The Day My Daughter Was Born – Part 1

My birth story is pretty long, so I’m going to post it in a couple of entries. I changed some names to protect privacy.

My labor started at 4am on 1-11-2010 – two days passed my supposed due date. I had eaten some take-and-bake pizza the night before, and when I woke up I thought it had upset my stomach. I was nauseous and my stomach felt crampy (kind of like before I get my period). It didn’t take long for me to realize that the cramping was something completely different than indigestion. I tried falling back asleep, but wasn’t able too – mostly because of the excitement I was feeling. I didn’t wake my husband, Steven, yet. I wanted to make sure it was the real thing and didn’t want to jinx myself. Read the rest of this entry »


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Got My Cloth Diapers!

I got the rest of my FuzziBunz one size diapers today! Now I can use cloth diapers full-time with no excuses. 🙂

I looked into cloth diapering while I was still pregnant. My mom used cloth diapers (prefolds and plastic covers) when my brothers and I were babies, so it seemed like a pretty natural thing to do. Except that I knew I didn’t want to use those crunchy plastic covers! Read the rest of this entry »

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“Regrets” From My Homebirth

As much as I loved my homebirth experience and will have any more births at home, I have a couple things I wish I would have done differently. I can’t wait to have another baby so I can improve upon my experience!

*I regret not being able to see my daughter actually come out of my body. Next time I will either be in a better position to watch (I was on my hands and knees the first time around and I can’t imagine being in any other position) or else I will recruit someone to video tape the birth. Actually, I will probably have someone video tape it either way. I want to be able to re-watch the whole thing! My memories are fading too quickly.
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Oops…Did That Make Me Sound Biased?

I think (okay, I KNOW) I sometimes come across to my friends and people I talk to as being anti-hospital, anti-intervention and anti-OB (and I’m working on that, really!). And sometimes I really feel that way. Then I have to remind myself that sometimes interventions CAN be helpful. And that not all OBs are Read the rest of this entry »

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My Journey to Choosing Homebirth

On a forum site, someone asked how we had come to be homebirthers; what had led us to birth our babies at home. This was my response (and it’s pretty long). I wrote it when I was two days shy of being 40 weeks pregnant. I gave birth six days later.

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First post

Sigh, my first post.

I’ve put off making a blog, even though it’s something I’ve thought about for a long time, because I just wasn’t sure I was good enough at processing my thoughts and actually writing them down for others to read and be critical of. I also often second-guess myself, so when I re-read something I’ve written it often sounds foolish. But, I’ve recently decided that I should do things that are outside of my comfort zone (like attending my first La Leche League meeting last month – so glad I did!) and writing a blog is one of those things. I spend a lot of time on the computer anyway and have things that I want to share…so here I go!

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