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Birthy Goodness

I came home the other day and walked through the kitchen to my sink. On the other side of my room, laid across my keyboard, I caught the barest glimpse of an ultrasound.

Ivy!!! My heart cried.

Josh had been cleaning and found our ultrasound, and upon inspecting for a date I learned that it was, in fact, Ivy. How wonderful! I was so excited. I'd known, just like that.

I'm not good with ultrasounds at all. Did you see Friends where Rachel had her first ultrasound and cried because she couldn't see it? I'm about the same. With Eden's first ultrasound (well, the first after she became a recognizable human), I thought it looked like an alien. Big grey face with large dark eyes. My mom took one look and said, "That baby looks just like Josh!" I was all WTF? "Just you wait," she insisted.

Right on.

But I was surprised at the instinctive way I glimpsed the picture and recognized it as Ivy. Her second birthday is next week, and I want to do something special. I felt bad for missing her first birthday, but I was out of state with the honor of being ladysmith's doula. Her son was born on Ivy's birthday.

Wednesday the 18th, for any local friends, we'll be having Ivy's birthday at the Chuck E. Cheese's in Asheville. Fun should start at 12:30. Ivy's birthday is actually Wednesday the 15th, and I will try to celebrate by posting her birth story. Since it's only logical to go chronological, I'll try to post Eden's on Monday. :)

With both girls, we never found out the sex of the baby. At first I'd wanted to, but Josh convinced me otherwise. He said, "This is the greatest gift God will ever get us. We shouldn't cheat by peeking before it's time to open it." After that, I had to agree.

I had wonderful pregnancies and births. They've shaped me more than probably anything else in my life. I'll try to hunt down the pictures, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.


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Aug. 9th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
That was a year ago already!!!!! Good GAWD!!! Feels like about a month ago! This year is totally flying by. My bean is due in 15 days!!!!! can you imagine? :)
Aug. 9th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
I know! Oh my goodness! It feels like you were just announcing the good news the other day. I can't wait to learn how her birth goes. Will you be there?
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Aug. 10th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
It certainly doesn't seem like a year already! Of course, it was nice reseeing you all in Charlotte, so that could be part of it.
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Aug. 10th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking of you guys! I'm afraid I may have lost the birth story I finally wrote up for you when my computer crashed. I need to go through my papers and see if I have the hard copy. I remember the big stuff, but births are really in the little details. :D
Aug. 9th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Nice, Ivy's a leo like me. :)
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
You know, for someone all new agey, I didn't even know that. I don't know a lot about leos. I should probably look into that.
Aug. 9th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
i can't wait to read them!

Woohoo...Chuck E Cheese, and i'm gonna miss it. i always miss the best parties. ;)
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
You're welcome to come along. :)
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
OH, i definitely wish! :D
Aug. 10th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
It's so heartening to hear your stories of pregnancy and birth, it makes me feel a lot more comfortable thinking about my own future pregnancy. Up until hearing you talk about it, I have always felt intimidated and a little scared about the whole thing, but I suppose that's because I haven't known too many women speak with such joy about the whole process, and feel so comfortable with it. Thank you so much for sharing your joy and happiness over it all! And also, hope the munchkin has an awesome birthdya party!
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! That's probably the best thing anyone could possibly say to me! I think it's a shame that our culture has lost touch with our most sacred (and yet most natural) life passages. There is fear because it's a great unknown. That's part of why I love doula work - we're meant to do these things together, with women who know and can support us through it. If we as a culture grew up seeing our mothers give birth and caring for her and the baby in the post partum period, young women would face birth from a much more positive and powerful perspective. It really can be the greatest joy in a woman's life, and it's important the women know so they can create their own positive experiences.
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