Initially, this was a PAMPER THE MAMA giveaway (which occurred in September), but as many of you know, someone got “knocked up” and so now I am debuting this Etsy line during my pregnancy reveal. And truly, it’s a perfect fit. I am not one who is complimented on my cuteness or trendiness. I’d love to be trendy, but then I’d have to shop and I don’t like to shop (which is why I rely on my fellow bloggers to point me in the right direction and save me the trouble!).
Since I am the main photographer in the house, I rarely have pics of myself. So, I enlisted the help of some goons…er… friends to pose with the headbands. Let’s just say that one of them might have kept her headband because she loved it so much (and I love her and was happy to share).
As you (probably, you faithful readers, you!) know, I'm expecting BAMBINO #2! I'm about 13 weeks along and looking forward to the end of that nausea... any day now... . The pregnancy is SUCH a different experience from my first. With my first, I was so excited and thankful to be pregnant, that each pregnancy symptom was seen as a blessing, an affirmation of my pregnancy. I am trying to keep this perspective, but more often than not, I find myself thinking "thank goodness this is my LAST pregnancy" (hubby will be scheduling a certain procedure soon after the healthy arrival of #2). Pregnancy is HARD... and it is the best gift in the entire world. I thank God that I am a woman.
Another big difference for me is geography. With pregnancy #1, I lived in Oregon. I attended a prenatal yoga class and met other like-minded women. I seriously considered going to the gorgeous birthing center in town, but then opted to let my family practitioner deliver my baby in the small, rural hospital where my husband worked. I was so supported. It was so intimate. It was a wonderful birth experience. Everyone who worked with me during my labor and delivery read my birth plan and followed it. In fact, when I was pushing and ask my Doctor for some pain medication, he calmly waited for the contraction to stop and then asked me if I meant it and explained my very limited options. A very unique experience in our western world of trying to control labor and delivery with medications, metal devices, beds... I am very thankful.
Now I live in rural NW Pennsylvania. I love it here. But I do not love the corporate hospital or the lack of options pregnant women have. In fact, every woman here has 2 options: Use the hospital and get whichever OB is on-call OR .... what... OR WHAT? The first few months of my pregancy were filled with that question. You cannot have an easy labor and delivery if you are not comfortable with your surroundings and the people supporing you... I HATE the hospital here. I HATE the fact that I might have met the doctor who will be supporting me, or I might not.
Then Tara's book arrived... I have now hired a midwife and am excitingly preparing for a home birth! Below is the review I wrote months ago when I finished reading this book (the first time).
Hello! Have you given up on me? My apologies for dropping off of the planet for the past 2 months. I have the BEST REASON EVER...
We are expecting BABY #2! It's been 3 months and I still can't quite believe it myself, but come April, we will be welcoming a new son or daughter to our pseudo-homestead. We are very excited! And I am VERY tired! Since something had to give during my first trimester when my activity level matched that of a sleep walker, I decided to take a break from blogging. I owe a HUGE APOLOGY to the companies who expected a product review & giveaway last month. However, that means I have some GREAT products to pitch to you in the very near future!
Speaking of great products, remember the Legare File Cart? Well, someone DID WIN and that someone is #1: Benita (who covets their bookcase). How cool that #1 was chosen by random.org!? Congratulations Benita and thanks to everyone who entered.
Side note: I'm going to have to switch my comments so that they only post online after I've approved them. It's a bummer 'cause I like to know that my readers can see each others comments, however, for every real comment I get, I get 5-10 spam comments. It's uber annoying!
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