I just have to rave about my new midwife, Mike and I are soooo excited to have her! I met her through my friend, who got care from her for her pregnancy and twin homebirth (HUGE 8+lb twins breech over an intact perineum, no less)... so I think she'll do
It was such a struggle to find a care provider who was not going to judge me for my loss, which a lot of midwives here found unsettling. It's wonderful to have found someone who is willing to trust in me to give birth to my baby. We will be having the baby at the Seattle Birth Center, which is adjacent to a naturopathy clinic and not far from our shoebox apartment (we're downsizing,
). Unless the baby comes too fast in which case we'll have it in our shoebox apartment
WE plan on letting the cord stop on it's own, although I would probably do it if there was any history of disease treatable with stem cells in our families. As far as the placenta, we'll be drying it and I'll be taking it in capsules. Some ladies eat it raw or stir fry it and I am not *that* hard-core, LOL!
I had finally resigned myself to being a WAHM... I would LOVE it but it would be financially better for us for me to be a F/T WOHM with Mike having baby during the day. He could bring the baby to nurse at lunch and then he could have a P/T night job... but alas, I have been looking for months and no job to show for it, so I had given up on finding one before the baby came. Well, I temped the last few days as an admin assistant, and tomorrow I am starting a temp-possibly-to-hire position as a receptionist downtown (Mike could walk it in less then 20 minutes, faster by bus). So now things are up in the air again... will they keep me? Do I want them to? I figure worst case scenario, they'll keep me till I have to take maternity leave and then hire someone else, we'll at least be able to save a little money before Spawn comes. And if they end up hiring me, we'll deal with that then, I guess. It would be a mellow job for the most part (after too many Christmases in retail, it takes a lot to rattle me) and I could definitely do it while pregnant.
I am being kicked harder and with precision! It seems like if my bladder is full, it makes an even more enticing target. My midwife and I discussed ultrasound and she was willing to let me get one if I wanted to for reassurance, as there are no other indications for it but peace of mind after a loss is a pretty legit reason. I actually am feeling so at peace about this pregnancy that I decided to wait for now. Who knows, I may get scared towards the end (I lost my daughter at term during labor) and want a quick peek to ease my mind, and that's fine. I am feeling good about it now though... but I am going to go mad wondering what the sex of the baby is!!! But I can't bring myself to only do an u/s for that. All my pals have been telling me they have been getting boy vibes, so I guess we'll see in May!
Haven't been moved about any names at this point... I still have'nt gotten through the boy's side of the name book yet. We have a few months still, we'll probably wait till we're closer and 'feeling' the baby's personality more. Last time we did'nt start in with names till I was over 7 months along. I can't wait, though... picking names is stressful (such a responsibility! you don't want junior to hate his name) but at the same time it's all so much fun.
I weighed myself for the first time since I was 11 weeks (I'm 25 now) and I have not gained any weight! I was shocked! By this time last time I had gained at least 15lbs. I guess this is'nt uncommon for larger women, the baby is vigorous and measures well for 25 weeks, and my midwife was'nt worried as she has seen this before. I am getting bigger but it's all in my belly. She figures it's not that I'm not eating enough, I am just eating smart. Pretty funny since I went to Dick's last week, LOL! It's funny, last time the idea of weight gain really bothered me (I did lose it all, but still...), but this time I could care less about weight gain... and it's not happening! Life is strange.
I just got a copy of "Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way" and I am sooo excited! When we move my parents are going to bring my two huge boxes of baby stuff over so I can go into full nesting mode. I am very much looking forward to it. I have no idea where we'll be putting everything! We'll figure it out somehow. Anyway, Mike is making dinner (he's such a prince, and also gets so excited when Spawn kicks) so I should go. I am glad everyone seems to be doing well. Spring babies are going to be so much fun! May in Washington is just beautiful.
Maria, that sounds like an awesome ceremony they had for you. And Jenn, I am itching to do some thrift shopping myself, I always find the coolest stuff when I do. And hello to all the new May mamas!