newmumjoy - wow - you have a had a busy 10 days. being out here on an island - a roadtrip sounds like *heaven* to me right now. i miss the wide open feeling of the mainland! i know what you mean about that "fast approaching" feeling. i just purchased some awesome baby stuff from craigslist (boppy, ergo carrier, stroller) and it made it all so real! birth is just around the corner, isn't it.
ninetales - sorry if i missed something i - but are you worried because you have a history of having big babies? sadly, i have zero experience with natural birth. my son was born after a grueling labor that never progressed. i had to have an emergency c-section because he was face-up, i had a fever and was throwing up, and it had been 36 hours since the water broke. i had a broken heart when i realized that all of my desire for a natural birth would not come true :( :( :( but i am alive and he is healthy, and i have done a lot of letting go about that subject. i blame it all on my sons father, who left me when i told him i was pregnant. :?
now i am pregnant, giving birth at the end of august and am required (on maui) to have a scheduled c-section. maui doesnt have the technology/facilities to save your life if you have any complications from the first c-section rupturing, etc. so its c-section only, which is super depressing.....you have to fly to another island or the mainland if you want to have a natural birth. or you can sign a waiver and go against the hospital policy, to try to deliver naturally - but insurance will not cover one penny of your birth.......in any case - i am a true believer in natural childbirth, but i have been through the c-section route and am thankful it exists - whatever you decide will be the right choice for you and your baby, im sure of it!
really great ideas that intimeo gave to it happened - churches are notorious for having people who want to help at them! it happened - i hope that you find the perfect person/people to help in august. i know you will!
ilovetchotchkes - congrats on passing the gd test!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pennywhistle - i love your honesty. i too, am guilty of hurting significant others (can i just say SO) feelings lately. at the same time, i seem to be having my own feelings hurt easily. i have a sharp tongue and many opinions, so its always a challenge for me - but especially now!!! i find myself lately worrying that we are not going to see eye to eye on the issue of sleeping with the baby, vaccinating, discipline....all you other ladies out there - how does this stuff work out with you and your man??? do you often agree to disagree? do you have men who let you take the lead?
hope everyone has a marvelous friday. i am moving all weekend but plan to jump in the ocean as much as possible in between.
xo - jayraye