Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Welcome Yemaya

Yemaya was born July 11! She is healthy, happy and very cute. So far she seems happy with life on the boat. Ari and I are never far and there is plenty of milk, blankets, diapers, and arms to hold her. She has not been bothered by the piledriver that has been here since we came home. Although, I do think that Ari and I will go crazy soon. Luckily, they work very fast and it seems in a few days they are likely to be finished.
It is one of those hot weeks here in Oakland so by mid afternoon we are quite toasty on the boat. My sister brought us a fan and some ice yesterday that really helped morale. I hope that global warming gives me a break soon and we have some nice cool Bay Area summer days that I love.
One of our neighbors saw Ari on the dock and asked him how things are going. Ari explained the crazy cycle of sleeping a few hours at a time and then tending to Yemaya's needs. Our neighbor suggested it was like single handed sailing. At the very least Ari and I are practicing a watch schedule for cruising. Ari does better at the 2-6am shift than I do.
So far we have been able to cram all the needed baby items onto the boat and have turned down all sorts of offers of unnessasary baby junk. Of which there is no short supply. The baby industrial complex will cretainly be one of the first to fall in the peak oil scenerio. Everything is made of plastic and apparently we "need" the items for our babies survival. How anyone ever raised a child with out all the junk is hard to say, but I am sure that many, many generations of humans came about without it all.


callsign222 said...

Nice job, congratulations! The world always could use an extra sailor and someone to help right it again. Best wishes!

boatbaby said...

COngratulations! How fun to see another boat baby! You are right on, you don't need the "stuff". Looking back the only things I used aside from two milky boobies (and of course a car seat & diapers) was a monitor, a sling, lots of blankies to set the baby down on, and a nursing pillow.
Oh, add to that a subscription to Netflix and lots of good reading material to keep mama and daddy sane.
We never had a stroller, bucket seat, bouncy saucers, plastic whiz-bang toys, etc.
feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions, but I am sure your instinct will serve you well!