March 22, 2013

Our Decision to Use a Birth Center

this post idea has been bubbling in my head for awhile now. between work, the nursery project, and general craziness of life it's been pushed back a couple of times. better late than never, eh?

the mr. and i haven't been afraid to pursue our own visions for our life together - even if that might go against the grain.

case in point: knowing that our wedding plans didn't fit into the $26k/wedding coordinator/bend over backwards expectation that modern society expects. nah, we ditched that because it wasn't us. we wanted private, personal, quiet - and then a chance to celebrate later with friends and family. we tied the knot at the main Phoenix courthouse on a friday afternoon, then hosted a casual BBQ reception four months later. we loved it - and still look back on that day with gratitude, love and absolute certainty that  was the right plan for us.
{image credit: ivy studios photography}
it doesn't surprise me that when baby boy turned up, we'd find our own path through this journey too.

as long as i can remember, i've felt really strongly about giving birth. i'm a woman - this is what i'm built for. i know deep down that i'm meant to not just do this, but experience this. and i don't really believe that i can experience all that birth offers in the current hospital setting. i don't want to be medicated. i don't want unnecessary interventions. i trust my body.

for the beginning of my pregnancy, my care was handled by an ob/gyn. when we reached the second trimester, i asked the mr. his thoughts about an alternative option: working with midwives and staying out of the hospital. naturally, his first thoughts were about my (and young one's) safety. so we decided to do some research. as a healthy young woman with a low-risk pregnancy, we are perfect candidates to explore the idea of staying out of the hospital altogether. birth is a natural, normal process - and i believe that while the hospital is essential for many health concerns... having a baby isn't a health concern. 

now, we weren't ready to jump into the idea of an at-home birth. luckily, we had some great options in the phoenix area - we have three free-standing birth centers. this means they aren't located within a hospital.  i scheduled tours with two of them (one didn't call me back!), and in typical fashion we arrived armed with a full five pages of questions. these ran the gamut - you name it, we asked it. then we thought about it. and thought about it some more. we knew we immediately felt a connection with julia at babymoon inn and transferred my care. i couldn't be happier with our experiences so far.

knowing that i have a fully supportive team (comprised of a midwife, doula, labor nurse - and of course my hubby and mother) dedicated to helping me experience this birth safely & naturally... makes such a difference. i know i'm cared for medically and also emotionally - it's a little unnerving, going through something i've never experienced and have no context with. luckily, my team is highly experienced in natural birth, and can help us understand what to expect and coach us through. i'm not scared, i know what to expect and i'm free to feel excited about this process. it's the right fit for us.

now all that's left is to wait for little one to decide when to arrive. :)

{image credit: shelly love photography}

March 19, 2013

The Many Phases of Nesting

as we wind down towards the due date, the various types/kinds of nesting have definitely made themselves apparent.

a couple of weeks ago, food nesting struck. not baby food, but food for us - i was seized by the need to ensure we had several meals ready to go in the freezer. i found some great freezer/crockpot meals, so i found some meat on sale, and spent the better part of an afternoon chopping and filling ziplocks with delish ingredients to simmer away during the day. so. we've got some reserves. don't get me started on the size of our tiny freezer. i so wish we could get something bigger. gah! 

the other anomaly - the fact that i've never taken a home ec class, never learned or wanted to learn how to sew... and now, all i can think about is wanting a sewing machine. there are so many things i want to create for this home and this child. so i still don't have a sewing machine, but i'm hoping to crash a friend's house and get a rudimentary lesson.

finally... i'm pretty sure that this baby isn't going to be judging me on the cleanliness of my crown moldings or the sterilization of my bathtub, but that didn't stop me from scrubbing the crap out of those things this afternoon. luckily my darling husband wasn't around to witness my craziness. i just put in some headphones, grabbed the cleaning supplies and indulged whatever whims my crazy brain took me on. on a related note, i think i need to use a steam cleaner... like for tile floors. any recommendations?

so there we are. baby's still growing and moving around like a champ. if this nesting intensifies, we might have an indicator of arrival. until then, we're hanging out until he shows up. :)

March 9, 2013

Week 36 / Maternity Photos

i've been so excited to see our images from a photo session with shelly love photography. i had the pleasure of meeting shelly last year at one of her workshops last year - and the more awesomer (yes, i said it) experience of following that local workshop with an all-day workshop in sedona. oh yeah - it was just as fantastic as you'd think - i learned so much from shelly, serge and mark.

so when it came time to consider maternity photos, i knew right away i wanted to work with shelly. i can't tell you how awesome the experience was, and i think the images speak for themselves.

here's a sampling of our images. all images courtesy shelly love.