Thank you all for the welcome and support FtMPapa
: I am happy to hear that the revolution has begun with regards to men and babies. I'm a firm believer in choosing the right person for the job, you know?
: Hey! I'm going to Magee, too. If you don't mind my asking: how did you find your doula? Was it through your OB, or as a result of independent research? Was your OB happy to 'work with' your doula? Feel free to PM me, if you prefer. I am very curious about this.
Oh, and all the book recommendations are great. I will check them out, for sure. I too rarely subscribe to one particular approach or philosophy, instead choosing to cross-reference across multiple sources and come up with my own brand of crazy. Regarding my thoughts on the birth itself, I am currently occupying the expansive void in between earth mother type (barefoot, flowers in my hair and birthing on a full moon in a magical wood with unicorns in attendance); and wanting to go to the hospital and eat ALL the drugs so that I sleep through the whole thing. (Actually, now that I think about it, the first one kind of sounds like a result of the second, doesn't it? Hm. Let me ponder that one for a while).
Regarding hunger: I'm not finding that I'm eating that much more rather, more frequently
. I'm not a huge consumer of junk food (except for chips, which are my weakness), so I am not anticipating a HUGE weight gain. But as blizzard_babe
already stated.... we love a good surprise, eh?JessieBird
: 40 HOURS OF LABOUR!? *faint*
So, my OB appointment went well yesterday. The usual stuff, I am assuming: paperwork, blood pressure, pee in a cup, pap smear, internal exam etc. The OB felt my uterus (haha, can't say that without laughing yet. Someone FELT my uterus! It's so bizarre) and said I felt a little smaller than 8 weeks - more like 6, which is definitely possible. I myself suspect that 8 weeks is a bit too far along, but I guess I was trying to over-estimate (rather than under-estimate) the date of my LMP. I have a u/s scheduled for next week, to determine gestational age.
Regarding the OB herself, she's great. Very competent and efficient, but not in a cold way. I like this. I don't necessarily need my OB to be overly touchy feely - I can get that from friends, family, perhaps a doula if I decide to go that route. She seems proficient, but approachable: she took the time to sit down with me and give me the opportunity to ask any questions that I had, and reassured me that there would always be someone from the practice on-call in the event of an emergency, and that I shouldn't feel 'alone'. The practice is qutie small - just 4 OB's and 1 midwife - and although I'll be working ('working', lol) primarily with her, she wants me to at least meet the other 3 OB's, in the event that when I give birth, it is one of them (and not her) on call. Which I think is pretty cool. I mean, call me old-fashioned, but I would prefer to meet the person who is going to put their hands all over my vagina before we get to that point, you know?
Anyway, I am sure I will continue to keep you all posted from time to time! It's nice to have somewhere to write about this stuff without feeling like a complete lunatic. Have a fabulous weekend!