Oh no, I'm really behind! But I think the return of my usual insomnia will help me stay more on top of things here
BeantownBaby9 - did you end up using the hypnobabies techniques during your birth? How helpful was it? I like the name Charlotte too. It's so pretty.
Miranda2r14 - It sounds like you'll be well supported with your new baby. Have you told all the kids yet? Thanks for starting the names conversation - I've been obsessed with picking names even before I got my BFP. This is the first cycle since I started ttc that that has happened - my subconcious knew!
MrsMike - I work in vet med also, and know how hard those cases can be. I have a picture of little Tyler by my computer right now. He died 3 weeks ago and I'm still reliving his case, trying to make it come out differently. It's such a challenge to stay really present and open-hearted but not carry all the grief around. I'm sure those of you in human medicine have the same challenge.
Where in PA are you? I grew up in northcentral PA (McKean county), my extended family is north of Pittsburgh.
makt83 - I love your idea for telling your family - totally cute! Our DD was the first grandchild on both sides also, and everyone was so excited.
copper.kettle - Josephine is my top girl name too. It's my grandmother's name, but I think I'd love it even if it weren't a family name. I love Jo and Josie for nicknames. (I may have read Little Women too many times)
openpollination - Beatrix is a very cool name! It doesn't work well with our last name or it would be on my list too.
Maurine - thinking of you this morning for your ultrasound.
Thank you copper.kettle, Maurine, ursusarctos, and nugget's mommy for your words of encouragement about my freaking out DP. It did help me get a little more perspective, and you're right, she is coming in off the ledge a little.
I'm starting to feel really tired and a little queasy. Every time I tell my DD that I can't play with her right then because I'm not feeling very good, she says "I'm glad you're not feeling good because that means you have a baby in your tummy" It makes me laugh every time, which is helpful, and it's actually a very good reframe for me because it IS such a very excellent reason to not feel good. It might get old in a few weeks though....
I interviewed a midwife yesterday that I thought was going to be The One. She comes really highly recommended by people who I trust, and her philosphy of birth is right up my alley, and the closest match I've found. She seemed nice but I didn't feel "chemistry" with her. How much should that matter? I had great chemistry with my last midwife but she was too interventionist in her approach and that's what I'm trying to avoid.