28 weeks and head down

We had a great 28-week appointment this morning. Baby has turned head down (hopefully to stay!) and our midwife let both hubby and I put our hands under hers to feel the baby’s head (yes, my husband had his hands essentially down my pants.) 🙂 We also had our appointment with the older, veteran midwife of the group (there are two in our practice) who we’ve only met once, so it was great to see her again as she could definitely be the one delivering our little one (it’ll be one of the two.) I now feel completely comfortable with whoever walks through the door on the day we go into the hospital.

Here are some videos I took yesterday while waiting for hubby to come home from work. You can see baby moving my belly around! If you need help determining where to look, check out my descriptions of the videos themselves in YouTube.

And here’s my 28-week photo we took this morning. Hope you all have a great week!

28 weeks


27 weeks and considering rhythm

This week I am 27 weeks pregnant and feeling good. Yes, I’m a little hairier than usual, and yes, I might cry after a particularly tiring trip to the grocery store, but I feel wonderful.  My belly is big and, might I venture to say, looks pretty when the light shines off of it, like an oversized ornament. I googled “27 weeks” yesterday and saw photos of babies born at 27 weeks. I can’t believe a tiny human is inside me!

This week I have been contemplating one of my favorite topics related to making our house a home — creating rhythm in the household. Hubby and I first stumbled across this idea when we attended La Leche League’s Georgia parenting conference this summer. One of the speakers charmed me as she nursed her baby, who would intermittently crawl calmly under the chair beneath her and while in her lap nursing would go limp in her arms in (what I thought looked like) a milk bliss. I think that was actually one of the first times I’ve ever seen someone nurse a baby before, certainly without a cover, and being at a LLL parenting conference, it certainly wasn’t the last time that day. 🙂 That in itself had a very positive impact on me. Also the topic she spoke on inspired hubby and me.

Carrie over at The Parenting Passageway spoke about creating rhythm in your home.  A rhythm is different than a schedule in that it is not set in stone, but implies a general, gentle flow to your day, a flow that she argues (and I believe) helps children thrive as they can recognize an order (like a massage that comes before story time, and story time that comes before bed time, for example) and some sort of sense of structure without rigidity. I don’t believe in putting babies on a schedule. I wouldn’t want to be told, for example, I could only eat every three hours, with no snacks or water in between. I’ll let our baby guide us as to when she is hungry. But a rhythm — that I can get behind. Around and beyond our daily rhythm, we will look out to a macro scale and create monthly and yearly rhythms to our lives (holidays and other special days to celebrate, etc.) In all of this I hope to focus on a connection to nature, love, each other, and others.

Today I discovered another site that I feel I am going to love, Rhythm of the Home. From what I can tell from my quick explorations of the site this morning, articles are published on the site on a quarterly basis, with the autumn “issue” currently out. The articles are divided into four categories: warmth, play, celebration, and connection. The site is visually impactful, with each article represented not by a text link but by a lovely photograph. I would suggest checking it out if the idea of rhythm in your home (along with other ideals of natural parenting) are of interest to you.

26 weeks, and words to meditate on

How simply lovely…

Frail newborn wings,
Small voice that sings,
New little beating heart,
Dread not thy birth,
Nor fear the earth —
The Infinite thou art.
The sun doth shine
The earth doth spin,
For welcome–enter in
This green and daisied sphere.
Rejoice–and have no fear.

-Richard LeGallienne

natural parents network launches today

I am very excited to share with you that a new site, Natural Parents Network, has launched today. I have started following them both on Facebook and in my blogroll, and today they officially opened up shop and also launched other features on their site, including a forum! I’m excited to use it and grow my network of natural parenting mommas (which right now is REALLY small)…and who knows?? Maybe I will even find some in my neck of the woods!

Would love to see you over there…take some time today to check it out!

Natural Parents Network