29 January 2016

our next grand adventure…

…is going to be way bigger and better than any world travel.
this july, we are becoming parents!

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i’m excited to blog more about our experiences with pregnancy, but for today, here’s a few tidbits:
-ian’s reaction, when he opened an envelope i gave him with a positive pregnancy test in it, was the absolute best. we both felt and expressed outrageous amounts of pure joy.
-i am totally relishing learning about the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth. i don’t think i’ve ever enjoyed learning about something this much, and i’m completely in awe of the female body.
-it all doesn’t seem quite real, especially because i don’t look pregnant yet. this weekend though, i felt the baby move inside me for the first time!
-we are finding out the gender next month. we plan on inviting our new london friends to a little “reveal party,” and there’s going to be a pinata involved.
-i haven’t been sick (aside from some occasional nausea - and i’m so grateful!). but the past sixteen weeks i really haven’t felt like myself because i have very low energy and quite low interest in food – both of these sensations are very foreign to me!
-watching the screen during our ultrasound at twelve weeks was an absolutely phenomenal experience for both of us.
-we are having our baby at the midwife-led birth center at st. thomas’s hospital, which is a twenty minute walk from our flat and literally directly across the thames from big ben.

we are extremely grateful and tremendously excited for our next grand adventure!!!

70 comments :

  1. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart!

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  2. YAY!! Congrats! I am so excited for your dreams to be coming true!! YOu'll be the cutest pregnant lady ever! xo

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  3. Congratulations! What a beautiful and incredible experience pregnancy is! I am so excited to hear about your experiences with it.

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  4. Congratulations! This really is a wonderful new adventure for two such adventurous people!

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  5. Ahh, congrats! Haven't been around many blogs lately, but I had to come read this post. I still remember your post several years back about how much you were looking forward to the opportunity to be a mother. It's better than you can imagine! And I'm so excited that you're using midwives and a birth center. You'll LOVE your experience. We've always used midwives and we had our third at home. Women's bodies are amazing. All the best!

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  6. Congratulations, this is so exciting!!!

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  7. Congrats. I wish you a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby and an easy recovery.

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  8. If I remember correctly you have a goal to have an unmedicated birth. I gave birth to my little one at home about 20 months ago, and will do it again this august! One book that was super informative was ina May's book the birthing guide! Especially the back half. The gift of giving life is another beautiful book. Last suggestion the womanly art of breastfeeding! You guys are gonna make amazing parents! Congrats!

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    1. hi! i read ina may's guide to childbirth (not sure if that's the one you're talking about or if there's another called the birthing guide?!) and it completely changed my life. i absolutely loved it. thank you for the recommendations!

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    2. I read tons and tons of pregnancy and baby books while I was pregnant with my first was child. In addition to Ina's book others i highly recommend are Anne Lamott's OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS and GREAT WITH CHILD by Beth Anne Fennelly. The 2nd is written for a young woman far away from family and friends so that may be especially poignant for you.

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    3. I have birthed 3 baby boys at home and while home is obviously not for everyone, I LOVE natural birth. It's amazing! Ina May was read twice during each pregnancy, especially, as she mentioned, that second half. :) congratulations!!!

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    4. Piping in on this one as well. We've had three babies (in 3 different countries - 3 different languages and different health care systems) and we were over-the-moon about Hypnobabies. We did the home study program and it was exactly what we needed. It laid out everything and the birthing experience was - dare I say it - enjoyable. It also helped my husband know his role in the birthing process and how to help which was lovely. My husband loved the experience with it so much he suggests it to anyone he can (and even wrote about it on our blog!). And we aren't affiliates or anything of the sort. Just really loved it.

      Congrats! Enjoy the journey. It's awesome. And whatever comes for your individual birthing experience just be accepting of it, they are all so different. And kids are awesome!

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  9. Bruce and I are delighted at this news. So glad you are feeling well. Enjoy this very special time <3

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  10. Congratulations! From following your writing back throughout your single years I know this is a dream come true for you. Enjoy this miraculous time. I predict your interest in food will come back, and probably double, over the next few weeks :)

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  11. So many congratulations, Ian and Charity! I'm a longtime blog reader and am so thrilled that this wish is coming true for you! Such wonderful news!

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  12. I have been waiting in anticipation for this....mostly because you are going to be the best mom and that baby will be so so loved! So happy for you. Can't wait to hear all the superlatives for your motherly love :)) because it's the coolest thing on the planet!

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  13. Congratulations! It is the most precious, difficult,amazing journey being a mother. You child is so lucky to have such loving parents and extended family. I hope that your pregnancy continues to go smoothly, and that you have a safe delivery and a healthy baby!

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    1. Oh and when you said you were sending special packages to family from Christmas, I started getting excited thinking you might be expecting. I know I don't personally know you or your family but I have learned so much from you guys through your blogs, that I feel as if we are friends, blog friends. Again congratulations!

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    2. I totally thought the same thing as the Ludlows! :) Congrats and best wishes!!!

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  14. Congratulations, Charity! So happy for you :)

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  15. Fantastic news.:) I'm really happy for you & Ian.

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  16. How exciting! Congratulations!! :)

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  17. This is so exciting! I'm so happy for you two! Parenting is amazing!

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  18. Congratulations! I am so happy for you guys!

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  19. Congratulations! What fabulous news and the baby will be born within the sound of Big Ben. That is amazing. You are going to be an amazing Mama and Papa.

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  20. Sending you both congratulations.

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  21. Congratulations to you two! These are fabulous news and I wish you all the best in the future!

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  22. I thought when you mentioned you didn't feel like eating macaroons in the last post, there had to be cause for the appetite changes. I thought maybe it was a hint, but didn't want to say anything in case it wasn't...
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
    I am so extremely happy for you and Ian both. Like you said, it's way bigger and better than any world travel.
    Best wishes from the Northwest.
    Lisa

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  23. Congratulations! Babies are a wonderful adventure!

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  24. Congrats! My advice: Medicate, medicate, medicate. You have nothing to prove by doing it totally natural. Nice, romantic idea, but NO. I guarantee if you have this one with no meds, your next one you'll be asking for the meds from the start.

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  25. I'm so happy for you and Ian! Your little one is quite lucky to score you two as parents!

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  26. I AM SO OVER THE MOON WITH YOUR EXCITING NEWS!!!!! I have had a feeling that something was up and I am so tickled that you are expecting. You and The Boy will be AWESOME parents!!!

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  27. Congratulations! Wonderful parents you will both be!

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  28. Congratulations to you both - I'm so happy for you!!

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  29. Thrilled for you both, congratulations!

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  30. This brought a smile to my face! congratulations, that little one will be so loved and so adored.

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  31. We need more Ian's and Charity's in this world. Congratulations.

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  32. Congratulations! Lovely news!

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    1. Also Birth Skills by Juju Sundin is a good resource. I loved it.

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  34. Natural births are wonderful! I wish you the very best! It is truly a miracle and you're both so blessed to share this journey together!

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  35. Natural births are wonderful! I wish you the very best! It is truly a miracle and you're both so blessed to share this journey together!

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  36. Congratulations! I am so excited for you both with this new amazing adventure. I hope the pregnancy continues to go smoothly for you. Enjoy every minute of it all.

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  37. What a blessing! Congratulations.

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  38. This is amazing! Such exciting news!!! I love reading your blog and think that you will be AMAZING parents. Sending thoughts and prayers your way xx

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  39. Hip Hip Hooray!! This will be the very BEST adventure.....such wonderful and blessed news. Congrats!!

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  40. WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!
    A Croatian baby;-))))
    Congrats and kisses from Croatia!
    Anamaria

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  41. How exciting!!! Congratulations!

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  42. Thrilled for you! Congratulations!

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  43. All babies should be so wanted and Loved by parents to be! You already have a great teacher your Mom is an expert! Will be fun to see her help you with your new little one. (Your Mom is the coolest)

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  44. Congratulations to you both. 2 pictures of one baby or 2 pictures of different babies? :)

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    1. same baby :) i don't think there's enough room in there for individual photos of each one, if there were twins!
      thank you!!

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  45. yay yay yay yay, we can't wait!

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  46. I wish you a very healthy pregnancy and baby! Congratulations!

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  47. We couldn't be more thrilled or more blessed! Looking forward to going on this adventure with you! LOVE!

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  48. Hooray! Congratulations! So glad for you!

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  49. Congratulations! I had two babies, the first one with meds and ended up with a c-section. The second baby, no meds, almost 10 pounds and if I had had meds would have probably ended up with another c-section too! Wish I hadn't had meds with the first, that c-section was horrible!

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  50. I am soooooo HAPPY right now. That baby is blessed and you are beautiful - that glow is alive in you, mama. Love you, Char. Congratulations to you and Ian and sweet baby. Oh the BEST is yet to be (you know that)!!! xoxoxoxo

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  51. This means I can tell people now, right? :) So so happy for you. Love you!

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  52. A million congratulations! :)

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  53. Congratulations to both of you! :D

    trulyfionaa.blogspot.com

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  54. Congratulations! This will be your biggest and best adventure ever!

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  55. Congrats on the new adventure!!!

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  56. I remember reading on your blog about how much you loved Max, and how he was the cutest baby in the world. You sure were a precocious little blogger -- a child blogging before blogging was even a "thing". It's hard to believe how much time has passed. Max is off on a mission and you are having a baby of your own... Congratulations! This will be your best adventure yet! I'm excited to watch your family grow.

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  57. OMGOODness!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!! I can't wait to read about this exciting time for you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  58. Catching up here and so excited to hear the wonderful news!! You will be such thoughtful and loving parents. Every pregnancy is wonderful, but that first one.... so much anticipation and excitement, experiencing it all for the first time, as well as all the reading and learning, everything is new. With just the 2 of you it's a special time. Cherish it. Write down your thoughts and feelings even if you think you could never forget them.

    It's wonderful that you're planning for a natural birth. I'm certain you'll do great and will get to experience the most amazing joy (and pain- but the good kind!) you've ever experienced. The most sacred experiences I've had have been the labor and natural birth of each of my boys. The female body is amazing- trust it. (And breastfeeding is another wonderful and fulfilling experience, but it often doesn't just click- so don't be shy to ask for help as often as you need it. Baby & mama both have to learn- but it's so so worth it).
    Lots of love to you both! (and baby too!)

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