I think I overdid it today...ran a lot of errands, visited with friends, went for a walk that involved going up hill quite a bit...and I am just beat and sore everywhere. Foreacast is for rain for the next few days and I just had to enjoy the beautiful, sunny, slighly cool weather today. I'll be good and rest and nest for the next couple of days.
I found it challenging to get the I-know-I-need-to-rest and the I-want-to-enjoy-these-last-days-of-this-phase-of-my-life feelings in balance. Your body will be happy if you listen to it a bit more now, however. Okay, I'll save my mom advice for Peyton
I had to LOL about your story of the doula and Michael. Man behavior at the end of the pregnancy can either be so annoying or so cute. Lots going on for them, too, and I think it's a weird kind of pressure. Sometimes I think they just don't know exactly what to do. Good that you could laugh about it--hopefully Michael can soon!
I love to read about the belly movements. I truly never thought I'd miss it--but I do! All of that mystery and anticipation...
Hope your weekend is relaxing! Please send cool weather and rain here if you are tired of it--I'll give you warm and sunny in exchange...?
So sorry, Marissa. All is fine here...just haven't felt like posting.
I fear that I'm at that dreadful stage of "hurry up and wait". I'm sure I'd feel differently if I had other children at home. Everything is pretty set for the baby's arrival. I am waiting for my nursing bras, changing pad, and 2 newborn sweaters in the mail. The car seat check and L&D tour will happen this week. The hospital bag is packed except for the last minute items. I go through spurts of having tons of energy...yesterday, I did 3 loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and dusted the apartment...and feeling like I just don't want to even get up out of a chair. I feel as though I should probably be exercising more (I've never done pretty much nothing like I am now) but whenever I'm on my feet for more than about 10-15 minutes, I get that yucky scratching at my cervix feeling. If (if, if, if ) the walking is helping progression, I'd like for that to wait just a wee bit longer... So, I've been reading a lot (currently reading Isabel Allende's "Eva Luna") and watching DVDs with DH when he is home (we watched Syriana yesterday morning). Also, DH says he is having a horrible time of it with allergies but I actually think it is a cold so when he is home (it is starting to get very, very busy at the inn at which he cooks), he is resting and I just sort of join him. I spent a good deal of time with friends last week. Nothing much on the agenda for today...maybe clean/organize a couple closets, vaccum, and if it isn't raining too much try for a little walk. DH has the whole day off (unusual) so maybe we'll go for a drive or something... My sleep is restless to say the least between my bladder, hips, baby hiccups in the middle of the night, and DHs snoring and nose blowing...the last 2 mornings I awoke at 5am starving and got up and had cereal with fruit and then went back to bed for a couple more hours. Wonder if this baby will be born early morning...
Re-reading this post, I'm afraid I sound like I'm a bit depressed or something...I don't think I am depressed, but I'm definitely mellow...just sort of settling in and enjoying the last of these sorts of days. The last couple of days I've definitely been feeling like I'm ready to meet the little one.
Well, a long and boring post I think...I will try to catch up on others lodges today and check in with my birth month board (where babies are being born everyday already!). I'll PM you Marissa...I want to know more about the BFing and the cloth diapering. Thanks again for checking on me.
Carla, you don't sound depressed, you sound like you are in the final weeks of pregnancy.
I think your hunch about waking up around 5 am may be correct. In both of my pregnancies I woke up at a particular time of day, and it was during this time of day that my labor started each time. So, I suspect that around 5 am is when your labor will start rather than when you give birth. Still, it's exciting to think about it and to see if it comes true.
I can so relate to how you are feeling right now! I know it's hard to wait when we are basically "ready" but our time will be here soon enough! It sounds like you are doing great balancing getting things done and just relaxing!
Thought I'd try to get a post in before dinner is ready. Boy, am I grateful for DH and his cooking!!!
I wanted to write a little about why we are choosing natural childbirth and what that means for us. For me natural childbirth is, well, uh, what comes naturally. I personally feel as though the western medical community has invaded our lives way too much and that many of us have forgotten the wisdom of our own minds, bodies, and spirits. Also, from the time I was very young, I have not responded well to standard medications. Most "drugs" make me throw up, get hives, have trouble breathing, etc. The only exceptions to that are ibuprofen and acetominophen (sp.?) but I use even those sparingly. I was lucky enough to have a mother who recognized this in me when I was small and was open to taking me to homeopaths, ostepaths, naturopaths, etc.
I think that if I were living somewhere else, without the very laid back, "hey pregnancy, labor and delivery are everyday, normal things" attitude of my hospital, then I would be having a homebirth. But frankly the little regional hospital where we live just rocks!!! The two attending OB/GYNs are very "au natural" and approach it all with a sense of joy, wonder, and excitement. I was told at my very first appointment, "if you want an epidural, find a different hospital" and I was hooked! My Drs. use drugs "compassionately" (and only if asked for by the mommy), not for "medically convenient reasons"...all their words. We have used a doula for birth prep because the one class we took at the hospital didn't feel like a good fit for us and a friend who is a retired midwife will be at the birth as a baby gift to us.
This little one (and the beautiful man who helped me create him/her) have been dreamed of and prayed for for many, many years. I know that I may be odd in that I don't fear the pain of childbirth (okay, you BTDT moms can laugh at me now if you want)...I'm looking forward to riding the waves and meeting the little one that has already blessed us.