I had a request, from someone who will remain nameless (because they left an anonymous comment without signing their name!) that I do a little update on the baby. I am assuming it was a family member but I have no idea. So here it goes.
First off, I'm pregnant. Just in case you didn't know or couldn't figure that out. I am due September 11, 2009, but I'm hoping for the 9th. Because having a birthday that's 9.9.09 would be totally cool! So I've been focusing on that date and hoping for the best. Of course, by September I'll be ready to have the baby at any time. Sweetie Hearts teacher also has the same due date! How fun is that!
Everyone here at the house is really excited! The girls are looking forward to having a baby around...most of the time. Although Sweetie Heart has voiced that she hopes I don't have another one until she's moved out. But that was only said because she wasn't getting the attention she wanted. But it does go to show that she realizes that when the baby comes more of the attention will be on the baby than her. But mostly, they are really excited. I tell them about how big the baby is and we get out the ruler and look, compare it to things we have in the house (a jelly bean, a doll, a book etc.) Sweet Girl is excited to be a big sister, too! Sweetie Heart wants a boy because she already has a sister. Funny though they refer to the baby as a she all the time!
The pregnancy has gone pretty well. I was sick and very tired through the first trimester and at the beginning of the second. I was pretty much nauseous all the time but didn't throw up as much as I did with either of the girls, so that's a step in the right direction. Maybe by the time we're done having kids I won't feel sick at all! So no this is not our last, probably just the middle. But that's not all up to us, now is it!? But I'm feeling pretty well now. I'm about half way through, hard to believe but it's true!
We have found a couple of great midwives here in New England. They have an office in our Little City so I walk up to the office for my visits. One is a Naturopath, Acupuncturist, and Midwife. The other is a Licensed Midwife. They are great and compliment each other perfectly. It will be interesting to see how they work together during the birth. They are young, you know my age, and have kids, too. I like that I'll have an Acupuncturist in the house for the labor. She can use it for pain management and stuff during labor! I'm totally stoked about that! I am doing it at home again, in case you ever doubted and will be doing another water birth. The other really exciting thing about living here is that this birth will actually be covered by my insurance. Most home births are not, even here, but because she is a Naturopath and covered is a in network provider, it will cover the birth as well! So what would have been $3300 will be closer to $600! That will be a first for us!
Webby and I are really excited! We are so happy to be welcoming another or God's children into our home! We have learned so much in the past couple of years. I can see our family becoming closer to one another and we are changing so much for the better. Part of this is because of a parenting class I took this year called Parenting on Track but I think I'll do a series of posts on that at a future date. Needless to say it has changed so much for us!
I also realize that I am in for a rude awakening. Well, reawakening. This baby is going to need us to do everything for it! That means I'm going to have to get up at all hours to do that. I have been very spoiled this past year. The girls have started getting up in the morning and doing their own thing. If they are hungry, they go eat. Even Sweet Girl at 3 1/2 gets her own bowl of cereal! But mostly when I open their door in the morning they are laying in bed reading books!! Yes, reading books! Sweetie Heart has taken off in her reading this year and is going through 3-5 chapter books a week...in her free time! And Sweet Girl looks at books and has a pretty good memory for a story and loves to "read" books to herself. They are pretty independent which I have been encouraging more and more since the parenting class.
Even though it will be like starting over on some ways, I feel so much more prepared for this addition. I feel like I can do this. I feel excited to start a new adventure as a family of five. We are all very excited to see if it will be a brother or sister, whatever Heavenly Father gives us will be a welcome blessing in our lives.
No picture yet, but I'll try to get some when I'm looking pregnant. With it still being a bit chilly here in New England I'm still wearing sweaters so many people I see on a daily basis still don't know if I haven't told them. The surprises abound!