Fern, yay for a new laptop!! I'm glad we'll be seeing more of you.
Gunter, I find that interesting that your client didn't call you until so late. With Fox, I called my doula as soon as my contractions became uncomfortable, and it was the midwife who I called when I felt like I was transitioning. I just felt that it was my doula--who more than anything else was my breathing and calming coach--who I couldn't do without! But I'm sorry you missed the birth. I think the whole birth team gets a jolt of euphoria when they get to be part of that moment, and it must have been disappointing to miss it.
Mel, my inclination with this pregnancy was more private, but it became so public because of my job that I kind of had to step out a bit more with it. But I felt the connection with the baby much faster and more perceptibly this time, maybe because I knew what I was getting into!
Helen, the folksy/etsy idea sounds divine! I recently bought Woody a pair of Soft Star shoes, and in reading about the company, I thought how nice it would be to make a living (or part of one, even) by creating something useful and beautiful.
Barcelona, I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures. They're always so beautiful and inspiring.
Susannah, glad to hear that things are stabilizing at home. I missed the potty story--good news?
Lydia, a big hug, and a huge congratulations!!
AND... Our own babymoon can finally start, because
FOX IS HOME!!!!
It's been a long journey. And Fern, I really hear what you said about this being his own little life story to date. We had to work pretty hard to convince them to release him, and as I suspected (love that mama intuition!), once we got home his breast feeding really took off and he gained 3.5 ounces in 24 hours!
He's doing great. He fits right in. We're all finally relaxing after three and a half weeks of what seemed like holding our breath and straining to understand. I thank you all again so much for your words of love and support; I'm glad you all know his little story, too.