if you need a doula in the twin cities, this is the one you need

Before Amelia even got pregnant with this baby of ours, she was insistent that we would need a doula. I wasn’t really interested at first, because I felt like I would be able to take care of my wife, dammit, and I didn’t need any help at all! She also insisted on taking the recommended pre natal supplements by actual women, s she did, and thankfully that went pretty well.

Midway through the pregnancy, things got a little weird with the place we were planning on birthin’ this baby. Some red flags shot up based on the care we were receiving, so hiring a doula became more appealing to me. I tend to get defensive and protective of the people in my life and we decided that might not bode well if I wound up in fisticuffs with a doctor while my wife was in labor.

We interviewed two doulas before we knew we found the one for us. The first one was great and we didn’t have any concerns about her at all. She asked who the other doula was that we were interviewing and when we told her, she looked like someone had run over her puppy. I’m paraphrasing, but she said something like, “Yeah, you’ll go with her.” And she’s right. We did.

Meet our doula, Alissa Fountain or she’s here on Facebook if you’re more into that kind of thing. I would just hashtag her amazeballs and be done with it, but you need to know more.

When you meet Alissa, she’s this immediate calming presence. If you know me, you know I’m the exact opposite of that, but yet when I was in a room with her, I could feel that presence and that doesn’t happen often for me.

 

 

101 things in 1001 days – slacking so hard

Real talk for a second, I’ve been struggling with my mental health the last… year. I haven’t been avoiding addressing it. I’m aware of it. Blah-blah. Absolutely zero to be worried about with me on this one. In fact, you should be more concerned at yourself if you think it’s a big deal to talk about mental health because one in four of you are affected in some way by a mental health disorder. Basically, all the cool kids have ishes whether or not they want admit it. (Thank you for joining me on my mental health soapbox. Feel free to visit anytime.)

My point is that I’ve had to be overly aware of my feelings, emotions, what have you and I’ve also been practicing the HELL out of the very best thing I’ve ever learned in cognitive behavioral therapy: OPPOSITION ACTION. And it’s only because of my opposite action skillz and mental health awareness that I’ve been able to accomplish anything on this list since the last time I updated it in I don’t even know how long and I’m too lazy to go back and look, so if you’re dying to know, be my guest.

For those new to my world here. back on March 4, 2016, I made a list of 101 things I wanted to complete in 1001 days, which is December 1, 2018. I’m getting down to about a

year to complete all these things. No pressure.

  • #13: Build up wendyberry.com for something. Ohhhh, I sure did. It gets about as much attention as this blog, but it’s there and it’s allll about HR, leadership, the working world, all that jazz that I like to geek out about.
  • #34: Find a new vet for June. We’re sticking to the old one. Cheated, but done.
  • #88: See the Lynx play somewhere other than the Target Center. Technically, I saw them play in two different places: Xcel Center and Williams Arena.

66% of my completions for the last few months have been frauds, you guys, and I don’t even care.

I’m pretty checked out of 2017. I’m glad Baby E to the B won’t be born this year because it’s just been a crapfest since that giant orange bigmouthed butthole mouth took office. I know 2018 won’t fix it all, but it gives me some encouragement that we’ve got one year down of that turd “leading” the country.

watch ya mouth, pals

Amelia has seriously been talking about this game forever. Every single time we’ve seen a commercial for it, she’s looked at me with the most glee on her face that she possibly could have and talk about wanting to play it. It kinda makes me uncomfortable because – teeth, spit, slobber, those things. Ish. But because marriage is all about compromise, I’m coming around.

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition is like an upgraded version of the Watch Ya’ Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks – while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes it all to the next level and builds on the gaming phenomena for the whole fam. So, still full of spit and slobber, but all while doing more than just yelling at each other. And I can’t wait to talk my 93 year old grandpa into this over Christmas.

Throwdown Edition has already been Awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider & selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List. And here is my contribution to you getting this game for your family: a 15% off coupon code: 15THROWDOWN http://amzn.to/2i6NKwG