I’m at Jeannie and Chad’s house right now, and Jeannie’s in labor. She’s having the baby at home, so we’re in for a possibly long memorial day weekend. The contractions seem to be between 15 and 25 minutes apart, but seem to be fairly mild. We’re just relaxing, talking and eating. Gizelle, the chihuahua, is nesting permanently inside my shirt, with her head sticking out. I’ve been skimming through a book about childbirth that her friend sent her, and just read the section called, “laborland”. I thought it was about the birthing environment, but it is about the mental state that the mother goes into during labor to relax into the contractions.