It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post an update. Last time I was still rather upset that because of my blood pressure being on the high side that I wouldn’t be able to have another home birth. The good news on that end is that my blood pressure readings for the past month are doing much, much better. Still on the high side of normal, but they are NORMAL. We are still planning to use the birth center, because if my blood pressure was to spike during labour I really wouldn’t want to have to transfer in the middle of it! While it’s not the same as being home, since we’ve had a chance to tour the center I’ve relaxed quite a bit. After all I’m blessed that I can still use our wonderful midwives. The nurses at the center are great, although aren't normally involved with the midwife births. It’s very private and more homey then the hospital our first child was born in. I’m 38 weeks and 5 days along now. Feeling so huge and can’t wait to hold our dear baby!
I’m still taking a lot of supplements and made some big changes in our diets. After 7 months of 24/7 morning sickness I fell into the habit of eating anything that was quick, easy and would stay down. Normal during that stage! LOL But now that I’m feeling better we’ve cut out most processed foods so that would have reduced my salt intake quite a bit. All my snacks are fresh fruits and veggies now. I’ve been craving oranges and carrots like crazy. I’m still taking a high dose of calcium to help control my blood pressure and since my tummy is back to normal I’m also taking a really good vitamin B stress blend, code liver oil, and a natural iron supplement. I think that all of these things and trying to get more rest have gone a long way in lowering my blood pressure and I’m so grateful for that.
Everything is ready for the little one to come. The bag is all packed for the birth center and our home birth supplies are ready as well. I’ve always had short labours so it’s best to be ready for either! Even if you plan to have a hospital birth you never know if your labour could come on very suddenly. Things go much smoother if you have supplies on hand! Our 4th child was delivered by hubby just a few minutes before our Midwife arrived. She was such an easy and quick birth! I had no idea at the time that she would come so quick, I thought I was still in early labour. LOL
A few weeks ago a dear friend was over to watch the kids for us while we had the registration at the hospital birth center. After that we had our last “date” out for likely the next year or so. We had a wonderful lunch of fish and chips at a restaurant we’ve been wanting to try for a long time, Captains John’s Fish and Chips. The best fish and chips meal we’ve had in years!! Then we had the last of the shopping for the baby to do. One stop was a farmers market where hubby had met a woman who did weaving. He loved the work she had done and wanted me to see it to. While there we bought a new blanket for the baby. It’s a beautiful hand woven blanket just the right size for a car seat cover or stroller cover. It’s white with spring/Easter colours, the camera just can’t pick up the colours that well.
Other updates around the homestead, we have had some nicer weather this past week. Even with the rain and milder temps. we still have a ton of snow! Last week down near the green house there was still about 4 feet on the ground. Other areas have at least 2 feet of packed snow. The warmer temperatures have started the maple sap running. We’ve tapped one of the trees and hubby has been making a little syrup. Just enough for a nice treat! The biggest tree has already started to bud, so we can’t tap that one. The sap would be getting bitter.
Today we started bringing loads of wood chips for this years garden. I likely wont’ be up to doing much in the garden until mid summer. So I’m glad that hubby and the kids are really excited about running the garden this year!
I’ve been busy this past week getting the kids school lessons planned out. Our oldest has her lessons done and entered into Homeschool Tracker until the end of the year. Then I printed off a daily task list for her until the end of May. All needed photo copies of worksheets have been made and are ready for her to use. This makes it so simple for her after the baby comes to keep working.
With the younger children they are largely using online programs. Reading Kingdom for phonics, reading, typing and grammar. Science4Us, for obviously science! Xtramath and TimezAttack for math drill and for their main math they are using Math Mammoth right now. Social studies and literature is covered by Ambleside Online and we are using audio books right now. All of these can be done on their own, except Math Mammoth that does need a little help with reading directions. Hubby can easily handle helping the little ones out with that. :-) So grateful that he is always happy to take over lessons with the little's until I’m back on my feet.