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If you don't I won't be offended. You seem like you'd like to join the fun!<br><br>
What is your guilty food pleasure while pregnant?<br><br>
When do you think your baby will come?<br><br>
Did you have a baby shower or blessingway, or neither for baby?<br><br>
What are your favorite hobbies (if you have the time:p)<br><br><br>
Answer if you will, or if you won't we'll just ignore this thread!
 

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awww...thanks, funkygranolamama! i'd love to join in the fun....<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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What is your guilty food pleasure while pregnant?<br><br>
When do you think your baby will come?<br><br>
Did you have a baby shower or blessingway, or neither for baby?<br><br>
What are your favorite hobbies (if you have the time:p)<br><br><br>
Answer if you will, or if you won't we'll just ignore this thread!</div>
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Guilty food pleasure = vanilla ice cream with creamy peanut butter! I eat it about 4 times a week (after the girls go to bed!). I keep telling myself that my body is craving calcium & protein. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I'd <i>like</i> Baby to come May 9 which is my grandmother's birthday. But...since I'm due 5/13, I'm gearing myself up for at least 2 weeks late so as to not get my hopes up.<br><br>
Since this is my 3rd, I didn't have any special celebrations. I'm absolutely ok with that, though! We had a big party for my husband's 50th birthday earlier this month & that was all the "partying" I needed. I <i>did</i> get together with my sister & dearest friend for some preggo photos & that was very special!<br><br>
My favorite hobby right now is jewelry making. I'm obsessed! Even though I have 2 little girls, they play great together & I have lots of time to sit & fiddle with beads. Yesterday I cleaned out closets & sold stuff on craigslist to make some money to support my habit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I LOVE peanut butter and vanilla(bean) icecream, it's the best! I didn't know anyone else shared that with me.<br><br>
Where do you think you will be in 5 years?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I LOVE peanut butter and vanilla(bean) icecream, it's the best! I didn't know anyone else shared that with me.<br><br>
Where do you think you will be in 5 years?</div>
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i was just talking about my "5 year plan" with a friend yesterday. i've never been one to think that far ahead in life, but now that i know my last babe is on the way, it's easier to envision my life branching out of motherhood. (this is NOT to say that i don't love being a mama & cherish these times!). anyway, i'm a new doula & working on my childbirth education certification, as well. i hope to have a small "birthy" business off the ground in 5 years incorporating CBE classes & belly casting & pregnancy photography & prenatal yoga & doula (labor & post partum) services. this is my dream! if the homebirth & birthing center bills pass here in illinois (which is looking good, ladies!) i think the NCB atmosphere will change around here & my birthy business won't be so difficult to establish.<br><br>
in 5 years our babies will be getting ready to go to kindergarten!? isn't that insane? life will definitely change for me, at that junction.<br><br>
we'll still be living in suburban chicago but my husband can retire from teaching in 10 years & my life might turn upside at that point. we can only wait & see.....
 

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Ah... what's your favorite thing about being a doula?<br><br>
And who are some of your heros??
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ah... what's your favorite thing about being a doula?<br><br>
And who are some of your heros??</div>
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i absolutely love the teaching aspect of being a doula....which is why i'm also starting to pursue my CBE cert. i enjoy the prenatal visits, getting to know the families, learning what their knowlege base is & going from there. in the process, I'VE learned a ton, as well. i've voraciously read books & articles & MDC, of course! these women in the "birth professionals" forum know their stuff. the actual births are wonderful, too, but i've yet to attend a birth <i>not</i> pregnant so they've worn me out completely!<br><br>
heroes? that's a tough one. i've never been one to look up to specific famous or reknowned people even though i completely respect anyone who GIVES of themself. i think we could all give a little more, to be honest.
 

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How did you end up in Chicago or have you been there all your life?<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">How did you end up in Chicago or have you been there all your life?<br><br>
Tell us a little about your family! Include as much extended family as you like in this answer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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i've been in chicagoland almost my entire life. i was born in tennessee but moved to chicago when i was four. we moved again, about an hour outside of the city (elgin), when i was in first grade & stayed there my entire childhood before i moved back into the city for nursing school. (i consider myself a definite combination of country mouse & city mouse! i live in the suburbs right now but that's not the combo i'm talking about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br><br>
i'm married to the "absent minded professor." (well...he's actually a high school history teacher but he's definitely absent minded.) when he retires in 10 yrs he <i>does</i> want to teach at a small college, though. he's currently in grad school pursuing his phd in curriculum. kermit has an older daughter who's almost 25 & she just got back from a 2 year volunteer service in bosnia & then amsterdam. she's headed to iowa for grad school in a few months to study linguistics. (she speaks 3 languages fluently & 2 others conversationally). simone & kaiya are our little girls & they are fantastic! simone is my girly-girl & kai is the spunky one. they are both very loving & cuddly and they can't wait to meet their new little brother, ezra.<br><br>
i am so blessed to have wonderful relationships with my extended family! my sister & brother live in chicago & i see them regulary. they are two of my dearest friends! my parents live in wisconsin but are moving back to illinois in a few months....as soon as they can find a house!? my husband's parents live in northern indiana so we see them often & he also has one sis in indianapolis & another in orange county, california.
 

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I am not having a shower or blessingway either, and that's a-ok for me!<br>
I am also working on my third, and I also have a "Kaya". Spelling is a little different but sounds the same, surely. Haven't tried the peanut butter ice cream stuff, but MAN that sounds good!<br><br>
Thanks for joining in the fun!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am not having a shower or blessingway either, and that's a-ok for me!<br>
I am also working on my third, and I also have a "Kaya". Spelling is a little different but sounds the same, surely. Haven't tried the peanut butter ice cream stuff, but MAN that sounds good!<br><br>
Thanks for joining in the fun!</div>
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wow! we have quite a bit in common! and thanks for including me in the fun....
 
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