Ava wants to share some news with you…

Yep, we are expecting baby #2!! :)

I have to admit that we’ve known for a while now, but I wasn’t feeling ready to share the news publicly until now. I’m actually 10 1/2 weeks pregnant and my “guess date” is Nov. 16. It’s been incredibly hard keeping my mouth shut on my blog because so many things in my life lately have revolved around being pregnant! So I’m relieved to have finally told my secret so I can start blabbing about baby stuff and all the things that have been running through my mind lately.

I never wrote about our experience getting pregnant with Ava (or her labor and birth, but I will save that for another day), but it was a long road for us. I charted religiously for months before starting on fertility testing. It was determined that Jody had a low-ish sperm count and we opted to try intrauterine insemination in hopes of getting pregnant since it wasn’t happening the “old fashioned way.” Our second month of IUI worked (though we still have our suspicions she was conceived naturally since we followed up our IUI with intercourse), and Ava was born 9 months later. :)

So while we had sort of started “trying” to get pregnant with baby #2, we weren’t expecting anything to happen for several months at the very least. But, we were PLEASANTLY SURPRISED when my period didn’t show and I tested positive (a few times even – just to be sure).

Case in point:
Can’t argue with that!

Apparently, when you aren’t stressing over it and charting and you already have one wonderful child, it can help things just happen on their own. :)

That’s all for today. I will, undoubtedly, be writing a lot more about this pregnancy and all the decisions I’ve been trying to make lately (doctor? midwife? hospital birth? homebirth?! and other things regarding vegetarianism, how much protein do I need due to my history of complications w/ Ava’s birth?, etc… – all requiring lots of thought and research and none of which would be made lightly) in the near future.

Thanks for reading. :)

Much-needed revisions considered

Good news for parents of breast-fed babies who are concerned their little ones aren’t gaining enough weight. “The World Health Organization is to issue new guidelines on measuring the growth rates of babies.

“Current charts are based on calculations using the growth patterns of babies fed largely on formula milk from 20 years ago.

But bottle-fed babies put on weight more quickly than those that are breast-fed, meaning breast-fed children could be shown as underweight.

The new recommended charts are based on data from breast-fed babies.”

Here’s the whole story: Baby growth charts to be revised

I know several of my friends will be excited about this because it seemed like their breast-fed babies weren’t measuring up on the growth charts. I was lucky in that it wasn’t an issue with Ava as she was always at the top of the charts, though I am sure I would’ve obsessed about it if she’d been on the opposite end of the spectrum.

It’s good to see this revision is being considered. I’m sure it will help put many parents’ minds at ease that their babies are growing just fine on mama’s milk. :)