Happy New Year everyone!!! I'm so behind on personals...so, I'm sorry for who I miss.
Wehrli - Great pics of you, you and DP and the baby!
Korey - Congrats on being so close to the end, and feeling super pregnant but the best you have felt in a long time.
LibraryLady - I hear you! My wee one has been transverse for the entire gestational period thus far. Only once has she kicked above the belly button. Mostly she likes to hang out really, really, really low.
fivegrandbaby - Welcome! And, congrats!!!
cejae - Welcome to the second trimester. That much be such a relief to you. I'm glad you're feeling better. And, snowshoeing!!! We don't have enough snow here yet (which is VERY unusual) but I wasn't sure that I could hack it with some of the SPD I've been experiencing.
coco99 - I love the card and the news that Chloe and Charlie have caught up in size.
beastie - I'm sorry that I can't help. I skipped the test.
abeecharmer - Excellent photo. And, I hope the home stretch of best rest goes well and passes quickly.
On PPD, this is something I've also been really concerned about and am going to start to make a plan over the next few months. I've done some initial reading on placental encapsulation, but like you Wehrli, I'm just a little bit weirded out/squeamish about eating it. I definitely cannot make a smoothie or cook it up, but I think I might be interested in encapsulation. Anyone have any good resources on the benefits? I, um, really like to research.
AFU, We just returned from a week long holiday in Mexico (DW, myself, our 2 kidlets, my MIL, FIL, SIL and BIL) which was pretty darn good. The weather was cool and shady for the first four days, and then DW and BIL were both knocked out for 3 days with montezuma's revenge. That was the not-so-nice part of our trip. I did, however, love getting up to be served a cappuccino with an omelet made just for me each morning. Sitting by the pool or ocean and ripping through my reading pile - for fun, I read the first two books of the Hunger Games series (which I HIGHLY recommend), and of necessity, I finished the Birth Partner and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (both of which I highly recommend). When I first got pregnant, I felt strong and confident in my body's ability to give birth. But over the past few months, fear has been creeping in over various issues. The silly, where I will count "pooping while pushing." The more serious, "my mother broke her tailbone in labour and I just can't handle being more physically out of commission than I already am." Reading more about the labour process and knowing the work we have coming up with our doula and birth class have left me feeling much more relaxed that I can handle birthing our baby girl.
I'll end off with a belly shot taken in Mexico. It turns out there's not a single picture of just me and the belly. Someone is touching it in all the photos!!! Here the hand belongs to my MIL.
I was so looking forward to going to Mexico and parading around in a bikini with my pregnant belly. For the first time in my life, I'd have a hard belly. It turns out that while I look pregnant in clothing, I don't look so pregnant in a bikini. Oh well, it was fun anyway!