I have four! boys, born 2009, 2010 (16 months apart), 2014 (almost 4 years apart), and 2016 (19.5 months apart) . I finished my dissertation in 2011, moved across the country, started a job I love, and retained a house in a state I don’t live in anymore (we sold it in 2014, right after #3 was born, which is probably why we can’t remember his first two months). I’m struggling with balancing teaching, writing, being a mom and partner, and having some time to myself. I blog about these challenges. Take a look around.
Birth stories really interest me, so I wrote mine here:
Oldest boy, highly medicalized intervention birth. Pitocin, epidural, magnesium, antibiotics, but good outcome: https://academicleigh.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/seamuss-birth-story-only-five-years-late/
Next oldest, natural birth, wonderful, except for the aftermath: https://academicleigh.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/gilberts-grand-entrance/
Next oldest, breech baby, C-section. I had planned on a birth center, but had placenta previa early in the pregnancy which may have contributed to his being breech: https://academicleigh.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/porter-pops-out/
Youngest boy, in many ways a culmination of everything we’ve learned. VBAC in hospital, no epidural, but a little pitocin at the end: https://academicleigh.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/harlans-birth-story-successful-if-long-vbac/