Yesterday, I had an appointment with my midwife in her home. It went rather well; we discussed nutrition, expectations, payment options, essential oils, herbal tea, exercise, and my sleeping schedule. Have I told you how much I love my midwife!? The difference between sitting in a comfortable room in her home (with no wait, no nurses, no protocol, no needles, etc.) to waiting in a medical office was outstanding. My only regret: Not doing this with my first child and waiting until my sixth.
Anyway, it came time to listen to the heartbeat. If you're buddies with me on FB, you'll already know what happened, but here's the scenario in detail:
She moved the doppler until we heard the heartbeat --it was strong! What a relief to hear the heartbeat, eh? It's so comforting, dear reader. There truly are no words. The heartbeat was around 155. Since she knew there was a chance I could be having twins (did you know that I think I could be having twins? I've had all the "symptoms" since 7 weeks), she moved the doppler around some more, slowly, away from the original heartbeat. The first heartbeat was heard around the left side of my womb, and when the doppler moved to the right side of my womb, we heard it again. However, this time, the heart rate was 169. So, she moved it back, and on the left side, it was again, around 155. Of course, the rates changed constantly, but the left side was consistently between 150 and 157 and the one on the right side was consistently 164-171.
The look on my midwife's face was priceless! Of course, she was quick to say that it was still absolutely not a guarantee; it could be a fluke, and without two dopplers (and, of course, an ultrasound) she couldn't be sure. So, if pressed, she would say it's one baby. But she's still not sure.
Isn't that crazy!? I still don't know. It's still completely unknown. And now I have another symptom: two doppler heartbeats! Well, maybe.
Everyone asks me why I haven't just had an ultrasound to determine the twins or not, yet. Well, it's simple: I have a midwife who will be delivering my baby at my home. She doesn't have a ton of expensive medical supplies. So, no ultrasound machine in her home! We'll have to do it at the birthing center around 20 weeks, or I could just pay to go to one of those ultrasound places in the mall. But then that costs more money. So... I don't know what I'm going to do. What would you do? Wait until 20 weeks, or go find out right now? If you thought you were having twins, would you be scared or excited?
To be honest? I think I'll be disappointed if it's NOT twins. I've already accepted and resigned myself to the fact that I might have seven children, rather than six. That I might have two at once! Of course, if it is only one baby, I'm pretty sure I'll be just fine with it, too. :)
Last night we were able to attend Aspen Grove Family Camp's Staff Reunion. It was so much fun! We opted to stay in a rustic cabin for the night, as well as the activities, and my only complaint? We weren't there long enough! One night was way too short.
Brandon worked at Aspen Grove in 1995 and then we worked there together after we were married in 1999 and 2000. It was truly paradise, living there. It's changed so much over the years! It's grown, it's a lot nicer --it truly has been improved ten fold. But the basics are still the same. The mountain, the feeling, the air... as it was our home for a few years, we miss it so very, very much.
The kids were quite upset with us this morning as we left. #3 asked if we could move there! It's only 25 minutes from our house, but it's still another world. We have always talked about going to Aspen Grove for family camp; in fact, we talk about it almost every year. But then we look at our budget and the cost and we balk. We've balked for 11 years, now. Last night, however, we looked at the numbers again and I thought about it this morning. When you pay for an Aspen Grove vacation, it includes:
1. Housing and bedding (for rustic cabins)
2. All food for six whole days
3. All programs and activities which include: sports, hiking, swimming, children's counselors (who they are with all day long doing all kinds of fantastic activities), programs, guest lectures, family programs, arts and crafts (these have to be purchased separate, though), ropes course, fishing, etc. and so forth.
4. You only have to drive to one place, and then park for six days.
If you take into consideration how much it would cost for a cruise (for a family of seven or eight...or nine! (see above)) or a vacation where you pay for the condo, or hotel, and food, activities, gas, etc. and add it all together: Aspen Grove is not unreasonable. In fact, it kind of makes sense! It just looks bad because it's all at once--one big bill rather than a whole load of little/separate bills.
Anyway, Brandon and I have to talk about it more, but I have a feeling that we might actually see our Aspen Grove dream come true really soon.
Oh! And fantastic news! During the staff reunion, they had a raffle drawing, and we won a gift certificate to a Marriage Retreat! We are so excited! So, in October, we get to go back to AG for an overnighter. Huzzah! If you have never been to Aspen Grove, this is a great introduction (and it's a marriage retreat, right? So, how cool is that for a nice get-a-way?).
To end, here are some photos (that I stole from the Internet) of Aspen Grove to whet your appetite. Trust me when I say they don't do the place justice!
Have you ever been to Aspen Grove? To Family Camp? Worked there? Love it as much as I do?