Trying to focus on the good, work on what needs attention, and let the rest go.
I have awesome people in my life. Really and truly- amazing, intellegent, thoughtful, and caring people.
The girlchild is the daughter of my heart, even if she's not the daughter of my body. She constantly amazes me (in a good way). I'm hopeful that all the upcoming changes will bring us all closer together.
Despite all the life trauma and distractions, this pregnancy has physically been so blessed- no healthy issues, discomfort, but no pain (other than the emergency oral surgery) and no complications.
For better or worse the stalemate with the contractor is now broken, and while it's not a great situation I now can move forward and start putting it behind me.
I'm hopefully, and delighted that people have come forward to help with the cleanup this weekend despite my not being able to physically be there myself. I'm a little nervous about the high expense of the rental equipment and worry that it might nearly be as much as it would cost to hire someone for the day (423.33 per day + 10 for the tow hitch each day, so potentially nearly 900.00 for the weekend if it's not returned by noon on Monday)- but I'm trying to stay positive and hope that great progress will be made over the weekend.
This coming Sunday is my due date. We'll see if things happen on schedule. At this point I'd still be happy to be exactly a week late and have him be born on 10/10/10, but we'll see if I still feel that way in a couple of days. :)
I've been voraciously pouring over articles in any free moment, and so far I've gotten through the first two and dug into a third. I posted reviews to my Facebook, but I'll repost them here as well, so I can refer back to them more easily.
Article review- "Medieval Woman's Guides to Food During Pregnancy: Origins, Texts, and Traditions". Technically before my time of focus, but provides a good foundation of where many of the scientific medical theories in the Renaissance came from. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in food and medical history. ...http://journaldev.cbmh.ca/index.php/cbmh/article/viewFile/292/291
Article review-Theory, Everyday Practice and Three Fifteenth Century Physicians. Comparisons of the history and practical styles of three Physicians(Michele Savonarola, Jacques Depars, and Antonio Guaineri), as relates to theories on the plague, the use of Astrology, Magic and Alchemy , and the study of another common disease, Pleurasy. This isn't focused on childbirth and while one of the physicans is often mentioned in my more core studies (Michele Savanarola) it provides more back ground information as to general medical practices at the time than more direct information on my specific topic. It does mention childbirth in passing a couple of times, but it's value is more in a better understanding of Savanarola's background and medical education. A good read. http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/301784.pdf
Updated to add one more article review:
Article review- the Fate of Popular Terms for Female Anatomy in the Age of Print. Ooh, this is a naughty one! Mostly based on French medical texts dating back to medieval, some of which were published abroad, this covers the sometimes scandalous evolution of the terms used in medical professions to describe female genitalia. A revolution in anatomy based on new information garnered from the study of dissection of human cadavers created a need for completely remapping and charting our understanding of the human body. One of the ways this was address was to catalog all the terms used by French midwives, some of which were rather...descriptive.