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Forum: Birth and Beyond   04-25-2011, 10:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,597
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hi ladies, So, it's been a year now since I...

Hi ladies,
So, it's been a year now since I gave birth naturally to my son at home in our tub.  For any who are still wanting info about this, I will share what I have experienced since I first...
Forum: Multicultural Families   09-02-2010, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,578
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hi there my fellow bilingual mamas! I am...

Hi there my fellow bilingual mamas!

I am bilingual and am raising my son (currently 4 months) with both Spanish and English at home. Because English is my primary language, I have to check myself...
Forum: Breastfeeding   05-10-2010, 01:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hello to you other nursing mamas! I just...

Hello to you other nursing mamas!

I just had my first baby 8 days ago and am learning with him how to breastfeed and all of the joys and trials that go with it! After he was born, my midwife...
Forum: May 2010   04-27-2010, 04:19 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 20,817
Posted By kat.c.stevens
So I am reading all of these trying not to...

So I am reading all of these trying not to over-diagnose myself, but definitely agreeing that I, too, am feeling a lot of them. This is my first pregnancy and I am 39 weeks today. I have been...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-20-2010, 05:56 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,875
Posted By kat.c.stevens
I am so glad to see a thread like this one! ...

I am so glad to see a thread like this one!

My husband and I are expecting our first baby in 2 weeks and we will be going down to just his income, which will cut our income in half, just about....
Forum: May 2010   03-25-2010, 12:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hi everyone! I have a slight dilemma. We...

Hi everyone!

I have a slight dilemma. We have a crib, we have linens, but we don't have a mattress! I know we've got a little bit of time yet (baby is due May 4th), but I don't like waiting until...
Forum: May 2010   02-19-2010, 08:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 369
Posted By kat.c.stevens
I don't think anyone has mentioned this source...

I don't think anyone has mentioned this source for Cloth Diapers yet, so I will post. I did a lot of research on cloth and found www.KellysCloset.com (http://www.KellysCloset.com) to be the best...
Forum: May 2010   02-19-2010, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 293
Posted By kat.c.stevens
I am 5'1" and have a short waist and long legs,...

I am 5'1" and have a short waist and long legs, so I feel your pain. My ribs started aching at around 26 weeks (I am now 29 weeks) and they seemed to ache more when baby was having growth spurts, so...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-21-2010, 04:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,597
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hi again NSMom (not "to be" anymore!), I am...

Hi again NSMom (not "to be" anymore!),

I am so sorry to hear about the trauma of your birth! And don't worry, I am able to draw from your story what I hope will help me when I get there, rather...
Forum: Homebirth   01-13-2010, 08:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 424
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hi Austin Mom! I work at a health insurance...

Hi Austin Mom!

I work at a health insurance company (Blue Shield) in Washington State, and having done customer service for three years, I feel I can give a little inside advice.

First of all,...
Forum: May 2010   12-21-2009, 04:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,303
Posted By kat.c.stevens
I am 20 weeks, 5 days and I have been feeling...

I am 20 weeks, 5 days and I have been feeling kicks far out to the sides, low, right on my bladder (!), and as high as my belly button, which is where the top of my uterus is. Sometimes they feel...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   12-17-2009, 06:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,597
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hi Ladies, Just an update from me on...

Hi Ladies,

Just an update from me on something that is making things better in the sex/ pain department. Partially as preparation for birth and partially as a coping method for VV, I have been...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   11-22-2009, 10:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,597
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Mi amor~ I have heard about Acupuncture being...

Mi amor~ I have heard about Acupuncture being helpful in long-term treatment of VV, but was not sure if I should try it. I am glad to hear you have heard of it, too. I will have to investigate that...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   11-22-2009, 10:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,597
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Thanks NS, for the tip about reverse Kegels!...

Thanks NS, for the tip about reverse Kegels! That totally makes sense and I definitely will focus on relaxing the pelvic floor muscles now, although it's difficult at first. I, too, think I would...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   11-19-2009, 04:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,597
Posted By kat.c.stevens
NSmomtobe- I am glad to know I am not alone and...

NSmomtobe- I am glad to know I am not alone and that we are in this together. Thank you for being so open about your experience, too. This can be a difficult thing to talk about and not many women...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   11-19-2009, 04:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,597
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Sarah, Thank you SO MUCH for your kind and...

Sarah,

Thank you SO MUCH for your kind and detailed reply! I am greatly encouraged by your successful natural birth and I feel a lot better even now. I am aware of how fear can exacerbate pain,...
Forum: May 2010   11-19-2009, 03:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 932
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hi there fellow Mamas-to-be! I am due May...

Hi there fellow Mamas-to-be!

I am due May 4th with our first child and would love to join this due date club. Can someone please add me?

Just went to our 16 week visit on Tuesday and the...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   11-18-2009, 06:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,597
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hi everyone, I am 16 weeks pregnant with my...

Hi everyone,

I am 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby and was just diagnosed with Vulvar Vestibulitis. I had it mildly before pregnancy but now it is much worse- so that even a Q-tip touched to...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-09-2009, 07:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,376
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Thank you for all of your insight, ladies! I am...

Thank you for all of your insight, ladies! I am going to go ahead with the procedure, but am hoping that I can find a provider who will give me some options for the local anesthesia- the first one I...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-06-2009, 09:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,376
Posted By kat.c.stevens
Hi there fellow pregnant soon-to-be mamas, ...

Hi there fellow pregnant soon-to-be mamas,

I am pregnant with my first baby and am 14 weeks along. Unfortunately, sex has been painful for me since my first time several years ago, and despite my...
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