new doorley babyIn case you’re wondering what happened to TinkerLab this week, I’m on an early mini-vacation at the hospital for the arrival of little girl #2!  At 36 weeks, our baby moved into a breech position, and after trying everything under the sun to turn her — External Cephalic Version, spending hours on a slant board, swimming, chiropractic adjustments, long walks, acupuncture, and even moxibustion (check it all out here) — our child remained steadfast in her cozy sideways position.

new doorley baby

My incredible OB scheduled a C-Section for tomorrow, September 10, but the baby had her own ideas and we welcomed her into the world on Monday, September 6. Although she’s so far nameless, her big sister has decisively named her “Baby Rainbow.” It’s a compelling name, but I’m pretty sure it won’t pass once it goes to committee.

new doorley babyN sings the first song to her baby sister: Down by the Station, Early in the Morning…

While I’m not sure how life will pan out once I move back home, I expect that TinkerLab will be back in business in no time. Please stay tuned and check back often! And until then, I leave you with these creative thoughts:

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” Alan Alda

If you can, do something today that you’ve never done before. It can be simple or elaborate.

  • If you’ve been afraid to paint with your kids, now’s the time to pick up some paints and set up a painting project.
  • Get your little one/s sewing with some easy and cute handmade sewing cards.
  • Pick up a basket for a “collecting” nature stroll around the neighborhood. See what new and unusual objects you can find.  Print this list of nature/camping scavenger hunt items, this list for a garden scavenger hunt, or grab your GPS and roll your family into the fun of Geocaching.
  • Make a homemade marble run from a cereal box.
  • Brainstorm a list of 30 possibilities for your child’s (or your own) Halloween costume. Push that list to 50 or more. Did you come up with anything really cool?
  • Make a Fortune Teller with or for your kids.
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  1. Congratulations to you and your entire family!

  2. that picture of you on the board is hysterical. in the old days your drive to turn that baby would be life and death or one messed up mid-section. I say “thanks” to the creativity of doctors who took child birth seriously and designed a surgery that would be safe for mom and babe. yeah for creative thinking!!!!!! love you and your gorgeous family!!!!

    • You are so right: A million thank-you’s to the midwives and doctors of years past who learned how to bring babies into the world safely. And I’ll be the first to shout out that my OB is full of creative vigor as a surgeon. The nurses have commented on how beautiful my mid-section looks, and although it may resemble Frankenstein’s head to me, I bow down to Dr. Gandhi’s artistic capabilities.

  3. Congratulations again to you and your family! And once again, you astound me with your ability to share so many creative ideas in the midst of a wonderful and chaotic life change. You are amazing!

    • Thanks A! I really owe this precious baby-bonding and reflection time to my husband who’s enabled me to soak up a spat of restfulness before the storm really hits when I head home tomorrow. He’s the amazing one.

    • Indeed! Thanks for stopping by, Jolayne. Coincidentally, I just discovered your blog yesterday and love what you’re up to.

  4. oh my, rachelle! i just found this post, knowing that it is R’s birthday (happy happy!) and we have a lot in common in regards to our birth experiences and breech flippage initiatives… including a similar photo of me in that slant board pose! hoping to celebrate with you soon… 🙂

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