~ Meet Chelsea . . .
Hi there, my name is Chelsea (24) and my husband Spencer (28) and I have just found out that we are expecting our first child! The baby should be born at the end of October. Iíll start with a little background on Spencer and myself. We met five years ago through my cousin. We were friends for a few years, and slowly started to take an interest in each other. We got to know each other better when we drove to Kelowna together one summer. We really hit it off, and started dating soon after.
We lived together for a few years as a couple, and on Spencerís twenty-eighth birthday last year, he proposed to me on-stage at our weekly karaoke hang-out, in front of all our closest friends! We were married in August 2006, and very quickly found a house on Vancouver Island which has proven to be the perfect starter home for us.
This last year has certainly been a whirlwind for us, but it does feel right. We discussed having children early on in our relationship, and itís always been important to me to be a young mum. Weíd like our children to have siblings, and starting now fits right in. For the last three years our birth-control method has been the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), but we decided that when the time came to stop using it as a birth-control method, we werenít going to "try" to get pregnant, but let Mother Nature take her course. Sure enough, one lovely act on a day with fertile-quality cervical fluid certainly did the job.
In the last year, my cycles have gotten a bit longer - they used to be no more than twenty-eight days, and now theyíre up to thirty-one; but this last one was coming up on thirty-six. I didnít feel any different from my normal PMS-y self, but the pregnancy test told otherwise! So here I am at five weeks pregnant, and I hope to journal it both for myself and my baby, and for anyone else who may get something positive out of it.
By the time the baby is born, I will be 25 and Spencer will be 29. I have a background in childbirth and pregnancy - I'm a doula - and I've done a lot of continuing education in these areas. One of my favourite courses was "Physiology and Anatomy of the Childbearing Year" and it focused on women's bodies both before, during, and after pregnancy and birth. I've also taken a breastfeeding course, among others.
So, needless to say, I've been interested in pregnancy and childbirth for many years, and I'm very excited to finally experience it for myself! Being a mother has always been an important goal of mine, and I'm very much looking forward to it.