Ethan's Age

Monday, July 25, 2011

Halfway Cooked!

I'm officially into my 21st week, and our baby boy is cooking away.

I can feel him from time to time, espcially if I have awful posture, I think because he gets squished and is screaming "MOM I NEED MORE ROOOOOOOOM!"  Jon has also said he's felt the little one too, which is totally great.

My mother and I are traveling up to Toronto, Canada next week, and will be gone for a week.  I'm excited to see my family, and show off my pregnant belly :)

I've been spending time reading a bunch of books.  I recently finished reading Dr Sears book "The Vaccine Book."   I'd strongly recommend all books writing by either Robert or William Sears.  I appreciated that such a controversial topic was covered in a pretty unbiased way.  He weighs the pros and cons of various vaccines, and leaves it up to the reader to decide.  I've not found anything in the book that says you should or shouldn't vaccinate.  I'm pretty ok with most vaccines, but would like to put off the newborn ones for a week or so, and I'm not planning on giving them the chicken pox vaccine.  Thankfully, the childbirth center community has several people who do "Chicken Pox Parties" from time to time where my kid can get them naturally.  We didn't die, right?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Do It Yourself Housing Projects

I’m not gonna lie.  I drool over this blog on a daily basis.

Part of owning a new home is deciding the stuff that you want to do to it to make it totally awesome.  A major piece to this plan is to find furniture for super cheap at thrift stores (or yard sale/Craigslist) and refurbish them.  (EG; sanding and staining or repainting them.) The bonus of moving into a house that is Mary Poppins (Practically Perfect in Every Way) is that we don’t have any substantial repairs or things that need to be done.

The main project is getting rid of the U.G.L.Y. wall paper in the lower and upper bathrooms.  (The upper one is full of pink flower *vomit* and the lower one is a weird palm tree motif.) Thankfully, neither wall paper project is crucial, and is more cosmetic than anything else. 

The other items we are looking for on our thrift store/yard sale/craigslist adventures are the following:
1.   A hutch for the kitchen with an upper and lower level (preferably with an upper level that is glass cabinets because I love the way it looks, but I’m flexible.)  Price of this item new is around $200-400.  My goal for Thift Store Price is less than 100.00.  I’m willing to sand/refinish and  paint the new item.
2.   A nice glass paneled book shelf for our DVD’s upstairs or downstairs. Price of this item new at Ikea is $369.00.  My goal for a thift store find is less than $75.00. 
3.   Window boxes for the outside lower level in the back yard. 
I really want to go for the circle version- found in the House projects link on the right (douchy looking dude not included.) Thankfully, this is already listed as a do-it-yourself project, costing roughly $10.00 per box (x4 boxes) compared to purchasing them at $150.00/per at home depot. (Total savings somewhere around $500.00! WOW!)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's A Boy!

That's right folks, after a full hour of an uncooperative fetus rolling about, we were able to get a really great shot that leaves no cause for questioning.  He's got boy parts!!  However, more importantly, it's human, has all it's parts in the right place... fingers, toes... a heart, all of it!

I'd post it here, but I'm saving the picture for the senior yearbook.  (Because I'm that kind of mom.)  So, here's a none money shot pic of the 19 week old! (Those dots about his chest are his hands!)

Week 19- It's A Boy!

In other news, I was able to have my first official midwife appointment last week.  I've now met both midwives that will be on my birth team, and one apprentice.  I will meet the other apprentice in a month when I meet again with the first.  So, basically, I switch back and forth between the two midwives until birth comes, then one is my primary (Tracy) and then I have a secondary (Jesica) who comes in if labor is really long, or if Tracy needs break. They also each have an apprentice who shadows them who are studying to become midwives.  The one I've met (Jules) is really nice too, so I feel really comfortable with them.

Afterwards, there are lactation specialists on hand, and on my second day, I get a massage too.  They take care of all our meals, and let us just relax and get to know our little one! I feel so confident, and ready to get to this!

We are working on boys names right now, and have one front runner that we both love very much.

Here are the obligatory belly pics.  You can tell my body really likes the extra exercise that it's getting, as there isn't too much change (if anything a bit of thinning out) between week 18 and 19.

         Week 14                                            Week 18                                            Week 19

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Large Resolutions

Over the past few weeks, many decisions were up in the air.
We needed to close on the house, we needed to get Jon fully employed, we needed our next insurance set up.

And we needed to figure out where to have our baby.

As noted in the previous post, I have been drawn to the "out-of-hospital" route.

I fell in love with a place. 

We toured a local waterbirthing center located very close to us, and within 25 minutes of our new house.  We loved the midwife we met with, and we loved the people who showed us around. The center is beautiful, with hotel room like spaces that are warm, comforting and inviting.  They were setting up for an incoming laboring mother, and I got to see the room all set up with the water drawn in the tub, candles out, and the curtains drawn.  It was very soothing.

I appreciated that they were able to answer both of our questions about safety, and basic information about their center and back up plans.

Jon and I sat down to lunch the next day and he asked "what do you think?"  I gave him all of my thoughts... and warily asked "well, what did you think?"  He took a breath, and I dreaded what he was going to say.  I busily took a bite of my baja fresh (while looking across the room and noticing I was sitting around 10 feet from the two kids featured in the TLC Show "Little People, Big World.")  of course, I was just looking for something to distract me.

Jon had more than a little trepidation about the idea of not birthing in a hospital, and this tour was what was going to either reinforce his beliefs, or get him thinking of other options.  I just knew he wasn't on board, and truly, if he was very uncomfortable with the birthing center route after the tour, I had already resigned myself to agreeing to trying a natural childbirth in a hospital.  The idea of it made me shudder in fear, but I didn't want to have an uncomfortable husband being nervous through birth.

I digress.  I was eating my taco. 
"well, what did you think?" I had just said.

"Well," he said thoughtfully "I liked it."
Thankfully, I had just swallowed the bite of food otherwise I might have choked a bit.  I slowly drank a sip of soda. "You... Liked it."  He went on to talk about how comfortable it felt, and how he understood how I had fallen in love.  But better yet, he talked about how he felt comfortable with the way they dealt with emergencies and that he felt I'd be taken care of.

I was blown away.  We've found where we will be having our baby, this is the last large piece of the puzzle.