Friday, July 13, 2012

Farewell, freezer friend.

One of the strange things about having a home birth is that you are left with the placenta. The midwives tell you to put it in the freezer until garbage day, at which time it can go in the green bin (Toronto's municipal compost). But chances are you will forget that it is in there, and plus, doesn't it feel strange just to throw that thing out? As the midwives told me, it is the only organ that the human body grows from scratch. Amazing, true, but I also grew a whole human from scratch so.....

Some people also choose to eat their placenta, which, much as it resembles steak in its frozen form, wasn't something that was on the agenda for us. Thanks to a great suggestion from Gaby, we decided to take the placenta up to Temagami, and bury it under a cedar tree (for Heiko Cedar).

We needed a bucket of water, a shovel, and a little tree!

I'm clearly pretty thrilled that this baby carrier matches the placenta.

WOW WOW WOW, an animated GIF, with lunging:
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Look carefully, you can see Heiko's little hand giving me the pinches.
Et voila:

A good time was had by all. Well, Heiko mostly slept through the whole thing.

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