Thanks for all the well wishes and good vibes. It is so nice to know we have each other, isn't it?
Well i guess I let myself get all grumpy and stressy for no good reason. I think it was the weather, it is sooooo cloudy and yucky today. The appointment went very well. The u/s report seemed short and sweet. "Normal aparent fetus" no signs of abnormalities or anything.
We also had a very good talk with the Doctor about natural birth, avoiding any and all interventions possible. She recomended using the laboring tub, walking during labor and laboring at home for awhile before coming in to the hospital. She stated that she does not usually do fetal monitoring or artificially rupture the water. She only hooks patients up to IV after a particularily long and intense labor. Over all i felt reasurred that of the doctors available to us through our insurance, she "fits" our philosophies well.
However, i am still going to make an appointment to meet with a midwife or two and see how i feel after that. i don't want to end up birthing in a hospital because i was to lazy/ busy/ complacent to try and find another option.
Also, my sister and I had a really good talk about the possibility of hiring a doula to help protect our birth plan if we decide to give birth in a hospital. She has been a doula for a few births and seems interested in being my doula, however I think i would rather have someone "nuetral" in that position. Mary is so strong minded and opinionated about birth that I'm afraid she would "man-handle" Jerome and I, if something came up. she's my big sister, she's got years of experience at "bullying" me. Te he hee
Seriously though, I really want to feel like whatever happens, we were the ones making the decisions.
Also my doc wrote we a lovely vague medical excuse stating that I have sciatica (or something similar), and may need to limit the walking and standing i do. She kept it very open ended so that I can sort of figure out what i need to do to help manage the pain and still be "covered" legally. She also referred me to a physical therapist, and I plan on discussing this in greater detail with my regualr chiropractor. i just hope we can figure out something to help alleviate the pain. I have been just bearing it silently (or mostly silently anyway) but now i have a note that says I'm not just beinging a whiner....
Geez, why do these quick posts always end up being so long winded? I wish i wrote in my journal as much as I post online these days. I've been thinking i should try to print every post I write so i can save them for my kid to read someday. But i'm not sure where to even start with that!