Hi everyone! I'm dipping my toe in, and hoping for a sticky baby so I get to know you all better...
I just found out this morning that I'm expecting baby #6. We'd been TTC for a few months, but I've had some medical issues (high BP, and had gallbladder surgery in June) that forced us to put it on the back burner for a while. I'm very excited, and still a little in shock, too!
I'm 36, have been married for 11 yrs. to my wonderful DH, we HS part-time (alternative curriculum) and are generally quite crunchy, as you can tell by my sig. Although the logical part of me knows we need to wait to tell the kids, I am bursting with the news, b/c I know they will be sooooo excited; they've been begging me for another sibling for months now, lol. We are going to need a bigger vehicle, though -- we've totally filled up our minivan.
I have had a great variety of pg and birth experiences, some good, many not, although the end result (my kiddos) has been completely fabulous.
My first two children were preemies (33- and 31-wkrs.) due to severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. My second two children, on the other hand, were full-term, born with midwives in the hospital and very minimal interventions. My fifth baby, who is now 2, was to be a planned home waterbirth, but she went into distress at 35 wks. (stopped moving completely in utero, very scary), and I ended up with an emergency c-section. Then, hours after birth, she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and thus began our initiation into the world of a child with SN. So, whew, lol! It's all been quite the ride!
So the long and short of it is that while my natural inclinations are to have as little medical interference with pg as possible, my reality necessitates that I have, at the very least, dual care (OB/HB MW) and quite a bit more monitoring. I am quite fortunate to have found an extremely HB-friendly OB -- he would even support me trying for a HBAC -- but my wonderful MW from Sophie is no longer practicing, and I am concerned that I won't find another true gem who is willing to look past my checkered medical hx to help me have as non-intervention-filled a birth experience as possible. Frankly, most HB MWs don't like to touch clients like me with a ten-foot pole. So I don't know yet what I'll be doing; if I decide to just give up on the HB idea, I will definitely be hiring a doula for my hospital birth. Or perhaps I can find a MW who would agree to be my doula, and if all goes smoothly, stay home when the time comes, after all. I've got a lot more pg to get through before then, though!
I've had both a sweet little neice and nephew born in the past six weeks, and I'll tell you, holding a sweet, squishy newborn REALLY brought home to me how much I wanted another little one of my own. And strange as it may sound, I can't wait to BF again -- my 2 yo, unfortunately, weaned the earliest of any of my babies (13 mos.)
and her older sister weaned at 3 1/2 yrs. back in Jan.
Then again, I've spent the past few weeks helping out my SIL with severe thrush issues (ouch!), so maybe I shouldn't be so keen after all, lol!
Hoping all goes well for all of us and that I get to know you all more over the coming months...