Hi, I'm Clare. On the couch for now, waiting for the end of morning sickness. When I am off the couch, I feel much better and enjoy being with my 5 year old dd and my husband of 10 years and doing my latest love, trapeze, and sunsets, long walks...
I tried to conceive for a while with my first. Attended a birth and a week later I was pregnant. When dd was 3, we were both present at a dear friend's birth, and not wanting another, I was careful. When she had her 2nd, in September, a beautiful waterbirth attended by a midwife, her husband, and me, I threw caution to the wind that cycle, and here I am. So, apparently, that is the magic for me.
I think I'm due June 24th, by my watch, anyway.
I personally think I had a glorious birth with dd, but many people cringe to hear about it. I was in labor 64 hours (active labor for 20) and separated my pubic bone when I pushed her out (both hands over her head). I couldn't walk for almost 2 months. To me, as exhausting as it was, the slow labor allowed me lots of breathing time in between contractions and I felt I really got to experience it. The pain of the separated pubic bone was agony, but having this joyful bundle brought my focus else where and she and I spent 2 months laying in bed together, which I recommend!
I am not sure where I will birth this new being, dd was wonderfully born at a great birth center, but it has undergone some changes. I would love to birth at home, but not wanting to do it unassisted, I am not sure I can bear the expense.
O.k. Now to nap.