Sunday, August 30, 2009

Oh, and movement!

I have felt baby move a few times now. I felt Oliver for the first time around 14 weeks, but at the time wasn't sure if it was him. I started feeling him on a regular basis around 19 weeks, I think.
I felt this baby for the first time around 13 weeks - I hear that with your second/third/etc pregnancy you usually feel the baby sooner, plus I'm thinner this time and that may play a part. I have felt baby just a few times, when I'm lying really still, usually at night. I can't wait to feel him/her all the time!

Crazy Pregnancy Dreams!

I'm in my second trimester, and just like when I was pregnant with Oliver, the weird dreams are starting.
Last night I dreamed I had the baby in the hospital with the midwife that delivered Oli. But it was just me and her - Ian wasn't there, again! (This better not be a sign...) Kambra wasn't there, and there weren't even any nurses.
I had the baby boy (boy, again!) at 3:01am and his stomach was just HUGE! My midwife weighed him and he was 28 pounds!!! I was asking my midwife how that could be and why his stomach was so big; she said that it was just because he swallowed all the amniotic fluid. She emptied his stomach of all the fluid and he was just fine. And he weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
Weird, huh?!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rear-facing vs. Forward-Facing

Well, Oliver is 12 months now and is over 20 pounds (barely!), so why is he still rear-facing? Watch this:

Oli will remain rear-facing at least until baby 2 is here, and longer than that if I can figure out how to get his seat to fit behind one of the front seats without touching them (right now it's in the middle of the backseat).

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Oliver's First Birthday Party

Playing at the Natural Playscape with Austin

Yummy, banana cupcakes!
Mmmm watermelon!

Hanging out with Bonnie and Gabriel

Playing Frisbee with Wrigley

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Yes it's true, we are planning a homebirth for Baby #2. Why? Well, I have a couple answers prepared.
For those people who just think we're plain crazy, the answer is, "Because it's what is best for us."
For those people who are actually interested in the reasons, the brief answer is, "Because hospitals and OBs are great at taking care of women and babies that need extra care and interventions. But they aren't so great at supporting low-risk women who want to avoid interventions as much as possible. I have a low-risk pregnancy and will feel more comfortable birthing at home."
I actually LOVE talking about this stuff. But I avoid bringing it up because a lot of people aren't able to listen with an open mind. But if asked about it, I might just talk for hours.
Is it safe? I'll link several resources, but they all say the same thing: low-risk mothers birthing at home (with a qualified midwife) and their babies are just as safe, if not safer, than low-risk mothers birthing in hospitals. And we have a VERY qualified, wonderful midwife.
If you want to read for yourself:
Home Birth Research Index
Outcomes of Planned Homebirths...
Is Homebirth For You?
Is Homebirth Safe?
Homebirth Safety Research
How Homebirth Measures Up
Is Homebirth With A Midwife Safe?
The Homebirth Choice

I like my grandma's response..."Well, that's how they used to do it."

12 Month Check Up

Oliver had his one year check up today! We opted for just one vaccine (a shot) but he also had to get a finger poke to check for lead and hemoglobin levels - so he wasn't a very happy camper for a little bit.
Oli is 20 pounds, 10 ounces. He is 30 1/4 inches tall - almost too tall for one of his carseats, guess we'll be doing some shopping soon!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Baby Belly?

I hesitate to post this photo....because it does look like I have a little baby bump. But really, that's just leftovers from Oliver! I'm approximately 12 weeks.

Friday, August 7, 2009

another dream...

That Baby is a boy.
Of course I could be totally wrong. But, I gotta post so that if he IS a boy, I can say "I told you so!"
In my dream, my labor started around 7pm and we had the wonderful homebirth we are hoping for around 11:30pm. The only thing is...Ian was at work and left his phone at home, and we couldn't get ahold of him so he missed the whole thing!! That BETTER not happen!