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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal t was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth after giving birth to his 14th child.

I would like to thank Magpie Photography for allowing me to use his image as a base for my photomontage.

 

Sources: bit.ly/1vNczxi

Romans 8 verse 24

(WEB)

For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees?

 

Romans 8:22-25 (CJB)

22 We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; 23 and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free. 24 It was in this hope that we were saved. But if we see what we hope for, it isn’t hope — after all, who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we continue hoping for something we don’t see, then we still wait eagerly for it, with perseverance.

 

Hebrews 11 verse 1 (CJB)

11 Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.

Greywacke

Ptolemaic Period

Bes was one of the most popular deities in ancient Egypt. His figure tends to appear in contexts related to sexual activity. Likewise, his role as a protector was also aimed at women in childbirth, newborns and children. He could ward off evil with the sound of a musical instrument or with a sword.

 

Museu Egipci de Barcelona

 

The hippopotamus is a semi-aquatic mammal, inhabiting rivers and lakes in sub-Saharan Africa in large groups of up to 40 hippos. During the day they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water, where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river. They emerge at dusk to graze on grass. While hippos rest near each other in territories in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land.

Ammonite is said to assist with general good health, stamina and high energy. It is told to change negativity into smoothly flowing energy. It is also said to assist with childbirth, depression, and general survival instincts.

These creatures lived in the seas between 240 - 65 million years ago, when they became extinct along with the dinosaurs.

Saw this at a Gem show we go every October,

Its time for the show again.

In the Eddas, Freyja is portrayed as a goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. Blonde, blue-eyed, and beautiful, Freyja is described as the fairest of all goddesses, and people prayed to her for happiness in love. She was also called on to assist childbirths and prayed to for good seasons.

 

Jerri, you're right this does look like a torturous bra ;-))

 

Thanks to TWo PIXie DoLL's for her vintage images www.flickr.com/photos/sparkleville/sets/72157606681932723/

 

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Featured on Explore 11/16/2008

 

Gambling winnings...My great-grandfather was a bit of a rogue after losing his wife in childbirth. He spent the remainder of his life in and out of jail or gambling on the riverboats. This watch was one of the winnings and has been passed down through the generations.

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'The tree has several medicinal qualities. Shampoo made from its bark is used to prevent the graying of hair; bark soaked in hot water is used to treat wounds; while the root extracts are effective in childbirth.' NO I haven't tried these remedies - extract from this link:

www.plant-care.com/1600-lavender-star-flower.html

  

Malate Church (formally known as Malate Catholic Church) is a church in Manila, Philippines. It is a Baroque-style church fronted by Plaza Rajah Sulayman and, ultimately, Manila Bay. The church is dedicated to Nuestra Señora de los Remedios ("Our Lady of Remedies"), the patroness of childbirth A revered statue of the Virgin Mary in her role as Our Lady of Remedies was brought from Spain in 1624 and stands at the altar.

Created for Art Museion Challenge 10 - UP and DOWN: www.flickr.com/groups/artmuseion/discuss/72157647112546958/

 

From the Wikipedia article:

 

The Memorial Presbyterian Church is a historic church located at 36 Valencia Street in St. Augustine, Florida, United States. The church was built in 1889 by business tycoon and St. Augustine benefactor Henry Morrison Flagler and dedicated in honor of his daughter Jennie Louise Benedict, who died following complications from childbirth the same year, hence the word Memorial.[1]

 

Designed by the New York architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings in the Second Renaissance Revival style and inspired by St Mark's Basilica in Venice, the church was built utilizing a novel construction technique pioneered by Franklin W. Smith, builder of the Villa Zorayda. This building method utilizing poured concrete mixed with crushed coquina stone, was utilzed in Smith's Casa Monica Hotel, as well as in Flagler's Ponce de Leon Hotel and Alcazar Hotel, both of which last were designed by Carrère and Hastings, with construction overseen by Smith.

 

Like the Alcazar and Ponce de Leon, many of the architectural details were created with terra cotta.[2]

 

Upon Flagler's death in 1913 he was interred in a marble mausoleum within the church beside his daughter Jennie Louise and her infant Marjorie, as well as his first wife Mary Harkness Flagler.[3]

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Presbyterian_Church

This is an illustration for a spanish association and his new campaign about chilbirth.

More here: www.quenoosseparen.info/

Edibility

· Fruit is a good source of carbohydrates, with significant amounts of protein and vitamin B and C. Pulp is eaten raw, cooked as vegetable, frozen or dried. In Indonesia, pulp is fermented for a side dish or mixed with fleshy arils with rice and sugar for a local dish called lempong. (21)

· Seeds are eaten, boiled or roasted.

Folkloric

· Decoction of root and leaves taken for fevers.

· Leaves are used in medicinal baths for jaundice.

· The juice is used in a solution for bathing the head of a patient with fever.

· In Java, fruit walls used externally for skin problems.

· In Malaya, decoction of leaves and roots used as febrifuge.

· Leaf juice applied on head for fever.

· Decoction of leaves and fruits used for swelling and skin diseases.

· Flesh used as aphrodisiac.

· In China, decoction of leaves and roots used for fever. Used for colds, phlegm. Leaves used in medicinal baths for patients with jaundice. Ash of burned rind taken after childbirth. Used to improve sexual function.

· In Malaysia, leaf juice applied to head for fever.

· A Malay prescription for fever is a decoction or poultice of boiled roots of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Durio zibethinus, Nephelium longan, Nephelium mutabile and Artocarpus integrifolia

  

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The pagoda was built in 1816 by Bagyidaw. It is dedicated to the memory of his first consort and cousin, Princess Hsinbyume (1789–1812) who had died in childbirth in a site nearby. The pagoda's design is a great departure from Burmese pagoda design norms. It is based on descriptions of the mythical Sulamani pagoda on Mount Meru, and the lower parts of the pagoda represent the mountain. Seven concentric terraces represent the seven mountain ranges going up to the Mount Meru according to Buddhist mythology. The pagoda was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1836 and was restored by King Mindon in 1874.

Model: Marla Singer

Photographer:: :devcatarsisadiez:

  

Description:

The Ubume are a type of "yokai" or Japanese ghost, spiritspecifically women who died in childbirth leaving her children destitute. Her appearance, white robes, long and matted hair

  

Descripción:

Los Ubume son un tipo de "yokai" o fantasma japones, concretamente de espíritu de mujeres que fallecieron durante el parto dejando desvalidos a sus hijos. Su apariencia, ropajes blancos, pelo largo y enmarañado

Just a couple of hundred yards from the great stupa and bell lies the beautiful white Hsinbyume or Myatheindan Pagoda with a distinctive architectural style modelled after the mythical Mount Meru (Myinmo taung), built in 1816 by Bodawpaya's grandson and successor Bagyidaw and dedicated to the memory of his first consort Princess Hsinbyume (Lady of the White Elephant, granddaughter of Bodawpaya, 1789–1812) who died in childbirth.

The pagoda was built in 1816 by Bagyidaw. It is dedicated to the memory of his first consort and cousin, Princess Hsinbyume (1789–1812) who had died in childbirth in a site nearby. The pagoda's design is a great departure from Burmese pagoda design norms. It is based on descriptions of the mythical Sulamani pagoda on Mount Meru, and the lower parts of the pagoda represent the mountain. Seven concentric terraces represent the seven mountain ranges going up to the Mount Meru according to Buddhist mythology. The pagoda was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1836 and was restored by King Mindon in 1874.

The pagoda was built in 1816 by Bagyidaw. It is dedicated to the memory of his first consort and cousin, Princess Hsinbyume (1789–1812) who had died in childbirth in a site nearby. The pagoda's design is a great departure from Burmese pagoda design norms. It is based on descriptions of the mythical Sulamani pagoda on Mount Meru, and the lower parts of the pagoda represent the mountain. Seven concentric terraces represent the seven mountain ranges going up to the Mount Meru according to Buddhist mythology. The pagoda was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1836 and was restored by King Mindon in 1874.

The common hippopotamus is semiaquatic, inhabiting rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps, where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river and groups of five to thirty females and young. During the day, they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grasses. While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land.

The common hippopotamus is semiaquatic, inhabiting rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps, where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river and groups of five to thirty females and young. During the day, they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grasses. While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land.

The pain, the pain, you guys. Oh my goodness. It was like childbirth... but with eyes. Like I'd just pushed a twelve pounder through my eye sockets.

(Apparently its mother died during childbirth.)

 

Kid: "Are you my father then?"

Father: "Erm. Why not?"

 

(8 Photos.)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal t was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth after giving birth to his 14th child.

Native Americans used the dried leaves of this plant as a herbal tea, and early pioneers used the plant as a substitute for black tea. Miwok Indians of California made baskets from ceanothus branches. C. integerrimus has been used by North American tribes to ease childbirth.

 

Ceanothus L. /ˌsiːəˈnoʊθəs/[2] is a genus of about 50–60 species of shrubs or small trees in the family Rhamnaceae.

The genus is confined to North America, with the center of its distribution in California. Some species (e.g. C. americanus) are found in the eastern United States and southeast Canada, and others (e.g. C. coeruleus) extend as far south as Guatemala.

  

Probably Cecilia Renata of Austria, 1611-1644, Queen of Poland, died in childbirth.

My wife, I, and another couple went on a long walk yesterday on a nature trail. We found an area in the woods on a hillside that contained perhaps two dozen of these Red Trillium... a member of the Lily family... it is also know as Wake Robin, and more rarely, as Stinking Benjamin. I am sure there are other common names as well.

 

The root was traditionally used as an aid in childbirth, hence the name “Bethroot” (a corruption of “birth root”). Native Americans used root tea for menstrual disorders, to induce childbirth, and to aid in labor. The whole plant was made into a poultice used to treat tumors, inflammation, and ulcers.

 

So ends your biology lesson for the evening... once a teacher, always a teacher. There will be a test tomorrow... :)

 

"Love is like wildflowers; It's often found in the most unlikely places." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Author Unknown...

   

A little boy asked his mother

"Why are you crying?"

 

"Because I'm a woman",

she told him.

"I don't understand",

he said.

His mum just hugged him

and said, "And you never

will"

 

Later the little boy asked

his father, "Why does mother seem to cry for

no reason?"

"All women cry for no reason",

was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man,

still wondering why women cry.

Finally he put in a call to God; and when God got on

the phone, he asked, "God, why do women cry so

easily?"

  

God said:

"When I made the woman she had to be special.

 

I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the

world; yet, gentle enough to give comfort

I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and

the rejection that many times comes from her children.

I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going

when everyone else gives up, and take care of her

family through sickness and fatigue without

complaining. .I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under

any and all circumstances, even when her child has

hurt her very badly. I gave her strength to carry her man through his

faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his

heart. I gave her wisdom to know that a good man never

hurts his woman, but sometimes tests her strengths and

her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.

And finally, I gave her a tear to shed

This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is

needed.

 

You see:

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,

the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her

hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes,

because that is the doorway to her heart - the place

where love resides.

  

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For my Distortions and Truths set

  

Model by ohlopkov at Devient art

Texture by Kerstin Frank Art

Texture by me

 

Ix-Chel is the Maya Goddess of the Moon, Water, Weaving and Childbirth. She has been shown in three of Her many aspects: Chak Chel, the Old Moon Goddess, called the Midwife of Creation; Ix Chel in Her main form as Mother Goddess and Weaver who set the Universe in motion; and the Young Moon Goddess, shown with Her totem animal the rabbit.

Ix Chel is a great Water Goddess, the consort of the chief God of the Maya Itsamná. Her name means "Lady Rainbow", and She is said to have founded the city of Palenque at the command of the Gods. She is a Weaver Goddess, whose whirling drop spindle is said to be at the center of the motion of the Universe. She has many aspects and titles, such as Ix Kanleom, the "Spider's Web Catching the Morning Dew", and Ix Chebal Yax

Euridice Represent each symbol in her outfit. The Moon, the snake and the flowers that for the mayas represent the earth, the rabbit that represents the Fertility and Porcreation, the Pitcher containing water, the corn, because according with the Mayas the Men comes from the corn.

Can anyone translate this gravestone. I presume it's old English text . I found it in the graveyard of St Andrew's Church, South Church , Bishop Auckland, Co Durham . (I wonder if this lady died in childbirth ).

What I can make out is as follows .....

" ANNE THE WIFE OF (Christopher , )

DOBSON OF BISHOP AUCKLAND.

YEOMAN ???????? CHILD.

BED BURIED DECEMBER 23 1641

 

CHASTITY VIRTUE GOODNESS

HERE LIE DEAD, TO LIVE WITH CHRIST AGAIN.

HER SUPREME HEAD ??

Any ideas anyone ???

Note .....

INTERPRETATION SUGGESTIONS . from Nick Brischuck and Hurlham in the comments below .

" ANN THE WIFE OF CHRISTOPHER

DOBSON OF BISHOP AUCKLAND

YEOMAN DYING IN CHILD BIRTH (CHILD BED )

BURIED DECEMBER 23 1641.

 

CHASTITY VIRTUE GOODNESS

HERE LIE DEAD, TO LIVE WITH CHRIST AGAIN

HER SUPREME HEAD .

How can anyone resist newborn babies? So tiny and vulnerable, yet capable of drawing out the maternal instinct, they are powerful little beings These are my six that I gave birth to. I had said after back labor with my firstborn that I was never having another baby. But time passed, the memory of pain diminished, and the joys of motherhood became magnified!

Ok, I admit that this may be just a tad bit overly dramatic, but who knows, as I feel like this could possibly be my last posting on Flickr. If I should have the good fortune to be able to sleep tonight, surely the excruciating, blinding pain that I have already experienced twice today will return and if it does... I pray that it just finishes me off this time. And if I hear just ONE MORE TIME that I should have had the root canal done a month ago when I was sitting in the dentist’s chair, experiencing no pain whatsoever even though the dentist told me that I should be screaming in pain because the nerve was completely exposed, I will finish myself off. Yeah, should’ve, could’ve, etc... but DIDN’T.

 

So, since I got absolutely no sleep last night, I decided to take a nap when I got home from work and that is when I discovered that it is laying down that seems to initiate the pain. That means I get to try sleeping sitting up tonight. I already know that I can’t do that, so it’s going to be a long night. So when the pain woke me up from my nap, I took more Advil and held a hot washcloth on my face,trying to keep my head from exploding... and ending up looking pretty much like this photo. If I sit up long enough, the pain becomes manageable. Saved once again by an amusing text message from a friend from work that started out “ I love going to the dump. Totally the greatest place. I want to work there.” with a photo of an amazing 1910 camera that he rescued there today. (Do you get an idea that all of my friends are like this?!! The best!!) Followed by a phone call from him with the magic words.... “ROAD TRIP” (YEY! Road trip to the dump!!), which enabled me to remove the washcloth that had been holding my face together and actually have a conversation with him. After that I felt well enough to decide to keep up my streak of running every day. Best run yet. I actually was able to forget the tooth pain while I was running, and actually enjoyed it, even though it was almost dark and I had decided to run in the direction where my daughter saw a bear last night, thinking that even being mauled to death by a bear would be preferable to this pain in my head. No bear tonight, a few times I felt like I might need to dive off the road and out of the path of traffic in the darkness, but the best two mile run I have had yet, with no walking and I’m pretty sure I broke my 15 minute mile, easily!! Yeah.. haha.... don’t say it... don’t even THINK IT... I’m old.... I’m out there. Good for me!! So, anyway... a strong finish (YEY ME!!). I came in and told Dayna that I totally rocked my run... she rolled her eyes... thanks for the encouragement kid.... and then the pain started again. So who knows what the rest of the night will be like... or tomorrow.... or if the dentist will have time for me tomorrow....or if this will be goodbye. We do know, that for tonight at least, I am a drama queen. But this is the absolute worst pain I have experienced since childbirth. So be it.

Hippo catching the rays at the Ft. Worth Zoo in Texas ~

 

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Hippopotamus

Wikipedia~

 

The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) or hippo, from the ancient Greek for "river horse" (Ιπποπόταμος), is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other is the Pygmy Hippopotamus.) The hippopotamus is the third largest land animal (after the elephant and the white rhinoceros) and the heaviest extant artiodactyl, despite being considerably shorter than the giraffe.

 

The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers and lakes where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river and groups of 5 to 30 females and young. During the day they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grass. While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land.

 

Despite their physical resemblance to pigs and other terrestrial even-toed ungulates, their closest living relatives are cetaceans (whales, porpoises, etc.) from which they diverged about 55 million years ago. The common ancestor of whales and hippos split from other even-toed ungulates around 60 million years ago. The earliest known hippopotamus fossils, belonging to the genus Kenyapotamus in Africa, date to around 16 million years ago.

 

The hippopotamus is recognizable by its barrel-shaped torso, enormous mouth and teeth, nearly-hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size. It is the third-largest land mammal by weight (between 1½ and 3 tonnes), behind the white rhinoceros (1½ to 3½ tonnes) and both species of elephant (3 to 9 tonnes). Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun a human. Hippos have been clocked at 30 km/h (19 mph) over short distances. The hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and is often regarded as the most ferocious animal in Africa. There are an estimated 125,000 to 150,000 hippos throughout Sub-Saharan Africa; Zambia (40,000) and Tanzania (20,000–30,000) possess the largest populations. They are still threatened by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.

 

Ix-Chel is the Maya Goddess of the Moon, Water, Weaving and Childbirth. She has been shown in three of Her many aspects: Chak Chel, the Old Moon Goddess, called the Midwife of Creation; Ix Chel in Her main form as Mother Goddess and Weaver who set the Universe in motion; and the Young Moon Goddess, shown with Her totem animal the rabbit.

Ix Chel is a great Water Goddess, the consort of the chief God of the Maya Itsamná. Her name means "Lady Rainbow", and She is said to have founded the city of Palenque at the command of the Gods. She is a Weaver Goddess, whose whirling drop spindle is said to be at the center of the motion of the Universe. She has many aspects and titles, such as Ix Kanleom, the "Spider's Web Catching the Morning Dew", and Ix Chebal Yax

Euridice Represent each symbol in her outfit. The Moon, the snake and the flowers that for the mayas represent the earth, the rabbit that represents the Fertility and Porcreation, the Pitcher containing water, the corn, because according with the Mayas the Men comes from the corn.

Sunset on Sanibel Island, Florida.... sure, the bird belongs in the sky.. but what the heck are those two red pails doing there??? (Thanks to my two 10-year-old beachcombers for the prop assistance...)

 

__________________

Lane: The very concept of childbirth is vaguely disturbing.

Rory: Yeah. Kids are cool and all, but getting there seems like a big cosmic joke.

Lane: Definitely thought up by a man...

--"Gilmore Girls" (WB)

Léon Cogniet. 1794-1880. Paris. La Fille morte de Tintoret. 1794-1880. Etude vers 1843. Orléans Musée des Beaux Arts. Marietta Robusti, Morte à 36 ans au cours d'un accouchement.

 

Leon Cogniet. 1794-1880. Paris. The Dead Girl Tintoretto. 1794-1880. 1843. Study Orleans Museum of Fine Arts.

Marietta Robusti, Died at age 36 during childbirth.

Unique in its dedication to twin saints, St Medard and St Gildard.

St Medard is invoked for fertility (crops, vines and childbirth), rain and against toothache. He is patron to brewers, idiots and lunatics so quite a selection there!

In origin, the church building is Saxon, and was added to in the Romanesque period by the addition of the chancel, with extensions in the 13thc and later.

This large wolf was severely harrassed by three coyotes, who we felt had a den near the carcass of a mother bison which had died in childbirth, becoming a feeding station for the carnivores in the area. The area was too distant for good photographs but as the wolf was leaving, it got somewhat closer and treated me to this leap over the small stream.

Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913) built this church to the glory of God as a memorial to his daughter, Jennie Louise Flagler Benedict, who passed away as a result of childbirth in 1889. The church was dedicated in March 1890.

 

The Venetian Renaissance style of the church is reflected in the pointed arches and Byzantine dome.

 

St. Augustine, Florida

 

Wishing everyone a very pleasant Sunday!

The pagoda was built in 1816 by Bagyidaw. It is dedicated to the memory of his first consort and cousin, Princess Hsinbyume (1789–1812) who had died in childbirth in a site nearby. The pagoda's design is a great departure from Burmese pagoda design norms. It is based on descriptions of the mythical Sulamani pagoda on Mount Meru, and the lower parts of the pagoda represent the mountain. Seven concentric terraces represent the seven mountain ranges going up to the Mount Meru according to Buddhist mythology. The pagoda was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1836 and was restored by King Mindon in 1874.

Wildebeest are very low on the food chain as popular prey for Lions and other apex predators. Newborn Wildebeest attract even more predators as their small size makes them much easier to kill and carry. This requires them to be on their guard at all times. There are at least two evolutionary results of this pattern relating to childbirth. An expectant mother can hold off delivery for two weeks and choose when she will deliver. She will wait until after migration and once she feels she is in a safe place to give birth. Secondly, newborn Wildebeest are on their feet walking and running a miraculous five minutes after birth. One morning in Ngorongoro Crater we came upon a Wildebeest that had just given birth. There were hyenas in the area which made it a precarious spot to deliver. The adults appeared to recognize the danger and crowded around the baby trying to help it walk. It was incredibly touching to watch this act of community among this group of Wildebeest. The newborn did make it up and was very well guarded when we left the area. February 10, 2017

It's the strangest feeling at the end of pregnancy: you look down at this huge belly and try to imagine how some little person, whom you haven't even met, is going to emerge from it any day and completely change your lives. First, you wonder how this pregnancy, to which you've grown so accustomed over much of the last year, can, with barely any notice, come to an abrupt end. Then you try to fathom how this baby is ever going to come out; your bowling ball stomach seems misproportioned for what lies between it and the outside world. And only then do you realize what it all means-that the easy part, pregnancy, is almost over, and it's time to gear up for the tough stuff: childbirth!

so much better large ..and without flickr sharpening

 

It feels weird not to put a number at the top of this. It snowed a little bit last night so allie and I went out today to try and take advantage of it. turns out it wasn't such a great idea, because it was 30 degrees with the craziest winds. My fingers were throbbing by the end of it and allie and I sat in the car yelling "This is worse than childbirth!" for 10 minutes before she could handle the steering wheel lol.

oh and I bought tulle yesterday :D I had no idea how cheap it was.

 

ps. I'm picking film up tomorrow

...to all the daddy's out there in flickrland.

 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Father's Day in America. Sonora Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, is credited with the inspiration of Father's Day in our country.

Dodd's mother died in 1898 during childbirth, leaving her father, William Jackson Smart, to raise Dodd and her five younger brothers on a remote farm near Spokane. While attending a Mother's Day sermon in 1909, Dodd decided that fathers deserve the same recognition.

 

Within a year, with the help of her pastor, the Rev. Conrad Bluhm, the Spokane YMCA and the Ministerial Alliance, Father's Day was born. June 19, 1910 was designated as the first Father's Day. Throughout Spokane that day, Sunday sermons were themed around the importance of fatherhood.

 

By 1924, the holiday had gained some national prominence. President Calvin Coolidge that year recognized Father's Day and made it known that he wanted more states to get involved. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed an order proclaiming the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation permanently observing Father's Day on the third Sunday in June. And today, Father's Day is celebrated in over 50 countries around the globe on various days throughout the year.

  

A beautiful, sweet smelling wildflower used in medieval times to stuff straw mattresses as the scent helped to kill fleas. It was also said to ease childbirth.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Kenya

East Africa

 

The hippopotamus is one of the largest quadrupeds and, despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun a human. Hippos have been recorded as running at 30 km/h (19 mph) over short distances. The hippopotamus is a highly aggressive and unpredictable animal and is ranked among the most dangerous animals in Africa. Nevertheless, they are still threatened by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.

 

The common hippopotamus is semiaquatic, inhabiting rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps, where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river and groups of five to 30 females and young. During the day, they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grasses. While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land.

 

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