I feel like I'm going to scream!! I think Catie is going through a growth spurt or something because I am so hungry today and can't eat any of the things I feel like would fill me up. Something with high carbs for example. I'm just sooooo hungry! I told Michael tonight that my labor mantra should be "I can have a cupcake when this is over!" Also, I feel so twitchy in my legs. I went up and took a hot shower to try to calm my muscles but it didn't really help that much. Ok, complaining over.
I had lunch today with my first stepmother (yes I said first), who I had not seen in about 9 years. We talk on the phone but have not gotten our schedules together until now. It was nice to see her. She is on the board of an LA hospital's transplant division and suggested that I ask my doctors about banking my own blood just in case I have any problems where I might need a transfusion. Sounds like a good idea to me. Unfortunately my blood would go to waste if I didn't use it due to the meds in my system. I sure am hoping I can get some sleep tonight.
On the monitoring, we have decided to play it by ear but feel confident that if they insist on strapping me to it, even though I can move around, and it is uncomfortable, we will tell them they need to only use the doppler or not put the straps on. I think if the nurse if very respectful of her timing and treats me with respect it won't be a big deal, but if she tries to strap on a monitor when I'm in the middle of a contraction etc., we will let them know that is not acceptable.
Ugh on the twitchy legs! I've found that taking a calcium supplement has helped me a lot with that--especially if I take it an hour or so before going to bed.
I think that if you are polite, they will respect or atleast try to accomodate your wishes. I am going to ask about the monitoring too. I had burns on my back from them last time with the girls. And since you are open to different ways of getting the people the data they need, I think they'll work with you.
Yeah, the kiddos are going through a spurt right about now. They are pretty much done developeing and just getting that extra layer of protective fat on them and practicing their breathing. I'm sure it makes you uncomfortable afterwards, but you're almost done sweetie! Hang in there.
And another thing...there's no reason why you can't eat your cupcake while you're in labor. I had a nice, dark chocolate bar during my last birth. Yummy!
The first thing I ate after having Alexa was a mint oreo Blizzard from DQ. I hadn't had one since being diagnosed with GD (actually, I was eating one when they called to tell me I had failed )and it sounded so good!
ACK! July mommies are getting lodges, I'M NOT READY!!!!! *wah*
Welcome to your lodge and I can't wait to watch your progression. ITA with the other moms, if you can get away with just the basic monitoring to establish a baseline when you check in and then SPARSE monitoring, as needed, through the rest of the birth you'll most likely have less interventions and stress. The monitor was THE biggest stressor for me when I was birthing Callie - she kept swimming around and going off monitor, so the nurses would run in and FREAK every 5 minutes. It was so stressful I was terrified to move and that made the whole thing hurt a LOT more.
Less monitoring is always better, even with certain augmentation!
Hooray on having your lodge! Time is flying!!!
As far as the monitoring, I was monitored with my first, which means I was in the bed more. I was monitored less with the girls, but still was hooked up for some part of the time. So your post has me wondering and I see my midwife today so I will ask what their latest stand is on that.
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Welcome to your lodge! Great intro! I hope you're able to have a great birth at the hospital. It sounds like you're well prepared and you've got your DH and your doula to come to bat for your team.
Yay Jenny...You got your lodge!!!! I hope that the nurses at the hospital accomadate your wants and needs. I cant wait to keep reading and watching the progress over these last few weeks.
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