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Elizabeth in Wisconsin is doing 15 things including…

Have a baby

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Elizabeth has written 6 entries about this goal

Beautiful baby girl... all natural at home!

My lovely little girl just turned one. She is a walking, talking, amazing little person and I adore her!

I went into labor naturally at 42 weeks + 3 days (by LMP). She was born at home with a midwife after 6.5 hours of early labor, 12 hours of active labor (birth pool = awesome), and… 10.5 hours of pushing. (Yes I did just say that, and my midwife agrees it was really that long). 29 hours later I had my beautiful little 8lb. 4oz. girl, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

When we decide to have another they will also be born at home. Love, love, love home birth! Although, if baby number two was easier I wouldn’t complain. :)

I miss NyQuil - 9.5 weeks

The first cold I catch in over 2 years, and it would figure its at a time when cold meds are off limits, lol. I’m sure its because my immune system is in baby mode right now – I read that women are more likely to get sick when they are pregnant. Usually hubby is sick a couple times each year and I manage to dodge it, but not this time. Thank goodness yesterday was Saturday. If it hadn’t been I would have had to take off work. Between the normal pregnancy fatigue, and the extra sneezing, sniffling, and fever and was down for the count. I basically shuffled between the bathroom and the couch all day. Boy did I miss NyQuil Friday night! But – better safe than sorry, so I’m limited to Tylenol and saline nasal spray. And Puffs with lotion. :) At least I feel better today!

I’m getting excited for my first prenatal, even though it’s still two and a half weeks away. I met with a really nice midwife right after I found out I was pregnant and I’m really looking forward to seeing her again. I’m really hopeful that she will be able to find a heartbeat for us. I think everthing will feel more real after that.

You know, its funny but the longer we wait to tell everyone – the more anxious I get about telling. I really hate being the center of attention and I’m a pretty private person. No one even knew we were trying to conceive, although plenty of people have been badgering us about when we will start having kids. So annoying! I need to spend less time thinking about it and take it one day at a time. I mean, I’m already worrying about being forced to have a baby shower! I really disliked having a bridal shower, but the moms insisted and I wanted to make them happy. I mean I love my families, but all that attention all at once was really overwhelming for me.

I wish I wasn’t so shy sometimes. Some women thrive on that kind of attention, but it just makes me cringe. I’m happy to be pregnant, and I’ve been trying to get exited about sharing my news but the closer we get the more nervous I get. Oh well, I will try to put it out of mind for a bit longer.

Counting down the days until I see my midwife, I am excited for that!

Week Seven (nearly)

What a tumultuous week! Thank goodness baby is still pretty independant right now, or it would have been dragged right along with my emotional meltdowns the past few days. I have no doubt that if I were down the road the poor thing would have gotten a megashot of adrenaline and other stress related chemicals. Glad my little tic-tac is safe and sound!

I’m still pretty nauseous and tired (and other things that would be qualified as an “overshare”). And I cannot stand the sight, smell, or thought of eggs right now. I just got told they were really good for me during pregnancy too, the irony. Even writing the word “egg” is grossing me out – how sad is that? I totally thought that part was a wives tail – but I am so averse I cannot even think about them without being more nauseated.

I am still in good spirits though! Sometimes I forget for a little while that I am pregnant, and then it hits me again (like a wave of queasiness, lol) and I am like a kid at Christmas all over! I am just ticking down the weeks until I can share my news. The grandpas-to-be are going to be overjoyed! They’ve been asking about grandkids since before we were married. :)

Week 6...

...and I am queasy most of the time, tired all the time, and still really excited!

I had no idea I would notice anything different so early, but I’ve been non-stop queasy and tired since Monday. Nothing bad, just very noticeable. Hubby is being very supportive. I’m kind of glad we decided just to keep it to ourselves for now, it’s kind of nice to have our own special secret while we get used to the idea. Plus, I have unlimited license to dish on anything pregnancy related to my partner since I can’t talk to anyone else. He has been warned, and disturbed, lol!

I’m totally buffing up on my pregnancy knowledge right now. At the end of this pregnancy I will know more than anyone needs, or wants to know, about carrying a kid. Oh, the joys of OCD!

You have got to be kidding me - BFP!!

My last entry must have been my good luck charm, because I tested positive Sunday night! I was at the end of my two week wait but I wasn’t expecting it at all! I really thought it was going to be a few more months based on my situation – so my prayers were definately answered.

I am so relieved, and excited, and… I don’t know! It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I figure I’m about 5 weeks in right now, so its pretty early.

My husband and I have decided to wait to tell anyone until we reach the 13 week mark around his birthday. I am dying to spill the beans, but at the same time I would hate to recant my good news if something happened. So! We are waiting for the heartbeat. And then I will shout my news from the rooftops, because I am so happy!

I warned him I may have to tell my mother sooner. Very few people knew we were trying, but I have a feeling she may guess… or I will need someone to talk to before March. At least if I tell you guys I will get a bit of it out of my system, then maybe I can continue to wait. Maybe.

I am so I amazed, and I hope everything goes well for us!

Waiting and praying...

We’ve been trying for 6 months now and I’m hoping this happens soon for us – because I am so ready to be a mom!

I’ve got my fingers crossed that we will succeed soon. Baby dust to everyone trying!

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