Monday, December 15, 2014

Sleeping In A Tree

We had the windows open and could feel the damp Northwest breeze blowing across the sheets, the sound of the nearby river rushing over the rocks. The vibrant green moss hanging from the nearby branches tickled my nose with smells of the earth. With life. The giant fir tree where we were spending the night swayed violently in the wind storm as we laid on the bed together, trying to keep our cards in order across the rumpled sheets. The lights flickered, giving us pause. My husband climbed down the straight vertical ladder to the room below in search of a flashlight, while I blindly fumbled about looking for my reading light. And just as suddenly as the sun gives its final farewell to the day, the world went dark. All we could see were the tall timbers swinging and thrashing their arms outside our window, as our own gentle hideaway matched their steps. It was truly one of those magical moments where I couldn't believe I'm so lucky to live in such an amazing pocket of the world.
This past weekend my husband and I had an overnight getaway to a local retreat called Treehouse Point. We booked this stay back in July, and decided it would be our Christmas gift to one another. So you know in advance, this is not a paid or sponsored post, I just had a lot of people asking about our experience and wanted to share more about our time together. Treehouse Point is a lovely little place, very rustic with a bed and breakfast type feel to it. The property is nestled in the woods along the river, and has walking paths around the property. There is no cable, no wifi in the treehouses, no pool, no restaurant, no private bathrooms or private showers (there is a new cedar bath house with great showers/toilets that the treehouses share, and a main lodge). And the average cost for a night will set you back about $300. But I don't know what to tell you other than $300 is worth it to sleep in a tree. A completely and utterly unique experience.
I absolutely loved the 'community' feel to the property. In the morning we walked into the lodge and felt like it was home. We chatted with the cook that morning, who had prepared a lovely spread of casseroles, potatoes, eggs, pumpkin crunch, granola, yogurt, fruits, and hot coffee. Her and I talked about babies since she also works as a postpartum doula, and she copied off a cookie recipe I had loved the afternoon when we got in. My husband and I sat at a big log table with a few other guests, our plates full of food, and chatted about our lives next to a warm fire.

While we only saw the other treehouses from the outside, they all looked really special. I don't think you could go wrong choosing any of them! The perk of the house we stayed in (The Burl) is that it was recently constructed and finished last year (and was featured on the reality show Treehouse Masters). It is the first treehouse on the property that features a plumbed toilet, and for this pregnant mama it was a major bonus. Not that I'm bothered by walking around the woods in the dark at 2 in the morning...but doing so a few times a night to pee might have been a minor inconvenience.
Anyway, I'm really grateful we had something so special close to home. It took us about 1.5 hours from our front door and was the perfect place to get away together. My husband marveled over the engineering and construction and I found myself simply giddy about the aesthetics of the place. Sometimes it's easy for me to think we need to travel far and wide, and I forget that when we look in our own backyard (especially in the PNW), we are greeted with natural, beautiful marvels and local spirit you can't find anywhere else. It's no great secret that I'm a planner, a doer, a see-er. While I believe that life happens in the daily, small moments of routine, it also happens out in the world. This is out in the world. Making checks off our bucket list, making memories together, creating experiences outside the norm.
The next morning we also spent some time at nearby Snoqualmie Falls, hiking down to the lower park along the river so we could see the hydroelectric plant (another enjoyment for husband, although he was really wishing my Dad was there so they could talk nerdy smart stuff). Snoqualmie Falls is really beautiful and is only about 10 minutes from Treehouse Point, if you are interested in stopping by.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again a million times, but we are so grateful for the time we get together. We really thrive in our marriage when we have time (either alone or as a family). I know some families are exhausted and lack the support we do in the way of family close by to help out and love our son, and we are so thankful for that. I often feel like I'm trying to 'squeeze it all in' before baby girl arrives, but I know that life will just be different for a bit and I'm really looking forward to that as well.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

32 Week Update

You guys, I usually don't get embarrassed about many things, but the toothpaste splatter happening in this (once again) bathroom mirror capture is just too much. In my defense, my laptop is still down, so even if we did take photos with my nice camera I have nowhere to upload them. Still working from the husband's dinosaur here.
I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and try a new format for the rest of my pregnancy updates, seeing as how we have roughly 8 weeks to go until Baby E arrives and makes us a family of four! I haven't been updating as much as I did with my pregnancy with Ben, and I feel like I need to start doing so for our personal memories. (20 week announcement here, 22 weeks here, 25 weeks here, 28 weeks here)

Baby|| Dr.Google tells me that baby weighs about 3.5-4 pounds right now, and that I should be gaining about a pound a week for baby. Apparently she's about to start gaining almost half of her birth weight during the remainder of the pregnancy. She has toenails, fingernails, and real hair now too. I'm really excited to see what she looks like and how she resembles her brother.

I can tell she is growing because, well, my belly is getting bigger. My uterus is pushing up higher and I get out of breath much easier, so I know my diaphragm is getting squished. Her movements have been different lately and she's had a lot of hiccups the past two weeks.

Mama Eats|| Or mama doesn't. I have had zero appetite lately, and have felt rather nauseous. This is very strange for me...because I adore food. It might have something to do with all of the feasting after Thanksgiving and having trouble getting back on track with healthy food choices.
Mama Sleeps|| Or mama doesn't. It's the ol' pee in the middle of the night routine. And adjust the pillows propping my legs up just right, shove the one under my back again, and get re-situated, and then realize I feel wide awake and spend far too long lying in the dark listening to my husband snoring, thinking about things like weekend getaways, organic strawberries, and what I might want to eat for breakfast if I feel up to eating in the morning. It goes like this:
8 p.m.: Ben is in bed for the night.
10: p.m.: We go to bed for the night.
1 a.m.: I wake up to pee (and drink some
3:30 a.m: I fall back asleep, maybe.
4:30 a.m.: I wake up to pee (dammit, why did I drink more water?!)
5:30 a.m.: Husband's alarm goes off and it wakes me up slightly.
6: 00 a.m.: He kisses me good bye, I kind of wake up.
7:15 a.m.: My alarm goes off and I get up before Ben.

Mama Exercises|| As I mentioned before, my workouts have been scaled back drastically. I realized I didn't need to be doing 45 minutes of cardio, weights, and a workout DVD all in the same day. It was too much and my body was telling me so. The round ligament pain is still awful, and the sciatica comes and goes. If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, round ligament pain is in reference to the abdomen/groin. The ligaments are thick and surround and support the uterus as it grows. It connects the front part of the uterus to your groin where the legs attach to the pelvis. The sciatic nerve is the largest in the entire body. It runs under the uterus and down through the legs...the pressure from the developing baby can put a lot of pressure here.

I'm focused on walking at least 4 days a week, doing squats and light stretching from here on out. As long as I don't sit for long periods of time/or stand for long periods of time, the ligament pain in my abdomen seems to be bearable. Which pretty much leaves lying down on my side a lot, and I'm very grateful for my laid-back toddler boy who is happy to read books and do stickers with me on the couch.

I haven't weighed myself as of late, and thankfully my midwife doesn't ask me to unless I feel up to it. I think I'm sitting somewhere around a 22-23 pound weight gain, which I think is pretty darn fabulous. I'm hoping to gain no more than 30-35 pounds by the end of the pregnancy (with Ben I gained nearly 65!!)

Emotions|| In terms of our upcoming labor and birth, I feel really great right now (there have been cries about other things, but not this) One of my close friends just had a VBA2C at home and I'm so inspired and uplifted by her story. My girlfriends threw me a sweet little baby shower and I have a birth affirmations jar with positive words that I really treasure. I'm practicing my hypno birthing/relaxation and having a lot of quality conversations with my baby daddy. I ordered our birth kits and those arrived, and putting together the rest of the things we need in our birth boxes so after Christmas I can really relax and not have too much to do.

I'm reminded constantly that while this birth experience is so important to me, it is just one day in thousands of days of being this little girl's mama. I trust this process and know everything will be okay. I came across a quote the other day that really spoke to me...intending that everything we want is on the other side of fear. That's where growth and change live...beyond everything that is uncomfortable and scary. I have zero fear about the birth of this baby, and I know the other side of that is where I am redeemed. I've had many many moments throughout this pregnancy where I've felt overwhelmed, sad, and guilty at how my son and I deserved so much better when he was born...and at the same time that cesarean is what led me to the mother I am today. The woman who can understand and love and support other mothers. The woman who can make a positive impact on other people through her story. The woman who understands how much birth matters. The one who is doing it her way this time. I couldn't be here without that experience, and every day I give gratitude for it.

I've also found myself really focusing on my relationship with my son and the time we have together where I can give him more undivided attention.
Appointments|| So appointments were obviously a lot easier during my first pregnancy when I didn't have a care in the world about a small person's schedule. I'm trying really hard to not inconvenience anyone and balance appointment times with what works best for my son's routine, my husband's work schedule, and my mom's availability. It's hard. This week (and it's only Tuesday!) I hit up all of 'em and one extra to boot.

Vbac Consult: I dreaded this. I did not want to do it, but my midwife is required to strongly refer her patients for an official consult with an OBGYN (just a one time thing). My husband took time off work to go with me, because I knew going in it would be a mental game I simply had to get through. The OB was a lovely man, and I actually really liked him. I've heard great things about how well he treats women...but he is of course required to tell me all the risks of having a vaginal birth after cesarean. He was really focused on what a 'large baby' I had last time, which was more agitating than anything else.

Chiropractor: My body, my out of whack. My chiro thinks the round ligament pain is chronic (not like I stand up and it hurts and goes away...but it hurts literally all day long) because my pelvis is pulling all those ligaments off kilter. I'm going to keep going every week until baby's birthday.

Midwife: I had a great appointment this week. I love the open and trusting relationship that happens there. I love the way her hands move knowingly across the ridges and grooves in my ever-growing belly to find little girl's heartbeat. I love when she hands the stethoscope to me so I can listen to the distant tick of her heart through the layers of my body. Despite the aches and pains of this pregnancy, I love growing this baby inside of me so much.

I only have one more bi-weekly appointment before Christmas, then a home visit, and then I go weekly until baby girl arrives!

Massage Therapist: She might be my new favorite person. She works hard and deep into my back, hips, and ligaments...all the areas where I need it most. No pain, no gain. :-)
Nursery|| I LOVE this space, so much. Decorating girl rooms is FUN! It's so comfortable, and soothing, and I've had the absolute best time putting it together.  Here's a terrible, low-light photo (the walls are actually a gray color...not green) that gives you a sneak peek of what we've got going on. I need to finish organizing clothes, wash diapers, and get my husband to hang a couple of bookshelves...but the room is pretty much baby-ready. As I've talked about before, she will sleep next to our bed in the early days, but we aren't a co-sleeping family and our babies sleep in their rooms pretty early on, so having this cozy space is important to me (mostly because I spend a lot of time in there nursing). Ha!
Until next time! :)
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Life Happenings

Oh my dear blog, it is sadly getting put on the back burner as of late. And I'm totally okay with that. It's been a while since I've shared life happenings, and for the sake of journaling our lives in this season, it seems high time to do an update.

We hosted Thanksgiving at our house this year. Justin and I were so overjoyed to have the space to have family come stay with us. Our home was full of, family, laughter, little feet. It was wonderful. We are still eating leftovers! We had family with us for 4 days, and after they left we spent a few hours vacuuming, cleaning, scrubbing, washing sheets, and getting our house back together. I'm not sure what I was thinking when we wanted to host a bunch of family while 30 weeks pregnant, but we made it work, and we would do it again.
Speaking of being pregnant, I very much am. I feel SO PREGNANT right now. And I'm kind of pissed at my body, because I'm so much more active and healthy this time around and yet I continue to have more body ailments, despite my best attempts at body care. My sciatic nerve pain is a KILLER (has anyone else had this? please commiserate with me). I will literally be walking along and just drop to my knee because the nerve pinches so badly. Sigh. It comes and goes with no regard to whether or not I've exercised, had an adjustment, or soaked in a hot tub. I'm getting started with my prenatal massage today, and hoping that helps. Aside from THAT, my body has also decided to try its hand at round ligament pain. I never had this with Ben and it sucks a big butt. Going from a sitting to a standing position too quickly makes me double over, standing for too long brings on spasms of pain throughout my abdomen. Working out too long and I'm done for the day. I'm going to try abdominal massage and acupuncture and see what that does for me. But seriously body, get it together!! My workouts are down to simply walking, stretching, and doing squats.
We got a tree! A BIG, beautiful noble fir Christmas tree, standing at least 10 feet tall. Admittedly, we were a tad overzealous when we (me) picked it out. Last year we didn't even have one because our house was too small, and the year before we put it on the dining table. This is our first year in our new home and we were jazzed. Ben loved watching his daddy chop it down and tells me every day "Daddy, cut down! Treeee!" and then he gets to turn the lights on. Other than the tree, I put out a few minimal Christmas decorations and I'm calling it good. Despite the fact that we have a very curious 2 year old (who does well with no and boundaries...but still), I don't want to be 36 weeks pregnant and taking down and storing gobs of Christmas decor. No thanks. Simple and festive is good for us. We are also not a Santa family, or an 'elf on the shelf' family, or any of the other stuff and I feel really good about that, especially right now.
Ben continues to amaze me with his personality, and he is constantly making us laugh. He's such a special human and I'm soaking in every single day with him before baby sister arrives. I'm finding that even leaving him for dates or appointments is harder for me these days, because I know the moments are few that I have left with just him. Justin and I went on a mega date to Seattle on Sunday night and it was truly wonderful, but I always miss our boy. That is until the next morning when I got peed on and then Ben's diaper came loose after a poop. Ah, the life of a mom. :)

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Preparing For A VBAC

I hate that I am even writing this post, because quite frankly, having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), should be a non-issue by now. I should no more be faced with choosing whether to labor this time than I did before my cesarean. Sadly, that is not the case. I knew before even getting pregnant that finding a care provider, hassling with insurance, and making decisions would be an uphill battle from the very beginning. The reality is that VBAC moms do have more work to do than other pregnant mamas. More decisions to make, more healing to do, more battles to win.
Before I get any further, let's get the disclaimers out of the way. I am not a doctor or a midwife. I have no medical or professional training. I'm just a highly motivated, incredibly educated, well-researched, and very determined mama who wants to birth on her own terms. Please do not take anything you read here as valid advice (and while I don't always trust what an obstetrician has to say, you should definitely always ask questions of YOUR own care provider). I hope this post inspires you, answers questions for you, or offers in some way a snippet of support on your own journey. It's also important to note that just because I've decided this is what is right for me, it might not be right for you. As long as women and families are being offered choices and are educating themselves about the risks and rewards of labor, any way that each of us chooses to birth is okay. But if you don't know your options, then you don't have any.

As many of my family, friends, and readers know, our birth experience with Benjamin was traumatic and stressful. Our hoped-for natural delivery in a hospital with a nurse midwife turned into a timed, fear-riddled, unnecessary intervention-filled labor that resulted in a pushed cesarean from a condescending and unknown doctor. I was exhausted, numb to my lips, puking, and terrified. The first hours of my son are forever lost to a sea of drugs and sleep. Breastfeeding was hard (but we persevered), recovery was incredibly difficult after a major surgery, and I suffered from high anxiety and post partum depression. It was everything a new mother and family should not have to suffer through. Instead of welcoming our sweet baby home with joy, it was a miserable experience that still brings on tears and feelings of sadness. It was a painful day. It wasn't beautiful. But those are the moments that force us to grow into new people. I've gained so much from Ben's birth, and sometimes I don't think I would even trade the experience. It has forced me to be better, to be stronger, to know women, to love my son in ways I had to search hard for. It's pushed me to become educated about birth, about the way our bodies are designed, and how nature intends the mother-child relationship to develop. I can now look at my cesarean and feel blessed by the experience; the gap that bridged between my husband and I, the way I love him harder. The way I had to fight to love my son and be grateful for the traumatic way he entered the world-because he's here and I would suffer through that a million times again if it meant it was the only way he could be mine.

I'm not going to inundate this post with research, statistics, and facts. I just want to talk about my feelings and what I'm personally doing to prepare for my VBAC. Our backgrounds are probably different. Maybe you had a very necessary and life saving cesarean for which you are grateful. Maybe your cesarean was peaceful, with a doctor who cared about your needs and it was a wonderful experience! This also isn't to say that many women don't have alarming vaginal births, because I know many mamas who have. But VBAC moms have a label...we come with a 'story' about how/why we had the cesarean, with our surgery report/notes, and pray the provider we want will also want us and take the 'risk' of accepting us as a patient. I don't know your circumstances, so I can only speak for myself here.

For me, preparing my mind has been the most important. For me, the mind is where everything lives. Our bodies usually do what our minds tell them to. Getting physically prepared is important too, of course, but the mind controls everything. It's where the doubts, the fears, the excitement, and the hurt all live.  On my pregnancy journey, I've focused mostly on healing any lingering trauma that resides in my head.  There was never any doubt that I would 100% pursue a vaginal birth. My uterine scar is tough, it is healed. I have zero fear that it will 'rupture'. My body was made to do this, and it will.
| The Mind, The Emotions |
The mind is the greatest and most powerful tool you have before and during labor. Sometimes we just need to get out of our own way and allow our bodies to do the work they are designed to do. Giving up control (super hard for people like me), is a process that must be practiced. 
  1. Read, read, read. Read books. Read well-documented and footnoted articles. Read positive birth stories written by women who have had successful vbacs. (The Thinking Woman's Guide to Better Birth and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth are two my favorite books that normalize birth).
  2. Surround yourself with supportive, positive people. Sometimes we have well-meaning people in our lives who love and care about us, but their fears and worries are negative energy. Don't share your heart and spend your time trying to change their mind. Focus on the people who are 100% behind you. I know this sounds rude, but I often times won't even engage with people who are uneducated about this topic or truly care about having a quality conversation...if someone is only being judgmental, passive aggressive, or pushing their own opinions on me, I tune them out. This experience isn't about anyone but me and my family. 
  3. Join a support group. I was fortunate enough to find a local cesarean group that meets once a month and it was paramount in my healing. Online groups are incredible too. Search for a local ICAN chapter. 
  4. Journal, draw, write, scribble. How does your creative mind work? Our subconscious allows our thoughts and true feelings to come when we do so in a creative, un-forced way. I keep a journal by my bed and as I read things, talk to people, or spend meditative time with myself, I always come out with thoughts I need to write down. I write down good dreams, ideas, epiphanies. I had this beautiful dream one night when I was 15 weeks pregnant...I could reach down and feel a baby girl's thick head of hair as I breathed and pushed her out, and I gently raised her to my chest. I woke up in tears...having never experienced anything like that in 'real life', it was so profound to me. I wrote it down and I go back to it all the time. If I read something in a book that speaks to me, I write it down. If I have a fear, I write it down, or talk to my husband, or call my doula.
  5. Connect with other women who have walked in your shoes, for they know your heart better than anyone else. 
  6. For the sake of focusing on the positive, do not avoid the painful. You have to walk down that path. I thought I had worked through most of my issues, but I still have doubts/fears that come up all the time. I meet them head-on and work through them, because avoiding truthful emotions and pain is foolish. Some recent things that have come up for me..."I'm too big to have a natural birth...why didn't I work out harder and lose more weight? Maybe my body can't do this." I recognized right away how detrimental that would be to my visualization of birth. I met with my friend Katy (a birth doula) and she helped talk me through those emotions, reminding me that I'm not big, women of all sizes birth babies, and I AM healthy. I just needed to see myself that way (and sometimes we need someone else to tell us that).
  7. Reflect very hard on your past birth experience, and think about the things that made you feel truly unsafe and un-valued as a mother. Talk to your care provider about these so they know what triggers you might be facing, and maybe where you need more care and love during your labor. A lot of us have trauma. A lot of us were treated poorly. I have a lot of 'flashback issues' that have come up throughout this pregnancy, and my midwife couldn't be more caring and amazing throughout it all.
  8. Speaking of care providers. Interview them. Find them. Connect with them. Do not allow yourself to be boxed into who cares for you and where you birth based on insurance/finances if you can allow it. My husband and I saved to pay for our birth out of pocket so that I had the freedom to choose. It's sad it has to be that way, but it is. WHO you are putting your life/baby/experience with and WHERE you give birth matter more than almost anything, especially for VBAC moms. Ask good questions and take note of any 'red flags' that come up where you feel your provider isn't truly being pro-vbac. Remember this is YOUR body, YOUR baby, YOUR birth one can tell you what you can/can't do, or scare you with fear tactics, or give you misleading information for their own agenda. Find someone who truly wants this for you and believes in shared decision making. Find someone who believes that birth is a natural, normal process and will treat you the same as any other pregnant mama. Also, hire a doula. A good one. Our doula has been to literally thousands of births, and that experience is invaluable to me.
  9. Practice relaxation techniques. Train your mind. I'm really enjoying Hypnobirthing this time around. It has a lot of great suggestions for laying down and doing visualizations that help with releasing that control. 
  10. Positive affirmations. Oh I know it sounds cheesy as hell, but write them down and tape them up somewhere. I have 5 affirmations taped to my bathroom mirror, and I read them every day. These should be personal to you. Some examples include:
    • I am a strong and capable woman. I trust my instincts to know what I need for my labor.
    • My body is not broken. I can do this.
    • I am deserving of a peaceful birth.
|The Body, The Physical |
You are growing an entire human inside your body. All of the blood, cells, bones, muscles. Nutrition for yourself and your baby is SO important during pregnancy. Staying physically active helps maintain muscle strength, decreases the risk of high weight gain, and helps our bodies cope with the physical changes of the body during pregnancy. I remember washing our car when I was pregnant with Ben and my sweet elderly neighbor came running out, telling me I should be back inside with my feet up. Gone are the days, ladies. Lying inside with my feet up is not the way I am going to achieve pushing out a baby. 
  1. I gained 65 pounds during my first pregnancy. (!!!) It took me nearly 18 months to lose that weight, and beside the fact that I had a major surgery, my recovery was rough and I didn't feel good. This time, I'm all about workin' on my fitness. While I don't believe that a 'number' should define us, my goal weight is 30 pounds this time (set by myself). I'm doing really great this time around. I'm working out 4-5 times a week (45 minutes of cardio), modified weight lifting, workout videos, lots of squats, stretching, and daily walks. My legs feel strong, my endurance feels high, and I love sweating it out for me and my baby. 
  2. Eat well. Eat whole, real foods. Pack in that nutrition and stay away from processed crap and sugar. Sometimes I fail at this (in fact just last week I ate all of the chocolate things, and there was that one time I begged my husband to get me a taco from Jack in the Box at midnight), but overall, I am confident with the nutrients I am feeding my baby. It makes a me...between my two pregnancies, I notice the huge impact my diet has played. 
  3. Get some good body care! This time I'm seeing a chiropractor who works mainly with pregnant women. My pelvis and hips were all wacky, people. I'm going every couple of weeks, and she will come assist with the birth if positioning becomes a problem during labor. I'm also starting up bi-weekly prenatal massage for overall relaxation and well-being. Usually insurance covers these types of care, but if not, find a way to make it work. You will feel so much better. 
  4. Take time to relax. I take a nice bath a few times a week. I light candles, I think about my baby, I let my muscles relax and my mind release all the stressful stuff. 
  5. Don't sit around. This is much easier this pregnancy because I'm not teaching (sitting grading papers, sitting driving, sitting at the computer, etc). I'm on my hands and knees with my toddler, we are outside playing, outside walking, etc. Sitting and leaning back promotes poor positioning of baby in the womb. 
  6. Use vitamins as a supplement to a good diet. I'm currently taking a whole-foods prenatal vitamin 3x a day, a DHA supplement, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and a probiotic every day. 
  7. Ask your midwife or OB other ways you can support your body. Now that I'm in the third trimester, I'm drinking red raspberry leaf tea every day. I will take Evening Primrose Oil as we near the end, and also do spinning babies positioning if need be. It might all help, it might not, but I feel better doing it. :) 
I pray and hope and wish with every fiber in my being that this birth experience goes well. I know now that things don't always go as planned, but I have a supportive team of people with me who I trust. Something might come up before I hit full-term that derails our plans. These things are all out of my hands. I know I am doing everything (mentally and physically) that I have CONTROL over to help make this a successful birth, and I can't ask more of myself than that.

I love women. I love supporting women, being real with women, and opening up my heart with vulnerable honesty. If you're struggling, I want to be here for you. We do not have to agree and have the same philosophies about anything, because that's not what matters. Email me, comment, share. And please take the time (if you have it) to read back through the past two years of my life. There are big stories, emotions, healing, advice all bundled up in this blog. Please use it.

We are all created differently, and sometimes what works for one of us doesn't work for the other. Please share here what has helped you. How do you view birth? Have you had a successful VBAC?
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hello, Third Trimester

Woah! That came up quick! Third trimester, here we are! We've graduated on up to bi-weekly appointments with the midwife and it really feels like the last trimester is going to zoom by! I've started making my 'list' of things to really get focused on, including practicing my hypnobirthing, chiro care, etc. With the holidays approaching January will be here before we know it!

I know I said I would try to move on from bathroom selfies, but really they are the most practical way of capturing this bump. So here you least this time I moved to a different bathroom to change up the view. I'm also wearing the same dress I wore in some of my pregnancy updates with Ben, so I call that a major re-use win!

There isn't terribly much to report about since my last pregnancy update. I'm still working out 4-5 times a week, eating fairly well (no sugars, processed foods, a lot of smoothies), and sleeping fairly poorly. I'm still amazed at the differences between my pregnancies in overall health, but mostly the differences between the babies! With Ben I would often find myself worried because he didn't move around too much, but this little girl never stops moving! I'm scared, people. Quiet little introvert brother might have a wild extrovert sister! Baby E is also on my bladder allllll the time. I do drink a lot of water but I feel like she is bounces and punching it all the time. Ah, the joys of pregnancy.

Our flight to North Carolina really did a number on my low back/hips, and I've had some wicked nerve pain that has been troubling me big time. I'm hoping next week that general area starts to feel better because it's a pain in the ass, literally. I went to see my chiro and had a massage last week and neither of those were very helpful, so hoping that with regular walking and continued body care will work itself out.
I feel like I've really 'popped' this week and am starting to feel much more pregnant than I have been. I'm certainly not comparing my baby to any fruits this time around, but as far as I know she (my uterus) is measuring right on track and my weight gain is excellent. I had my glucose test this week but won't know the results of that for a few days. Other than that, nothing new to report. I still adore the care I am receiving and am getting so much positive support and feedback from my midwife and her assistant at each and every visit.

In other, non-pregnancy related news, my laptop 'crashed' and with it I lost every precious photo and memory I've ever captured. Memories with my dad, newborn photos of my son, family vacations. Devastated is not quite the right word for it. Please everyone-don't make my mistake and assume this will never happen to you...back up your data!! We are looking into hard drive repair, but the initial estimates we are getting are around $700-$2400. I'm currently using my husband's big dinosaur computer for blogging. Alright, I hear my little man waking up and need to dash.

Next update's goal: bump photos not taken in the bathroom.

Pregnancy goals: continue meal planning healthy eats, exercising, and taking time each day to practice relaxation and get off my feet.
And in case you all needed a reminder of this sweetness....(I wonder if his sister will look like him? I can't wait to find out!)

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