Oh, itâ€™s such a beautiful day here in Charlotte. Not too hot but just warm enough.
Henry and I sat outside for a little bit in the shade. Itâ€™s weird to think things like, â€˜This is pretty much his first time outside EVER!â€™
The other excitement of the morning wasâ€¦.
My placenta lady came by to encapsulate my placenta. If youâ€™re thinking, â€œWhaaaaat?! Caitlin, youâ€™re crazypants,â€ hereâ€™s the original post in which I talk about my decision. I know itâ€™s pretty far out there for most people, but itâ€™s in line with Traditional Chinese Medicine practices (which, of course, the Husband is trained in). My philosophy is that thereâ€™s no harm in trying it out â€“ lots of women say it helps with milk supply, mood, recovery, and preventing post-partum depression. Plus, I take it in pill form; no big deal.
Anyway, of course I will spare you the actual placenta pictures, but it was really cool to watch and learn about. It felt like science class. You can look at a placenta and know all sorts of things about the pregnancy â€“ a few spots on mine were turning white (calcifications), a sign the placenta was â€˜dyingâ€™ and that Henry was really ready to be born. Also, my pregnancy was very oddly shaped and had an extra â€˜tailâ€™ section â€“ both the delivery midwife and the placenta specialist commented on it and said Henry couldâ€™ve had a twin really early on in pregnancy. No idea if that is true or not, but very interesting indeed.
The human body really is pretty cool, isnâ€™t it?
Would it be awkward to transition to lunch photos now? Hmmmmâ€¦.
Eggs and toast.
And hummus sammie, sweet potato, and a salad.
For Your Reading Pleasure
In case youâ€™re sick of baby talk (oh God, and now Iâ€™ve subjected you to placenta talk, too!), hereâ€™s your weekly For Your Reading Pleasure round-up of interesting articles that I found on the Internet this weekâ€¦. Except I was out of it for most the week, so I only have one article to link to! However, itâ€™s a really good one.
In summary, Special K (who, of course, promotes the Special K diet, a huge money-maker for the cereal giant) has announced that they will be using women with BMIs up to 29 as models for their new campaign. A BMI of 25 – 29.9 is considered overweight. Special K says itâ€™s because they want to encourage a â€˜responsible attitude about body imageâ€™ and show that the important part of losing weight is â€˜how it makes you feel.â€™ The author of the article says the concept is cheesy but a step in the right direction, as it portrays a more realistic image of women.
I guess Iâ€™m jaded and cynical and see it as a marketing ploy (yay, publicity!), but I do think that images of women of all shapes and sizes in the media is important and admirable. But â€“ at the end of the day â€“ weâ€™re talking about the freakinâ€™ Special K diet, which I donâ€™t think is necessarily the healthiest concept in the entire world (focus on fake food over â€˜real food,â€™ gimmicky concept, etc.). What do you think about Special Kâ€™s move?