I have a couple of announcements to make today. And they’re related. Are you ready for this?
About a month ago, we launched our first sister site, Modern Alternative Kitchen. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. It’s a great real food resource and I’m loving the content they’re producing over there. (I guest post over there once a month or less, but the day-to-day stuff is handled by my very awesome editor, Jill.)
The plan was to continue expanding. We have a bunch of sites in the pipeline, but it takes time to find the right editor, the right team, get the design going, and so on. Planning a new site — even when you’ve done it before and have traffic and resources to draw on — is not simple. It takes us a good two or three months to do each one. We had planned to launch three new sites this year, but we weren’t sure which ones they would be.
But God did.
The one you’ll be seeing in two weeks is called Modern Alternative Pregnancy! I’m very excited to bring you this awesome new natural pregnancy resource. There are a lot of sites that touch on this topic (including this one), but very few sites that are entirely devoted to natural pregnancy, the way that Modern Alternative Pregnancy will be.
This is a site that will include topics like:
- Getting pregnant — natural fertility help (including for those dealing with health issues)
- Dealing with pregnancy discomforts and complications
- Finding care providers
- Sorting through common tests — should you have them done?
- Writing a birth plan
- Different types of birth/natural pain relief
- Alternative care providers (chiropractors, massage therapists, etc.)
- Pregnancy diet
- Birth support
- Postpartum care
- Birth stories
- Informed consent
- …and more!
Basically, if you’re looking for something natural birth-related, Modern Alternative Pregnancy will have it.
We have an amazing team, which consists of birth-enthusiast mamas, doulas, childbirth educators, midwives and midwives-in-training, a chiropractor, and more. I’m so excited to introduce them all to you!
- Lindsey Stomberg of Road to 31
- Dr. Tyson Perez, DC of West Coast Chiropractic of Carlsbad
- Jaime Wessler of Louisiana Constituents for Safe Birth
- Vanessa Pruitt of Natural Family Today
- Jaclyn Harwell of Natural Mommain in Progress
- Hailey Miranda, Joy Within Birth (doula and midwifery student)
- Sara Elizabeth B. of A Mama’s Story
- Nicki Pugh, Love Shack Life (midwife in training)
- Erica Glass (doula)
- Sara Shay, Your Thriving Family (doula)
- Modern Midwife (a midwife who prefers to remain anonymous)
- Danielle Tate of More Than Four Walls
I hope you’ll join us on Facebook to learn more about our contributors, our sponsors for an amazing launch week giveaway (if you remember Modern Alternative Kitchen’s awesome giveaway, think about that — only pregnancy/birth/mama-related items!), and to learn more about our mission in general. We’re excited to share with you!
But Why Now?
It was originally our plan to wait to launch the pregnancy site until next spring. I was hoping to start it to coincide with our journey of trying to conceive and carrying my fourth baby. When I was pregnant with Jacob, since I (obviously) had pregnancy on the brain, it kind of took over MAM a little bit. And I didn’t want that to happen this time, hence, the launch of Modern Alternative Pregnancy.
And then this happened:
We’re thrilled. But surprised. Yes, baby number four surprised us. It was just a weekend, when all the kids were napping, and I thought, “Hmm…I wonder what would happen if…” but then dismissed the thought because I was still breastfeeding all night long, and I wasn’t able to get pregnant with Jacob as long as I was breastfeeding Daniel all night. Things weren’t exactly “back to normal” yet, so I figured, well…it’s highly unlikely.
Then three weeks later (I was already a week late, but like I said — things weren’t “back to normal” yet so I didn’t think much of it) I walked into the grocery store and I could smell the bananas all the way across the room. I actually looked around for awhile to see if someone had opened one up and smashed it on the floor near me, because surely I couldn’t smell the bananas in their skins all the way across? Apparently so. I thought, “Maybe I ought to buy a test.”
I berated myself all the way home. This is stupid…the timing was off…the signs weren’t right…it’s going to be negative…this is a waste of time and money. Only, once I took it as soon as I got home…it immediately came up positive. Surprise!
I basically threw the test at my husband, saying, “Umm, look.” He was thrilled.
I know that if you’re paying attention whatsoever, you have realized we don’t follow “traditional child spacing,” which calls for 3 – 5 years between babies. When this baby is born in March, our other three will be 5, 3.5, and 19 months. #3 and #4 will be almost close together as #1 and #2 are (who are just under 18 months apart). This was not our plan, per se.
But you know what? I trust God, and His plan for my life, more than I trust the research about traditional child spacing. I trust that God knows what is right for me and my family. I trust that He has His reasons for sending me this baby now. I may not yet know what they are, but I trust Him. Our family size and timing was a decision we long ago decided to place in His hands, and so that leads us here.
I’m about 10 weeks along right now. I’ll give you some more interesting details over at Modern Alternative Pregnancy (like the morning sickness I’ve been largely able to tame this time — when I’ve been giving advice to readers who ask about this over the last 5 weeks or so, it wasn’t theoretical!). Over here, you won’t hear too much.
Once this baby is born, we’ll officially be a “large” family. I’m excited about that — four children! We’ve been dreaming of a large family since our first was born, and of course it takes time to get there. And I wondered after my third was born if God would decide not to bless us again. But He has! So our journey as an “official” large family begins.