Our son was due on July 21st in 2011. He didn’t want to come. I should probably take a moment to mention that this was my most peaceful pregnancy. It just had a quality of quiet to it. My son is anything but quiet so I am not sure why. But anyways, he did flip breach between weeks 34 and 36 and I had a chiropractic technique done that had him flip back within the same week.
The due date came and went and we did all we could to induce labor ourselves. Walking, perineal massage, evening primrose oil, walking, pressure points. He stayed in and we got to 41 weeks. So…we needed to go to the hospital for a “non-stress test”. This was an ultrasound to check amniotic fluid and to see how he was doing. Usually, in other circumstances, immediately following the test, they sign you in and have an induction so you have the baby
We spoke extensively with the midwife and chose to have her try a form of natural induction called “stripping the membranes” which involves going in and massaging around the cervix to start the hormones flowing that starts labor. She did this the day before the hospital visit. Labor started but stayed within early labor contractions. So I was having contractions at the stress test with no progression. We went right to the birth center after the hospital and the midwife stripped the membranes again. There was still no progression as far as how close the contractions were to each other. So we stripped them again.
By this time the contractions were painful. They felt like active labor but were not close enough to be active labor. By this time, I had been having them for almost 48 hours. The midwife told me I was having prodromal labor. Which just means prolonged. I was sort of able to sleep during the second evening.
I cannot remember the way the labor moved from early to active. Suddenly the contractions were close enough to be active. Our midwife again was Alina. She came and let us labor through active for 12 hours. I needed someone to pour water down my back during contractions in the pool to help with the pain. At some point I noticed it was raining, which I thought was neat. There was not much pushing except that he still didn’t want to come out. He was close and my water had not broken yet. So Alina broke the water and he rushed out. One push and he came as quickly as his older sister.
He was born at 6:58pm and was 7 lbs 14 ozs and 21 ins long. After Alina examined him, took measurements and examined the placenta (which was on the smaller side) she told us that he might have stayed in another week more had we not induced with membrane stripping.
So our lovely boy was with us finally!
Why We Have a House of Hens
My husband and I got married because we both had wanted the same things in our lives like serving Jesus in a God honoring marriage and to have children as well as many other desired lifestyle choices. But I have to admit that owning a flock of chickens never actually came up when we were talking about all the things the future would hold for us. But sometime within our first year married we saw just what it was going to mean financially for us to eat healthy.
Our 6 Hens.
Seeing the prices in the grocery stores for “cage free”, “organic” and “vegetarian fed hen” eggs has been staggering over the years. Our initial reason to acquire a flock started with seeing those prices. When we began researching we found many other reasons that surpassed just the dollars to dozens. It seems a fresh egg supply is only the start! Here are my top reasons for having a house of hens:
Fresh eggs and our Lady Hens.
- Fresh eggs every single day (barring any complications). This being the most obvious, there is an amazing contrast between eggs bought in the grocery store being weeks old already and going out in the mornings and gathering fresh eggs laid by our hens just the previous day. We have never been able to get over the difference in texture, color and—did you know that they do actually have a taste!?
- Chickens love leftovers! With a few exceptions, chickens will eat just about any leftover food you have. So all the healthy dishes created can go to them and are not wasted. The other advantage is that it cuts down some of the cost of feeding them.
- Chickens serve dual purpose when free ranged in the yard. Not only do they eat bugs, lizards and more (even mice and snakes if they can manage it) but they are also fertilizing with their poo as they roam.
- Bringing education even closer to home. We have had a total of at least 5 flocks. We started before even having our children. In the past it hasn’t been something our children have really been able to be a part of or enjoy because they are so young. But this past flock our 5 year old (Miranda) and our 4 year old (Kaelan) have been enthralled from the start! Being able to teach them about animals and how they affect the environment they are in as well as how we get our food and so on has been amazing.
Peeking through the Mulberry Tree and our eggs.
What about you? Do you have any chickens? Why do you enjoy keeping them?
Right before the end of last year our life got more complicated (in a good way) by finding out we were having another baby. Our children are currently Miranda who is 6, Kaelan who will be 5 at the end of this month, and Sophia who is just over 2 and a half.
I am just 36 weeks this past Sunday and have to say, naturally, it has been hard to get to anything to do with this blog. Having the energy is challenging no matter the circumstances when pregnant. But I did want to share some of the ways this particular pregnancy has been different from the previous 3.
I have had the challenge of homeschooling our oldest for her kindergarten year, which included finding unique ways to use our home as her place of learning. Our son, at almost 5, is almost to the end of his potty training while our youngest is not really interested in using the toilet and is still just sitting on it and putting in toilet paper before her bath. I am yearning for the day when I will only have one child in diapers. I am not sure that will happen anytime soon.
My husband changed jobs this year and that threw our health insurance for a loop for this pregnancy. So many changes to our lives all at once, including the pregnancy, has been somewhat overwhelming. But there are some good things, too.
My nausea has been more about eating this time around, so I can easily deal with it by making sure I eat enough. I am craving fresh ingredient foods which gives me more energy to run around after the kids now. And I have been able to have the chiropractic care that I need to help my pregnancy along to its best potential.
What about you? Any big differences in your pregnancies?