. The breadcrumbs you sprinkle on after they are in the pan will crisp with this small difference.

Coat any of the remaining honey mustard on the rolls.

Sprinkle a generous amount of the seasoned breadcrumbs on the rolls.

Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes.

Serve whole for entree or in one inch slices for appetizers.

Once again,

This is Cujo and gmom peace out,

A Poem For Bear (Coldplay: Fix You)

Sadness clings  like a shadow,
Reaching for an endless hug,
that won’t be denied.

Restless, weary,
no understanding,
all children are sad.

Aren’t they?

Looking into a red fire truck,
for answers,
in a big world.
Where nothing makes sense.

Where is man?
Who this?
Why Ma cry?

Come to me,
Little-Bear,

Rock with me,
In the quiet of this corner,
I will hold this space for you,

I can be your familiar,
warm scent and sound,
I can be your safe space,

A constant presence,
in a chaotic crib,
I will quiet the storm around you,

and whisper peace into your ear.

I will stay with you,

For however long it takes.

The Best (Hooters) Hot Wings Recipe (music video Kenny Chesney)

This one’s for all you hot momma’s.
You know it!!!

Hot wings Hooter’s style.

Ingredients:

Oil for frying
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup hot sauce
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cups flour
20 chicken wings

Directions:

Combine butter,hot sauce,garlic and pepper in a saucepan and heat through.

Put aside for later.

Mix dry ingredients and toss with wings. Put in fridge for 1 hour. This is an important step and you will only know the difference if you make fried chicken skipping this step. It makes the crispy skin and batter stick.

Fry wings for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
Turn into a paper towel lined bowl to drain excess oil.

When ready to serve pour the hot sauce over the wings and toss.
Serve with celery sticks and blue cheese or sour cream dip if you like.

Alternate to frying:
You can take your wings and season them with Lawry’s or Spike.
Put them in a very hot oven 500-550 F.
Let them cook until crisp, about 30-40 minutes.
Then toss with the hot sauce.
This is the way I make them and they are delicious.
Happy 4th. kids.
gmom loves you and Maybe says hi!

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Quincy Jones Thriller Ribs Recipe (start them Thursday for Sunday)

Cujo hoping for food

Use fresh or pickled Jalepenos, I like pickled

Garlic and jalepeno pepper rub

Vegetables on the bottom to start

Layering the ribs and vegetables

Marinate for 2-4 days

Wish this picture was bigger.

These really are the best ribs.
Personally for the fourth of July, I don't want to be hanging over the hot grill.
I want to be drinking with everyone else.

Put these in the oven Saturday night and by morning they are done.

Boil up some corn on the cob.

Make some cole slaw.

Watermelon for dessert.

Done!

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons seasoning salt (original recipe calls for Spike if you can get it)

2 teaspoons Accent (monosodiumglutamate)

2 teaspoon black pepper

10 racks of baby back ribs (pork or beef) 10 pounds about
(in the pics the racks are about 1 1/4 pound each)

12 cloves minced garlic

4 large jalepeno peppers minced

4 large onions thinly sliced

4 green bell peppers thinly sliced

4 yellow bell peppers thinly sliced

4 red bell peppers thinly sliced

Directions:

Combine seasoning salt (Spike), Accent and black pepper.
Rub 1/4 teaspoon on each side of ribs.

Mix garlic and jalepeno peppers with any remaining seasoning mix and rub on each rib rack.

In a large roasting pan lay out a long length of aluminum foil,enough to wrap the ribs when you are done.
Put a layer of onion and the peppers on the bottom and then a couple of racks of ribs side by side.Layer more onions and peppers on top and continue layering.

Tightly wrap the ribs in the foil and leave in the fridge for 2 days to marinate.
I have left mine for 3-4 days with good results and have added red pepper flakes to kick up the heat.

When ready to cook.
Preheat your oven to 400 F.
Turn it down to 300F.
Put in your ribs and let cook 6-8 hours.

Serve with the vegetables which really wither to almost nothing but those ribs are going to go fast so make more then you think you are going to need.
For my hungry crew I sometimes tuck a hunk of chuck 4-5 pounds into the middle of the ribs and cook as directed in this recipe.
Some people just don’t like the gristle and mess of the ribs and want a piece of meat.
In the pics I have used half of the racks called for in the recipe and then made a second pan. Count on each meat eater eating at least 1 racks of ribs.
I hope you enjoy this recipe.
We love it.
Have a happy fourth.
Be safe friends.
Cujo says hi.

Baby Boy Hoo Falls Down The Stairs (“Hallelujah” Jeff Buckley)

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Yesterday,
We had a Father’s Day Party.

All the kids came,
and spouses.

Born and unborn.
14 of us.

Baby boy Hoo,
11 months,
everyone was watching him,
and no one was watching him.

Everyone talking and laughing,
and eating.

Suddenly The Professor yells out,
“Hoo fell down the stairs!”

Down the basement stairs,
a long concrete staircase to the basement,
15 stairs to a concrete floor.

Everyone ran,
I saw my baby grandchild lying at the bottom on his stomach not moving.

The professor scooped him up and together we ripped his clothes off
and checked his breathing,
his eyes,
his limbs,
feeling for rising bumps along his head,
checked his mouth for teeth knocked out.

His mother, Eggs,
screaming in the background,
Is he okay!? Is he okay!?

Hoo was crying,
we handed him off to her.

I looked at The Professor,
my son soon off to medical school,
“Amazing”, he said,
“He doesn’t have a mark on him.”

I answered him,
“It’s a miracle.”

Bart’s Vegas trip:What Would You Do? (slideshow)

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(for more on single and gorgeous 22 year old Bart read:Bart’s into Biofuels)

I was reading someone’s blog,
about what you might want
to do,
before you die.

Not too much,
I thought.

But looking at Bart’s pics from Vegas,
I thought,
Do I want to travel?”

See Las Vegas?

Or the Grand Canyon

Touch a dolphin?

Or witness another beautiful sunrise,
and stay to watch
it set?

What haven’t I done,
that I want to do?

I think I just want to see
the same faces,
I see everyday,
again.

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