We are going to have another baby!!!!!!
FAQ's on new baby:
Was it a surprise?
Yes. Not going to give any more details than that, but we were not anticipating having another child just yet. Jeff, the eternal optimist, says, "Awesome! All the kids will be out of the house before we're fifty!" (We hope.)
How do you feel?
Physically: Great! As with Vicki Jo, first trimester seems to present no problems for me. No nausea, no soreness or tenderness anywhere. I seem to be one of those women for whom the cocktail of hormones present in pregnancy brings about really good well-being. The one side effect I experienced last time, fatigue, even seems to have stayed away so far. Although, I was joking with our midwives that "tired" is a very relative term, and now, with one young child, we operate on kind of a different plane than we did before. Exhausted may just be my way of life!
Emotionally: Pretty good. We have gone through some of the "how will we pay for this - where will this baby's space be in our small home - how will needy and sensitive Vicki Jo adjust to this - how can I take maternity leave from my very busy job - am I ready for the physical rigors of carrying another child" freak-outs. But I have a great feeling of assurance. It must be the Holy Spirit. I know now that I can expand to fill roles that I never knew about before. I ran into an acquaintance awhile ago who kind of summed it up for me: "You guys don't do anything halfway, huh?" Yep. Leave it to us to get married, graduate from school, find jobs, move 600 miles away, get pregnant, have a baby, get ordained, find other jobs, move 600 miles again, buy a house, put an addition on that house, and get pregnant again. Within three years.
Boy or girl?
Not going to find out until birth.
April or May. Not really going down the route of announcing a certain date, even to myself or our family.
Plans for care?
Barring any complications, we are going to have a home birth! Our hospital experience at Vicki Jo's birth was not bad, but it left both of us feeling that there was nothing about it that we couldn't have done much more comfortably at home. Also, I love the approach of pregnancy and birth being normal life stages for women, not special events that need medical management. We interviewed several midwife teams, and the one we picked is superb. Jennifer, Marilyn and Bobbi have mountains of experience, make us feel totally at ease, and are tuned in to my wavelength of food as medicine and using herbs and natural remedies to try to ease pregnancy complaints.
Tennessee has the benefit of the Farm Midwifery Center, founded by Ina May Gaskin, so there are about a gazillion home birth midwives here. In fact, there is a separate certification for them - the CPM (Certified Professional Midwife). It involves rigorous training and hundreds of hours of observation and experience. I feel totally confident that these women know how to handle a low-risk pregnancy and birth.
Jennifer, Marilyn and Bobbi have just set up a practice in East Nashville, about six blocks from our house! I walked there with Vicki Jo and the pup the other day. It's lovely. I will do all my prenatal visits there, except the one at 36 weeks, which they do in our home.
Second pregnancy compared to first?
Totally different for me. If there was one song to define my first pregnancy, it would be U2's "In a Little While," especially the chorus of "slow down my beating heart." There was a nervous, heart-fluttering, shallow-breath anxiety about my whole first pregnancy, from the time I saw "pregnant' on the stick to holding Vicki Jo against my chest, shivering. It was something I just couldn't shake, despite all my preparation, meditation, and knowledge that the stress was harmful for both of us. I just don't feel that this time. At all. I feel relaxed and at peace. I don't need a sonogram to tell me a due date. I don't need to look at a thousand books and websites to see how big my baby is today. I just work, play, rest and eat as normal. I have always been someone who likes to repeat experiences, because I know I will do better at them after the first time. Pregnancy seems to be no different.
Also, this time, my job is much less demanding (time-wise) and stressful than my prior appointment. My diet has improved drastically (I cook almost all of our food, we eat grass-fed meats from local farms, drink raw dairy from a farm in Kentucky, and eat cooked and fresh vegetables from gardens and farms, I don't eat nearly as many grains and empty starches as I used to, I drink and eat a lot of fermented foods, and I'm working on getting fish oil into my diet daily). I'm roughly following the Brewer diet again (embracing principles without the crazy protein counting), although much of it has just become second nature. For example, I have eaten two eggs scrambled in butter every morning for the last year, so I haven't had to struggle to fit in the two eggs each day that the Brewer diet recommends.
I am working on walking about an hour each day, usually with Vicki Jo on my back and the pup by my side. If we can scrape together the money, I will take prenatal yoga each week at the local studio (would be a great Christmas present, family members who are reading!), have monthly acupuncture at our community clinic (only $15 per session!), and have monthly massages. We are contemplating taking another Bradley class, as well, to refresh our skills and to meet other expectant couples. Again, not sure if we can cover the cost.
Well, I have given you the exhaustive run-down. We are so happy. We were and are a bit stunned, but giddy with the love that is growing inside and between us.
Between five and six weeks at the in-laws' house.
Between eight and nine weeks at the office.
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