Hey there, everybody! Hope everyone's staying cool and (reasonably) comfortable...even up here in the usually frozen tundra, it's going to get to 89 degrees today...YIKES! I find pure hotness is the biggest swelling factor for me. Even this morning, even though I hadn't even been upright for that long and the house was still cool, I had trouble slipping into my clogs. Oh dear, will I need to resort to wearing my plastic flip-flops to work pretty soon?! What a lovely image.
KJ -- Wonderful, amazing news about your last appointment! Good news on so many levels -- inlcuding about the baby's position! I learned recently that 32 weeks is an important point for positioning; the position the baby takes at that point in the pregnancy is pretty much where they will continue to gravitate toward. With important exceptions, of course, but still!
Mamasoleil -- Great news from you, too, on the bleeding not amounting to anything! Way to go in seeking out good vibes and letting them soak in and do their thing. I hope you can relax again now, and maybe even get back on that bike!
Welcome to the new mamas, too! How exciting and wonderful to have such a big, enthusiastic, supportive group as we enter the semi-home stretch!
I'm doing well. We met with a great doula this weekend, and will probably go with her. We had a wonderful doula with my first birth, but wanted to talk to some others, too, and I'm glad we have. This doula is training to be a midwife, coordinates a doula program for women in need at the big county hospital here (I just really admire that), and specializes in "optimal fetal positioning," which I'm really interested in given DS's posterior position and all the terrible back labor I had. She already showed me some great things to be doing in this critical pre-32 week stretch (I'm just about 30 weeks now). I dread telling our first doula that we won't be going with her after all, b/c I really do like her and am so grateful for all she did for us in 2000, but I really feel this will be a better fit this time around. It feels right.
Otherwise, I'm just huge and swelled up and tired and achy. This will be a longish summer, I think; I find the heat really gets to me and I get so frustrated that I don't have more energy and agility, particularly for playing with DS. And he picks up on that, and runs with it -- both figurately and literally!
Speaking of which: we asked him this weekend if he had any ideas for names for the baby. Without skipping a beat, and in all seriousness, he blurted out, "SKATEBOARD!" We adults are so uncreative.
Keep those updates coming!
P.S. Yo, Nightowl, if your mission really is to persuade people not to circumcise, this isn't the way to accomplish it. If anything, you undermine the message using these tactics. Or perhaps that's what you're after? Either way, you're not going to influence us, so use those energies elsewhere, please. Peace.