Last night mdc would not let me post no matter what, which quite irritating.
: I could read, but not post and I so wanted to get my hugs in there!
HBM - You poor, poor mama, I feel so bad for you! I hope you were able to be gentle with yourself today and I hope baby JoJo is feeling better, too.
pof7 - How sad for your dd. I'm so glad she has you to help her through it, though.
eksmom - I LOVE your belly!
You look so great!
grnmtnmama - have another child if you want another child. I know that sounds goofy, but I think it's the best reason to have one. I'm an only myself, so was never sure about having more so they would have sibs, as I never felt I was missing them. I personally can't imagine my life without any of my wonderful children, but I can also fully understand the decision to have just one. I like that my kids have their own relationships with each other and have enjoyed watching those develop, but the sibling rivalry between #2 and #3 makes me absolutely nuts, too. I always wanted a big family and I enjoy infants so the baby stuff was never really a problem for me (I do sleep deprivation well!) After Caroline, though I'd not been at all sure I felt done during the pregancy even, I just knew she was it and I don't have any more kid cravings. I have been parenting my entire adult life, though (I'm 37 and had my first child at 17) and have no end in sight, and sometimes I wonder what it would be like to know that when that one child is grown, that's it!
I'm going to cut and paste the rest I wrote yesterday:
Sometimes I feel like I complain a lot here, so here are some good points to my last couple days.
My oldest dd is growing up so much. She is starting to enjoy many of the same foods, activities, movies, etc that I do, and it's so fun. Last night I picked her up from swim practice and she wanted some kind of vegetables over rice for supper, so at 8 pm the two of us fixed supper together (dh had eaten with the younger kids) and we stir-fried broccoli, bell pepper, carrots and water chestnuts with a little bit of orange/ginger glaze and ate it over rice while chatting away. Who ever thought my picky toddler would grow into a young woman who can eat veggies and rice and discuss politics with me?
I saw a dear client today who has had 3 previous pregnancy losses (and 2 healthy children.) She is pregnant again. I was unable to hear a heartbeat when I listened to her 2 weeks ago at 10 weeks, and have been worrying about her ever since. She didn't want to have an ultrasound done as whatever was going was what it was and it wouldn't change anything. She came today at 12 weeks and the second I set the doppler on her belly I heard that great thump-a-te-thump-a-te-thump-a-te and it was so wonderful to see her smile!
Saw another client who had a miscarriage in Oct as my last appt of the day. That was her first pregnancy, and she was so sad. The first time we met was when I went in the room to tell her she'd lost her baby, which is always a terrible way to meet someone. She is pregnant again, and came for a first prenatal today. She is just 8 wks and 5 days, but I decided to try to listen with doppler just in case (once in a while I get lucky and can hear that early.) It was like the baby wanted to be heard, because I thought I just faintlly heard it, and so held the doppler still for a moment, and like the baby was swimming towards us, it got gradually louder until we could clearly hear that little swishing heart beat. She and her dh both cried, and then high-fived, and overall it was a great end to my day!