This is Ruby.
We call her Ru, Ru-Ru, Ruby Duby, Ruby Duby Do (Think Scooby-Doo).
For a short period of time, we called her Business because she is always into monkey business, but then she started telling people her name was Business and therefore, we nixed that name.
Last night, my husband was giving Ruby a bath, and I heard him say, “Is your name chicken-fried steak?” (Very random since I don’t think either of us have ever eaten chicken-fried steak, but I’m pretty sure it involves gravy).
To his comment Ruby replied, “No, call me Popsicle.”
Ruby was born on the side of the road. No, no. I wasn’t holding out on traveling to the hospital, instead a super fast birth and road construction played havoc on my birth plan, which was basically show up at the hospital and get shot-up with a big, fat epidural. FYI: Random strangers on the side of the road don’t usually carry big, fat epidurals in their trunks so don’t bother asking.
Ruby’s birth describes her wild-haired ways perfectly, and it also cemented my love for mothers. Moms who struggle, not just with birth, but with life. Moms, the glue of most families. The sticky part that holds everything together.
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and my friend Adriel is hosting a Bloggers for Birth Kits initiative. This initiative not only celebrates mothers, but Bloggers for Birth Kits encourages the online community to rally and help moms in developing nations get supplies they need for a clean birth.
Take a peek at birth kit contents.
Looks a little different than a birthing suite, yes? Can you believe just $2.00-$3.00 can provide a mom with the supplies she needs to help deliver her baby?
And now for the question rolling around your head. How can I help? Oh, so glad you asked.
Buy a birth kit! It is only $10.00 for 5. Last year, bloggers pulled together and collected money for over 2,000 kits. Click here for the direct link to purchase birth kits (make sure to note Bloggers for Birth Kits on form when purchasing!) and here to read more from Adriel. Hello, great Mother's Day gift for all of those moms in your life!
Help raise awareness by posting about the cause on your blog, facebook, pinterest, and twitter (hash tag #B4BirthKits).
Make a birth kit. Assemble one yourself or gather a group of girlfriends, a moms group, work associates, or a church group to make a box full of them! Find a how-to video at Adriel's place. Mail your kits to: Adriel Booker, Bloggers for Birth Kits, PO Box 6221, Townsville, Queensland, 4810, Australia
And since we are talking mommies and birth stories let's hear yours! Share, share. Any crazy tales out there or did you make it to the hospital with plenty of time to spare? I'd love to know your story better.