Hi ladies!!!! It is so good to get caught up with this thread!!!
We were in the process of selling our home when I lat posted here and everything was finalized this past week!!!!! And, we found a really great rental that the 3 of us are very happy in.....Plus it has a jacuzzi tub that I can birth in (midwife just gave the OK at our appt yesterday!!!). I'm not sure if I want to birth in water again, but it was so awesome and gentle for Ds and very supportive for me, so maybe...we'll see. I'm just trying to get in the mode of the reality that birth is unplannable and uncontrollable...it just unfolds as it will (I have a huge tendencey to want to plan everything out) and all I really want is to have happen whatever needs to happen to help the baby and I do this in the most positive way possible. Ds's birth at the birth center was great and so empowering and I was able to really release any expectations I had...but this time I actually have something amazing to compare birthing to, so I am trying to not just assume things will go as wonderfully as with Ds and just be open to however things need to go.
I am up to visiting twice a month with our midwife and that makes me feel like things are really moving along...and it is great now cause we are only about 5 miles away from her so all our visits are at the house where as previously we were 30 miles away so to save money (she chages mnileage after a certain pt) we were visiting at her home, which is nice, but it isn't where the baby will be born so it is neat to be here.
Oh, the placenta...We saved Ds's until his 1st birthday and planted it in the mountains behind our old house on a hill overlooking this beautiful valley. These mountains nourished me greatly during my son's pregnancy and we wanted to give back to this area in this small way. Funny story though...I was at my SIL's house in PA just before Dh and I got married (Ds was 10 mo old) and everyone was wanting to hear our birth story and was amazed it was drug free in the water etc. I mentioned about how I had to get out of the water to birth the placenta (other Sil's boyfriend is pre med and very interested in all the details) and for some reason I shared with these folks that we kept the placenta and actually still had it in the freezer....well there were about 10-12 people around the table ( and by this point Dh and mysteriously escaped with all of the kids...lucky guy) and they roared...Oh My God it is in your freezer...what if you served it to someone blah, blah, blah...all joking of course but very serious in their surprise that it wasn't thrown in some biohazard bag somewhere and disposed of properly. I took the opportunity to educate as best as possible, but I really wanted to slink away and not deal with all these eyes looking at me like I was the biggest freak they'd ever seen :LOL
We will probably do something similar with this baby's placenta but we will definately save it again...and there is another wedding in the family in July so I will be sure to share that this one is still in my freezer as well!!!!!!!!!