Congrats on getting to the 36wk mark. I'm reciprocating, Welcome to your Lodge!!!!!!
Congratulations on your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge!
Hey Everyone...sorry I've been MIA for a little bit.
We (DH and I) have been very busy trying to get things done around the house and such. I'm starting to mentally freak out...does that count as nesting? I can't get back to sleep...my mind is running too much...
Let's see...we usually start these things off with a little about ourselves so here it goes...
For those who don't know...I'm Jen (there is only a million of us), 28 years old and this is my first child. My DH is 29, and we have been married for a little over 3 years. However, we will celebrate being together for 10 years in March. We met while in college, and waited to finish our degrees before getting married. (plus, it gave me a little bit extra time to live and work on my own...)
I have a background in environmental science and zoology, which is probably what led me into really reviewing the medical journals about epi’s, other drugs, and other interventions used in L&D. I’m very curious and wanted to know everything out there (science junky), and then make decisions for myself. Having this kid is going to be a lesson in letting go. (So not my nature…I try to plan everything, right down to when I got pregnant, but that is another story…) I’m sure it drives my health providers nuts, but I try to be as knowledgeable as possible…so as to have “intelligent” conversations. Actually, my OB is great…he has backed up my decisions/ desires 100% so far. After I told him I wanted to have as “natural” pregnancy as possible, he said that it could be done, and in fact his wife had all 3 of their children without drugs. We sat down with him a few weeks ago with our “wish list” (birth plan with a less intrusive name) and he agreed with everything except the intermittent external monitoring during active stage of labor…but at the hospital the monitors are waterproof and submergible…so if I want in the tub, no problems.
Let’s see…the things I was worried about…delivery position…doesn’t care as long as I am on the bed. Oooo…and this one is great…no episiotomies… he doesn’t do them, period. An OB who doesn’t perform episiotomies…who’d have “thunk” it?
Well...got to go, I'm going to pay some bills and finsh my "to do" list (like packing my bag for the hospital or installing the car seat...). I have a couple of projects I need to finish at work before I can go on maternity leave too (which I was going to start after Thanksgiving...), but I'm getting ancy...hence why I am up a 5 am.
Anyways, if you made it this far...congrats...I'm a talker!
BTW -- My username is just 2 of my favorite stuffed animals put together...the green beanie baby frog named "smoochie" and tigger from Winnie the Pooh.
Congrats Jen, and welcome to your lodge! Your OB sounds great - not unlike mine. I hear you on the external monitoring. I don't really want it either, but had Pit with my DS, so I "needed" it. But given the hospital where I go, I don't think they would've panicked at every little variation. Where are you having your baby - have you taken a tour yet, gotten to know the nurses?
DH Bill ~ 10/9/1999
DS Benjamin Joseph ~ 7/17/2003 "All of my sunshine..."
DS Evan William ~ 11/20/2006 "...and all of my joy"
Boy, you and I have a lot in common, Jen! I have a background in biology and environmental science, and I tend to be an obsessive planner too. I don't have a written 'birth plan' because I know that would feed into my controlling tendencies too much. I just filled out the paperwork my doula gave me so she has a good idea of what's important to me and what's not. You're smart for calling it a "wish list", because that's really what it is.
Congrats on getting a lodge!
Welcome to your lodge! Wow all these December moms getting lodges, it's makeing this so real all the sudden. I look forward to being here with you
Congrats on your lodge! I look forward to following your story as you make your way through this last short stage to motherhood! I wish all the best!