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post #21 of 140
My mw's assistant loaned us Welcome with Love too. It's great! I think Amazon has it too, but because it's out of print it's REALLY pricey...

My home visit will be at 37 weeks. I just finished the last of my birthkit stuff purchases a few days ago. I have to assemble it all yet. But I was waiting until I did all the laundry so the hats/receiving blankets/onesies would be washed and ready to go.

I have an office visit at 34 weeks, and another at 36, and my home visit at 37. It's getting so close - I'm getting really excited!
post #22 of 140
home visits!!! we are all getting SO close to meeting our ne babies!!! i'm 36 weeks today.

i had my home visit last weds. at 35 weeks. my midwife and the midwife who assited her at dd's birth both came. the midwife who assited doesn't assist w/ my midwife anymore (has a busy practice of her own), but i called her and asked her at the beginning of my pg. if she would come to this birth, and she said she would b/c it was me and my fam :!! i have gone to births wilth her as an apprentice as well as my midwife (who is my main preceptor), so over my pregnancy and the last couple years i've developed quite the bond with them both.

dd was a tazmaninan devil at the visit (she is ALWAYS like that, people over or not), and so dh was basically watching her and didn't get to be part of the appointment very much. we have resigned ourselves to not having dd there if she's awake when it all goes down. the midwives' bags will be vulnerable to her little hands and dh and i will be repeatedly asked to read her books we have a few plans in place for who will take her, as well as someone to come here and be available to her if she's asleep and wakes up. she's only 2, and i just can't expect her to "behave" while i have a baby. of course, if she's asleep and the baby comes, we'll have her care person wake her up to meet him. if she's away, whoever has her is ok with bringing her right back to meet the baby, so i'm hoping it works out smoothly.

all my prep is done, including the frozen pp meals. i even got my snap press yesterday (had to wait 5 weeks) and snapped all the pp pads i made. i feel pretty well "nested" now. i think that all i have to do is have this baby!!
post #23 of 140
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dd was a tazmaninan devil at the visit and so dh was basically watching her and didn't get to be part of the appointment very much.
That happened with our nearly 3 year old son too! He kept saying "stop talking" .................
post #24 of 140
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dd was a tazmaninan devil at the visit (she is ALWAYS like that, people over or not), and so dh was basically watching her and didn't get to be part of the appointment very much. we have resigned ourselves to not having dd there if she's awake when it all goes down. the midwives' bags will be vulnerable to her little hands and dh and i will be repeatedly asked to read her books we have a few plans in place for who will take her, as well as someone to come here and be available to her if she's asleep and wakes up. she's only 2, and i just can't expect her to "behave" while i have a baby. of course, if she's asleep and the baby comes, we'll have her care person wake her up to meet him. if she's away, whoever has her is ok with bringing her right back to meet the baby, so i'm hoping it works out smoothly.
DS is just about the same age as your DD.. (2 this Sat!!!) and he sooo doesn't understand that he is getting a little sibling (brother).. does your dd "get it"?
post #25 of 140
I have not been prety active in ddc, but I'm feeling more and more excited about the baby so I thought I would just peek.

We are having our homevisit in two weeksat 36w. My mom is here already she will be the care person for dd. But I feel I need to sit down and talk to her about what to expect.

DD is 2.5 and I'm not sure how to prepare her for the baby. We weaned or partially weaned but I'm expecting her to unwean when the baby is born. Are you planning on having your dc during the pushing stage or just right after the baby gets here?
post #26 of 140
Okay, so my first home visit will be next week instead of two weeks from now!

And as of today I again have a breech baby. This baby is a gymnast.
post #27 of 140
I'm 35 weeks and had my home visit around 33 weeks as my MW had several other home visits to do in the area at that time. We've gotten all the birth supplies together - I think - need to recheck the list.

I am planning on getting the pool and all the vinyl tablecloths out this weekend so they can air out - I can't stand that plasticky smell. Plus we're probably going to do a trial run on filling the pool - we're connecting from the washer hookup.

We're starting to get really excited!
post #28 of 140
I'm still waiting on the birth pool to arrive. It should be here by early next week at the latest! Then I need to figure out how to adapt our sink for a hose to fill the pool.

Eep! You just reminded me that I need to start putting together the birthing blanket. Need to remember to stop by Goodwill and find a couple of old sheets to sew to the shower curtains. And put the shower curtains outside to let the vinyl gas off.
post #29 of 140
Home visit is scheduled and holy wow now we're on weekly visits! I knew I was close to the end, but that just kind of smacked home how close. Now this baby just needs to turn head down and stay there!
post #30 of 140
I just got back from my appointment. (I'm 33.5 weeks.) Everything looks great, and I am just so happy about it! DH has started going to the appointments with me, and I think he is so cute asking all his questions and talking with the mw. He is really excited about Baby and wants to catch him/her at the birth. I hope it works out that he can. We agreed to let a student mw start meeting with us, too. We really liked her. We got our birth kit to keep at the house and a list of what we need to buy. Our home visit is scheduled in about 4 weeks when I'll be 37 weeks. The mw's can't attend a homebirth before 37 weeks, so I guess they wait and do it then.

I am getting more and more excited as each day goes by!!! :

Although, I am starting to waffle a bit on the birth pool. I was all set to buy a kiddie pool that was recommended by a midwife, then I saw a presentation about birth pools that you can rent, so I thought I'd go ahead and rent one and just have all the supplies in one place without having to buy a bunch of different thing. But they didn't have any available when I need it. So, now I am about to think that I just won't even have a birth pool. It is starting to just seem like one more thing to deal with, and I'm not really feeling like dealing with anything else right now. I am thinking that I might just labor in the bathtub and shower if I want water, and then deliver the baby on dry land. I don't know; I'm still thinking about it.
post #31 of 140
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DS is just about the same age as your DD.. (2 this Sat!!!) and he sooo doesn't understand that he is getting a little sibling (brother).. does your dd "get it"?
i think she "gets it" to an extent. she calls the baby by name, she told me it was a boy before i even knew for sure, and she knows that he will be coming out of my vagina. every morning she makes it a point to "greet him" and she coos at my belly. however, i'm not sure if she just thinks it's a game or if she realizes that there is a real baby in there. she does point out his diapers and clothes in the bedroom all of the time. she'll say "tadu's (tavish) clothes, tadu diaper", so she knows that he has clothes. i just wonder if she has made the connection that a baby inside me will be coming out and wearing the clothes and dipes. i feel like it's really hard to be anything tangible, and it won't be real to her until he's actually here. maybe i'm totallly underestimating her, though

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DD is 2.5 and I'm not sure how to prepare her for the baby. We weaned or partially weaned but I'm expecting her to unwean when the baby is born. Are you planning on having your dc during the pushing stage or just right after the baby gets here?
it is likely that dd will not be present for the pushing stage. this is only b/c of how very active she is and how much she needs dh or me, even when there is someone else there to care for her. if she's asleep when it all goes down, her care person will wake her up to meet the baby. if she wakes up in the midst of labor, her care person will take her to their house and come back after the baby is born. i really wanted her to be present for the pushing with a care person, but it just won't work with the way she is.
post #32 of 140
I posted a thread on the I'm Pregnant board, but my MIL offered to pay for me to go to the birth center instead of having a homebirth (we rent her basement apartment so she would be "there")

I've been planning on having a HB from the beginning, but my midwife also has a beautiful FSBC that is just more expensive.. Anyway there are several factors and if any of you wouldn't mind peeking at that thread and telling me what you think about it that would be great
post #33 of 140
We had our home visit already, and for us it was mostly to make sure our mw knew how to get to our place, the rest was just like any other check up. I am 36w today, and on the 18th (our next check up) we are officially allowed to have a homebirth! So hard to believe! I don't know what to think about being ready...I have some of the supplies on my list, got our birth kit. I need to start washing clothes, but I'm putting it off because I want something on my "to do" list, and some things for my mom to do if I'm still at work waiting for little ones birthday.

My mw just opened a birth center, and I've contemplated it, mostly because she has a wonderful birthing tub (not something we have), but I would really like to not get in a car and go somewhere when I'm in labor, and have to get in a car and go home after she's born.

We are getting there mama's!!! :
post #34 of 140
I'm due at the end of the month (6/29) so my home visit isn't until June 3, but I am so excited! This second half of pregnancy has just FLOWN by. I got my birth kit the other day and didn't expect to be so excited about it.... like Yes, we are really doing this. Having a baby. Soon. At home. I just can't wait!!

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DD is 2.5 and I'm not sure how to prepare her for the baby. We weaned or partially weaned but I'm expecting her to unwean when the baby is born. Are you planning on having your dc during the pushing stage or just right after the baby gets here?
My DS is also 2.5 and we plan on having him with us the whole time. We really don't have anyone nearby who we trust to watch him (And I'm not expecting a very long labor - his was only 2 hrs total). So I really hope it works out ok. We do have a neighbor and a friend (30 min away) who we can call if we *really* need someone to take him, but I really want him here. I plan on getting a few new toys & stuff for him to have that will hopefully occupy him if needed during critical times.
post #35 of 140
I just went to Target last night to look for the fishy pool. They have nothing, are you ordering online or has anyone been able to find them in a store?
post #36 of 140
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Originally Posted by Cuau View Post
DD is 2.5 and I'm not sure how to prepare her for the baby. We weaned or partially weaned but I'm expecting her to unwean when the baby is born. Are you planning on having your dc during the pushing stage or just right after the baby gets here?
I have a friend that lives about 1/2 mile from me that was going to take the boys if it is during the daytime. I figured I would call her shortly after the birth to bring them back. I think my 2 1/2 year old (he was born 8/19/06) might drive me bonkers if he was around during labor He is very sweet, but very high energy and since he isn't old enough to "get" it, I just don't think it is a good idea to have him around.

That said, if the birth happens at night, hopefully he'll sleep through it. If he wakes up, we are having a couple of friends come over, so he should be taken care of. And if he happens to witness the birth, so be it He has seen enough birth videos, I think he'll be ok.
post #37 of 140
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Originally Posted by wildnewmamma View Post

My mw just opened a birth center, and I've contemplated it, mostly because she has a wonderful birthing tub (not something we have), but I would really like to not get in a car and go somewhere when I'm in labor, and have to get in a car and go home after she's born.

We are getting there mama's!!! :
My mw's birth center has the most amazing tub I've ever seen.. it's soft, like padded, but it's huge and normal looking.

My biggest concern about going there is the car ride.
post #38 of 140
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Originally Posted by LizzyQ View Post
I posted a thread on the I'm Pregnant board, but my MIL offered to pay for me to go to the birth center instead of having a homebirth (we rent her basement apartment so she would be "there")

I've been planning on having a HB from the beginning, but my midwife also has a beautiful FSBC that is just more expensive.. Anyway there are several factors and if any of you wouldn't mind peeking at that thread and telling me what you think about it that would be great
That's a really tough decision. Do you think you will be able to relax and be comfortable with your MIL in your house, especially if she is worried or negative about the whole experience? I think you just need to go with your gut on this one.
post #39 of 140
Can I buy puppy pads instead of chux pads? And what kind of Arnica or Rescue Remedy do I need? Oral, or topical? I don't even really know what those things are - I have some dermoplast spray (numbing) left over from the hospital last time - will that be effective enough?

Sorry, this is my third baby but my first homebirth, so I'm a total newbie.
post #40 of 140
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Can I buy puppy pads instead of chux pads? And what kind of Arnica or Rescue Remedy do I need? Oral, or topical? I don't even really know what those things are - I have some dermoplast spray (numbing) left over from the hospital last time - will that be effective enough?

Sorry, this is my third baby but my first homebirth, so I'm a total newbie.

I was told the puppy pads are scented and will be really gross to smell when in labor. My midwife guided me to the drug store brand, unscented. I got the Resuce Remedy spray, a friend got a lotion though? I've never used Dermoplast so I don't know, I would think we're talking apples and oranges though comparing a numbing spray and Rescue Remedy though!
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