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post #41 of 145
Elizabeth, I love your girls' names. I am a Meghan too. orngbiggrin.gif
post #42 of 145

Hi my name is Selissa, though my friends sometimes call me Salem. I answer to either. I am spirtually (though not legally) married to my lovely life mate Milton. I am mama to my two boys; 10 year old Lucien and 7 year old Rowan from a previous marriage. I also have a step daughter who will be with us as much as possible though she lives out of state with her mama.


My first two were born at home and breastfed. Looking forward to sharing that magical experience with a supportive natural and healthy living inclined mate.


...really looking forward to having an excuse to obsess over cloth diapers and baby carriers again. congrats to everyone!

post #43 of 145

oh i forgot to add that i am due mid january ;)

post #44 of 145
Originally Posted by ekmajeski View Post

With both girls I had extreme morning "all day" sickness.  I had to go on a medication with Annie and she was very colicky for the first six months of her life.  I'm not saying there was a correlation but I would love to find natural remedies to all day sickness.  Any suggestions?  Thank you!


I have all day morning sickness too and I can't suggest Ginger everything enough. I have ginger tea, lemon ginger tea, peach ginger tea, candied ginger, ginger mints...pretty much if it comes in in natural ginger flavor i grab it. I am also being really diligent about drinking tons of healthy fluids and healthy snacking regularly. I make an herbal pregnancy tea with Red Raspberry leaf, Nettle, dandelion leaf, red clover, rose hips, and ginger that i make as sun tea. I mix each glass about 1/4 with a tart refreshing 100% juice. It is really helping a lot!

post #45 of 145
Originally Posted by minasmom View Post


I can't believe i'm pregnant again, last time was 10 yrs ago! Anyone else have a big gap between children???




i am sorry to everyon, I am not coordinating my posting well at all this morning so sorry about the multi posting. i blame it on the pregnancy brain. My youngest will be 8 in july. I totally understand that feeling of whoah i am starting all over lol. :)

post #46 of 145

Hi, I'm Alison, 34 years.  I am wife to hubby Jon, mama to Finn, 3.5 yrs and Liam, 15 mos, due with #3 on January 10th!!  We weren't really planning on getting pregnant yet, but knew we probably wanted another, so here we go :)  The first 2 pregnancies I really wanted a girl, but now I am quite happy with my boys so will totally love whatever comes!  We are crunchy Christians.  We had both boys at home with midwifes, one was a water birth, and hope for the same this time around.  I am still nursing Liam and hope that will continue through the pregnancy.  I tandem nursed both when Liam was born -not sure if I really want to do it again, but may because he will only be 23 mos when this little one is born, we'll see how it goes.  I am really worried about morning, or in my case "all day", sickness this time around.  I just feel like I have too much on my plate to fit in feeling miserable for 6 mos again.  Any suggestions on natural remedies or supplements to stave it off before it sets in?


Love reading about everyone and its so nice to have the support!

post #47 of 145
Originally Posted by littlestarlet View Post

Staged photos! Omg....you're brilliant and my new BFF. Lol

Don't you usually deliver within a week or so of your due date? Wow, I am so clueless about this. If nothing else, I'm sure I'll keep this group entertained by asking all the dumb questions!


It could easily be 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after....so you can adjust it by at least a month and no one would know the difference ;-)

post #48 of 145
Originally Posted by emusing View Post

 Any suggestions on natural remedies or supplements to stave it off before it sets in?


Hi Alison! Have you looked into magnesium supplements for morning sickness? I believe you are supposed to start before you get pregnant, but it can also help during pregnancy. I was sick for 6 months too with my first pregnancy. I read about magnesium and decided to give a try...here's hoping it works! I take Natural Calm as well as epsom salt baths. You can also go the transdermal route which absorbs better, but it irritated my skin too much.


I'm also hoping to nurse through pregnancy and tandem my son who is a month older than yours. It's hard not knowing how things will go, but hearing about you moms that have done it before is a big encouragement!

post #49 of 145

Hi there! I'm Sam, married to D.  I love reading everyone's stories. There seem to be a lot of surprise babies in this DDC. I am 35; DD just turned 2. In fact, we conceived this one the morning of her birthday party. We were trying but it was only our second month. 


My mind says be cautious and don't count on too much with this one. At the same time, I feel relaxed and secure in this pregnancy, much more so than I did with DD, when I was an anxious mess. 


I was really freaked out when I saw that BFP. I wasn't expecting this to happen so quickly, and had only just adjusted to the idea of wanting another child. Now that it's been a few days, I'm getting excited and happy, but like I said, trying to be chill/cautious until we know it's viable. 


I am a fiction writer by graduate degree and editor/writer by trade, but I've only been doing that sporadically. I recently made the decision not to stress about finding a post-graduate "career" job because I just don't have the mental energy right now. So I've been freelancing here and there. LittleStarlet--I'd love to talk shop some time!


Oh yeah--I'm not sure exactly when I ovulated, but my due date is somewhere around January 20-21. I had DD two days early, so this one might be born on my 36th birthday, January 17!


Finally, I had a hospital birth w/OB last time. I liked my doctor in most ways, but would have liked a more natural approach. However, for insurance reasons and feeling skittish about home birth, I didn't have a midwife option last time. I was in labor all night, and then about halfway through the next day I opted for an epidural--I was SO exhausted, and the puking and shivering from pain were not fun. It was definitely the right decision for me. HOWEVER, an established (and well-reviewed) midwife practice JUST started delivering at that hospital, AND the hospital just started offering water birth, so I'm pretty thrilled to have gotten into that practice! 


Whee. Here we go again.

post #50 of 145

Hey everybody!  I'm a 35 year old co-sleeping, breastfeeding, cloth diaper and EC-ing mama, and my husband and I have a gorgeous 18 month old little boy.  I'm due 1/18/2014.  I'm a little anxious that this pg won't stick--when TTC our son, I had two really early miscarriages and it took a year to get pg successfully.  Fingers crossed!  This time this was our absolute first month trying, and I'm shocked that it worked!  Hoping for a little girl, but was hoping for a girl in my first pg, and I certainly can't imagine my son any different now- he's perfect!  Last time our planned home birth was demoted to a birth center, to a hospital induction, then a c section, and this time have already been told I'm a "bad candidate" for a VBAC, so I'm already stressing about getting the birth i want, so hopefully I can relax and just enjoy this.  I love being pregnant!  Hope to get to know you all!

post #51 of 145

Hello. I am Sara, mother of three and 30 years old. My children are Parker (7.5), Grace (4.5), and Penelope (3). My husband is Nathan, and he works in refrigeration. We just had a 6 weeks ago, and now I'm 5 weeks pg again. We weren't expecting this to happen so quickly or easily, but we are absolutely thrilled. My EDD is 1-14-14. My ds was born in hospital through C-section. My dd's were both born VBAC with midwife. I am hoping to have baby #4 at home, unassisted.


I enjoy gardening, knitting, cooking, baking, reading and relaxing. I'm a fairly average person, not very crunchy, but I hold a lot of natural ideals. I am agnostic, and very into sci-fi and fantasy (Doctor Who, Firefly, Harry Potter, Star Wars...).  We also raise guinea pigs and plan on starting a guinea pig rescue as there is none in our area. We currently have 6 of them in our care. We are hoping to buy a house this summer for our first time.


This is my first (somewhat) planned pregnancy, so this is kind of a first time experience for me. I love knowing that I making something that half me and half my husband, it is one of the most beautiful things to me. I am really looking forward to sharing this experience with you wonderful ladies!

post #52 of 145

I'm Kris, Married to N. Mama to 3 boys ages 5. 4, and 17 months.  I am 36 years old.  Working full-time out of the home as a family nurse practitioner.  N is completing his Phd this month and starting a post doc in the fall. We were planning this pregnancy hoping for a baby that would come during Sememster break.  I am due January 1, so looks like our planning was good for that.  I am a little nervous about having some extra help when the baby comes as we live very far away from all family and most friends. 


I am planning a hospital birth, wtih an OB - there are only 2 midwives in our area and I did not have great experience with them with my last birth, but the OB delivered my second and he is very wholistic and a great colleague as well.  I have had 3 natural hospital births in the past including one water birth, and the hospital is walking distance from our house, so that is all good.


But here is the thing, I have never gone to my due date, my last 3 were 36 weeks, 39 weeks and 38 weeks, and so I think I will probably have a December baby, but I am worried about cost if I don't go early. I have a HSA insurance plan and the high deductible resets January 1. So if I have the baby January 1, I would likely have to pay the whole cost of the delivery. (My deductible is quite high and nothing is covered until I meet the deductible) But if I have the baby in December I will have met the deductible already and thus pay nothing for the delivery.


Anyway - happy to be here with everyone.

post #53 of 145
Nice to meet everyone!
My name is Katie. Brian is my DH, and he's pretty great! We are expecting our first, on Jan. 13, and are so excited! We're from Wyoming, and DH will still be in school for the next three years, so things might be a little interesting financially, but we are determined to figure it out. We are quiet people who like to cuddle up at home and read. I can't wait to get to know all of you!
post #54 of 145
Welcome everyone! Loving reading your stories too smile.gif
post #55 of 145
Hi! My name is Mimi I'm 22 years young (lol) I have an amazing BF. No we are not married because we decided we are not ready. We have a beautiful 16 month old daughter. And we are currently expecting baby #2!! EDD is Jan. 6th 2014. Same EDD as with our little girl. But DD was born at 39 wks on Dec. 31st 2011. I'm so hopping that this baby shows up at 38 weks!!! I don't want them to have the same bday and I don't want to be in the hospital for her 2nd bday either.... BF and I live together with my in-laws. But momma still does things her way!!! And yes i am a little scared as far as having a NB and a toddler!! But god willing I will get through it all!!!

My first birth experiance went GREAT!!! No epi or pain meds!! And no tarring recovering went by quick and easy!! Hopping for the same experience this time around!!

Can't wait for these next 7 and 1/2 months to go by quick!!
post #56 of 145
Hello everyone. I am an almost 36 year old who just found out that I am pregnant last night, after 8 months of trying. I could not be more excited. I am the mom of an almost 14 year old girl, who I had while young, single, and in college. We had a natural water birth, practiced attachment parenting, extended breastfeeding, co-slept, etc. and plan to do the same with this one. This time around I have a loving and supportive partner, and this baby will be so lucky to have such an amazing older sister. I am a little bit in shock that I will be parenting a freshman in high school and a newborn simultaneously. Also, in the week we conceived I was laid off from my job, (I didn't like it so it is for the best,) I moved, and I was hired as a nanny for a friend of a friend's children. What a rollercoaster!

So, so happy to be here! Hoping for a homebirth this time around, and a healthy pregnancy. Looking forward to getting to know all of you. I am waiting to tell people other than dh, dd and my two closest girlfriends, so it is nice to be able to talk about this somewhere!
post #57 of 145

Hello all-


I am an almost 37 year old mother of 3 boys: Henning 10, Connor 7 and Elijah 4. I am due with #4 early Jan. I am a homeschooling mom who practiced extended breastfeeding. cloth diapering, co-sleeping, and babywearing. I had 3 natural births and my last 2 were home births. We live in rural New Hampshire in a post and beam house in the woods. We have an awesome dog and chickens. I have been happily married to my dh for 13 years. My dh is a computer programmer.

post #58 of 145

Hello Everyone!


My name is Amy and I'm from Washington State. This is my first pregnancy (baby#1). My transgender husband and I tried AI (artificial insemination) for 4 months with known donor (that is a story too long for this intro) before we finally got the timing right and I'm pregnant-due Jan 13th. I just finished my Associates in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and a Transferable Associates. I started school to get my BA in ECE and Elementary Education when my hubby and I decided we wanted to start a family instead. The whole reason I went to school was to learn how to homeschool our children which from what I've learned about the school system, we will be unschooling our children :)


We are AP-ing EC-ing, bed-sharing, baby wearing, breastfeeding kind of people-minimalist all the way. :)


I love animals-have quite a few which include a Pit Bull (Jazmine), a Chihuahua (Toad), two kitties (Nana and Tabby), 6 sugar gliders (Bear, Lily, Zack, Ella, Nick and Tate). I love my crafts and projects including crocheting, knitting, sewing, gardening, building cages, wood-working, etc. etc. :)  Right now my project is making room for baby...what happens when you've been nesting for the last two years? A garage full of kid stuff that you will finally get to use! Yay! :)  (Note: My idea of minimalist is not buying into consumer baby-land; homemade stuff doesn't count). :)


Planning on birthing at a freestanding birthing center possibly with Hypnobirthing (I'm pretty sure that's what it's called) but deep down, I hope that baby comes so fast that I have an unassisted homebirth. :)


Nice to meet all of you and hope we all bring healthy, happy babies into this wonderful world :)

post #59 of 145

And I'm 29.

post #60 of 145

Hello all! I'm Sarah, 32 years old and my husband and I are expecting our 1st baby (non-fur, that is) on January 10th. We are both really nervous about this pregnancy as I have had some spotting off and on. We are counting down the days til our first appointment in June (our midwife group doesn't see people until 10-12 weeks). We have not told anyone yet and won't until after that appointment. I am sure some people will be very surprised as more than a few people seem to think we have chosen to stay childless (not true, we just waited awhile).


Being our first we have no clue what we are doing, but our goal is to be relaxed and enjoy the process. We decided to go with the one midwife group in our area that does hospital births and we have heard some very good things about the practice and how they are great advocates for natural birth. We would love to co-sleep, cloth diaper, etc., but we have agreed to see what works best for all of us when the time comes. I work full-time in higher ed. and will continue to work once the baby comes. Luckily I have a pretty nice schedule and only work four days a week. 


I am excited to share this journey over the next several months with all of you!

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