Friday, March 4, 2011

Natural Birth?

I'm 34 weeks today.

The last few days I've had some fairly strong braxton hicks. Last night a few of them were actually pretty painful and somewhat regular. I don't remember this with Ethan, although I know each pregnancy is different.

I keep hoping Emma is further along than we think. I wouldn't mind not having to wait until the middle of April to see my little girl!
But all in the Lord's timing.


With Ethan, I had planned on a natural birth--no pain meds.

Yeah...that didn't happen.

The contractions were a million times worse than I ever thought possible.
The epidural eventually wore off (why did I not push that button?) and I ended up feeling everything during the pushing phase.

I'm planning on trying for all-natural this go around as well.
But I do have the epidural on stand-by =)

Here is a beautiful and inspiring video (heavily edited--nothing to worry about) of a drug-free birth. I really enjoy reading this woman's blog and seeing the heart she has for children and motherhood. Please watch if you have the time!

Have you had a drug-free birth or are planning on a drug-free birth?

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory..."
Ephesians 3:20-21

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's Like Shoveling Snow

"Cleaning the house while the kids are still growing is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing."
~Phyllis Diller

Today, I couldn't agree more with that statement. =)

But I love Proverbs 14:4 and how it can relate to children.
(not that our children are animals..hehe)
"Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean..."

If I didn't have Ethan, I wouldn't have had the pillows all strung around and the toys all over the floor.

I let life happen today. And I'm glad I did.

My "manger" certainly wasn't clean...
But I've got the cutest little guy to take care of.
And I'd take him over an empty, spotless house any day.

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