Hi Everybody! I've been reading up a bit - sounds like everyone's doing pretty well... ithappened - your workdays sound really intense! I hope things lighten up there...
I've been good - eating too much Easter candy, darnit - but I'd given up sweets altogether for Lent and so I just gave myself this past week to have fun. Tomorrow it's back to a more normal eating routine ;). I swear. I'm on antibiotics for a nagging, sinusy cold. Ugh. I'm feeling run down - but still ok.
I might have an ultrasound tomorrow, if all goes well (new doc, new hospital - Chinese system - so you never know how things will go). I'm excited to get a peek at this little one - he/she has been kicking up a storm in my belly.
I've never done Hypnobabies or the Bradley Method - but I've heard great things about them. After two homebirths - one assisted, and one unassisted - I'll say that figuring out a way to relax through the contractions and just let go of all control has been my key to coping/getting through labor. Ditching the clock and the stopwatch - just going by intuition and then just working on being 'OK' right where I am in labor has also been helpful. That and eating/drinking enough!
Tizzy! I am so amazed that you are looking forward to the birth - that is awesome! I can't say I'm there yet. I'm looking forward to meeting the baby - but I'll admit - birth for me is a real challenge - a marathon to be endured to get to the prize. I feel like I've learned a lot about myself during my labors - but that self knowledge has been hard won :). I also have long-ish labors - praying for a shorter go of it this time!