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1 month to go!
June 27, 2008, 4:17 pm
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My due date is now one month from tomorrow. I’m still ready but will be REALLY ready after next weekend. We’ve got one more house project to finish and I should be in a good position to leave my job for 12 weeks at the end of next week. I feel like half of the brand new mothers I hear about were 3 weeks early and the others were a few days late. Physically, I don’t think I’m ready. The baby hasn’t dropped and there was no activity in my cervix when the doctor last checked. But, I’ve been pregnant for 8 months so what’s another month? I am not to the point yet where I’m miserable and “just want this baby out of me!” In fact, I feel pretty darn good. (knocking on wood right now)  I don’t have any heartburn and my joints aren’t swollen, which usually is pretty typical around this point of my pregnancy. I still take things day by day though, so you never know what tomorrow will bring.


Nursery Progress
June 19, 2008, 7:52 pm
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I had my first baby shower and it was lovely. I came straight home and moved all of the new gifts into the nursery. I was able to fill our bookshelf completely! My mother-in-law gave us our glider, which was the last piece of furniture needed for the nursery so we are now complete. Mr. G and I drew our silhouette outlines on the walls and I started painting them last night. I think they look pretty amazing. I have filled in the outlines with white paint but we are going to add some colors to them to brighten up the designs. I will post pictures as soon as I finish, which I’m hoping will be this Sunday night.  

My last OB appointment went well and my iron levels are back up to normal so my supplement has been working. I am no longer slightly anemic. My fundal height remains to be normal and the baby is still in the head down position. He is, however, facing “sunny side up” which only means that if he stays that way, I will probably have more back pain with my labor. I’m going to do some exercises to try and turn the little guy so we’ll see if he stays put at our next appointment.

I did some research and called all of the main delivery hospitals in the area to ask them their c-section rate. I was of course at the mercy of the people I talked to and their honesty, but found out that the hospital I chose, had the lowest rate. The national average is 35-36% which is just crazy (I think) and our hospital is 31%. Still not great but better than the other hospitals in the area that averaged 40%.  I need to check again but I believe our doctor has a 20% c-section rate for his clients (if I remember correctly from our first meeting) and I am happy with that number. Ultimately, I think it’s your doctor’s rate that matters more than the hospital you will be delivering at but either way, I’m happy with our decision.

Stay tuned for 7month and 8 month belly shots in a few days!

Fundal height finally measuring what it should
June 4, 2008, 5:57 pm
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My last OB appointment went well. I only gained 2 pounds over the last month and my fundal height measured in at 32 weeks and I am 32 weeks along. So, the baby was probably sitting high in my midsection before when it was measuring 2 weeks bigger, but now has nestled his little head into my pelvis, where he should be. So I lost hope that the baby would have a reason to be 2 weeks early but I also lost the nightmare that the baby would be a 10 pounder. By touch, the doctor was 90% sure that the baby was head down. Based on the movement I feel, I’m 99% sure he is head down because I feel movement up high by my ribs which would be his feet, movement low and to either side by my belly which should be his arms and hands and then I feel slight, subtle movements right around my bladder which should be him turning his head. I think it is amazing that some people out there claim to never know that they are pregnant until they give birth. I feel my baby move ALL the time and can even make a determination on how he is situated based on the movements and there are women out there who think they just had “bad gas?” Come on!

Delivery Hospital…check!

Ok, so after talking to the doctor, we have decided to go with the original hospital we toured. His office is located on the same campus, which will be nice if we are ready to deliver the baby Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm, because he can just hop on over. If we don’t deliver during those times, oh well, he’lI still be there when he needs to be. I think it also gives us a better chance to get a labor tub. We’ve had a lot of discussions with our doctor about our childbirth wishes and he is on board with all of them. I’m really glad we switched doctors and both my husband and I feel really good about him. Now that that’s decided…I can stop worrying about it. We have met with an attorney and have our living will and power of attorney drafted up so we just need to meet with him and sign on the dotted line. I love checking things off of my “the baby is coming To-Do List.”  We just need to finish the wall designs and decorations for the baby’s room and I’ll be happy.  The goal is to have everything completed a month before my due date so I can just rest that last month so I’m ready for labor. The neonatologist who works in my office told me that so many times, she has seen women who wait until the last minute to do everything…put the nursery together, buy clothes and gear for the baby, and by the time they go into delivery, they are too exhausted to properly give birth. Since, I’m planning on doing it naturally, I want my body to be rested and prepared for 12-18 hours of labor. It’s been about 5 years since I worked out for that long when I had 4 practices a day for College Field Hockey. But even then, we had a good 1-2 hour break in between the sessions!

On another note, in our last Bradley class, our instructor informed us that the last handful of hospital births she has either attended or received a call about have all been really positive, natural experiences. Perhaps the local hospitals and/or nurses are jumping on the natural train finally?

The Labor Tub or the Jacuzzi

We toured the second hospital and still have not made a decision to where we should deliver. I’m more confident with Hospital 1 and their ability to take care of me and the baby should something go wrong but Hospital 2 seems more capable of supporting us through a natural delivery. Hospital 1 has a labor tub that can be rented for $200 and set up in the room, and Hospital 2 has 2 rooms that have a jacuzzi bathtub in the bathroom of the room that, if available, are free. There is no guarantee that either the tub or jacuzzi will be available when I arrive to deliver, but the labor tub, in my opinion, has a better chance of being available since it is reserved and it brought into the room as apposed to coming with a room. Hospital #2 has bigger rooms and better sleeping arrangements for my husband. They are both about the same distance from our house and my OB delivers at both places. Hospital 2 also has the labor, delivery and recovery all in the same room and Hospital 1 has a separate room for recovery so we would have to change rooms after the baby is born. Honestly, people say how nice it is to not have to move rooms once you’re there but I kind of think it would be nice to move to a new, clean room to bond with the baby in recovery. I guess it doesn’t mater to me, I’ll be wheeled around and won’t have to actually do any unpacking and packing…that will be my husband’s job.  I guess I need to decide how important the tub/jacuzzi is to me because if it is really important, I think we should go with hospital 1 but if it isn’t, than we should go with hospital 2 because I think overall, it’s mission and birth philosophy is more in line with our birth wishes. But then again, we hired our Doula to help us get our natural birth wishes and be an extra experienced advocate for us so it shouldn’t matter where we are. Oh, and the whole labor in warm water thing isn’t even a definite. Some doctors don’t want their mom in the water after their water has broken and some patients don’t get to the hospital in time to use it because by the time the tub is filled up, they are ready to push. Decisions, Decisions…

We have our last monthly appointment with our OB tomorrow so I’m going to ask him if he has a preference of hospital at which to deliver or has a recommendation to where he thinks we will be more comfortable.

9 weeks to go!
May 26, 2008, 5:38 pm
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I’ve finally entered the stage of my pregnancy where I am counting down instead of counting up. It feels so nice. The nursery is mostly done. We still need a mattress for the crib, a changing pad for the dresser and to paint some fun things on the walls but the furniture is set up and the custom closet has been installed. All of the clothing I have has been washed and hung and the new rug has been vacuumed. For the most part, we are ready. I will post pictures when it is all complete, hopefully in 2-3 weeks.

We’ve interviewed and chosen a pediatrician and are happy with him. He answered all of our questions to our liking and was the chief resident at our local children’s hospital so seems more than qualified. He also went to Dartmouth medical school which scores him some major points. We’ve also interviewed and chosen a Doula with whom we have developed a nice rapport. She met us at our house yesterday to talk about our wishes and concerns for the birth. Overall, I think we know what we want but still need to make a decision on a few things, like circumcision. I really hope everything goes how we would like it to and there is as little medical intervention as possible once we get to the hospital. I’m trying to do everything I can to prepare for a natural birth like making sure my diet is complete, continuing to go on frequent walks and working on my birthing exercises. We have four more Bradley Classes and I’m really happy we signed up for them. The amount of information we are learning is amazing and I feel more prepared to give birth after each class. Our Doula gave me a couple of books to read as well and those are very helpful.

So, the countdown continues and I can’t wait to have a little baby in my arms! We tour one more hospital tomorrow that has two rooms with jacuzzis and will hopefully have the hospital chosen shortly thereafter. We also have our last monthly doctors visit on Friday and then we will go to biweekly visits. My first baby shower is in two weeks and can’t wait. So far I don’t have any sign of stretch marks but I have a feeling my belly is going to grow faster than it ever has in the next 9 weeks so we’ll see!

My sleep still sucks and my energy level is decreasing again so I’m definitely not as mobile as I used to be and have slowed down a bit. Baby G continues to move and kick which is always fun to watch and feel. Things are surely getting exciting now!