Thanks everyone for the welcome. It's neat to see so many Jan moms around!
One of the reasons that we just chose our midwife is because we were in the process of moving ALL summer ~ first, a 8wk stopover in one Canadian city while DH taught at a University there, and then arriving about a month ago in AL. Honestly though, I had to kick my butt in gear to move on getting a midwife ~ it was starting to look like I'd just coast through the whole pregnancy without one!
To me, it will be fun to have someone to meet with every few weeks and chat with but it doesn't really feel "necessary" at this point, if that makes sense.
Jessitron, I have been so tremendously lucky with this pregnancy that I haven't experienced any exhaustion at all. If anything, I went through a period of insomnia early on but it didn't get really bad. I find the biggest difference is how quickly the pregnancy is flying by! I guess when you're caring for another child, there's less time to really be immersed in the process, kwim? I'm still enjoying it a lot, but I am much calmer about everything. For instance, we only heard the HB for the first time at 20 weeks, and I was really in no great hurry. The baby had been moving for several weeks, and I just felt like it would all come in time.
I'm curious, is anyone else considering or firmly decided to opt out of the Strep B test? I tested + with DD, and while I had a home birth I did receive antibiotics through IV at 2 separate times during the labor (not continually hooked up, obviously). After her birth, I began to read more on it and learned that it's not as cut & dry as I had been told during my last pregnancy. Now I am seriously considering not being tested at all, and just following a recommended diet to reduce bacteria levels, just in case. Any thoughts?