A mad dash of house-cleaning and the house looks pretty darn good. Well... at least the living room, dining room and kitchen ;) My midwife is coming over today... she scheduled lots of home visits today in various towns in the region... and my friend in town (the only other one I know of using a midwife!) is due any day now... and since she gets a home appointment, I do too! It's great! Saves us 90 miles of driving (actually, 180 miles roundtrip, since it's 90 miles one way). I'm 27w3d today. How on earth is it flying by?! I'm really feeling the crunch to GET THINGS DONE.... NOW! I've been making plenty of diapers and such (I'd still like to make some more), but there are some pieces of fabric I have that I got with the intention of making baby clothes... and now I better get to sewing them up! ... and... maybe kind of settling on a short list of names? There are a few I like, but not sure I LOVE them, ya know? and... that's kind of a big deal! My list of "Names I Like, But I'm Not Sure I Love Enough To Use" are... for girls: Cecelia Frances or Penelope Frances... and for boys: Benedict Michael, Leo Michael, or August Michael. (Michael would absolutely be the boy middle name, should we have a boy... for a girl middle name, I just kind of like Frances, but it's not set in stone or anything). Maybe Cecelia Della? Della is MILs middle name and I would like to use it on one of our kids should we have more girls (which I figure is 98% likely ;) ).
I'm curious to see what I measure today... last time I measured like four weeks ahead.. but nobody seemed to mind... but I'm pretty sure I've measured *behind* if anything for previous pregnancies. Silly baby. Just keeping me on my toes :)
re: weight gain ... I've actually gained like 10 lbs overall thus far. I don't think I've ever gained that much by this point before. I usually gain *maybe* 12 pounds overall? I'm not really worried though because I eat well and exercise fairly regularly. I figure my body is just doing whatever it knows needs to be done. I'm not going to try to micromanage it or send conflicting messages. I'll just feed it, work it, and then add in just a few extra supplements (I definitely need my Floradix or I feel super run down, I need my Natural Calm or I get some leg or foot cramps plus I sleep more restfully, and I take my prenatal and omega-3 because I just figure I should... I treat them as a safety net, but don't rely solely on them for complete nutrition).
As for the hospital visits and such... Let me say right here that I am SO GLAD I will not be birthing at my local hospital. It has a c/s rate of 48.6%?!?!?! Holy heck?! I mean really, can HALF of all women birthing there NOT birth vaginally? It's just sad, I think. My local hospital has the second-highest c/s rate in the entire state. *barf* ... and no, it's not some large, regional hospital that specializes in emergency situations or anything (because that can skew results of overall c/s rates). I live in a town with five stoplights. The nearest WalMart is 90 miles away. The nearest mall is 180 miles away. And we're actually the biggest town for 90 miles in any direction. I just hate seeing stats like that. The last two women I know who have birthed there (not even really acquaintances, I just know who they are) have both had c/s's. :( And, of course, VBACs aren't allowed here either... and yeah, I'm sure that contributes to the stat as well. ... It just makes me SOOOOOOO glad that I have access to a fabulous midwife.
re: dates -- I LOVE dates! I like to put them in with smoothies ... or my mom makes some DELICIOUS cookies with dates in them... or... I'll just eat them by the handful because I love their sweetness! That's a good thing to take note of, because I'd love a smooth (even if not super short) labor. I'll try for sure ;)
Lost all train of thought on what else to comment on... dd4 is sitting on my lap messing around with my Droid Razr. I'm pretty sure she's far more techno-savvy than even dh ;) (she can operate his Kindle Fire with ease...LOL). I've started getting a bit nostalgic about dd4s baby time and how her time as the youngest will be coming to an end. I've enjoyed my time with her at the youngest thoroughly. The dd1 and dd2 are almost exactly two years apart and dd2 and dd3 are 21 months apart. Then... dd4 was born when dd3 was 4 years and 3 months old... so it was just a world of difference in tending to all the kids because the older three could kind of care for themselves a bit more and I could focus so much on dd4 and her sweet babyness. This time dd4 will be 2.5 when the fifth child arrives, so it could be back to being a bit more chaotic... but.. who knows. Hard to believe 2/3s of this experience has passed already. ... With this being a rainbow baby, I really feel like I've appreciated every little kick, hiccup, sommersault and beyond So Much More. I've taken nothing for granted and really relished in the experience. I know now that nothing is guaranteed... so I'm just going to try to love every minute of it.
And I really need to figure out birth plans (like... should I order a fishy pool? Just to have on hand in case I want to use it? Do I want all four girls around? I think *they* would be fine, but I'm not sure *I* could really let go and relax.. ). Luckily, 12 weeks left is still a good amount of time to think things through! But I probably should get to work on that!