1 Day Tardy Baby and Bony Ramony

I’m sitting at my brother’s cozy little house. Built in the 1960′s maybe, it’s a tiny white house perched on the corner of a four-way stop. Sipping Earl Grey tea, considering returning to the soft knitting, or the book I’m currently reading “Small Beneath the Sky by Lorna Crozier, listening to Charlie Winston‘s funky rock beat. Waiting for a baby doesn’t seem like a real place. It seems like twilight between two worlds. Pregnancy and Newborn. And here I sit, still pregnant, but wondering and waiting how it will go. What next? Am I ready? Yes and No in the same breath.

We had some wonderful news recently. Marc got a call from our neighbours at our past residence, at the farmhouse. Our neighbours found a scrawny tabby cat sleeping in their chicken shed to escape the snow. And it was little missing Ramona cat! She’d been missing since Sept 4th and we’d put posters up, alerted all the neighbours and searched high and low for her. Marc picked her up and said that as soon as she could hear his voice outside the chicken shed, she started meowing loudly.

This is a photo of Ramona right before she went missing

This is a photo of her after Marc picked her up. Poor kitty! Marc says she’s skin and bones and really lacking the fluff that she once possessed. But our little “Bony Ramony” is back in our life. Marc has been feeding her small amounts often, and giving her lots of love. We are keeping her separate from Mewes and the boat right now so she can fatten up a bit.

I am in Victoria waiting for the baby to come, and it’s a little difficult for me to go home to Pender Island because if I go into labour, the ferries are quite sparse and I wouldn’t want to get stuck on the wrong side, having a baby. In saying this, if the baby doesn’t arrive soon, I may pop home to my tiny island and give Ramona some hugs. I’ve missed her so!

Today I’m having a certified acupuncturist friend do some acupuncture on me. I’ve heard that this can induce labour but I am not counting on anything in particular. It also is said to speed or smooth labour pains, and help control hemorrhaging after a birth. I’ve never had acupuncture before so I’m quite curious to see how it’ll be. I’m really glad that I have a friend doing it so I can be assured of her competency and gentleness.

As we crest into the end of November and the beginning of December, I hope your days are cozy, calm and contented as mine are. Thank you for your many emails and small notes of thoughtfulness while we wait in this time of transition.

Peace to you!

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Living a simple quiet life on the Gulf Islands, BC.

6 Thoughts on “1 Day Tardy Baby and Bony Ramony

  1. SO so happy to hear your Ramona is home! I had acupuncture for 3 weeks with Kitty. It did not get things going but I did bounce back very quickly. Dec 6. I think this baby is a coming on Dec.6.
    Hang in there!

  2. Oh what a relief! Having gone through the same heart-wrenching experience with Yoshi a few years ago, I could feel your pain. So glad Ramona’s home safe and sound, Amanda! And glad Mews has his sister back.

    One down, one to go :) Enjoy the last days before another fragile arrival!

  3. Hurray for Ramona! So skinny though! So exciting that it’s almost baby time! Hope everything goes smoothly for you. Can’t wait to meet the new family member!

  4. Oh kitty, kitty. Poor thing. I’m so glad she’s been found and can get loved and fattened up for the winter!
    Hope you can find peace in these days of waiting. They can become maddening, but you sound like you are keeping a level head and taking in the days as they come. Can’t wait to hear.

  5. Deb Weyrich-Cody on 1 December, 2010 at 7:12 am said:

    This is such great news and must be a weight off of your mind. Now you can completely focus, once you need to, on the babe.
    Acupuncture is SO COOL… you’ll love it, I’m sure.
    In the meantime, que sera, sera… xo D.

  6. Danielle on 1 December, 2010 at 5:30 pm said:

    Yay Ramona Cat! Happy fattening up Ramona. Lots of Christmas goodies for you!!

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