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2/1/09 at 7:45pm
|It seems I've taken a break from nesting. I was getting tons done for a couple of weeks and my house was organized, spotless, and the fridge was full of healthy and delicious fresh food. Now there are toys everywhere, the laundry is piled up, and my kids are eating mac and cheese. Yikes! Hopefully, things pick up again and I can get back in the groove before this baby arrives. We are planning a home birth so each night I make sure my bedroom and bathroom are clean but whoa- the rest of the house is falling apart! How does it happens so fast?!|
Birthworks, that is exactly how I feel! I'm counting on another burst of nesting energy before labor starts... and now I'm hoping that isn't imminent since I woke up yesterday with my kids' cold and it is particularly nasty : I was doing so well on keeping us all healthy and it just hit us this past week.
For my birth team, I've always planned on my husband, the midwife, and the midwife's assistant, who were all there for my last birth.
So then yesterday, my sister happened to ask if she could come to the birth if she's not working (she works different shifts each week).
And ALSO yesterday, over that "girls' lunch" I mentioned above, I happened to finally meet a local photographer several people in my little social circle know well and always speak very highly of; she specializes in artistic photography of women (pregnancy, nursing shoots, newborns) and her work is absolutely gorgeous. She mentioned to me that she's in the early stages of getting a birth photo/storyboard book together to hopefully be professionally published, and for anyone who's willing to allow her to shoot their labor and birth, she'll charge them nothing in exchange for a signed model release.
Lately I feel like I've found my "tribe" and the idea of being surrounded by supportive women while laboring and giving birth seems empowering to me (and frankly, my husband hasn't been all that wonderful in this department in recent months for this, that, and the other reasons, mainly that he tends to be especially susceptible to stress and grumpiness in late pregnancy every time, though when he IS being supportive, he's great!). But, on the other hand, having a circus of people present during such a private, inward time in my home does seem a bit overwhelming. Gosh, hard decision...
Is it just because I'm a first time mom....?
Everyone seems to be having some changes or labor-like warnings but me. I'm 38 weeks today and nothing has changed. No contractions, loose stool, dilation, effacement -- nothing.
I hope this isn't a sign of an extended pregnancy. Please tell me that you know someone that went from zero happening to full blown labor fairly quickly!
Then again, I realize my due date is still two weeks away so no worries yet, right?