The trip to the farm this Saturday was a lot of fun. We, along with about 10 other families from our AP group, rode a hayride around to various spots on the farm where we got to pick a variety of vegetables. I thought we came home with quite a bit ourselves, but one of the other families with us weighed their produce once they got home and they had 125 lbs. worth! The couple gave us all sorts of suggestions for freezing and otherwise storing them so I’m sure most of that will get consumed in their house over the winter. :) (Oh, howRead More →

I had my 34-week midwife appointment yesterday. Everything is going well. I’m not thrilled with my weight-gain thus far (39 lbs!!), but my midwife isn’t concerned at all. I actually gained about 50-55 lbs. with Ava’s pregnancy (I hit 200 lbs. Eep!) but started that pregnancy out weighing 20 lbs. more than I started this one, so that makes me feel a little better. Plus I feel a whole lot healthier this time around and have been eating pretty healthy (other than indulging my sweet tooth now and then), so that’s reassuring. We heard the baby’s heartbeat with the stethescope again, and, my midwife, JodyRead More →

I took some time away from the fam last night for an ANO (Amy’s Night Out). Of course, I found myself at Borders looking for a book to buy for Ava, but I also spent a good hour of “me time” finishing up my copy of “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.” What an excellent, uplifting book! Back to my story…I was looking for a good book to get for Ava about becoming a big sister. The first book I picked up talked about bottles and feeding the baby milk and showed the baby sleeping in it’s crib, etc. It was obviously not the book forRead More →

A few of you have asked to read Ava’s birth story (back from June 2004), so here it is. I must warn you that it’s VERY, VERY long and somewhat graphic. Ava’s birth story – recorded July 1, 2004 The entire weekend, June 19-20, 2004, I wasn’t feeling very well. I felt kind of achy, like maybe I was coming down with the flu. I was tired too and tried to sleep as much as I could. On Sunday night (or actually early Monday morning) around 1:30 a.m., I started having surges (HypnoBirthing-speak for contractions). Jody was sleeping in the basement that night, as he’dRead More →

Tonight I am thankful that our upstairs toilet is working again. After two days of it being on the fritz and requiring manually filling the tank in order to get the darn thing to flush, it is so nice to have it fully functional again, especially for a woman who’s 33 1/2 weeks pregnant and peeing several times a night. ;) Hooray for hubbies who get the honey-dos done – at least the important ones. ;) —————————————- We had a nice weekend around here. On Friday, Ava and I had a picnic lunch with my sister at a park, then watched a birth video together.Read More →