In Parenthood

An Autumn Soak

The Vernal Equinox, March 20, 2017 / 15 days old

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The Autumnal Equinox, Sept 22. 2017 / 201 days old

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A bath is one of the first things Freia and I did together.  Just a couple hours after she was born, after she had her fill of my first milk and was weighed and measured, we steeped together in a densely brewed herbal bath. And nursed some more.

Since then, bathtime has been a family bonding ritual for all of us.  After her first few weeks, the herbs had done their part, and we switched to about-weekly (breast)milk baths. 

Not wanting to waste a drop of my liquid gold, but also imperfect in my pumping and storage habits, I label any pumped milk that was left on the counter or in the fridge for a little too long as “bath” milk and throw it in the freezer for this special use.

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Breastmilk has amazing curative and healing properties.  A squirt in the eye of a child with conjunctivitis is a well-know remedy by even the most skeptical of western medical professionals. It’s antimicrobial and probiotic at the same time.  And full of luscious, moisturizing fats.

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We toss it in our bath, not to cure any specific ail, but as a “Why not? Can’t hurt.” addition.

Photographing our bath on the equinox just seemed like a lovely way to round off our Warm Season the same way we began it.

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It’s also terribly cute.


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