I'm not really due during the summer, as it is the middle of winter down under, but here I am anyway.
I'll be 35 weeks tomorrow, so my EDD is July 22. My dd was born during July as well (she's nearly 3), but she was gestated and born in the States so I'll have had one summer baby and one winter one.
I am doing pretty well. I am having lots of BH contractions; some of them are more like "real" contractions than BH, too. They feel like baby is pushing down into my cervix and perinial (sp?) area, not just the hard belly feeling I remember from my dd's pregnancy. I am not doing anything special to prepare for the birth. I got together my birth supplies a while ago. These are mostly just leftovers from my first homebirth: some chux pads, a plastic sheet, etc. I also ordered an Eldon card from a birth supply company so I can find out if I want Rhogam without visiting a dr's office. I didn't prepare special music or anything like that for dd's birth, and I didn't find I wanted it either. This time I'm also not doing anything like that... I just want to keep busy with my normal hobbies and chores until I can't any longer. Last time I was in labor, I ordered an air conditioner and air purifiers, washed dishes, and surfed the net. How romantic.
I just got some supplies to make Waldorf dolls in the mail today. I would like to make a little doll for the baby and my dd, but I'm not sure I want to commit to trying to have them done before baby comes. I need to get some more supplies for them, so I don't know when I'll get around to that. I have so many craft projects I want to do (Waldorf dolls, sewing clothes for dd, dyeing clothes, making a cover from baby's bouncy seat, making diapers for baby, etc., etc.). Fun.
I also was thinking of making food to freeze for parties after the birth. I want to make my dd a 3rd birthday party, but we will celebrate around dd's Hebrew birthday, so it won't be until August. I thought I could make the cakes and other foods, but I have never frozen cake before. I wonder if it will keep well. My dh seems to think that frozen food, unless it comes from the grocery store frozen, is gross. For that reason, I am hesitant to make meals for after the baby is born; I have a feeling dh won't want them. If dh thinks something is no good, I start to wonder if he is right, even if it seems perfectly yummy to me. Anyone have any party food ideas (preferably vegan and healthy) that freeze well? I may also make a party for the new baby, but I am not sure how that will go. It depends if the baby is a boy or a girl, as that will affect the timing of the event.
Well, I'm really rambling now... I guess I'm not too focused on the birth itself. I hope to just "go with the flow" as things happen, without too many expectations.
I did tell my mother that I'm having a UC. She asked me straight out, so I told her. I didn't think she'd be freaked out by it, and she wasn't. She said she already knew since I wouldn't answer any of her questions about the midwife I had supposedly chosen. I told her not to tell anyone. I don't need any worried relatives calling me up. The main reason I'm not telling is to protect others' from their own fears for me. I don't want anyone to worry about me. It's just easier if they find out later, if at all. My mom loves to spread the news about things, so I hope it's not too difficult for her to stop herself from telling everyone. At least I'm halfway around the world, so I can have little fear that anyone would try to intervene or otherwise make difficulties.
I also want to think of a cute gift for some of my relatives. My in-laws have been helping us so much this year, and I feel like I need to say "Thank You" in some way. I have no idea what to get or do, though. I hate the idea of giving gifts for which the other person has no real use or desire. Maybe I'll get portraits taken of dd and her sibling and frame them. That doesn't seem special enough, but I know they (and my parents) would like it.