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October 29, 2009

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kat

I really love the way you write Aimee. Everything will end well. Max is so gorgeous - there is something special about a quarter asian babes :) I totally lucked out with my birth experience and avoided all western medical rubbish by birthing j in Japan. I thank god everyday for the experience I had, but I wish that all women were given a full range of options with no bias/fear tactics when they are pregnant. Bring on December 1st!

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I think what you know is that the act of giving birth is different than what follows in being a mother. Without wanting to diminish the importance of the actual birth, clearly how you give birth does not reflect on whether you're a good mother or not.

I found that with Lucie's birth, I knew more of the questions to ask and felt much more empowered than I did with Gabriel's - where I accepted what I was 'told'. There didn't seem to be many choices for the first birth and I trusted my doctors to make my decisions. I'm sure they were good decisions but once I talked about other options with my gynéco and sage femme for #2 they were open to those too.

And of course after Lucie's birth I've since found out even more things that I could have asked for. I would have to have baby number 3 to request more changes for the moments after the baby's birth and their immediate treatment. But I don't think number 3 is on the cards!

Your baby girl will be beautiful and you will be a great mum again. I'm almost jealous of you getting those precious first days together with a new baby (and then I remember how tired I am, ha ha!).

Mary Anne

"Please, get me my baby and leave me the hell alone."

Love this!

:) I can't wait to see her pics and then smoosh her!


Jennifer

I love the picture you posted of your son. He is beautiful.

I have been reading your blog for a few months, I think came here via Poppy Fields, and at the risk of being that annoying commenter who leaves unsolicited assvice, I will say that I think all this investing so heavily in one's "perfect birth experience" is incredibly over-rated, but I understand how easy it is to get caught up in it. There are the books. There is that movie (disclaimer: I haven't seen it). There are all sorts of blogs on natural birth and how important it is to bond with your baby, yada yada yada, and I totally fell for it the first time, but now that I am on the other side of it, I really do think it's just a trend. And another way to make women feel inadequate.

You are clearly and incredibly talented woman. Your photography is amazing, your desserts look amazing, you run a really cool café, you are clearly a very loving and affectionate mother and the few things you have written about your late mother are so poignant. You are so much more than your so-called "birth experience". Your birth lasts one day. Your relationship with your daughter will last the rest of your life.

That said, I wish you the best of luck!!!

(And I apologize if this is at all annoying.)

The Bold Soul

Nothing more for me to say except: HUGGING YOU.

bevin

AImee!!!! i miss you, and think about you and the family all the time. MAX is soooo gorgeous!!! wow. i can't wait to meet him in person. And meet the new BB. Everythings going to be great.

love you!! xxB

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