Oh, a birthing ball, I still need one of those. I had one with DD during labor but she wasn't too crazy about it. It's not that she was doing bad but her heartrate kinda got stuck at 120, which the nurses didn't like. It didn't change with contractions or anything, not up or down and I guess that was a concern. Once I was in a rocker the heartrate would change with contractions. Still, the ball felt good at home, even if it was just for hanging over it, belly down LOL. Speaking of belly down. We bought an INTEX pool a while ago (just the 'small' one 10'x30") and DS chose a rocketship floatie thing with a bottom (it's for babies). I had DH cut out the bottom part of it lol, so now I can lay on the rocketship, belly down in the water haha. It's heaven. It feels good on my back and I don't have to get wet ha. It's a win/win situation.
I must say, pregnancy is still treating me very good. I have no pains whatsoever (I just jinxed myself, I know it), my hips feel good, my back and feet feel great. I have no swellings and minor braxton hicks (except for that trip to L&D on the weekend). I'm surprised cause with DD around 28 weeks or so, I started getting bad back pain. Well, I'm not quite there yet, maybe it all comes at once when I'm further along. 27 weeks tomorrow.
Can I brag some more, since we were talking about parents and childhood. I think I had a great childhood. I wish my kids could grow up like I did, climbing on trees, eating cherries off the tree, knowing where milk comes from first hand, stealing eggs from a hen etc...ahhh. My parents have been married for 31 years (today is their anniversary btw), we never moved, I went to daycare with the same kids I graduated with etc. It was great, so stable, so comforting to know everything and everyone around you. Of course there were those teenage years when I was bored to tears but I think I was an easy teenager, never rebelled, never took drugs, never smoked, never skipped a schoolday etc. I now know to cherish even more, having kids in this crazy world where you have to be worried about them being abducted and raped and not treated well etc. Argh.
I'm sure they feel like they have a great childhood too. We try to make it great. My DH only hobby is his boat and fishing from it. I never had the 'luxury' of going fishing with my dad (just because there's no big water in central Europe lol) so that's something that they'll always remember. My husband is so outdoorsy, he takes the kids shoot BB guns or hunt (when DS is older) or fish etc. ah, I guess they won't know any different and think their childhood was great too. I sure do hope I'm doing everything possible to make them aware of their surroundings, the beauty of nature, even when you're in a city or on a man-made hiking trail. Vent end. sorry...that was an emotional outbreak :)