I'll be 36 weeks on Tuesday, and I'm getting antsy to get things prepared. But money is a concern right now so getting my supplies hasn't happened yet.
My midwife doesn't have her clients order a kit online; everything can be bought locally so that definitely saves time, but still, gotta get on that! It just seems like every two weeks when my husband gets paid the checking account gets drained immediately by paying bills that are coming due.
: And we still haven't caught up from Christmas. Blah. The 2008 tax refund can't come soon enough this year.
Last weekend I brought the infant carseat and base out of the shed and put the baby swing back together. I washed the carseat and swing pads as well as all the newborn-size clothes and blankets. One thing I forgot to get from the shed and wash is the Moses basket, which is the only sleeping place of the baby's own.
She'll sleep with us for a while (which is what we've done with the other kids in the early days, anyway -- so much easier when you're nursing and they wake frequently!), but my 19-month-old is still using the crib.
I bought a birthing ball (only $6.99 at KMart -- early January is apparently THE time to buy these things with all the New Year's resolutions to exercise!
), which is nice to sit on now that the baby's head-down. I had a breech scare last weekend. I need to buy diapers and would like to get a fleece carseat cover, still, and I need to stock the kitchen in a big way. I plan to take the advice of my midwife assistant and buy a bunch of junky convenience foods I wouldn't normally buy for my older kids and give them free reign in the early postpartum days so they have a little something special to look forward to that's just for them, and they also won't have to bug my husband or me for a snack when they're hungry. I haven't pre-made and frozen any meals, which is stressing me out just a bit. There's still time, though. And I have the diaper bag I used for my 18-month-old, still in excellent condition except for a missing handle, which I need to sew back on.
I started taking daily Emergen-C in the past week to help strengthen my amniotic sac so it doesn't rupture prematurely; this happened in my last two pregnancies/births and I'd like to try and avoid it this time. I plan to start taking an additional iron supplement as my due date approaches just in case of hemorrhage; this happened during my last labor/birth.
I'm renting a birthing tub from my midwife assistant who has a few; I'm still trying to decide between the Aqua Doula (worked great last time, and I like the way it keeps the water warm) and the Birth Tub in a Box (a little cheaper to rent, and the inflatable sides, edges, and bottom are nice, I've heard, but it doesn't have a heater to maintain the temperature). Any opinions? Whichever one I choose will be delivered at my home visit appointment at 37 weeks.
I'm having a blessingway in a week and a half.
I've never been to one before, let alone had one thrown for me. I'm excited!
And I've recently hired and met with both a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is an existing friend who's giving me an amazing deal I would be stupid to pass up; I don't feel a pressing need to have a birth doula as I'm having a second homebirth with a CNM and her assistant (plus my husband will be there, of course), but it will really nice to have an additional calm presence who "knows" birth, works well with my midwife team, is a great birth photographer, and is great with kids.
I'm not sure where the kids will go during the birth; that remains to be seen. And having a postpartum doula is also something entirely new to me, and is another amazing deal I couldn't pass up. She practiced in another state for years but is just getting back into the postpartum doula gig locally, and she'd offered two of my midwife's homebirth clients eight hours of her services completely free! I was one of those lucky two.
We still don't have a clue on the baby's name, but we do have a list of 12-15 ideas. Our first two kids' names were pretty obvious to us early on, the third wasn't terribly hard to figure out...but this one -- we have no idea! Something else to get on, hopefully before the long weekend's over.
So I'm starting
to feel prepared. Slowly but surely.
I feel much more even-keeled, emotionally, and I feel much more comfortable physically as well since the baby's turned head-down. It also feels good to brainstorm here so I can make a "to do" list.