Nicola, you sound just like me before we got pg for DS! We waited about a year to start TTC, mostly for money-related reasons. We also saved up all the money to pay for our home waterbirth before we even started trying. I highly recommend it - it relieved so much stress during the pregnancy. I also started interviewing midwives three months before we were going to TTC, but then got pg three months early (oops!).My midwife jokes that I got pg because I had met her and didn't have anything else to wait for We had DS when we were in a one-bedroom apartment and it wasn't bad at all. Newborn babies take up virtually no space and we were moving out before he started crawling. We breastfeed and cloth diaper too!
I know exactly what you mean about baby fever. I had it for over a year before I got pg and almost as soon as DS was in my arms, I had the baby fever again for the next one!
Hi Steph! It's SO nice to hear from someone who did the same things that I plan on doing, it really gives me confidence that I'm taking the right steps.
It's hard because since I don't have any children yet, everything is new to me and there's just so much information out there to absorb. It can be really overwhelming, especially when I don't know anyone who has taken the same route in regards to planning a pregnancy, saving up for the costs beforehand, planning a home waterbirth, planning to cloth diaper, etc.
So, I just started researching one subject at a time, thinking about what I would consider to be best financially, which is how I came up with saving for a Midwife and the baby supplies ahead of time. I figured it would relieve so much stress to know we have everything taken care of, and then we could really concentrate on TTC and our pregnancy.
Then I thought about how I could make things easier financially once the baby is actually here, and I figured the best way to do that would be to breastfeed and cloth diaper, thus cutting way down on the ongoing monthly costs. I figured breastfeeding would also be a lot more beneficial for the baby healthwise, and cloth diapering would also be easier on the environment.
I'm so glad to hear you managed just fine with a newborn in a one bedroom apartment. All we have is a one bedroom right now, and though we're going to try to find a two bedroom in our price range once our lease is up, I feel good knowing that if it doesn't happen, we'll be fine in a smaller place too.
Can I ask you how your home waterbirth went? I think it would be such an incredible experience, not to mention the most peaceful and calming way to bring a baby into the world. I frequently watch videos of them, and they're all so beautiful and empowering. I don't plan on using any pain meds, but I heard the water works wonders for contractions, and also cuts your risk of tearing WAY down. After all of my research, I can't imagine brining my baby into the world any other way!
It's so funny you had baby fever practically as soon as your DS was born, I imagine I would be the same way! Do you have a month in mind for when you're going to TTC #2? Do you plan to sway?