Wow, a lot of babies coming up soon from our very own DDC!!!!! It's getting exciting around here!!!! Of course, the previous ones were exciting too, but now it's kind of like it's gonna be raining babies in the next couple of weeks!! I'll be keeping you mamas in my thoughts!
I just went to a party with for supporting midwifery, and it was really fun. One of the ladies there, another midwife, just had her baby a short time ago. It's a little girl, and she looks soooooo tiny! I asked and she was 6 lb 13 oz at birth--just a couple ounces more than Ella! It was so crazy to look at this tiny little thing, she didn't even look real practically, she is smaller than Ella's favorite doll, and to think that Ella was that size just two short years and change ago!
Of course, now she just seems to be growing so fast. Our babysitter was gone for a couple of weeks for the holidays and was just amazed at how much more she is talking in just that short time--she is getting clearer and increasing her vocabulary and making more and more sentences all the time. I, for one, am feeling a little weird about nursing at times--not like I'm going to wean her, but sometimes in certain positions it just feels so bizarre to be nursing this little person who is over half my height!!! I just don't know where to put all of those long legs!
She's very insistent though that she's not a big girl--she's my tiny baby.
Helen, I'm sure you will have the baby sooner rather than later. And that it will all go smoothly. Just keep up the protein and water and take it easy as much as possible! happy anniversary, too!
Fern, I read your blog, and I was really happy to see that you got your tooth taken care of. When you said that you were going to get abx, I thought about suggesting that you try to ask for some tylenol 3 for the pain too, but I didn't know how you felt about taking narcotics and I didn't want to be un-groovy!
But I'm glad that someone gave you some seriously good drugs, because tooth pain is horrible. And any sort of peridontal thing isn't good in pregnancy either--you don't want that bacteria whizzing around your system either! When I was about 8+ months pregnant I had a horrible cough that was diagnosed as probably bronchitis, maybe pertussis (I'd been potentially exposed to pertussis at work) and so I ended up taking zithromax, and also phenergan with codeine cough syrup. I am loathe to take drugs like that, but I figured at the time that it was better than giving my baby pertussis or just going into labor sick as hell and exhausted from prolonged coughing fits that prevented me from sleeping at all. I found it really ironic that apparently codeine is actually one of the only safe things you can take for a cough while you're pregnant! So glad you got the good drugs and got the dental work done and are healing and out of pain. Hope you can take some good probiotics too before you go into labor, that will help prevent any thrush issues down the road!
Gunter, hope the new church works out for you!
barcelona--I actually haven't seen that show (we don't actually have any reception, we watch DVDs and the occasional streaming thing like Grey's Anatomy.) But I will have to do so now. Maybe we can have a virtual screening party with you when it airs? Let us know when it is!!! I liked the
L & O clip that you shared with us!
Awaken, what is the PP doula training like? Who is offering the course? I did postpartum doula work about 12 years ago, I actually started a little business in it after I finished college and while I was in the beginning stages of midwifery training. Actually, I imagine that since you have other breastfeeding education and training, and know how to take care of babies, you really do have all that you need to know! Honestly, it kind of cracks me up that all these things which were new ideas a bit more than a decade ago (postpartum doulas, birth doulas, etc.) are now these professions with credentialing bodies, and people take these credentials so seriously! Seriously, most of the time I spent working as a postpartum doula, I grocery shopped, I cooked, I cleaned, I walked people's dogs, I occasionally changed a diaper or held a baby for a few minutes so the mom could get a shower. Now and again I did give a little breastfeeding or infant care advice or instruction, but that was actually much less of the time than I spent doing basic household tasks. It's funny, because I'll never forget how agitated DH was about our PP doula--we were a little broke but I felt like I wanted to have a little help for a few hours, if only so I could feel a little more supported and taken care of just because there was no family to help. I remember DH just freaking out because of the nature of what she actually did--I just remember him kind of upset and saying, "Why do we have to pay someone $20 an hour to swiffer??!!! I'll swiffer!!!" But I told him that the point was that he would be spending time with me and the baby. Anyway, I am sure that you would be an awesome postpartum doula, and I don't think that you probably even have to get certified if you don't want to--unless there is some law in the state you're in, which I doubt, you can really just print up some business cards and go to it! I suspect based on what I know of you that you must have a really good reputation in your community of moms, you are such a sweet and caring person, and so I imagine that you wouldn't have any trouble finding clients at all.
Mel--so, does this temping mean you are gearing up and getting ready for when you are moving back??? When are you planning on starting trying for #2? Hey, wait for me!
Let's try to work it so that we are due the same time again!!
I think we were buddies on the TTC onethread the first time, but it's so darn long ago now and so much more has transpired since then that I can barely remember!!!
HoneyTree--I am, all modesty aside, a pretty great cook and baker. (Although I, too, distinguish between food preparing as an art, and as a survival necessity--I love the former, I loathe the latter.) I am also a pretty decent housekeeper/decorater/domestic engineer type too, and pretty good at stuff like decluttering and organizing. However, and this is a big however, I sometimes wish that I was more athletic/outdoorsy/easygoing. You seem to be fairly relaxed and down to earth, and it seems like you do fun stuff with Woody and your family. Sometimes it's harder for me to really enjoy the moment and be spontaneous and just do stuff like play in the mud or painting with Ella, especially if it involves a mess that I will have to end up cleaning up! I want to be a young, fun, hip mom, but I sometimes feel more like an old, exasperated, uptight mom!! So, I guess what I mean is that there are benefits and drawbacks to both ways of being, from being more domestically inclined to being more creative and spontaneous and funloving. So, I'll send you some of my 50's housewife domestic vibes
: if you send me some