Waltzing Matilda

Friends of ours recent told use ly alerted to the fact that there is a famous song called Waltzing Matilda. Its very popular in Australia and some there even want to make it the national anthem.

We had a listen, and it doesn’t make any sense to me. I guess you have to be Australian.

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited ’til his billy boiled
“Who’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?”

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited ’til his billy boiled
“Who’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?”

Down came a jumbuck to drink from the billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag,
“You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me”.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
“You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me”
And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag,
“You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me”.

Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred,
Down came the troopers, one, two, three,
“Where’s that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag?”
“You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me”.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
“You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me”
“Where’s that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag?”,
“You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me”.

Up jumped the swagman, leapt into the billabong,
“You’ll never catch me alive,” said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,
“Who’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me”.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,
“Who’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?”

I had to look it up on wikipedia to understand that to “waltz Matilda” is to travel with a swag, that is, with all one’s belongings on one’s back wrapped in a blanket or cloth.

Read more about it, or have a listen (you need Windows Media Player).

Reflections on childbirth

We got together with friends from our Lamaze group last night and it got me thinking about my labor. Actually, I think about it quite a lot. I was so over prepared. For the last three months of my pregnancy, all I did was read labor stories and books about gentle labor etc..

My labor experience was really great, but I can’t help feeling like it didn’t go the way I wanted it to with the epidural and pitocin. Perhaps my expectations were too high based on all the books I read.

I am laughing at myself now reading my Feb 13 post with my list of things I carried to the hospital. Ladies — the books are crap. You don’t need all that stuff. Or at least you don’t need to bring it while you are in labor. I never even unpacked my own toilet paper. You don’t use toilet paper in the hospital. You spray yourself with water while you pee and then use something called Tucks. And they give you pads and panties. You don’t need to bring them.

We were so frazzled there were things that would have been useful for labor, but we didn’t use them. For instance, we couldn’t figure out how to work the ipod thing. Best to get something that anyone can use, like a CD player. In retrospect, the only items I really needed for labor were:

1. sweatpants and a tshirt. Since I didn’t have a hospital bed for the majority of my labor, I needed comfy clothes to walk the halls of the hospital in. once i was checked in, i just got naked.
2. lip balm. very important. especially if you have an epidural and they don’t let you drink anymore.
3. birthing ball. i didn’t bring mine and boy do i regret it. i actually sat on the floor a lot during labor. yuck.
4. gatorade. gatorade really helped kickstart my labor when it would slow down, but bring many flavors! gatorade is actually extremely nasty. bring water too for when you are sick of gatorade. i never touched the jello. i think some nuts or trail mix would have been nice.
5. slippers – i was happy to be walking around in my slippers rather than uncomfortable shoes.

the next day, your husband or a friend can go to your apartment and bring the car seat, going home clothes for baby, etc.. or you can be like us, and go home the day your baby is born. i am so happy we did that. my first memories of Matilda are of her in her bassinet and not in a weird plastic box in the hospital. but then again, I am weird and I still want to have baby #2 at home.

New videos

I finally had a night when I was not working until 2 am. I decided to finally edit some of Matilda’s videos. You can find them on her site, just click on videos. Or click here.

She turned 2 months on Sunday and today she had her 2 month checkup. She weighs 11 pounds and 7 ounces now and is 23.5 inches long. She also got the first of her many vaccinations. The upside of the nasty shots is that she has slept like a rock all afternoon. Hooray!

Doing fine…

Matilda seems to be showing no signs of her previous trauma. We took this pic of her last night looking happy and cute.

Thanks for all the well wishes. Pablo and I are still very traumatized, but spending the weekend snuggling with the baby made it much better.