I've been away for a family funeral (it was more a celebration than anything else, so it was actually wonderful). I was so happy to come back and see that this thread had been hopping!
Where do I even begin to respond? Laura -- I could relate to what you were saying in your post about "recalling the power of birth." I geared myself so much for Finn's wonderful birth that I sometimes have had to remind myself there are so many other things to look forward to. It's funny that sometimes that's hard to keep in perspective! I, however, AM NOT ready for more babies!
Finn is an angel -- and I feel as you do -- that he's so perfect in his innocence. But I know I couldn't handle another right now. And maybe not for another 4 years or so (though that is getting me into the *tricky* ages). In fact, if it wasn't for the fact that I keep dreaming about Finn's little brother (complete with name) then I'd think our family was done. Everyone tells me once Finn isn't a baby anymore I'll change my mind. Perhaps I will...
It was interesting to me to read about your schooling journeys. I've just recently realized that my decision for UC was only the first in many battles to swim upstream!
Michele -- congrats on your little lovefest!
The first time is definitely the hardest. I rememer saying I felt like a virgin all over again! I can also relate to you wanting a big family. I grew up with so many aunts, uncles, and cousins and it was so much fun. This weekend with everyone at the funeral just emphasized that. So, it's hard for me to feel like I just want one child. I'm sometimes torn between feeling done and wanting 3 more. Who knows what will happen, right?
FreeRangeMama -- whoa! Speaking of who knows what will happen! Keep us posted! I can't imagine being pregnant with a 6 month old. Better you than me!
Seriously, congrats if you are pregnant and if you are, then that's what was meant to happen -- as you said.
I also feel as you do, that sending Finn off to school would be wrong. I'm so happy I came upon unschooling. My brother and SIL plan to homeschool (much to my surprise!) so that will be nice support. I'm just now introducing them to unschooling.
I miss hearing from you, but your set-up sounds sublime! The way life should be!
I've been doing a Mama-and-me yoga class the past 3 Mondays (did I already mention that?) and it's so wonderful. I wish they had the class more often because I'd go EVERYDAY!!
Okay gotta go for now. Love to you Mamas!