A copy of my birth plan from Little Berry

Due Date: July 31st 2008 (actual day of delivery, Aug 4th)
Labor and Birth Plan of Mamma Pie
I am happy to have the opportunity to deliver at ****, which I believe will allow me to have the most positive natural birth experience possible. I have created the following birth plan to help you understand my preferences for this upcoming experience. I understand that in certain circumstances, these guidelines may need to be altered. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
During delivery, it is our wish that Pappa Starbucks catch the baby if he is feeling up to it, and cut the cord once it has stopped pulsing, unless there appear to be complications regarding her delivery. After delivery, I would like assistance in breastfeeding if the baby is having difficulty latching.
I do not want the presence of visitors and it is our wish that only my husband and I will attend the birth besides **** staff. We have considered the presence and services of a doula, as recommended, but it is my desire to keep outside persons to a minimum and to be attended specifically by Pappa Starbucks, who knows best how to help me relax and what methods serve me best in terms of pain relief. He wants to take an active role in assisting my labor and delivery, and for these reasons, we have decided against a doula.
Early release from the center is a primary reason I chose ****. I believe that I will be best able to recover from delivery in the comfort of my home surroundings, however, I also understand that it is important to ensure that I am well enough, and the baby is healthy enough to return to home environment.
My greatest hopes for labor are:
A feeling of control and comfort in my surroundings, to be able to move about freely and to try various methods of relief to ease the intensity of contractions, including: massage, warm water, a birthing ball, walking, music, different positions, dim lighting, quiet surroundings and minimal intervention, and to be supported by those attending my labor.
My greatest fears regarding labor are:
That I might be uncomfortable in my surroundings or birth setting, that I am unable to relax despite various efforts to do so, that the birth could be stalled or complications occur. I am concerned about the possibility of needing an episiotomy, and would like to avoid having one if possible.
Hours after her birth I was released: 4
Number of stitches needed: 6
Number of hours of labor: 21
Having my baby kept in the room with me and nursing right away- well, it WAS priceless.


Tofu schmofu

I have finally begun cooking with Tofu. I've only been living with a vegetarian for three years now so it's not like I am late to the game. Anyway, there is a delicious Asian tofu at  that he and I both love and I wanted to make something like it. I came up with the following recipe, which hits the spot so well that I don't have any photos of it finished!
For best results, press your tofu first: to press the water out of the tofu, drain it from the package, place on a plate, place a second plate on top of the tofu, place a heavy weight on top of the second plate. Press it for 1 - 2 hours, or overnight in the frig. Drain the water and proceed with recipe.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, cube your block of tofu into small bite-sized pieces. Lightly oil a baking sheet (olive oil works well)and place cubes of tofu onto this, place in oven for 30 minutes until tofu has lost much of its moisture (If you pressed the tofu first, you can reduce this to about 15 minutes).

While this is in the oven, add 1 Cup of Teriyaki sauce, 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic to a bowl. Remove tofu, let it cool and then place in Teryaki/ garlic mixture. Best if eaten immediately, optionally add 1/2 cup of fresh, thinly sliced carrots and sesame seeds. ....mmmmmm!