12 Week 4 Days with Baby # 3

12 Weeks 4 Days # 3Being pregnancy with your third baby is not like being pregnant with your first.

For instance with you 1st you take pictures of your belly even before you have a belly and at every week after that. With not your 1st, you are lucky to have any proof of you actually carrying a baby. Okay, so maybe I am exaggerating but I had to force myself to take the second to go outside to get this picture.

Time also passes very differently with your subsequent pregnancies. The first time around you think that due date will never come. This time around I think to myself how time has flown by already (of course, I didn’t think that a few weeks ago when I couldn’t even look at food without getting sick).

Your focus is in a very different place. Sometimes I forget that I am pregnant. I have to remind myself not to do this or that because I am expecting. It is easy to get distracted when you have two toddlers running around sticking their hands in the paint tray as you frantically try to paint their room while no one is melting down.

One thing that has also changed with each new pregnancy… how much more attached I feel sooner. With my first, it was sometimes difficult to get my mind around a baby in my tummy, but once you have that precious baby in your arms, it becomes so wonderfully real. Now I see each new pregnancy as a new baby in our family, not just a baby in my tummy. I am not saying I loved the first one less during pregnancy, but I was not as attached until he came out.

I am so excited to be expecting another blessing from the Lord and cannot wait to meet him or her in just a few short months.

I am in good company with many friends and family members all due around the same time. I love sharing these moments with them and encouraging those first time moms to make every moment count. My oldest in only 3 and my youngest 18 months, but the time passes quickly. Don’t rush through any moment. They are all gifts!

OBGYN North – In Hospital Option That Won’t Leave You Without Any Options


As part of my childbirth education training I am required to interview hospitals, birth centers, homebirth midwives, and OBGYNs that could be a possible place to recommend to my future students. So far, I have visited Austin Area Birth Center, Central Texas Birth Center, Cedar Park Medical Center, North Austin Medical Center, and OBGYN North.

The two birthing centers are clear choices if you want to go natural without any intervention. The midwives there are dedicated, caring, and good at what they do.

But what if you want to or need to have your baby in a hospital so you can have access to technology or pain relief.

Many hospitals in the area are pushing, cold, and firm when it comes to their strict rules. You must, for instance, at Cedar Park Medical Center, be connected to electronic fetal monitoring at all time, have an IV, are not allowed to eat or drink. The doctors that serve there have typical high C-section rates and induce and augment regularly.

On the other hand, OBGYN North, serving at North Austin Medical Center is a doctor/midwife practice that encourages woman to move around during labor, uses intermittent fetal monitoring, allows eating and drinking, showering, and practices delayed cord clamping.

Plus, with a low 11% C-section rate, is a great option for in hospital births.

OBGYN North also allow post dating to 42 weeks and laboring longer than most standard practices. Of course, with any pregnancy, things can change and what is believed to be best for mother and baby will always take priority, but with such a supportive staff and environment, you chances of having a natural birth at OBGYN North are much higher.

OBGYN North also just recently opened a birthing center right next door to the main practice where you can birth in the water and has all the regular amenities of a traditional free standing birth center just right across the street from North Austin Medical Center. They also now offer Nitrous Oxide to help get laboring women through those difficult times, if necessary.

I used to believe that the only way to give birth naturally was at home or in a free standing birth center.

I am now persuaded that OBGYN North is a great alternative for those wishing to birth their babies in the hospital.






There is a Bible verse that says “haste makes mistakes”. Judgment falls into this. When we judge, we make the assumption that we are or will do things differently.

In childbirth and parenting we usually judge before actually having first hands experience. We watch “A Baby Story” and say to ourselves “that will never be me”. I will never be the woman screaming in pain. I will never be the lady that births in a pool. I’ll never have C-Section, or an epidural. I will do it natural; I will be in control.

In parenting, we do the same thing. We have goods intentions by planning and believing, but often times our beliefs turn into ammunition for judging someone else’s.

It is only after we have had our butts tossed off our high horse that we find humility.

To clarify, I am not saying to not have standards or make provisions. Do! Just be sure that yours don’t become a weapon.  I personally have learned this lesson the hard way. I now have learned and choose to not live in the world of “elite” thinking. I now live in the world of knowledge with chose.

My goal as a soon to be childbirth educator will be just that. Give people the knowledge but then give them the freedom from judgment to chose. Chose for themselves what is best or what just makes them more comfortable.

Losing the judgment allows for you and others to make mistakes with out being shamed in the process.

The Birth Story of Aaron Avram

Aaron was finally here!

After waiting 40 weeks and 2 days I couldn’t believe that he was actually in my arms. Throughout pregnancy I knew a baby grew inside me but until that little bundle of joy was in my arms it just never seems that real to me.

Getting to this place was a long road filled with struggles, doubts, and fears. Learning was a major goal and my desire was for a peaceful vaginal home birth after my first more traumatic C-section.

I just knew this time would be different.

Well, it was different, but not in the way I expected and probably, if I am being honest with myself, not the ideal situation. I will say this before I give more details, though; every experience in life, whether good or bad, is a learning experiences use by God to strengthen us. I believe that I am being put through the fires of life’s trials so that I can be purified into the preciousness my God desires of me.

My experience with Aaron’s birth was 100x better than the first, but I hoped for a perfectly positive experience and I did not get exactly that.

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