Hi friends! Meet Jessicca Moore.
Jess is one of my best friends from nursing school!
I. Love. Her.
After giving birth to both of her children at home, Jess (a family nurse practitioner) was troubled by the judgement and misinformation surrounding the decision to give birth at home. She wanted to educate and empower women and families with access to information that would help them reclaim this often lost rite of passage.
Jess is currently working on an exciting documentary entitled “Why Not Home?”. I am beyond proud of her!
The film is about nurses, doctors and hospital midwives who chose to birth at home. She is not trying to sway mothers one way or another, but aims to de-stigmatize home birth and give accurate information…a balanced view, if you will.
Obviously, because of my high risk pregnancy with quadruplets, the hospital was the only place for me to deliver…but I believe that for many women, it is worth looking into other options.
I have always been leery of home births~ What if something goes wrong? What if the Mom can’t stop bleeding? What if the baby has problems?
Jess has done tons of research on the subject and I, for one, cannot WAIT to check it out! I’m especially interested to hear from medical professionals on the subject… to learn the reasons behind THEIR decision to chose birth at home over the hospital.
You can watch a video about the documentary here: http://www.whynothome.com/watch/
More information from the producer/director:
Ninety-nine percent of babies in the US are born in hospitals. Many other industrialized countries have higher out-of-hospital birth rates, spend less, and have better quality outcomes for moms and babies. Why?
This feature length documentary currently in production, looks at risk, safety, and the experience of childbirth in America.
By featuring women who attend hospital birth, we hope to engage a broader audience and get beyond the polarization and intolerance that is all too prevalent in the media surrounding home birth. Our team has put in countless hours over the past year, shooting, editing, researching, reviewing transcripts, now we are reaching out to the larger community for support. In order to complete production and post production of this film, our team is launching a Kickstarter campaign on Labor Day to raise $86,000.
If you believe in informed choices, independent voices, and culture change surrounding the experience of birth, please join with us by becoming a backer. We have some great rewards you won’t want to miss!
Look at these widdles…from the first day of preschool, to the first day of 1st grade! Unreal.
I’ll admit… the first day of school this year was SOOO much easier than last year. We knew where to go, saw our friends, easy cheesy.
Well, it happened. When I told the kids to hold hands walking in, there was some backlash… then they just giggled and walked the entire way in with hands clasped. Mom smirked and chuckled to herself~ dreaming about her impending freedom! She could taste it…so close!
Proud to call Little home. It is like a little family. LOVE it.
And the best news eva! Our BFFs, the Tarrant twins, got in to Little!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!
Savi’s best girlfriends have Mrs. Caudill (Ethan’s K teacher) and Mrs. Baty (Ben’s K teacher)!
Time to drop off each quad in his/her classroom. Ben is first! Smile, snap, okay on to the next room.
Say cheese! snap, on to the next classroom…
Ethan, smile! snap, on to the next classroom…
Sav is the last room, ready to wreak havoc on her sweet teacher
I love these crazy 1st graders of mine. This is definitely a super fun age. My little mini-adults. Drew, Sav, Ethan and Ben.
Piling in the burb to meet our new teachers! Sav, Drew, Ben and Ethan. They are proudly holding their teacher survival kits full of Advil, sanitizer, stress-relief lotion, energy crystal light, energy nut packs, chocolate, etc…and hand-written notes from each kid.
(If it was legal to throw kiddie tranquilizers and teacher Valium in there, I most certainly would have~ teachers are heroes, I tell ya. HEROES.)
Ben was SOOOO super excited to have Mrs. Pilgrim! I think she is a perfect fit for our sensitive, sweet little Benny Boo.
Andrew and Mrs. Bush! Get ready for lots of laughs, Mrs. B. This kid is loads of quirky fun. I could write a book with the words that come out of his mouth.
My sweet, loving Ethan has Mrs. Lutsch and is probably the most excited little Steece out of the bunch! Get ready for lots of hugs and green shirts.
Sav and some of her favorite girlfriends are in Mrs. Frey’s class. God bless you, Mrs. F. I will be bringing you lots of coffee and treats on a regular basis.
It is weird/funny/interesting, to see all of the kiddos friends split up in different classes this year. There has been a lot of: “Ben, your BFF is in MY class!”…and “Drew, YOUR BFF is in MY class this year…” If you attend our school/grade, your child will always have one Steece in their class. Crazy.
We are super excited for a fun year with amazing teachers! God truly watches over us and matches each kid up perfectly. Join me in praying for our teachers and kids all across the nation for this upcoming school year! Teachers are angels on Earth.
I cannot believe that my teenie tiny little preemies just turned SEVEN YEARS OLD!!!!
(Drew, Ethan, Sav, Ben)
Drew, Sav, Ethan, and Ben
Here are some pics of the party decorations. I loved personalizing the inner tubes: Drew, Est. 8-1-07 @ 3:47, etc.
Gotta love Pinterest! My BFF Liz helped me set everything up. Love her. SHE is a true LIFE SAVER.
The Lemonade and Water stand…
If adults are required to endure a 7-year-old birthday party, outside at the end of summer, in Texas, with 40+ kids running around screaming~ some “21+ Punch” might make things a little more “enjoyable/bearable/worth while”
Ready for our buddies to arrive! (Drew, Sav, Ethan, and Ben)
We pulled out the trusty old bounce house that we’ve had since the kids were babies! (Best purchase ever, btw). We have used it and lent it out SO many times. Funny how small the bounce house seems know that the kids are significantly bigger in size!
We had our pavement area set up with riding toys, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and our Step 2 roller coaster.
We hired an AWESOME balloon artist who goes by the name “Stretch” from Clowing Around!! Think Santa on a Harley Davidson motorcycle with a “Balloon Commander” shirt. He was hilarious and SO good with the kids. His balloons were incredible.
How cute is my widdle nephew
…and then of course, we had to put our pool to good use! (This day marked the one year anniversary that we moved into the house~ very cool to celebrate with friends and fam)
Ben and his BFF, Joe…aren’t they cute?!
When planning this pool party, the first thing I did was secure a lifeguard/pool monitor or I would have been stressed out to the max! Thanks Jessica!
The kids had an absolute blast!
Sav- healthy plate-o-food there, girlfriend…
The Steece men were in charge of grillin’ the dawgs…
Dan, Ed, and Joe
Granna chattin’ it up with Aunt Jess
My precious sis-in-law and her mini-me, Sawyer
My bro, Granna and Papa trying to stay cool in the shade
We lured the kiddies out of the pool for a group pic & cupcakes!
Sang Happy Birthday to the quadlings…
and then handed out cupcakes (that I begrudgingly did not bake myself…)
As the kiddos were leaving, they could pick out their very own beach ball to take home…
I know, I know…super cheese…but I like it.
Liz and Chris about to pass out from sheer exhaustion…these 2 were amazing and worked their tails off to help us get ready for this party.
The little princess opened up some of her presents and magically transformed into an arrow shootin’ Elsa meets Katniss/Merida.
Such a GREAT day! Thank you SO much to all who have blessed our lives, especially over these last 7/8 years.
And to all of you, bloggie friends, who have been following our story from afar~ just wanted to say thank you for all of your love.
Happy Birthday, babies. So proud to be your Mama.