My little one has a new wardrobe. Almost entirely comprised of second hand clothing from two stores, Children’s Orchard in Manhattan Beach and Grove Street Kids in Berkeley. It has been super fun picking out little things for her to wear. Oh and by the way, we found out from the ultrasound that our little one is in fact a her—Emma Clover to be exact. I am so excited to share these new pieces as well as a few blankets and other things from the baby shower.
A few days ago maiki wrote a post about how we have made a decision to have children called When is babby formed? I thought that I would add to that by writing a bit about it myself. ^_^
I should start by saying that I have been an Early Childhood Educator full time for ten years now (minus the time that I attended the Academy of Art). I have always enjoyed being around children and they give me a unique and fresh perspective on life. This career choice has also allowed me to be with so many children that I never felt the need to start a family of my own. I have always loved sleeping in on the weekends and having my own free time.
It wasn’t until I turned 31 that I thought, wow I really feel that maternal urge now. All of a sudden it hit me. I talked about it with my partner and he giggled a bit. I was in school at the time and those were the One More Robot days where we lived with lots of people so we decided to wait.
Now it feels right. We are in a comfortable home and are working out all of our fears and anxieties regarding raising a child. We talk a lot and feel fortunate to have made such a conscious decision. We have a lot of collected experience in child rearing and feel excited to share love with a new little person.
I have really been thinking a lot about how my body will be housing the creation a new life. It has always been my opinion that folks were way to blase about the fact that brains and lungs, etc. grow inside a woman’s stomach. It is a miracle of course but still freaks me out. I was actually really sick for most of September with a protozoa in my stomach and have talked to my doctor extensively on what I can do to prepare myself for a pregnancy since then. I have been good about taking prenatal vitamins for a while and am a vegetarian with food allergies so I think about the nutritional value of everything that I eat. My doctor says that I am in good shape and of the perfect age so here it goes. A new adventure begins…