School officially started, but I'm really going to try to keep up with you all! It's hard! Hopefully I can still be one-of-the-girls! So far, so good. Sweet kids, sweet parents, sweet coworkers - everyone seems to love a pregnant lady, YK? Yesterday after work, I lay down in bed at 6:30, just to read a magazine and put my feet up, and slept 'till morning!
Maternity clothes - so sick of 'em. Especially now that I have to look halfway professional each day, but I just can't justify going to buy new clothes at this point. People will just have to deal with seeing me in the same five-ish outfits for the coming weeks!
Amelia, I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I'm having the baby at a really progressive hospital and I'm feeling really good about it, too. Nothing would be better than having the baby right here in our cozy house, but this it what will work for us this time around. The hosp. has jacuzzis, cloth diapers, full rooming-in (no nursery at all) and views of the mountains! Oh, and another cool thing is that if your baby needs to stay longer due to complications, for $10/day you stay with him/her with 3 meals a day until the baby is ready to go home. They never send moms home without their babies! I just love that! I know, I know, justifying my hospital birth...makes me feel better for being wimpy!
I love hearing about all your other children, seems like there's only a few of us first-timers here!
I got to hold a 2-day-old, homebirthed, baby today! OMG! I just can't wait!
QOTW: No overwhelming fears, to be honest. Probably because I'm blissfully unaware at this point. I'm determined to go drug-free, so I guess I'm a bit fearful of giving in, having it so close and accessible. All I really want is the baby to be delivered safely and gently as possible, whatever it takes.
Jillerina, sorry about the insomnia - I get it now and then and usually it's because my mind starts racing! Sometimes it helps me to get up and make a list of the things I need to do. It's like doing that gets it out of my head, and onto that paper, so my mind can get cleared and I can go back to sleep!
If anyone feels like sharing, I'm wondering what breathing/relaxing/pain relief techniques you all have used or are planning on using during labor and delivery. Anything that has worked especially well that you would recommend? We learned SO much at our birthing class, it was a great mix of all sorts of philosophies, but it's a bit hard to narrow it down to what we really want to remember to try. We'll definitely be using a birthing ball and water, some of our own versions of Lamaze-type breathing, and massage, and maybe singing! I'm not too into the visualization or "distraction" techniques. Thought it might be fun to share!
Heads-down vibes to all!