I wanted to write about our birth story so I would remember the details and also to encourage others to believe in and be confident in having the birth experience they desire. I struggled early on in pregnancy with fear of even learning more about childbirth, and all of the negative stories that people felt the need to share with me didn't help my courage. I believe that the options which women have or should have regarding childbirth, positive stories, and a knowledge of the amazing things our bodies are designed to handle need to be shared more.
Eleven weeks until red lentil's estimate date of maturation, earth day (seems so fitting :)). It feels like it's going by quickly now, and I'm feeling the pressure -- both physically from her moving all the time and also the time with trying to have our house done enough. We are all doing well and growing good! We're almost done with our 6-week birth class, which we have found to be helpful to make us feel more prepared and confident. And have picked our doula as well.
Naturally, as organic farmers, we not only care about our food but also about other products including the hygiene and cleaning products we use. So we've done quite a bit of research in picking out items for our baby that are non-toxic and eco-friendly. If you're interested in knowing what products we decided on, feel free to visit our amazon baby registry. In addition to those items, we've also found some great deals on used items -- a Keekaroo high chair, BumGenius pocket diapers and inserts, Maxi Cosi carseat, and a crib and changing table.
Anyways, we'd better get back to work on our house addition/remodel and farms prep. Here's the classic bump photos from 13-28 weeks.
Baby Red Lentil is now 20 weeks old and growing well. We are very blessed to receive all great news from the anatomy ultrasound and find out that we're having a girl!
Preparations are well underway -- we are remodeling the upstairs of our house and adding a master bedroom and bathroom addition. We found a doula and are registered for birthing classes starting in January.
We ask that before you congratulate us, you take a few minutes to read our story below.