New home, New baby <3

Update posted by Liz Clark On Jul 16, 2017

It's been a while since I have posted here, mainly I guess because we have had alot to think about and many decisions to make in the journey towards parenthood homelife. I guess sharing that things arent going as planned isn't easy for anyone and I have been putting off sharing this news. So... all is well in the end, but we have had to change the birth plan, after several consultation witht the private nurse, she clearly expressed that in order for her to go ahead we have to have easy access for an ambulance in case of emergency. This although we hoped would be possible, just isn't :(

We were directed to a hospital in Porto where natural birth is supported and the hospital has the available space and equipment for a peaceful, self guided, individual birth. We visited the ospital last week and actually I was very surprised at how muh they listened to our wishes and expressed their view of th importance of natural birth. Whilst having all the equipment readily available in case of troubles. Arriving at the hospital I was full of stress and emotional about really having t let go the dram of a homebirth, but after leaving the hospital I felt a weight off my shoulders, as it also gives us a little less pressure for the renovation of the house.

As for our little home :) Things are moving along, we will have electricity next week if everything goes to plan, which will help speed everything else up. Then we can finally finish the door and start to really move things in... Water is also on our to do list, which until attached and flowing freely we will not be able to live in the house... but we still have time ;) and in any case we have a room which will keep us sheltered until our home is fully equiped to recieve us. lets hope baby can wa

it until nearer the end of August for the debut :)

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Update posted by Liz Clark On Jun 13, 2017

It's already been 4 week since the real homework started! I can't believe it, even in these weeks my physical ability had reduced, the heavy work I can manage is not the same, digging in the garden, stretching to sand the ceiling, lifting a big bucket of water...And bending is becoming quite a task. As someone who likes to do a lot of physical stuff, feeling your body saying NO, when you have less and less time to prepare, is quite frustrating!!! GRrrrrrr..... On the plus side, I feel the baby growing and the movements stronger and stronger, so I can't really complain aaaaaaaand its nice to say ' oh can you just help me with this...' ;)

The house isn't yet ready, but we have more functioning places, like a kitchen, poo pit, and a couch!! Due to lack of electricity and water, we still have to improvise...

Our first Ribeira Bo event was this weekend, a full moon singing circle, with many friends coming to visit and share there energy with us around the fire and on the land <3 soooo much love to you all and this beautiful place we are creating together. I can't wait to see more of our loved ones there :) Thankyou all.

Babies room has been painted and the windows fitted and oiled, there are more tasks on the little house this week, hopefully by the weekend we will have the upstairs finished. Daddy has been away from the home the last 2 weeks, with a long drive to Belgium to pick up all of our stuff; furniture, tools, baby's things and a load more I probably don't know about :) we happily received €100 from some cousins in Belgium, THANKYOU !!! But unfortunately there has been an added, unexpected cost, which adds a little pressure for the next months, which is a broken fuel pump on the van... It's not the best time, but it's this! So more and more we are needing extra support from you guys :)




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Update posted by Liz Clark On May 30, 2017

Ah the process of creating a country home in another country ... We have seen a few different animals in the land this week, not only the spiders, birds and snakes ...

But we have been lucky enough to receive a swarm of honey bees, its only now that we realise how lucky we are, when you see a cloud of bees or possibly wasps swarming into your newly decorated babies room, it causes a little panic... A friend of a friend came and stayed into the early hours of the morning, trying to move them into their new home. It was three days to know for sure if they would settle in their manmade hive. Now they finally have and we have our first swarm before we have even discussed it. Yay to the honey bees <3




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Update posted by Liz Clark On May 23, 2017

Cette année fut une année importante pour nous, avec la nouvelle qu'un bébé allait arriver dans nos vie et la décision commune de s'installer au Portugal. Après plusieurs année de voyage, cette décision fut facile pour nous. Nous sommes entouré de gens formidables, et d'une nature abondante. Néanmoins, il y a eu et aura beaucoup de moments de désaccords et la vie de famille. Ce qui est sûr c'est que depuis cette décision tout se met en place de manière naturelle. Avec 3 mois restant avant l'arrivée du petit bout, il nous reste pas mal de travail dans la préparation des maisons, et tout nos « petits » sous vont être dépenser pour cela.


Le nid que nous créons a pour but d'être un projet de vie associative. Nous avons la chance d'avoir signé un contrat (au nom de l'association dans laquelle nous sommes) avec la propriétaire des lieux pour une occupation gratuite durant un minimum de deux ans. Les maisons sont en bonne condition générale et nous sommes entrain de les rafraîchir et nous devons nous connecter à l'eau et l électricité. Il y a quelques parties structurelles à revoir comme les portes, ou bien éventuellement l'escalier (nous verrons cela dans le futur). Sinon, ce n'est qu'une question de repeindre et installer nos affaires. L'idée que nous avons pour cet endroit est de se créer tous les quatre un atelier de travail pour chacun (nous disposons de deux grands garages pour cela ), d’accueillir des voyageurs, faire des ateliers d'apprentissage ( un est déjà prévu pour la création d'un jardin « permaculture »), etc... Le plus gros travail restera le travail de la terre. L'essence de l'association dans laquelle nous sommes est l'ouverture à qui le nécessite. Il est donc normal de vous souhaiter la bienvenue quand vous le souhaitez avec un contact préalable.

Tout ce dont le bébé a besoin est déjà prêt pour son arrivée ( habits, lit, chaise, jouets , livres, ...), nous n'avons matériellement besoin de rien de plus pour lui. Mais nous savons que certaines personnes voudront nous aider dans ce processus, et c'est pourquoi nous avons créer cette page.
Le système de santé Portugais ne couvre pas les frais d'accouchement à domicile.
C'est un des grand rêve que nous avons pour notre enfant, et il est de naître dans un environnement paisible, notre maison. Il y a beaucoup de raisons pour accoucher à la maison. Nous n'allons pas nous étaler de trop sur celle-ci mais pour nous il est plus naturel de le faire de cette manière.
Le bébé pourra naître sans le stress et la blancheur de l'hôpital.
De plus, nous pensons terminer les travaux quelques temps avant la naissance du bébé, ce serait donc la cerise sur le gâteau de le voir arriver chez nous.

Le coût d'un accouchement à domicile est de 1500 euros, ce qui inclus 4 rendez-vous prénatals et du postnatals, deux infirmières présentes lors de l'accouchement. C'est un des meilleurs prix que nous ayons pu trouver sans lésiner sur la qualité du service. Les infirmières vivent près de chez nous. Ce processus ne sera validé que sous recommandations médicales, c'est pourquoi nous ne pouvons pas garantir à 100% que cela va se passer. Heureusement, nous sommes à 6 mois passés et tout va pour le mieux, ce qui rend la chose fortement probable.
Nous sommes conscient que certains ne le comprendront pas, ne seront pas d'accord ou trouveront que cela est un luxe, mais ceux qui nous connaissent bien ou connaissent notre mode de vie le comprendront. Nous trois vous remercions déjà pour votre aide apportée.

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Update posted by Liz Clark On May 22, 2017

After receiving the contract last week we have been able to really start working on the houses, with soooo much to do before its live-able full time (ok I exaggerate...there’s not SSOOOOO much) But it’s great to see the progression anyhow. Saturday was a visit day and oh how much progress we made... the garden has been cleared massively and soon we should be able to start to structure the mandala veggie garden. We brought a van load of stuff over and finished painting one of the rooms, prepared all the other upstairs rooms for painting, cleaned and re-tiled the roof, got rid of a lot of rubbish left on the land and had a wonderful day with friends by the river.

We have to; finish painting, clean the 30-year-old cement from the floors, tile a kitchen wall, set a tube from the river to the water tank, connect the land to mains electricity, build a veggie garden, fix leaks in the granite walls, make or restore the doors, sand and oil the shutters and window frames, fit a waterproof rubber lining to the windows, clear the rest of the rubbish, fix the access road, sand and paint the metal terrace rail and all hinges (windows and doors)…

Our home is developing and with 101 days until due date, we have to keep going… Thank you to all who have supported us so far, all of your donations are received with a lot love and gratitude. Obrigada, merci, thank you!!!

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Update posted by Liz Clark On May 14, 2017

Some people may be wondering why a home birth? There are many reasons for and against, but in the end, our personal feeling of comfort and safety has to come first. For me I feel a medically supported home birth with hospital access in case of emergency is the best option. Knowing your body and trusting what it tells you is the best way to a natural, relaxed and comfortable birth (as comfortable as can be). This video includes a huge part of my view and I feel is a very good watch for anyone curious about birthing options. Only we as the individual can feel what is best for us, but having all the information can help in deciding. Happy birth <3

Ted talks - Home vs Hospital birth



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Update posted by Liz Clark On May 11, 2017

Baby is growing well, 30cm at week 26 <3

We also met the midwife we will have for the home birth, it was a great meeting, she has a lot of experience with births both in the hospital and at home and has recently given birth to her own daughter alone at home. She explains, that home birth allows for the bodies biological function to assist with the birth. Like eating and digesting food our female body knows what to do and when, if we are in the body. She continued that like animals, we create our nest and our nest is our safe place our dark corner where we can go fully into ourselves and let the process, the natural process take over. When in hospital we are in someone else's nest and so we don't feel safe to fully let the body take over. This is why many interventions are bought into labour and birth. When in the home the birth is automatically smoother, but it is important to think about and express all of your fears before the birth, to ensure you can relax fully into the labour process. Many women have a lot of fears about things going wrong during labor and these thoughts often creep up in a home birth especially for new mums, who may end up going to the hospital before the birth. She was very clear with all the possibilities and what might happen in various scenarios. I feel my experience with meditation and yoga have given me great awareness of my body and I try to express the fears that arise as they come... But well I'm only human ;) We are on our way, thank you for all your support <3

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Félicitations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Je suis sur le cul à l'annonce de tout ces nouvelles, toutes les felicitations! Vous gèrez, bonnes chance pour cette nouvelle vie tout ces beaux projets :)

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Happy home birth <3

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Good luck see you all soon

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Big congrats Liz & Pierre! So exciting a mini you combined will enter this world. Look forward to coming around when I get back over to Portugal. Much love to you both xox

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Thankyou aunty Sophie :)

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