: I've been lurking for a bit but finally feel like this is for real and it's safe to peek in and introduce myself.
My name is Kara (formerly nearlykara and k4kara here on MDC) and I'm 31 years old. After trying for almost two years, we're finally pregnant with our second child due I *think* around June 10th. I'm still in the "pinch me, is it real?"stage. The first hpt I took I got an "error" message
: , then two negatives, and then finally on Tuesday I got a positive!
It's kinda silly, but every morning I pee on another stick just to reasssure myself
Last friday I accidently left a sink on and flooded 6 rooms in our house. It's nice to know that wasn't just me being stupid, but was actually a sign of pregnancy brain
A little background on me: I'm the daughter of a "retired" doula and childbirth educator (trust me, they never really retire) and my best memory from childhood was being there when my little sister was born at home - my Dad was the "catcher" and I was the "coach" and I love being able to say I've known my sister for every second of her life! I also have lots of memories of big bellied women being in our living room while my mom taught Lamaze classes. I grew up around birth and pregnancy. My Dad is a wildlife biologist so you could say I was raised in a very "crunchy" way and we're raising our family much the same as I was raised. It's wonderful to have that support of family. My husband is Christopher and he is my soul mate. We married in July of 2000 and our daughter, Jillian, was born in November 2001. We're planning on homeschooling her. She was breastfed for almost 3 years and I'm really looking forward to having another nursling again.
Jillian's birth was in a hospital with an obgyn I loved, but due to hospital policy once I hit the 48 hour mark of labor I was started on pitocin because they felt I wasn't progressing. My water broke, on it's own around 2 am, pit was started around 4 and she was born just before 8am. I've always wondered how the birth would have been if I had just been given a little more time to do it on my own. I know it's probably silly, since I have this beautiful daughter to show for it, but I've always felt a little robbed of that birth experience - I went for two days on my own and then in those last few hours it was taken out of my body's control because of a hospital policy. I've been working in letting that go, but we are hoping for a birth center birth with midwives this time around so that I can give my body the time it needs and not have to follow the hospital's clock. I've heard second babies come faster. Let's hope so!
Anyway, I'm looking forward to making this journey with you all. I see many familiar names
and I'm SO excited and feel so blessed to finally, at long last, be able to post on a due date board