We just had my work baby shower--it was so much fun! They did a picnic theme, with my favorite food on earth (fried chicken) and a bunch of other delicious picnic-type homemade dishes and desserts. I am so full and happy right now! Everyone decorated onesies and played guess-the-name (we have agreed that if anyone guesses correctly we'll confirm it--but only because we know they never will!) They had a lot of really great suggestions, though, and definitely were thinking in the right style.
They gave us a KidCo Pea Pod travel bed, which is going to be AWESOME, especially for camping. They also gave us a bunch of puppets that Porter had put on the registry and been really exicted about, so that was great. We've already had a lot of fun with them (Yes, he definitely will be a wonderful dad!)
That's all for now...I need to go lie down and moan about my overly full stomach, but instead I get to get back to work. I guess it could be worse!
Oh, huh, reading Aime's lodge post reminded me I meant to post a bit more about my birthing plans/latest appointments. Basically I'm planning a Hypnobirthing water birth at a birth center that is separate but under a local hospital. Instead of individual appointments, other than my first, we've been attending these group prenatal classes where you do your own weight check, get your BP taken, and have a few minutes on a pallet in a quiet corner with the midwife to listen to the HB, check position and growth, and ask any more personal questions, but otherwise it's 2 hours of semi-structured group "class"/discussion led by a nurse, and the midwife joins us when she's done checking everybody. So we've gotten to know that midwife and nurse really well, but they are on 24 hour call shifts, so there's no guarantee who'll be there when we're in labor.
All but one of the couples are first timers, and I must say, chatting on these boards all the time has definitely earned me "most informed" in my group. I have to try hard not to run away with the discussion a lot of the time! It's nice to get to know other couples having babies around the same time as we are, though...it's a lot like a birth board, actually, but in person and with some professionals in the room.
I had my 36 week birth plan appointment/GBS test on Tuesday, and it went really well. So far I have met 3 of the 5 regular delivery midwives, and scheduled in-between appointments ("Centering", the prenatal group, is every two weeks) with the other two just mainly to meet them, although the second one is the day after my EDD so who knows if I'll make it or not! I am at peace with knowing I just don't know who will be there, though, since everybody at the center is totally on the same wavelength as far as non-interventionist birth, and I've honestly liked everyone I've met so far (except one MW who doesn't do deliveries anyway).
Yesterday, as I mentioned, we met with the pediatrician we'd had a lot of recommendations for, and really liked him. He was very gentle and caring and relaxed, not rushed at all. While he's certainly a medical doctor and not any kind of alternative medicine practitioner, he seems to really respect parent's choices, understood where I was coming from with all of my questions, and stressed that the most important thing is good communication between the doctor and the family. He recommends the regular vax schedule but is fine with doing alternative scheduling or even skipping if the parents want that, although he made it clear that he does think vaccinations are important. That's just fine with me--I do feel like I need to do more research, but am more interested in splitting some than skipping altogether, for the most part. It's a father/son practice, too, which I just think is so sweet, and the staff was super friendly, with a beautiful, clean, and comfortable office. Anyway, we're going to go with him for now. I feel very relieved to have that decision made!
Yum...fried chicken sounds great. I don't know who will attend my birth either. There are 6 of them. I will get to meet 5 of them before my EDD and probably will get to meet the 6th one too since I tend to go late. I agree that their philosophy on minimal intervention and birthing mom as "the boss" is what's most important.
I think I'll be getting fried chicken for lunch today. Yum! I love it too, especially when I'm pregnant. I'm glad you had a good shower. It sounds like fun.
Your birth center sounds great! I wish we had options like that around here.
What a great theme for a shower! I've never heard of a birthing center that did group classes like that but it sounds amazing. I wish we had something like that around here. Yay for finding a ped. that is a perfect fit for you!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
I know, I feel really lucky to have this birth center here--I really hope the model gains some ground in other places! This one fills up--as I discovered!--pretty quickly and there's no way the hospital and insurance aren't noticing what a success it is...
The best part about the group classes is that they're at 6:30pm so I haven't had to take off work for months for a regular "boring" appointment. It was especially nice for DH as a teacher--it was really hard for him to take time off to come with me to appts before that, but he so wanted to be involved!
Last night I got the first decent night's sleep I've gotten in weeks--only woke up TWICE to go to the bathroom (rather than 5 or 6 times) and managed to stay asleep with a mask on until 8:00! I sooooo needed that. I've been sleeping so poorly that DH encouraged me to take the skullcap tincture I bought back when I was having some bad rib pain (it's a relaxant and also a mild anti-inflammatory), and I guess it worked!
I have loved reading your lodge and finding out more about you and your wonderful DH. Your birth center sounds very interesting. I think I would have really enjoyed and benefited from that as a FTM. I am glad to hear you are not stressing about which mw will attend your birth. Half of my births were attended by total strangers including this one. It's not my favorite way to do things, but as long as you know what you want during birth, that's more important.
I have to share a crawfish story...my relatives are in Baton Rouge and do the boils and the soup (can't remember the name of that seafood soup stuff with the crawfish in it) and alligator sausage, etc. So, my DD in 4th grade this year studied all about crawfish in science, learning everything about them, and had live ones in the classroom to take care of. She became very attached and even got off the bus in tears one afternoon when one of the crawfish had died (she said he died of cancer)...when the unit was over the creatures had to be given to good homes and she begged me to take one, or two. I said no. (Mean mommy, I know, but she did get to keep a snail after the next unit). Well, I made a crucial error and showed a serious lack of sensitivity when I mentioned to her that her relatives in Louisiana eat crawfish. Her face turned white with horror...not at the thought of eating crawfish being "gross" but at the sheer horror of eating something that she considers a pet. She forbade me to share any further details. I wonder if they study crawfish in the New Orleans school districts?
I am soooooo curious about your DD's name!
Oh, and the other thing I wanted to mention is if your mw has recommended belly binding to try to straighten her out in there? It's different that the maternity belt. That's totally what allowed my sons head to bump down against my cervix during cxns, although he never got straightened out entirely. You might not be far enough along to try it...IDK...
A bit late here but welcome to your lodge! I loved reading your intro!! I'm from Tuscon & really miss home! You and your dh sound like such a sweet couple & the birth center you guys are going to sounds neat. I'm so glad everything is going so well for you
By the way, thanks everyone else for your nice words and welcomes! I've really been enjoying having such great people to learn from and talk to about this stuff. It makes a big difference, especially to a FTM like me!