Welcome and congrats, Whoabethy! What a beautiful pic of your family! Your DD is a cutie!
Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone!
Planet, you look fabulous!! I haven't had anyone come up to my belly yet, and I'm not sure how I'll deal with it if it does happen. I'm sorry about your hip pain. I posted about something similar about a week ago, but luckily it passed fairly quickly. I hope yours does too!
Desert, I love your DPs solution to the belly rubbing! I had a good giggle when I imagined doing it back to someone. That A/C dog diarrhea story is awful but I'm sure it will be funny some years down the road! Your poor DP! I can't imagine the mixture of smells and heat! Glad the A/C is fixed now!
Junebug, great to hear that you're doing well! Happy 15 weeks!!
Nos, had our first HypnoBirthing class last night, and I LOVE it so far! The approach is really well aligned with my own philosophy, and I think the breathing, visualizations, affirmations will help a ton. I wasn't sure what DP would think of it, but she's totally on board. She did one of her undergrad degrees in Phys. Ed. and studied the use of similar breathing and visualization for athletes. She also thinks they'll be some good tools to help her deal with stressful situations generally, which can be a bit of a struggle for her. I hope you find the HypnoBabies course to be as useful!
Isa, did you lose the relaxation CD? Or is it just that it's birth-specific? (I haven't listened to it yet.) If you need another copy, I can probably make one and mail it to you? Let me know. I love that you guys and E are chatting these days! What an awesome time this is!
AFM, we hired a doula for the birth. We weren't really thinking about it, but I went to an info session and met these really amazing women, and we decided that if we were really committed to our home birth, then we should arrange for extra support for the both of us (and our moms, who will probably be there.) I'm also thinking about placenta encapsulation. It's not something I'm telling people about (except you lovely women) because I know most reactions will be rolled eyes and laughter, but a friend did it and swears that it made a difference. I figure that it can't hurt. Has anyone here done this?
Finally, a cute story. DP and I were lying in bed the other night, talking about names, and girl names specifically. Our three favourites are Fionnula, Adair, and Ula. Anyway, babe hadn't been kicking super frequently, but DP put her hand on my tummy and said, "What do you think, Pickle, should we call you Fionnula?" The Pickle responded with a huge kick right in the centre of her palm. She tried it with the other names, but there was no response at all. SO... it seems that Pickle has chosen her own name. It might be a bit of an awkward name if he turns out to be a boy, but we'll just have to remind him that he picked it!