Oh, how the time from TOC to lodge flies!! Congratulations lady!!
Birdie, you have a lodge!!! I'm so excited! Welcome, welcome, welcome!
Aw, thanks ladies! I'm so excited to have my lodge. This is such a neat tradition. It reminds me of a sweat lodge or other Native American lodge. Is that where the term came from?
I've been waiting for Kai to take his nap so I could come into my lodge and introduce myself in a more relaxed way.
As I now feel in a native mood, here is the traditional and proper Navajo way to start an introduction:
Ya'at'eeh! Shi ei Birdie Matern yinishye. Tachinii ei nishli doo Beshbichanii bashishchiin. Aadoo Taodachinii ei da shichei doo Beshibichanii eida shinali. Phoenix dee ilyishi naasha. Doo Elko dishi'dizhchi'.
Translated, that means:
Hello! My name is Birdie Matern. I am of the Red Runs into the Water Clan and born for the Hard Hats clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Bitter Water Clan and my paternal grandfather is of the Hard Hats clan. I am from Phoenix and I was born in Elko.
(My dad is white and of Germany descent. Hard Hats is what the Navajos call Germans. I think its for the hard helmets worn in WWII!)
I married my husband, Steve, 2 years ago. We met online and didn't wait long to meet each other. I had met my first husband online and that ended sadly, after a 3 year marriage. I had just started dating again and things weren't going so well with the internet dates. So my friends and I said if this didn't work out with Steve, I was to quit the internet stuff. After our 1st date, we were pretty sure things would work out and that we would marry. I think when you meet as "older" people, you get down to the nitty gritty quickly and look at what matters most to you in finding a companion. For us, it was family, religion, job stability, and some other stuff.
Steve is 45 and from South Africa. He's lived in South America in his job as a civil engineer and then moved to the US about 18 years ago. I am 38, and being the daughter of Lutheran medical missionaries, I grew up in Vietnam, Nepal and India. Having international and 3rd world experiences really help to connect Steve and me together. I still haven't been to visit South Africa and am itching to go. He only has 1 out of his 3 siblings left there, but it would be lovely to visit him.
Here's a pic of Steve and me on our wedding day:
Even before my divorce was finalized, Steve and I were very serious about each other. We knew marriage would happen soon, so instead of waiting for insanely slow wheels of justice to churn, we decided to just get pregnant. Neither one was us was getting any younger and we were itching to get on with it! Marriage would eventually happen. I geared up for a long period of TTC, but I conceived on the 2nd cycle. Kai was born Feb 2006. I'm a huge addict of the Feb 06 birth board.
Here is Kai at 18 months (he's now almost 22 months):
I'm a family doctor. I graduated from med. school in 1991 and then did my family medicine residency at the county hospital here in Phoenix. After residency, I did a fellowship in obstetrics in Memphis. We deliver so many babies here at the county hospital as family practice residents that I ended up really enjoying obstetrics (I didn't really care for it coming out of medical school). But I felt I wanted to know how to help women with high risk pregnancies and how to do a c-section. The idea was to practice rurally and/or in the 3rd world. There, those skills would be invaluable. Life hasn't lead me to those places yet, but hope springs eternal. Steve and I hope to give our children life experiences int he 3rd world someday.
I posted this in the belly pics sticky, but here you go again if you missed it. I need to take another pic today.
So we're expecting a little girl around about Jan. 6th. I've been feeling pretty good except for backache. I'm also a preterm contractor. I did the same thing in my pregnancy with Kai. I don't really hurt, they're just rather uncomfortable at times. I just try to ignore them. We don't have any names for our daughter yet. Some vague ideas. Kai wasn't named until he was about 8 hours old, so I expect the same will happen this time. Here she is (from about a month ago):
I'll be birthing at a hospital with an obstetrician. I hated leaving my family practice doc for the obstetrician, but she is so busy as the director of a family practice residency, and couldn't really give me the attention I want. I'll be using Hypnobabies and a doula this time around and I think I'm getting a much better preparation for a NCB. I'm even looking forward to this birthing!
Kai wakes, must run! Thanks for the lodge girls!
Love your intro. It is so neat that you want to be able to work in 3rd world countries.
I remember last time you had AROM and you were insistent about avoiding it this time. Also, is it weird being a doctor and going to a doctor?
Wonderful intro Birdie. You have always been such a fascinating woman to me. And you look absolutely stunning in your wedding picture!
What is your favourite part of being pregnant?
I loved reading your intro! What an amazing life you've had thus far! I feel so plain and ordinary now! And I think it's awesome that you've avoided the pit falls of a lot of doctors (NOT ALL but A LOT) who think of pregnancy as pathology. And it's so awesome that you're using Hypnobabies as well! How are you finding it? Are you doing the homestudy or do you have access to classes in your area?
Welcome to your lodge Birdie. What a nice intro you put together. I look forward to sharing your birthing journey with you. I'd love to know about Kai's birth. You mentioned that you are looking forward to this birth and I am curious how you hope it will be similar and different with your little girl.
Homebirthing, breastfeeding, sling wearing, cloth diapering momma to 3 girls ages 7 and 6 year old twins and peanut #4 due sometime in late September