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Hello, welcome, and introductions!

post #1 of 77
Thread Starter 

Here's a place for us to welcome newcomers to the DDC and tell a little about ourselves. :joy Wheeee! Here we go, ladies!

post #2 of 77
Thread Starter 

Hey, y'all.

 

I'm Marie. 36 years old. August 30 is my due date, so I'll have one toe here and one toe in August's DDC. :) I have two sons, 8 and 5, whom I homeschool. I work part-time in education, too, mostly from home. Homeschooling is one of the best things that I've ever done for myself and my family--I wake up (almost!) every day excited for what questions, adventures, conversations, and experiences await. I had two losses in '12, both around 7-8 weeks, so I am staying in the present moment with this pregnancy, grateful for each day that I go to bed still pregnant.

 

In big doses, I love gentle yoga, writing poetry, soup, bird watching, geeking-out over any number of new interests/obsessions, and walking in the woods. In small doses, I love knitting, traveling, NPR, creamy coffee, and social gatherings.

 

I'm married to a historian. Most of my close friends and both my sisters are Libras. And I make all the beds in the morning so that I have a few minutes of mindless activity in which I can try and gather the wily wool of my thoughts before officially beginning the day.

 

Thanks for reading. Looking forward to reading more! 

post #3 of 77

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I'm Erin and I'm about 4 weeks, 2 days along today. I'm 36 years old (will be 37 on 1/17, so I'll be 37 on my EDD.) This will be my fifth child.

I've been getting faint positives for the past 5 days and am looking forward to an instant, solid line. The $ store cheapies seem reliable but tend to take longer to appear. This morning I finally got my pos. at around the 7 minute mark when it took until between 10-15 minutes the past few days, so I'm taking that as a good sign. I'm only 2 days late, so I guess it's still fairly early.

 

I had a surprise pregnancy back in the fall (I was in the June DDC) but miscarried in early November. I didn't know that I really wanted that baby until I knew I was losing it. Dh and I talked and decided to give it a shot (this was the first time we've actually TTC in our 19 year relationship!) After the m/c, my period came right on time and we conceived that first cycle.

Needless to say, I'm really nervous but trying to remain calm and accept that what will be will be. I'm nursing my boobie-loving 3 year old but I'm trying to set limits - especially at night. I feel like I've been half-assedly nightweaning for a year now with no progress. He seems to be taking the "just until I count to ten" suggestion pretty well.

 

I've tandemed before and I think it really took a toll on my adrenals - and I had a subchorionic hemorrhage with that pregnancy at 12+ weeks (but all was well and he was my biggest baby yet. :) ) My 8 year old weaned himself when I was about 2 months pregnant with my last baby because he said the milk was all gone (but he was over 4 years old.) I'm trying not to worry about nursing possibly causing trouble with this pregnancy but it's hard after a m/c. I have no idea what my progesterone is like but I've never taken a progest. supp. before. Any suggestions for keeping progesterone levels up naturally?

 

My oldest DD will be 14 next month, DD2 will be 11 next week, DS1 will be 8 in March and DS2 just turned 3 in November. I kind of feel like I'm rolling right onto another rollercoaster of babyland without getting off the first one.

We're homeschoolers (always have been) and my favorite things are gardening, cooking & reading. I love growing veggies, flowers, trees and houseplants - anything that grows! I'm also very much in love with herbs - wild-harvesting, growing, drying, preparing - the whole nine yards! I yearn to move away from town and onto a big chunk of land in the middle of nowhere to grow/raise our own food. I've been a huge fan of traditional foods for many, many years and I feel best when I stick to a Paleo/Primal sort of diet (although I'm a carb junkie while pregnant - at least in the first trimester.) I think Weston Price was brilliant and it's a shame the AMA/ADA didn't heed his advice.

 

Thanks for starting this thread, Marie! :)

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Never thought I'd get to have Baby # 2, but here I go!

Found out yesterday after going to gyno for a follow-up; she seemed to think my hormones were all messed up and she wanted some blood work.

My hands started shaking when they said, "Your pregnancy test is positive."

I just laughed and said, "No Way! No Way ... Really?! Are you sure that's really mine?!"

 

I did two home pregnancy tests a couple days apart when I never got my period - but they were both negative! After that I wasn't concerned because I have never had a regular cycle. Obviously, I must've don't the home tests too early for my irregular cycle.

 

I'd love to find a home birth midwife. Had my first one in water at a midwifery center I loved, but that was several states away...

So, glad I never sold those cloth diapers and still have baby clothes.

The spousal unit didn't even seem surprised ... We just can't wait to see what our kid says! Don't know when to spill the beans on that...

I was 27 when Baby #1 swam out. Now, I'll be 34, but feel 104. Can't believe I'm having a baby! Very excited ... guess I'll get to de-junking my house  - no room for another kiddo in this house!

No due date - already had to decline the ultrasound. I'm guessing mid September, but not really concerned about it. Baby #1 was ten days after the "due date" and I was over two weeks past my own. (I had to be threatened out with a C-Section.)

We're a late family...

post #5 of 77
Hello. I think I posted something similar elsewhere but now I don't see the thread...

I'm Shelley, pregnant with #3. Due Sept 10 and have my first MW apt scheduled for next week. I WOH FT. My oldest is 6 (F), and my youngest is 3 (M). My 3 yo is still nursing a couple times a day or so.
post #6 of 77
Nice to "meet" all of you ladies!
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Hello. I think I posted something similar elsewhere but now I don't see the thread...

I think you're probably referring to the Due Date Roll Call: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1394847/due-date-roll-call smile.gif
post #7 of 77
Yep. That's it. Thanks.
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Hi I'm Piper, 

 

Just found out that  Iwas pregnant with number 3 over the weekend.  I had taken out my IUD bc of excessive bleeding/prolonged periods and I guess we were just out of "safety" practice;)  Anyway, You look at me wrong and I get pregnant so here we are! Super excited.  I am 37, turning 38 in June. I homebirthed my first 2 and plan on it with number 3.  I' have worked as a birth doula and am in midwifery school training to be a homebirth midiwife one day.  We are planning on a big move to rural country from hard core Brooklyn sometime this spring and are really excited.  I'm planning on starting homeschooling this year with DD(5yo) and eventually DS (3YO).  Maybe I'm crazy starting this with a newborn on the way but I can't stand the school system anymore.  Someone tell me I'm not crazy!

I was so stupid busy and disconnected from my last pregnancy I'm really looking to reclaim a connected experience this time.  I'm looking forward to keeping up with this group and sharing experiences on this journey!  I'm crossing fingers I don't get sick this first trimester, I'm apprenticing and on call so that would be really hard.  But it will be what it will be.  I also gestated super long (42 and 43+ wks respectively) So I am very interested in what this baby will decide to do.  lolking forward to hearing about all your different experiences.  I'm into honoring all of our journeys into motherhood and beyond.  We are amazing, ladies!  

 

Love and Light

 

p

post #9 of 77

Hi, I am Lindsey and found out today that I am pregnant with my first! My EDD is September 19th! I can't wait for this journey, but am also kind of nervous!

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I'm Lisa and am pregnant with my 3rd child! I'm 41 and have two boys who are 9 and 6. We are very excited! I do energy healing work and will be taking time off while pregnant, but will work on myself. I told the universe years ago that if I had a 3rd baby, that I'd prefer not to have morning sickness this time. I am currently searching out for a midwife that takes insurance in my area. The NPM, I used 7 years ago has retired. I loved her! I am am currently studying herbs and am looking forward to using this time to delve into my studies. I love to meditate, chant, be with my boys, paint, and I promise myself to get back into dance and yoga here. Happy Times!

post #11 of 77

Hi Piper,

Just wanted to chime in and tell you you're not crazy, and having a new baby may be the perfect time to start homeschooling, precisely because the new baby will sort of force everyone to relax and chill a good while, and "deschooling' is very important sometimes (getting out of old mindsets and expectations, before being open to the totally different world and outlook that homeschooling is).

 

It's very commonplace for people to attempt to become mini schools when they disembark from schooling, and burn out soon afterward. www. secularhomeschool dot com (or is it org?) is a great, large, active forum to check out.

 

Best wishes!

 

Goingonfour

post #12 of 77

Whoops, Piper, I forgot to mention the most obvious choice of places to look for homeschooling support, and that's right here on Mothering.com!

Silly me!

post #13 of 77

Hello ladies!

I'm 40 and rather still in a state of disbelief that I got two lines this morning!

But I think something inside me must have known something, because when I was half asleep last night, I had the thought "Thank goodness I haven't given away my cloth diaper stash yet!"

 

I haven't even told the kids yet, because I'm still sort of thinking it might be too early to tell anyone, you know, in case it doesn't stick. And also, my kids, the littler ones, cannot keep a secret, and I am not sure yet how it will be to announce to the general public that we have a  4th child on the way. I almost don't want to tell anyone until they can just see for themselves.

 

Having been given rude or off-color comments about having even 3, I dread the comments from rude people about 4! Especially since I have a history of infertility, and went the gamut of TTC many years ago. This time, I was pretty sure my age and history of difficulty would make it so that we were moving on from the babies-and-toddlers thing, with my youngest now 3.

 

I remember what a blessing my first was after over a year of TTC, and then my second, after a year TTC, we went to get help and poof, the help turned out to be unnecessary! Surprise! Then it took years (with an s!) for my AF to come back after that one, and I was sure I was headed for perimenopause, wondering if I would even get AF back, but then I did, and POOF! was pg before I even knew what was happening! And glad. But astonished.

 

Now, it's been over a year, and I'm gray in the temples where my roots grew out before coloring again (I don't use chemical dyes, don't worry), and I just figured, we're done in that department.

 

A few days late, I tested in a ho-hum manner, no expectation except that it would confirm to me that I was not pg and therefore a few beers and a Dr. Who evening with DH would be fine...and there were two lines, not faint, either.

 

Still can't wrap my head around it, quite.

post #14 of 77
Hey y'all I'm Jaynnie.

I am 21. Me and my husband just got married almost two months ago and we just found out we are expecting our first baby. I could not be more excited, but I'm also a nervous wreck! I have three older sisters so I have been around the baby block a couple times with each of them. My EDD (based on my calculations) is September 12,2014. I am moving next week to upstate New York which is where I will be seeing my doctors. I haven't made any appointments yet, but I hope to as soon as I get settled. My bestfriend is a doula so she will be with me basically every step of the way to help me achieve my goal if having a natural birth! I am looking forward to getting to know y'all!(:
post #15 of 77

ops, forgot to mention anything about my birth history because that seems apropos to an intro:

1st child after 30 planned natural birth, got talked into induction, ended with cesarean, 8 lb baby.

2nd child, 3 years later, planned home birth w/midwife and doula, en caul, 10 lb baby.

3rd child, 3 years later, planned home water birth w/midwife, water broke first, less than 3 hour labor (but intense!), 9 lb baby.

 

And homebirth with birthing pool option would be the plan this time, too.

 

We homeschool, too, though that's more for the homeschool forums here, than the DDC. :)

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East Tennessee, I hear you on the due date issue. I'm always harping that anything less than 2 weeks past the EDD is NOT "late" at all, because that is still within total normal, ontime range.

And I had no ultrasound last time, nor am I planning on having one this time (only if the midwife finds something in the manual or bloodwork that concerns her enough to suggest one), but my posted EDD is just from doing the online Due Date Calculator, based on Last Menstrual Period. Lucky for me, the date is middle of Sept, so any time in the entire month is game, and still within the 38-42 week spread of "normal". But Due Dates are a double-edged sword, aren't they? They let you read those week-by-week pregnancy progress blurbs, and be part of DDCs, but on the other hand, with the best will in the world, it's soooo hard not to go nuts if you're at 42 weeks, even if your baby is genuinely, naturally, not actually "due" on his own timetable til 43. I have a friend who always goes 43 weeks. It's just normal for her. So I have a hard time trying to talk myself down from that Due Date Mentality, and will probably be sticking stubbornly to "anytime in September" as much as I can, especially in telling people in real life, because they can be real pests about it!

 

It's exciting to read everyone's stories. We have first time moms, experienced moms, and everything in between (if there is anything between, come to think of it!) and it's nice to see so many happy, hopeful expecting mamas in one place. Hoping to have a chance to get to know you all, and hoping I don't wipe out in the qualifiers! ;)

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Now, it's been over a year, and I'm gray in the temples where my roots grew out before coloring again (I don't use chemical dyes, don't worry), and I just figured, we're done in that department.

 

I have tons of silver! Right up front (sort of falls to the left of my face) I have a pure silver streak (more like a chunk than a streak!) I've had increasing amounts of gray since I was 18 and I colored it (with natural stuff) for a long time but a few years ago I just threw in the towel. I'm really not a high maintenance kind of person (in the looks dept.) and I wasn't good about keeping up with the roots and it was beginning to look super ridiculous, so I quit. I hacked my long, long hair off and never looked back (and poor Dd cried when she saw me with short hair.)

 

However, I've been feeling funny about walking around with a round belly and gray hair. Once, at a playground, a little girl asked me if I was my 1-yr-old's grandma. :eyesroll My eyebrows are still nearly black and I've been told that I have a young face but I'm still self-conscious about this silver-haired pregnancy thing. I think I look better in the summer with a nice, strong tan but I look washed out in the winter when I'm paler.

 

It'll be neat to check out our silver locks when we get far enough along to post belly pics!

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My risk is looking like my DH's auntie, since he's age-defiant in looks. He's older, but his hair remains stubbornly resistant to gray, and he has young looks in general. My face doesn't look old, but with old lady hair, it sure does.

 

Sadly, without the natural coloring I use, my texture goes to fragile, thin, flyaway, and frizzy. With the coloring, it has body, shine, and fullness. I wish I could go gray the way my mom did, with a head of shiny, thick, full, straight hair that just happened to be silver/white. It was like doll hair til pretty recently, and now going on 70, her texture is going south.

 

Gray can be pretty, but frizzy, thin, fragile, porous? Not. So I'll stay a redhead at least until DH is gray, and if my gray is just too yucky/frazzly, I'll keep hennaing, just for the texture.

post #19 of 77

Oh my gosh, this conversation about gray-haired pregnant ladies reminds me of that move called "This is Forty" - has anyone seen it?? It is the funniest movie I've seen in a loooong time!!!  And there's pregnancy stuff, funny stuff...good movie for all of us now.

 

Here's the trailer - hysterical!!!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxkNuHrS6cg

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I have tons of silver! Right up front (sort of falls to the left of my face) I have a pure silver streak (more like a chunk than a streak!) I've had increasing amounts of gray since I was 18 and I colored it (with natural stuff) for a long time but a few years ago I just threw in the towel. I'm really not a high maintenance kind of person (in the looks dept.) and I wasn't good about keeping up with the roots and it was beginning to look super ridiculous, so I quit. I hacked my long, long hair off and never looked back (and poor Dd cried when she saw me with short hair.)

 

However, I've been feeling funny about walking around with a round belly and gray hair. Once, at a playground, a little girl asked me if I was my 1-yr-old's grandma. :eyesroll My eyebrows are still nearly black and I've been told that I have a young face but I'm still self-conscious about this silver-haired pregnancy thing. I think I look better in the summer with a nice, strong tan but I look washed out in the winter when I'm paler.

 

It'll be neat to check out our silver locks when we get far enough along to post belly pics!


I always envied people with dramatic silver streaks in otherwise young hair! I wished I could go silver like that, but redheads either brown out or blonde out, and having semi-curly-wavy, my texture started going, along with the color.

 

I hear you about the Grandma thing. I met another homeschool mom at a homeschool potluck, and was trying not to do a double-take because the little boy with her, was her son! I had assumed grandson, because she had grown kids who had kids, and she was definitely a gray-haired granny. I didn't ask her age, but assumed at least mid-fifties from her face and hair. But I guess she had to have been a little younger than that, at least!

 

Part of it, is in our society, people, particularly women, start coloring the minute they start going gray, mostly. So by the time someone is gray, they really are elderly. We no longer associate gray hair with say, late 30's or early-to-mid 40's in women at least. It gives gray hair an association of dodderage.

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