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Welcome to this week's Spotlight, <b>Just1More</b>!<br><br>
Here's how we do this: Anyone who wants to, will pitch in a question for you (you being <b>Just1More</b> this week). Pretty much nothing is off limits, although of course you only have to answer the questions you want to. Also, if you wants to pitch in any words of wisdom, interesting information, anything goes-- it's your thread.<br><br>
So, I'll start us off:<br><br>
How are you feeling at this point?<br><br>
Do you have any ideas of the gender? Are you planning to find out before the birth?<br><br>
What are you thinking of for a birth plan?<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Anyone else who has questions, feel free to post them!<br><br>
If you're new to the DDC and want to sign up for your own Spotlight thread, here's the link: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1182330" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1182330</a>
 

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Wow! I remember looking at the thread in the very beginning thinking how long it was going to be until I needed to pay attention to my turn to be up. I can't believe we're this far already!<br><br>
How are you feeling at this point?<br><br>
Ah, just the question I needed today. I was even going to start a whiney "what are your symptoms" thread. But, the truth is, I am feeling pretty good. I've been extremely busy getting ready for our move, and then our whirlwind trip to VA this past weekend and I'm just suffering the effects of over-doing it. Mostly, though, I'm doing well with only 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night, and have plenty of energy throughout the day.<br><br>
Do you have any ideas of the gender? Are you planning to find out before the birth?<br><br>
We aren't going to find about before the birth, but I feel pretty strongly this baby is a boy. I've been right the last 3 times, so...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">. Besides just feeling like it's a boy, I feel much more like I did with ds than with my dds. Having energy and being able to think is great, and with dd1 and dd2 I just couldn't. I was so zapped.<br><br>
What are you thinking of for a birth plan?<br><br>
My first birth was in a hospital, and at the last minute I got a different doctor from a different practice. They totally threw out my birth plan, and that was that. Humph. (It all turned out okay, but it certainly could have gone badly.) My second was a hospital birth with a very, very homebirth friendly midwife. My birth plan at that point was 4 pages long, and extremely detailed. Mostly along the lines of: don't touch me or my baby. She read through it, and handed it to an intern who was there that day and said, "Here, read this. I think you'll find it very educational." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> No issues with that birth, and I didn't need the plan for my midwife...only to keep the rest of the staff at bay. My last birth was at home with a midwife, and it was all orally done. Basically the same...just leave me alone and catch when it's time. They did an awesome job of respecting that, and even stayed in the other room, watching and observing, but very much left me to myself. And then, at just the right time, they were there and it was all good. I have a different midwife, but that's the route I'm going this time. I just like to be left alone, yet have someone there to answer a question now and then, and to catch. People like to catch their own babies, but I can't even imagine how to do that. I just know I'd drop them on their heads! I've been doing some thinking about how to manage it, though...if I wait too long again, I just may be doing it on my own. Last time the midwife got there with about 30 minutes to spare.
 

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Ah, someone else who is going to suffer through the Virginia summer with me, yay <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Are you planning on having more kids after this one, or is this the "Just" one more?<br><br><br>
Have you told your other kids about the new baby yet?
 

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I thought of you when we drove through Richmond late Friday...<br><br>
We'll take whatever babies God gives us, whenever he wants to send them. My last baby was actually the "just one more." We thought we may not be able to have any more, and I was feeling pretty sad about it. Then, we had her! And, actually, most people don't even know it was ever a concern because ds and dd2 are only 21 months apart.<br><br>
My oldest knows about the baby, and the other two have been told, repeatedly, but they are too young to "get it" yet. Ds probably won't care one way or another as long as it doesn't cramp his style too much, and dd2 loves babies, so I think she'll be okay.
 

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Are you planning on doing anything different with this baby?<br><br><br>
What are your hobbies, if you have time for any? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<span>Nice to meet you!<br><br>
I love your attitude on birth and family planning!<br><br>
And here's to going through the summer huge! To all of us :-D</span>
 

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Woot! Another mama not finding out the gender <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Love your 'family-expansion' policy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Do you have names picked out already?<br><br>
Do you craft? If so, are you making stuff for the babe?
 

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favorite books and movies?<br><br>
Where would you travel if you could...1) with your dh 2) with your whole family?
 

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Your 2 year old will get it before too long.. my DS was 20 months when I got pregnant with his sister... he didnt understand in the beginning but by the end he would kiss her goodnight through my tummy.<br><br>
Heres a personal question just for us! LOL<br><br>
Would you recommend I absolutely positively MUST go to any certain place in the Jacksonville area while living there?
 

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Okay, I'm stealing a few minutes of naptime. I don't think I can answer them all, but I'll be back later...<br><br>
I'm also going in reverse because it's easier to see the the questions in that order...<br><br>
MP- Jacksonville really doesn't have much in the way of MUST see places. We like to go to Bear Island in Swansboro. It's a state park. You take a ferry across the intercoastal waterway, and then hike about a 1/2 mile to the ocean. You can camp out there, and it's quite peaceful. Good shelling, too.<br><br>
Uhm, the kids LOVE Shogun's. It's down Western Blvd, same shopping center as Old Navy. It's a hibachi grill. And in that strip is Cold Stone, if you've never been.<br><br>
OH! And Southwest Strawberry Farm. Reaally nice farmer, and really yummy strawberries. It's over by the air station, just off Hwy 53.<br><br>
And don't go to the Lynwood Park Zoo. Some people think it's just quaint; I thought it needed a call to animal services. It's a private zoo, and I was beyond not impressed.<br><br>
ROM-Books and movies? I'm so lost in the world of homeschooing and parenting books that I think I'm probably quite a bore, there. I enjoy reading military history, and select Jane Austen stuff is pretty good. I like Anne of Green Gables, and Little House on the Prairie. Movies? We don't actually watch much TV at all, and we don't have channels. But, dh did just buy the entire first season of Andy Griffith and we've been watching an episode here and there.<br><br>
Travel? I would like to go to Hawaii. And a trip or two overseas. I'd really like to help in some missionary work in Africa at some point. Right now, though, we're pretty sick of travel. I like to travel, but we do it a lot, and sometimes it's nice to be home.<br><br>
Okay, times up...be back later...
 

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Anything different with this baby?<br><br>
I've done things differently with each of my babies, but it hasn't exactly been a choice. My take on AP is to give the baby what it needs, and I discovered (much to my surprise, actually) that what each one has needed has been drastically different. With my second, the adjustment was very hard, but with my third, it was easy to roll with it and just let her lead. I'm excited to see who this little person is, and to find out what works for him or her. Hopefully, this one will be as easy going as dd2, and content to just hang out. But, I'm bracing myself for another ds...who wasn't content with anything.<br><br>
Hobbies?<br><br>
I am a picture fanatic. I love taking pictures of my kids. But I'm terrible at sorting them. The problem used to be that I had a good camera, but an old computer that couldn't handle all the data I got ridiculously behind, and now that I have a fast computer, the job is just so overwhelming. So, I have a bazillion pictures that I am currently sorting and editing and trying to scrapbook, etc right now. When I say "bazillion", I'm serious. I have 352 gb (that's about 73,500 pictures) in my 2009 folder. A lot of those are duplicates, but even after I get it edited down, I expect to have at least 12000 pictures to go through. And that's just one year! As soon as I finish here, I'm hoping to plug in my external hard drive and work on that until dh gets done putting the kids to bed.<br><br>
I also enjoy reading, though my attention span isn't very long right now. I like to garden, too. I'd like to get back into running, and I like to lift a bit, too. I enjoy needlework, crochet, and sewing, and just general crafting. Dd1 got me a beading loom for my birthday, and I'm really enjoying that. I like to cook. And I like dogs. Not all dogs...I'm sort of personality and breed specific. I'd like to be a dog trainer, and hope to do some volunteer work when we get to VA. I'd also like to get back into volunteering in a search and rescue organization, and maybe some youth mentoring in a paramilitary program. A lot of the big stuff has been on hold since dh joined the Marines, and then even more when we started our family. Only one of us can have such a demanding "outside" job. As the kids get bigger, though, my freedom is returning a bit and maybe I can do a little more now that dh will be home for a while.<br><br>
Crafts: I sort of answered this in the hobbies part. For the baby, though, I hope to make some booties (sewn), a crocheted blanket and maybe sweater and hat and booties, and a quilt. I'm not sure when, though. This whole move is really making crafting difficult!<br><br>
Names: We have a boy name, but not a girl name. The one I used to like was Emma Madelyn, but we all know how popular both of those names are. The one I liked next is now in the top 10, so it's out. And dh strongly dislikes the middle name. So...it had better be a boy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have no idea what else to name a girl baby! And dh doesn't either!
 
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