I am posting here to change my mindset. I can feel my doula kicking my a** to do so even as I type! I started out in the Dec 08 DDC because I found out I am due November 29 and because my first was 16 days post-EDD (and perfect, might I add, not post-dates at all), I just assumed that my 2nd would also be late and so set myself up to best come to terms with what I considered to be just the facts, ma'am.
Two recent experiences have prompted me to refocus on my "due date": one, my midwife, whom I respect and trust and who has been a midwife for a very long time, and who also has a high VBAC success rate, told me that if I go past 42 weeks, I have two choices: a gentle induction (but an induction nonetheless) or a new care provider. Doesn't sound like a great option to go with a UC or a new care provider at 42 weeks, and I do like my midwife group. Secondly, my doula's repeated reminder this weekend that this is a different pregnancy, a different child, a different labor and a different birth. Heck, this kid even has different genes than my first - well, half of them anyway (different sperm donor than #1). For all I know, HE MAY COME EARLY. So I am seeing the need to change my thinking and attitude in order to help create a positive outcome.
Ahem, with that very long preamble:
I'm Jen as you can tell from my oh-so-creative username, JenInMpls. You can also glean where I live from that little nugget. I'm 34 and have a nearly 4-year-old son. My partner and I have been together for nearly 10 years; she works at a local non-profit as a computer geek. I am currently on leave from my career as a Waldorf German teacher which is a vocation I love passionately. Our 2nd son is due November 29th. We would love to have Thanksgiving dinner with our midwife and doula celebrating a successful VBAC. We are all for cloth nappies, babywearing, intact boys and organic, local food. I am a low-supply lactivist who is hoping for but not counting on a full milk supply this time (any other Twin Cities mamas out there who might want to pump for me?
. My MDC senior title comes from having a 3+ year nursing experience with my first despite low supply, full-time use of an SNS for 15 months, thrush, plugged ducts and mastitis. He weaned himself around Thanksgiving last year and I couldn't believe we made it that far.
Forgive my longwindedness... as others here who are part of my first son's DDC can attest, I am a yacker.
look forward to getting to know you all.