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2009-04-21

Gratituesday: A Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy Pregnancy
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I'm officially into my third trimester! Twenty-eight weeks and counting! Woohoo!

Today I'm so thankful for a relatively smooth, easy and healthy pregnancy. I had some fatigue at the beginning, but that quickly passed. I didn't experience morning sickness other than a few queasy moments. I've been able to stay pretty active in spite of a sciatic nerve that wants to act up periodically. I've had great energy until recently when it has tapered off a bit. I think that's due to a typical iron slump I usually experience about this time. (Gotta take that Floradix!)

This little guy is much anticipated. Three boys. Wow. How fun and crazy will that be? Caden likes to talk about what will happen when baby Alec gets here. Levi likes to kiss my tummy--so sweet. Keith is excited to be the daddy of three little men.

This labor and delivery is going to be very different for us. Caden was born in a free-standing birth center--which is almost like having a home birth except it's not at home. I had great midwives and a very free and natural birth with Caden.

Levi was born at home. I had a new midwife, who was incredible, and it was wonderful to be able to have him born right here!

This time around my midwife has joined a doctor's practice and is no longer performing homebirths for the time being. She is able to help women "do birth" in the way that they prefer and has had many, many successful natural and beautiful deliveries in the hospital.

But it's still the hospital. And I've never done that before. It's pretty strange to me to go to the hospital for the first time after giving birth to two babies already. But I have a lot of confidence in my midwife and her ability and desire to advocate for me, so I'm very thankful for that as well.

And a hospital birth means less preparation. And less cleanup (for us, anyway). And someone else to fix food for a while even if it isn't the best food ever. So, that's something else to be thankful for!

I've still got a list as long as my arm of things I'd like to accomplish before this little one makes his arrival, but I'm really, truly enjoying this pregnancy.

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of this little boy and for such a wonderful pregnancy!

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6 comments:

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

I was a floradix, miswife, homebirth girl too :)

Praise the Lord for all your little men!!

Erin said...

Woo-hoo! The countdown is starting :-) 3 boys are a BLAST, I promise!! Pregnancy is such a blessed miracle, isn't it? Praise God for new life!

Danielle said...

Yeah! So glad you are still feeling well! I'll have to check into the floradix...I'm always so exhausted in that last trimester. I have delivered all five in the hospital and have always had a midwife (except for the c-section for the little boy that wanted to be sideways!). It was always a positive experience for me. I loved having food brought to me too! I ordered everything off the list!!! The only thing I don't like is when the night shift nurses come and wake you up to check you and the baby...grrrrr. I always come home in 24 hours.

Amanda @ Mommy's Idea Book said...

I'm glad to hear you're doing well. I can't imagine having three boys, but I'm sure there will never be a dull moment around you house. I wish you the best on your labor and delivery.

Sheila said...

I'm glad your pregnancy is going smoothly. I love Gratituesday posts! As someone with two hospital deliveries and a fairly long stay at the hospital during one pregnancy, don't dread the food. The food at my hospital was actually very good! :) I wasn't always able to eat much, but what I did eat was very good, and my husband enjoyed some of what I couldn't. I had very good hospital experiences. God bless you and your precious gift from God.

shopannies said...

in all things give thanks

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