Boots- glad honey badger decided to reveal his gender. It kind of makes it more real to know.
Caly- we're getting close! How are you doing? How are you preparing?
Sparrows- My heart rate is also faster. Remember we are pumping like 30% more blood. But I would still definitely get it looked at since blood/circulatory problems can be a big deal in pregnancy. Did you pick your doula yet? I found an awesome one in our neck of the woods.
Erica and Sparrows- I feel you on choosing who will be there for the birth, especially if you are trying to go without an epidural- you will definitely not feel like trying to socialize. We asked my in-laws to come a couple weeks after the baby is born. Luckily, my DH was on the same page and did this himself. I am giving my Stepmother and Dad the job of watching my DD and then they can bring her in when the birth is over and feel involved. My mom passed away in 2001 and birth is one of the times that I miss her most desperately. She seemed to be there in spirit last time. It is Doula, Sister, and DH only for me. Can you give your MILs some "important" job to do that might make them feel involved (all the phone calls to relatives)? Stick to your guns on this one. Remind DH what hard and all consuming work you will be doing during that time and that it is not a time to be concerned about anyone else feeling "left out". Everyone but you is "left out" of this process already just by the nature of it. I think that is one of the hardest things for DHs (mine at least). He really wants to help and "fix things" but there is nothing he can do but try to be supportive and encouraging and deal with the difficulty of seeing his lady struggle through delivering his child.