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post #21 of 90
Hello!

I am a 32 year old homeschooling mama to three (dd9, dd7, ds4). We are very excitedly expecting our fourth (and likely final!) child. We lost a baby at 11 weeks in January - It was heartbreaking, but that experience has made me feel ever so grateful for the little that is now growing in my womb. I am optimistic about this pregnancy and focusing on the positive rather than "what could go wrong". We have already told our kids about this babe. They have been asking me often when our baby is going to come back to us - and they knew about the last pregnancy right from the start. Looking back, I am so glad they did. I find it nice to journey this pregnancy experience together as a family from the beginning.

We live in the Seattle area. We moved here a few years ago so that my husband could attend school to become a Naturopathic Physician. He is heading into his 4th year of the program. He is very, very busy this summer with classes, work, preceptor hours, and clinical shifts. Prior to finding out I was pregnant, we bought plane tickets for the kids and I to go back to MN to spend our summer there, visiting with our family (my husband and I grew up in the same small town, three miles apart off of the same road - and our parents still live in those same homes!). We fly out on Wednesday and don't return to WA until late September, so I won't meet up with my midwife until I get back from our trip (I will be 19 weeks pregnant then!). I am a trained birth doula though and have been through a few pregnancies, so I am feeling very relaxed about being out of town for the first half of my pregnancy. We are planning another home birth. My husband won't be able to join us in MN until he has a break at the beginning of September, so I will be relying on our dear family back home to help me out when the nausea sets in during these early weeks.

Hmmm... what else...I love to craft and sew - I am looking forward to making some handmade goodies for this baby. Any other crafty mamas here? Would be fun to start a thread and share some pictures of our creations as our pregnancies progress!

I look forward to getting to know all of you! Congratulations on your pregnancies - wishing all of you the best!
post #22 of 90
Hello everyone! My name is Misty and i'm 21. I have a wonderful husband of 1 year and he's 25. I am finishing my last year of college right now and currently working as an intern at a wildlife refuge. My degree is in environmental biology and as soon as I complete college I will be given a higher position making more money and have more responsibilities. I focus mainly on the habitat and the negative/positive effects it has on the wildlife. This is my dream career. This is my first baby and I couldn't be more excited!
post #23 of 90

mama sarah - I like your idea for starting a crafty thread!  I love knitting and I do some sewing... I'd like to get more into sewing and learn how to quilt.  

post #24 of 90

Hey ladies!

 

 I'm thrilled to be here with you all! I'm 33, I work as a Childbirth Educator and a Birth Assistant at a birth center in Florida. I have been married to my incredible hubby for 11 years, we have a 7 y/o crazy creative little girl. She attends a Montessori school, I work part time, so I am here with her much of the time. I'm taking the summer off so we can enjoy each other.

 

I'm also a crafty/creative type- I paint, sew, knit, crochet, draw, bake, etc. I have taught sewing classes for over ten years. Would love a crafty thread where we could share our baby projects. :)

 

Recently went through two losses so really excited to be here and hoping to have a smooth pregnancy.

post #25 of 90

Hello!  I'm 29 years old and pregnant with our first!  I live in PA and work in research and development at a medical device company.  My husband and I live with our two pugs in our tiny house with a little front yard which is now filled with our veggie garden.  YUM!  I'm so thankful to have found this website and be part of a DDC because I have no idea what I'm doing and love to hear about everyone else's experiences. I normally never worry about things, but ever since I found out I'm pregnant, I've been scared about a lot of things that I've been reading about...ectopic pregnancy, blighted ovum, miscarriage oh my!  Maybe it's just because I've never been pregnant before and have heard too many horror stories. I have my first ultrasound to confirm my pregnancy today, so I'm hoping everything is OK.  Does anyone have any tips for keeping yourself from worrying about everything when your pregnant?  I also just found out that there's a birth center two miles away from the local hospital.  I scheduled an appointment to attend an orientation which I'm really excited about!    treehugger.gif

post #26 of 90
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Hello!  I'm 29 years old and pregnant with our first!  I live in PA and work in research and development at a medical device company.  My husband and I live with our two pugs in our tiny house with a little front yard which is now filled with our veggie garden.  YUM!  I'm so thankful to have found this website and be part of a DDC because I have no idea what I'm doing and love to hear about everyone else's experiences. I normally never worry about things, but ever since I found out I'm pregnant, I've been scared about a lot of things that I've been reading about...ectopic pregnancy, blighted ovum, miscarriage oh my!  Maybe it's just because I've never been pregnant before and have heard too many horror stories. I have my first ultrasound to confirm my pregnancy today, so I'm hoping everything is OK.  Does anyone have any tips for keeping yourself from worrying about everything when your pregnant?  I also just found out that there's a birth center two miles away from the local hospital.  I scheduled an appointment to attend an orientation which I'm really excited about!    treehugger.gif

Eazar: It's my first too and I can understand all the negative anxieties and worry. I mentioned one to my mum yesterday and she was so shocked I could even think of that instead of rejoicing \.eyesroll.gif  that probably brought me to my senses and I have been choosing to think positively about the entire pregnancy, be really happy and joyful since I have looked forward to this for so long now. And refuse to think of all the negative things I read on the internet. There is a lot of information out there, one just has to sift them and not allow fear to rule one's heart.

 

I remember  I read so many crazy things about TTC and was so scared. Had my mind up almost all day thinking about weird things. Then some mothering mum who was TTCing too advised I should stop being worried and rather go see my doctor to clarify things. Turned out that my case was really not a big deal at all. And I tried for a baby once and gbam , here am I.

 

That taught me a lesson, to only read all these info for the sake of getting informed but not to be so scared as to begin to project the negative things into me as though they would happen to me.

 

So I would say be joy.gifjoyful and think positively. Of course, eat right, rest, take you vitamins and folic acid, and drink plenty water. If you have any concerns, you can call your dr or midwife and that can help alleviate the anxiety. I think you would be fine

post #27 of 90

Hi everyone,

I'm 33, due with my first in mid-Feb. My husband and I just moved into a new house and got our first puppy, which we are so excited about, but it has sort of taken the attention away from the early stages of pregnancy. I feel like I have to keep reminding him I'm pregnant! Easy for him to forget for now :)

 

We feel so fortunate to have gotten pregnant almost immediately upon trying. I know you can never be sure how long it will take and I just can't be thankful enough that it was so easy for us. My heart goes out to all who continue to try!

 

I'm not feeling super excited, as I thought I might. I think it's just all still not quite real to me. I don't have my first appointment until mid-July. I think once I see my midwife and all that, that it will become more real. I also haven't had any major symptoms at this point - aside from being really hungry and slightly more tired than usual and maybe every once in a while a little queasy. I am only 5 weeks at this point, but maybe I'll be one of those lucky ones who doesn't have trouble/get super sick in the first trimester. As I said in another post, there's a part of me that wishes I would feel more than I do so that I could feel pregnant! I'm sure it will happen soon enough. I actually just took a second pregnancy test yesterday (a week after taking my first) to make sure the positive reading wasn't a mistake the first time around. Nope! Still pregnant :)

 

I'm looking forward to enjoying these first few months and getting used to the idea. I'm a super planner and it drives my husband crazy, so I have to remember to appreciate what is happening today without constantly making lists and stressing myself out with everything there is to do.

 

I have started to think about the whole work-after-baby thing and am still undecided on whether I'm going to keep working or stay home. There's a big part of me that really wants to take time and stay home with the baby for a while. Another part of me wonders if I would get bored and, i have to admit, is worried about what others will think/say. I know, I shouldn't be so concerned. Easier said than done. I've already started stressing about how I'll tell my boss and what she will say. She's a super hard worker and mother of a one year old, so I just don't know if she'll have much sympathy if I decide to stay home. Plus, I start to feel so guilty about waiting it out through maternity leave and then quitting. Seems like the normal thing to do, but just not sure if I can do that....Hope that we'll talk about all of this work stuff together sometime in the future.

 

Anyway, I'm excited to have found this group and looking forward to going through this journey with you all. It will be nice to know that I have a place to post questions and get responses from you who are in the same shoes!

post #28 of 90
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I'm not feeling super excited, as I thought I might. I think it's just all still not quite real to me. I don't have my first appointment until mid-July. I think once I see my midwife and all that, that it will become more real. I also haven't had any major symptoms at this point - aside from being really hungry and slightly more tired than usual and maybe every once in a while a little queasy. I am only 5 weeks at this point, but maybe I'll be one of those lucky ones who doesn't have trouble/get super sick in the first trimester. As I said in another post, there's a part of me that wishes I would feel more than I do so that I could feel pregnant! I'm sure it will happen soon enough. I actually just took a second pregnancy test yesterday (a week after taking my first) to make sure the positive reading wasn't a mistake the first time around. Nope! Still pregnant :)

 

I'm looking forward to enjoying these first few months and getting used to the idea. I'm a super planner and it drives my husband crazy, so I have to remember to appreciate what is happening today without constantly making lists and stressing myself out with everything there is to do.

I totally identify with all of this. I was never really psyched until much later in my pregnancy with my daughter. I started the February thread in I'm Pregnant and I felt like I should be writing some sort of "OMG I AM SO EXCITED joy.gif" but I just wasn't there so my post is very neutral, and for a lot of my pregnancy with my daughter my sig was just "Baby due in June". Others are, of course, entitled to their feelings and I am happy for them if they are over the moon, but I'm kind of like, okay, that's cool, that IS what we wanted, but ... it doesn't feel real yet and I don't feel emotionally involved yet.

 

I am definitely a super planner too! I'm already stressing out about stuff like who we're going to get to watch the toddler when we go in to the hospital to have the baby. Maybe we need a super planner thread. or a "just chill out" thread. 

post #29 of 90

Thanks, xyz!  This made me feel a bit better.  It didn't help that i got scheduled for an ultrasound at my OB this early (less than 6 weeks) even though they normally don't confirm pregnancy with ultrasound until 8 weeks.  So they only saw what they thought might be the start of the sac.  It made me worry because she said it might not be a viable pregnancy.  I wish I never got the ultrasound.  I know the Birth Center that I'm looking into doesn't use ultrasounds like that so I'm going to stick with that after this experience!

post #30 of 90
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mama sarah - I like your idea for starting a crafty thread!  I love knitting and I do some sewing... I'd like to get more into sewing and learn how to quilt.  

I want to pick up knitting!  My eldest daughter wanted to learn to knit a couple of years ago, so I taught myself the basic knit stitch, but then never progressed beyond that.  I don't know if I even remember how to cast on :).  I might give it a go again though.  I LOVE sewing and it's a great way to spend my time in the evenings after the kiddos go to bed, but I would also like to have something I can take with me and work on when I am on the go.  Any beginner knitting resource suggestions?  

post #31 of 90

Hey all, I'm Catherine, a soon-to-be 38 year old mom of two: DD is 4.5 and DS is 2. Both were born at home with the same midwife in attendance, and that's the plan with this one, as well. We have never found out the sex of our babies in advance of birth, and I'm looking forward to not knowing again! I love the mystery. I guess I'm also quite secretive--I don't tell anyone about our pregnancies until it becomes so obvious it's ridiculous. I think I was 25 weeks last time when I finally told people?

 

I work from home as an online adjunct instructor for a university, and I homeschool our DD (though homeschooling takes about 15 minutes a day at this point!). We have 5 chickens. I'm not sure where we fit on the crunch-o-meter. For where we live, we are the crunchiest people we know, but everything is so relative. We cloth diaper, though I want to have DS potty learn before this baby arrives! I am still nursing DS and I tandem nursed DD and DS until March--I initiated weaning DD because I couldn't imagine triandem nursing and wanted to end on a positive note, instead of having the raging creepy-crawlies while nursing two and pregnant. Tandem nursing was pretty easy for us, but nursing in pregnancy was a bigger challenge. I hope to get through it and tandem nurse again.

 

With my advanced maternal age (LOL), I assumed it would take us a while to conceive, but we caught the first non-preventing egg. We think this will be our last baby, so it's kind of bittersweet.

 

I try to be crafty--I do some sewing, a lot of knitting, and some other stuff, but my aspirations are much bigger than my time and abilities!

post #32 of 90
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I want to pick up knitting!  My eldest daughter wanted to learn to knit a couple of years ago, so I taught myself the basic knit stitch, but then never progressed beyond that.  I don't know if I even remember how to cast on :).  I might give it a go again though.  I LOVE sewing and it's a great way to spend my time in the evenings after the kiddos go to bed, but I would also like to have something I can take with me and work on when I am on the go.  Any beginner knitting resource suggestions?  


Knittinghelp.com has videos about all kinds of stitches and techniques. Have you ever looked at that?

post #33 of 90

mama sarah - I taught myself how to knit using the Lion Brand website (www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/pg.cgi?page=learningCenter.html) and the book Stitch 'N Bitch.  

post #34 of 90

Hi Ladies, what a fascinating bunch we are! It is so interesting to read your stories.

 

I am 32 and am a Naturopathic Doctor. I work part-time (3 days a week) so I can spend time with my girls, ages 6 and soon to be 3. My DH is a pharmacist. We have been together 13 years and married for 7. I was blessed with a healthy pregnancy and birth with both girls, i am hoping for another home waterbirth. Although with my 2nd i didn't make it in the tub! We have two cats and our house is full of love and chaos. 

 

It is so great to have this support network, esp as i'm not sharing the pregnancy news with everyone in my life yet. 

post #35 of 90
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Thanks, xyz!  This made me feel a bit better.  It didn't help that i got scheduled for an ultrasound at my OB this early (less than 6 weeks) even though they normally don't confirm pregnancy with ultrasound until 8 weeks.  So they only saw what they thought might be the start of the sac.  It made me worry because she said it might not be a viable pregnancy.  I wish I never got the ultrasound.  I know the Birth Center that I'm looking into doesn't use ultrasounds like that so I'm going to stick with that after this experience!

yuack, what a discouraging thing for an OB to say. Never mind whatever was said. Just try to be positive.  I still think you would be fine. :-)

post #36 of 90

Hello Everybody! I am super excited to be here! I'm a 34 yr old mama to an almost 4 yr old little girl and I'm a FT teacher who is very much looking forward to a summer off! Oh and we live in NJ. I'll also have been married for 5 yrs this August. We just found out on Saturday morning that I'm pregnant and I expect that this baby is due around the end of Feb. For now, I have Feb 20 as a due date. We are excited but I'm nervous too about doing this all over again and juggling 2 kids and being a working mama! But I guess we will figure it out! 

 

So far, I still feel pretty good, other than being a little tired and craving lots of veggies (which was very different from my last pregnancy when I wanted to eat nothing but carbs and cheese)! I gave up coffee--at least for now--curious what others are doing in terms of caffeine. I'm fairly crunchy, vegan, cloth diapered dd, we don't vax either. I try to eat as healthy as possible though that doesn't always happen! And with my last pregnancy, I gained 60 lbs yikes! I am going to work hard to be sure that doesn't happen again as I just took off most of that weight in the past year! 

 

I have my first midwife appt next week with the same midwives who caught DD. Last time we had a hospital birth. I'm debating hospital or homebirth this time. 

 

We told our immediate families this weekend and are holding off telling anybody else for a while! I hate keeping my lips sealed--it's hard not to share!

post #37 of 90
Thread Starter 

I think a moderate amount of caffeine is okay--I had a cup a day nearly every day when pregnant with my daughter. But I don't really like soda and right now I don't want coffee at all, so I have not been having any caffeine. That is not to say I will avoid it later. 

post #38 of 90

Hello! Lovely to read all of your stories, I'm looking forward to hopefully getting to know you everyone better over the next few months :) I'm 24, 7+4 with 1st baby, getting more excited as the days go by! I joined a due date group on facebook, but everybody seemed very anxious and I'm trying to relax as much as possible and enjoy feeling pregnant (even the crappy bits, like all the nausea! bleh!) but this seems like a nice place to be :) I live in the UK and I'm a piano teacher, I'm pretty crafty and lucky enough to be able to set my own hours working from home so hopefully will be able to plan lots around the baby.

Happy and healthy pregnancies everyone x

post #39 of 90

Hi All! 

 

Just wanted to quickly introduce myself. I'm about four and a half weeks along with our second pregnancy (the first ended in miscarriage) with an EDD of February 22. I work in the international affairs and development field. I'm 29 and American but live abroad with my husband and our puppy. AsI know you said you just got a new pup as well -- it is rather overwhelming but honestly it's been great parent preparation for us -- having to work together to take care of something has been good practice. He's a black lab named Oscar and he's nearly 5 months old and incredibly mischievous but so adorable it's ridiculous. 

 

Having been through a mc before, I'm already pretty anxious about this pregnancy and I'm struggling to maintain a sense of calm about it all. It's hard to let myself be happy about it but I have a much better feeling about it this time than I did last time. So I'm just trying to enjoy the process for now.

 

Looking forward to getting to know all of you. 

 

Oh -- and I definitely still drink caffeine. I've cut down and watch my intake -- just one cup of coffee a day, sometimes an iced tea or something. Everything I've read says that below 200 mg you're fine. Honestly I'm not a huge believer in outright banning foods -- sushi, blue cheese, wine, coffee. For me the priority is eating healthily and getting as many nutrient-dense foods as I can. 


Edited by oasis84 - 6/18/13 at 7:04am
post #40 of 90

Oasis84 - we have a lot in common! I also work in international development :)

 

Totally get what you mean about the puppy. (ours is just 3 months, but also super active and getting into everything. also VERY cute!) It is great practice, even on figuring out how to talk through any differences in discipline, etc. Plus, we've been having to get up with him once in the middle of the night to let him out, so I've been imagining having to do that multiple times a night once the baby comes. Yikes! I'm really happy we did this before having a baby. Of course a puppy can't compare to a baby, but it really is a small glimpse into what it will eventually be like. Lots and lots of work, but so much fun, too. I get so excited coming home to see him (and miss him when I'm away) and I can only imagine what it feels like with a baby!

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