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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Final homebirth kit list.

We are now in the waiting mode for baby to come. I am brushing up, studying last minute home birth material from various books and such. I've also begun last minute herbal, nutritional treatments to keep my iron levels boosted, infections at bay and complications minimal. I have yet to wash some of the baby and mamma items in the list (note that some of the reusable baby and momma items were made from various materials around the home and from thrift stores / garage sales). We are also in the process of moving, so I am taking my time and taking it easy while packing all the items from our small 2 bedroom apartment. My husband is in the middle of schooling and a job/career change so we know it is best to live with his grandparents until we are more financially stable. I can't wait for baby to come!

ReUsable Items:
  • 2 Sets of Sheets and Pillow Cases
  • Plastic Mattress Cover
  • 1 Old Blanket
  • 10 - 23"X36" Underpads
  • 15 Bath Towels
  • 8 Wash Clothes
  • 2 Knee Length Gowns
  • 20 Mum Rags
  • 3 Hot Socks
  • 3 Ice Packs
  • 10 Recieving Blankets
  • 12 Newborn Diapers
  • 1 Undershirt
  • 1 Sleeper
  • 2 Pairs of Socks
  • 2 Knit Caps
  • Feto scope
  • BP Cuff and Stethoscope
  • Thermometer
  • Metal Cord Clamps (Sterilized)
  • Scissors (Sterilized)
  • Baby Scale
  • 3 Pairs of Depends
  • Measuring Tape
  • Crock Pot

Supplies that Get Used Up / Change
  • Superglue - for perineal Tears
  • butterfly bandages - for perineal tears
  • Lavendar Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • List of Phone Numbers
  • Light Snacks (high protein, fruit, chocolate)
  • Herbal Tea w/ Honey
  • Liquid Chlorophyl
  • Chyanne Pepper
  • Shepherd's Purse Tincture
  • Cinnamon
  • Vitamin C
  • B Complex -> Vit B12, Folic Acid
  • St John's Wort oil -> for perineal tears
  • Echinacea for infection prevention
  • grapefruit seed extract
  • ice
  • bulb syringe
  • sterile gloves
  • peri bottles
  • providone
  • a birth certificate
  • witch hazel pads
  • rubbing alcohol
  • plastic garbage bags
  • tylenol
  • Q-tips (for cord care)

Other supplies commonly used everyday and/or luxury
  • Cleaning supply -> Clorox bleach etc.
  • CD Player and CD's or computer and list of music

Saturday, December 5, 2009

December 25th......

If you have time today, please take the time to listen to these videos to guard your little one's ears and eyes from being sentimentalized by this holiday. Christ was born in a holy and humble manner in a Jewish home. He was not celebrated with various pagan symbols. I pray for those people who call themselves Christians but yet continue putting so much emphasis on December 25th.




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

When was Christ born?

Although many celebrate Jesus' birth on the 25th of December, it is true that this is an old pagan holiday which once accompanied much wicked practices that were not godly. However, I have family gatherings on this day as I know that many of my relatives and close family members are barely familiar with the Jewish calendar and holy days that are clearly explained in the scriptures. I still love to be around family, but it is difficult to discuss these biblical concepts so I simply discuss them with my husband and other Christians who understand the conservative aspects of scripture.

So when was Christ really born? Can it be determined through scripture? YES IT CAN!! Yay!

To get started it may be wise to make sure that you have an entire understanding of the bible. www.bluletterbible.org is a great place to get started as there are excellent commentaries for each verse of the bible. I used the Thru the Bible program which helped me grasp the major concepts of the bible. This was helpful because I grew up in a liberal Christian home. After you have obtained a good understanding of the bible, it is helpful to understand Jewish culture and festivals. To understand the patterns of the festivals a good grasp on the Jewish calendar is essential. Once that is obtained, it is easy to understand when Jesus was actually born!!

This website explains specific verses and Jewish events that lead up to Christ's birth. It turns out that Jesus was born during the feast of Tabernacles! This event takes place each year in September/October of the Gregorian calendar. It is so fun to study scripture!

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