Sunday, May 06, 2007


That's me! I am a "Literary Mama" . . .

. . . finally . . .

I started submitting over two years ago and now two of my beloved poems are in there.


I have so much to write about, to document, but everything is still new and raw after the birth of Shea. Later it will settle into poems and stories, now it is whirling snippets:

~The birth story . . . with the incompetent ob who apparently has no familiarity with his area of expertise - literally. Then he almost sent me home saying I was in "false labor" - ha! Luckily, the nurses were my angels, protected me from the ob who couldn't even find the right opening, supported me through the birth I've always wanted with no hook ups or medications. Two hours and a mountain climb of pain later, there was Shea.

~I know they say to keep your baby in the house for the first 4-6 weeks, but that doesn't make sense to me. Don't they say that the inside of houses is more polluted than the outside? Plus my 7 and 4 year olds bring home plenty of germs from school. I figure that leaving the house with him in a carrier and not letting anyone touch his hands is fine. So we've been out and about in the fresh air: walks in Duke Forest, kite flying, outdoor restaurants. Shea and I even chaperoned his sister's field trip.

~Shea's umbilical cord stump finally fell off on his one month birthday, which was perplexing. With MH and Liam it was just a week or so. To celebrate, he took his first real bath with six helping hands . . .


Blogger Timmy said...

Congratulations, Literary Mama! Love the photo of the first bath. Such a wide-eyed baby!

9:10 PM, May 06, 2007  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Thanks Tim - he really enjoyed the bath and the attention. :)or

9:14 PM, May 06, 2007  
Anonymous prettysparrow said...

amazing!! he really is beautiful! i am proud of you for sticking it out to have the birth that you really wanted. i regret that i was not able to have bella the way that i planned. still, she is healthy and beautiful, and that is what counts!!

she and i were at the mall when she was only four days old shopping for clothes for her because nothing i had fit her... i don't buy the "don't go out" crap... the more we expose them to, within careful reasonable limits, the stronger they will be!! and that includes germs!

special wonderful super congrats on the publication!! now i am really jealous. first a new baby, now this! :)

11:59 AM, May 08, 2007  
Anonymous Michael Parker said...

Congrats J.B. Awesome pics. Beautiful baby.

8:11 PM, May 09, 2007  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Congratulations!! He's a bright eyed little fellow. The wrong opening??? That is scary.

7:51 AM, May 10, 2007  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Hi prettysparrow - yes, that's what counts, healthy and beautiful - let's count our blessings!

Thanks Michael - how are you and your back?

Um, yep pat, talk about a bumbling idiot . . . told inappropriate jokes to top it all off . . . *shudder*

11:06 PM, May 10, 2007  

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