Sunday, December 09, 2012

bump : a thank you


Thank you all so much for the warm welcome on our littlest growing member of the De La Rosa family - we are so lucky and blessed, that is for sure!  Lots of time has been spent the past few weeks celebrating with friends and family, though a certain "weight" has been lifted now that it's truly out in the open.  (Ahhhh...)  Erick and I knew right away that this go-around, we were going to try everything we could to have the birth we wanted, so we've switched our prenatal care from a standard OBGYN practitioner to one of the only midwife groups in the state.  Although it is becoming more common, midwives and water births are still extremely difficult to come by.   In Illinois specifically, there are only two birthing centers in a 50 mile radius willing to offer this to us - and one of these didn't take our healthcare plan.  It's crazy how many long nights were spent researching on the web and phoning out to different practices, but I am so happy with our choice, and especially fond of our midwife, Lia.

This week has been the perfect ebb and flow of relaxed, yet busy.  I have been finishing up my Christmas list, working on the last of my wedding and family sessions of the year, taking some quiet moments to jot down a few new features for the blog in 2013, chasing my always on-the-go 18 month old, yet somehow, still managed to sneak in an hour long bath tonight- unheard of!

What were you up to this weekend?

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  1. You look so incredibly beautiful and relaxed Kate. I still have goosebumps of excitement for you! And that tiny bump... gosh, how gorgeous x

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    1. You are too sweet, I have been trying to take it a little easier these days, the first few months were so tiring! I forgot how exhausting it can be... grateful for this wave of energy coming back. xo

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  2. kate! warmest and most wonderful congrats to you all, how exciting!

    xo

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    1. Thank you so much Gina! We are beyond thrilled!

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  3. Ohhhhhh! This is awesome! Congrats!!! You look beautiful! Love those pictures!

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    1. Thank you! We have a big maternity series planned, so more will be coming very soon :)

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  4. Ahhhh! Congratulations! I somehow missed your last post, although I did have an inkling after your American Apparel picture on ig a little while ago ;) I'm so happy for you lovely Mama and can't wait to follow you on this journey. You look so beautiful and happy! x

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    1. You sneaky thing, you! You were most definitely right... thank you so much.

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  5. How did I possibly miss this beautiful news!!! I am absolutely over the moon for you dear Kate. Another gorgeous soul coming into this world and so very blessed to be born into such a loving and special family. I am so thrilled for you! You look divine! Serene, relaxed ad glowing :) xxx

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    1. I'm so happy to be at the "relaxed" stage... trying to force myself to slow down a little bit, even though Sofia constantly keeps me running! ;) Thank you for stopping by. xo

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  6. Aw Kate you look absolutely beautiful and so happy! So glad you were able to find a midwife and birthing center!! When we decide to have baby number two we'll be in the same boat.

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    1. Let me know, I can definitely make some recommendations!

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  7. Congratulations! What great news! You look amazing!

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    1. Eee! Thank you! We are beyond excited right now :)

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  8. Just beautiful. I had midwives and hospital births with my first two. I just delivered our third baby at home in water with two midwives after doing lots of research. It was amazing. I can't believe he is now three months old. You will have a wonderful experience. Midwives have a special gift.
    Xx

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    1. Three months already? Bless...

      I (almost) can't wait to be in labor again! Am I crazy? But you're right, so far the experience with the midwives has been much more personal and relaxed. I feel like my time is valued, and my thoughts are heard. Very important x x

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    2. Being able to read your experiences will make me want another. I wrote all about my birth on my blog if you want to read. Especially about my midwife connections. I miss them. Xx

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  9. Yayayayayayayayay!

    SO happy and SO jealous you are going to be giving birth. Its an amazing experience.

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    1. HA! We might be the only ones on the planet that actually look forward to it... ;) Thank you for the love and excitement. Can't you come up and visit sometime?

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  10. Oh Kate, you are beautiful! Also, I just had to go back and read Sof's birth story again... which totally made me cry, not kidding. You went through so much to bring her into the world... I have a feeling that baby #2 will be smooth(er) sailing. So exciting!!!!

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  11. Motherhood looks good on you<3 I'm so happy that you were able to find a midwife. The search can a little daunting at times! It's amazing how different the laws are in each state regarding childbirth and home-births. I felt such a relief when I finally made a decision for us. I'm looking for a doula this time. I'm sure you're already on top of things but if you're looking for a few books to read a friend of mine recommended to me The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth ;)

    I'm still curious about this AA business!

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    1. Thank you, I couldn't believe the search would be that difficult! We are thrilled to have found a great practice. Please let me know how it goes with the doula, I've heard great things! And I will most definitely be picking up those books...

      PS- AA is helping "clothe" our maternity series! I can't believe it! I have to get going on it, we've been so crazy these few weeks that I haven't been able to get out and take any photos yet. (Plus in all honesty, I am not a fan of being on the other side of the camera lens) ha!

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  12. What a relief to finally let the cat out of the bag! I couldn't manage keeping such a big secret to myself ; )

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  13. Congratulations to your growing family! You are so gorgeous!

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  14. Oh so so happy for you all. It is just the most wonderful feeling isn't it....adding a fourth family member :) I too had a little inkling....just from some words you left over my way :)

    I had my dear little Millie almost 6 months ago here at home. Also made the switch from having private OBGYM with my first and it was best decision I made. Love my midwifes (although only our doula made it!) Oh me too.....I was so excited all the way through my pregnancy to birth my baby! I really think a positive mind makes all the difference. My birth story is on the blog if you feel like hearing a positive (& fast) birth experience :)

    Those pictures of you are simply stunning....so real and just so gorgeous Kate

    Natalie xxx

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    1. Natalie, I can't wait to go see the birth story- and so quick, too right? You lucky thing. xx

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  15. Oh Kate, I'm a bit slow on the uptake, but .... CONGRATULATIONS! (It's in capitals because I'm shouting!) Such wonderful news. And you look gorgeous. Kellie xx

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  16. You look just LOVELY! I've been away so I've only just stopped by now --- biggest congratulations ever! Wish I could give you a big hug - I was recently staying with friends while I was away who have a bump due April - even felt a few little movements! :-) ahhhh congratulations to all three of you xxx

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  17. How did I miss this news!? Congratulations to you and your family Kate! How wonderfully exciting. (Extra special for me that we'll be pregnant together!) These photos are amazing - look forward to seeing the rest of your pregnancy being documented in your uniquely, beautiful way.
    Ronnie xo

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  18. Oh Kate! I'm only jut catching up on comments - and to read this post - what lovely news! Congratulations to your little family...You look beautiful. I can only imagine what might be up your sleeve for a maternity series - fun! x
    ps. I had a water birth with Saskia - and my birth story is up on the blog if it's not too long and boring for you! (I was totally addicted to birth stories when pregnant! And it's silly of me to check that you've picked up Ina May, right? x

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  19. Congratulations! Such exciting news. You look beautiful.

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  20. wow, i can't believe how hard it was for you to organise midwifery care! i was pissed off that having a homebirth wasn't easier! gosh, it really is hard here in australia so we're going to a birth centre. are you hiring a doula? xo

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