Great birth story, Carmen, thanks for sharing! I'm glad you're happy with how it turned out... And isn't it amazing how your son is smaller than they predicted?! Best wishes for sleeping and enjoying your new family member
LOL... Yeah, I can see this happening at my house...!
FX for your continued even-expansion of those boys, esenbee! 38 weeks... OMG that's so soon...
How are you doing, mrsandmrs and bigfoot? Any news?
Hi to everyone else!
Sphinxy, thanks for asking the question about what to bring to hospital/birth centre... Though I really don't have an answer! I'm so glad to hear the responses from the more experienced among us. I especially like prettyisa's mention of the ipod/music dock: That would be important to me. I'm glad you're all moved and getting settled (back) at home, and it's great that you've got a good hospital right there.
AFM: The baby will be full term in just 10 weeks! And I passed my GTT and don't have diabetes, woo hoo! But am anemic, boo. Also, I've finished my 3rd year electrical qualification this past week, which is a huge relief. Now I'm in limbo-land, waiting to hear back from my company about what work they've got that I can do and when I can start back... Hopefully the 12th. Honestly, I'm kinda tempted to just say fuckit and go on medical leave right now for the remainder of my pregnancy, as I'm sooooooo bloody tired. But then I also want to push the company (and trades industry overall!) into making reasonable accommodations for pregnant apprentices, so I'm going to at least insist they find work for me for a little while. The $$$ would be pretty good too.
So, I've realized something: One of the reasons that I'm leaning towards home birth is that I don't want to be stressed or distracted by how hospital staff or other clients react to our family and/or my DP's genderqueer-ness! Our rad midwife would still be delivering our baby, and she's confirmed that the non-patient washrooms in that section of the hospital are all gender-neutral, so that's great. But, if we have a hospital birth and need to stay overnight, the maternity ward rooms are all double-occupancy (ie. two families) unless you pay $200/night for a private room, which aren't always available anyway. When DP was hospitalized last year in the gynecological/women's health section, a couple other patients asked to be transferred from her 4-patient room, after rudely asking the nurses why she (well, they all said "he") was there. It was a crappy experience. I don't want to let it factor in to our hopes and plans for birthing, but it is!
My QOTD: Is your queerness/sexuality/gender presentation (or that of your DP) affecting where you choose to birth? How are you negotiating this?