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Emily Grace Whebbe and her partner, Kai Curry, finally found a house to rent, and will be moving in shortly before their baby girl is born.
Just a short update, as Kai and I have been busy moving! We finally found a place that we agree will make a peaceful home for both of us, the baby and Lula the dog. We'll be living in a tiny cottage in Minneapolis, surrounded by a yard of wonderful gardens, and near a creek and a lake. We're moving this week during a 110-degree heat index, which either makes me crazy or ambitious — I haven't decided which yet. Either way, we're excited to make a home for us before the birth of our little girl.
As far as a baby update, I saw the midwife recently and everything seems to be doing very well. She felt the baby and said she's really strong, so I think we may have a little spitfire on our hands, which is perfect for us!
Emily Grace Whebbe, 26, from St. Paul, Minn., is a first-time mom who gave birth to her daughter, Revira, on Aug. 4. She delivered naturally with a midwife at a birth center, accompanied by her partner, Kai.
My uterus actually measures 33 cm, which is what it measured around 33 weeks. This phenomenon has been really interesting to me: The measurement from the bottom to the top of the uterus in centimeters corresponds with the number of weeks pregnant one is, give or take a few centimeters/weeks. I used to measure around 35-36 cm, but now that it's smaller it probably means baby has dropped into my pelvis, a sign she's getting ready to make her move out.
The midwife doesn't think it will be much longer now, making me a little worried about getting everything in order, but also completely excited at having a baby to hold, nurse and cuddle with. I have dreams of what she'll look like, and I can't wait to actually look into her eyes in person instead of just my dreams.
In other news, Kai's family threw a shower for us this week, and it was such an amazing gathering. I'm not much for baby shower games or activities, but it was the most touching, sincere experience I've been lucky enough to be a part of in a very long time.
Prior to my arrival, they asked each attendee to choose a bead, button or similar object that they would like to add to a blessing necklace. The necklace could be worn or kept nearby during labor, and then could be hung in the baby's room. After choosing a bead, we went around the room, and each person described what the bead represented to them, and what their blessing for the baby and our family was.
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A toy boat was a gift from Kai's grandmother to the baby. She bought it for Kai before he was born and saved it all these years. "It's symbolic on a few levels because we've been living on a boat, and because it was one of Kai's favorite toys as a baby," said Emily.
A toy boat was a gift from Kai's grandmother to the baby. She bought it for Kai before he was born and saved it all these years. "It's symbolic on a few levels because we've been living on a boat, and because it was one of Kai's favorite toys as a baby," said Emily. Courtesy of Emily Grace Whebbe
Everyone had such nice things to say: hoping the baby would be surrounded by love and peace, hoping she'd follow her heart, and that we'd have a lifetime of joy and laughter together. It was especially emotional when Kai's grandmother mentioned how excited Kai's father would have been to see his son having a baby (Kai's dad died in a plane crash when he was an infant). Everyone was so kind and so loving; there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Even Kai became glassy-eyed.
Kai's aunt then strung the beads together with a waxed thread (which is the same as I use to bind my handmade books). I'll use it during labor and have it near the baby always. I could hardly sleep after the shower because I was filled with so much excitement and gratitude for being able to share this baby with such loving families and friends.
This week has been excitingly exhausting in the best ways possible. It has definitely been a week of movement: emotionally, physically and baby movement as well!
Emily recently wrote about the difficult process of choosing a crib for her baby. You can read about her decision here.