Vaquitita, I love your advice about not acting like a patient at the hospital! Annnnd now you have me thinking about brownies... With coconut... I didn't have much in the way of food craving until recently, and now my stomach's too squished to eat much, boo. Though, on the bright side, a batch of brownies would now last a lot longer than it would have in the past.
Sila, good news about your bloodwork, congrats. My iron has come right up to healthy from its anemic low of a month ago, even impressing the midwife... She was worried it would take a while to fix, and I'm so glad it didn't.
Sunnie, glad to hear hypnobirthing worked for you... I'm not expecting a totally pain-free experience, but am hoping to reach a nice zen state, like you said. FX for avoiding a c-section... As for the birth plan, I'm on the fence of writing one too. I don't want to do it and then feel disappointed if everything goes pear-shaped and none of it works out. On the other hand, it could be a good exercise, just to articulate my goals... Yep, undecided.
Tiffa, I'm *so* glad your babe's renal dilation issue cleared up! Hurrah! That's awesome.
Sparkle, you're so lucky to be able to attend actual hypobirthing classes! I'd prefer that to the home study course, I think, but wasn't able to find any running near me. I find the hypnobabies course material to be a bit much at times, because it's meant to replace a series of classes and so includes tons of general info about having a healthy pregnancy and how birth works... When I just really want the hypnosis. But the audio tracks are pretty good, or at least seem to make me relaxed. FX that your baby stays put for a while longer... Or at least until after your shower!
Hippy, I hadn't even *thought* of the theme possibilities for our non-shower-pre-baby-celebration (LOL)! Yes to adorable pumpkin cupcakes!!! I don't think we'll do favours, per se, but will definitely make extra cupcakes to send home with guests... Such a good idea, thanks!
Sorry to hear you're dealing with upsetting BH, Allison... I still haven't had any, which is frankly a relief. As for work, I'm already off (I work in construction) and boy do I miss my job... I love having this time to get ready for baby and when I was dealing with anemia I was so glad to be able to just sleep away the days, but now I'm just really looking forward to birth.
Meksmama, I'm starting to see my mw every other week too now, which seems crazy. Like, what's gonna change in a couple weeks? But even now I feel my belly tighter than it was a week ago, so I guess we really are getting there!
It really is great that we get maternity & parental leave in Canada! At the same time, we *do* pay for it: I've been having money come off every single one of my pay cheques since I started working at the age of 15, and I'm so glad that I finally get to take advantage of it, at the ripe ol' age of 32! Also, as the amount of $$ provided during leave is around only 50% of income earned in the year previous to taking the leave (depending on where you live), many folks (especially single parents) simply *can't* afford to take the leave, because they earn low wages and live in an area with a high COL. Which really sucks, because what's the point of the system if it doesn't work for the most vulnerable? As it is, my DP and I both make moderate wages, and we prepped for pregnancy by aggressively culling all debts, so we'll be fine... But I feel super lucky to be in this position.