Oct 3, 2008

What's new with our babies...

Let's start with our little man, Ethan. He is 7 1/2 months and getting so ridiculously cute I can barely stand it. He does this scrunchy face now with his nose which is hilarous. He does it when he's frustrated, impatient or when eating his food. Not sure why, he just thinks it's fun and he knows he makes us laugh when he does it. As of last week he is sitting up on his own now. Once in awhile he will fall over but very rarely. He's finally got it down and I can't believe how fast he is growing up! I am trying to enjoy every moment with him because before I know it he will be crawling and walking and him being a baby will be just memories and photos! It's so strange....it's like you want to watch them grow and develop but then a part of you wants them to stay little forever. He is doing so good though and we are enjoying him so much.

Now, what's new with our little peanut. Well, she (we really think so:)) is making mommy very sleepy but that is a good sign so I am not complaining. I am about 5 1/2 weeks along now and already getting excited for the new baby to arrive:) I'm definitely glad we have 9 months before he or she gets here but still can't wait to meet him or her. It's weird to think that Ethan will be double the age he is now when the baby comes.

We met with Jeanne, a midwife that a lot of our friends use yesterday and we decided we are going to go through her with this baby. We really liked her and she spent a half hour just talking with us and answering any questions we had. I already felt more confident because she is personal and really makes you feel like you and the baby are very important to her. She is more involved in my diet which is nice that she cares and we just loved everything about her. I knew that midwives encourage natural child birth as much as possible but that she would give an epidural if asked for. I asked her about that and her response was, "I am better than an epidural." I laughed. I had one great nurse at Genesys with Ethan but she wasn't with me for the labor and I had terrible nurses then and my doctor only shows up for the last 5 minutes. Jeanne is so different. She is with you as much as she can during the labor. She's there to rub my back or hold my hand or whatever I need to do to get through it. I really liked that. So different than my experience with Ethan. Just to have someone who will be so encouraging and help me get through it will be so wonderful. I am going to try and go completely natural this time around. No drugs, no epidural, no nothing. She has birthing balls, a rocking chair, a tub, shower, many things to try and help go naturally. I'm a little nervous about it but I know that this is a better choice for us and I will feel so much if I can do it natural this time. I got so swollen from the epidural and most likely I will not need an episotomy which would make my recovery so great. She said she's only done 3 and she's been delivering babies for 14 years. She said they are unnecessary and they are trying to pass something to get doctors to not do them and use the technique they use. Olive oil and warm compresses....works magic I guess! I know I will still go through great pain, as it is labor, I'm just praying this time around things aren't so difficult for me, the baby drops and I don't push for 2 1/2 hours. I'm really excited about her though and my next appt. is November 6th. I will be 10 weeks and we should get to hear the heartbeat at that appt. Cannot wait for that. My first ultrasound will be at 20 weeks, which is when we will find out if it's a girl or boy. My due date is still June 3rd. Also, be praying because she is going away to a conference for the weekend of Labor Day which is typically the last week of May. Yikes! So, we are all hoping she is back in time for when I go into labor. Be praying the baby doesn't come a week and a half early :)

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