I had a difficult transition w/ my DH, partly because of similar work issues, but there were many other factors at play... it was a very difficult adjustment for both of us and we didn't support each other through it with any kind of grace. So anyway... I won't give you the gory details but if you find yourself in a difficult situation don't hesitate to reach out. Btdt.
So glad to have you here - this is a FANTASTIC group of mamas and I'm so glad you found us in time to get you a lodge!!!
On and off for a week now my body has been doing preparatory work for the birth: stronger contractions, baby dropping, feelings of opening. Then yesterday I felt nothing until the evening and then I started to have menstrual like cramps. Several times today I had the same cramps again. My little baby was awake quite a lot during those times so I don't know if the cramps are from her punching me or just more stretching of my body to accommodate birth.
Yesterday I went for a long walk and kept busy around the home. Today I went into my husband's company to help with some accounting work and sat at a desk all day. I wish I could have gone for another long walk, but it is rainy and rather gross outside. I find that taking an hour walk makes the whole day better. Maybe by tomorrow the rain will end and I can once again get this body moving.
For tomorrow morning we had scheduled our last birth class, but I know DH will work in the morning. I feel bad about cancelling, but I don't think the class would have been too helpful. I see my midwives on Monday again and it seems like we've gone over the process of labor numerous times already. I keep re-reading all of my pregnancy books and making mental lists of relaxation techniques during labor. About the only thing I have left to do is write down the ideas like to practice yoga breathing and to write down the phrases that I find calming such as "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength," and "I was created to give birth without violence."
Tomorrow night we will go to The Phantom of the Opera and I hope I can sit through the entire show as I've waited for nearly 20 years to see it (yes, I fell in love with the music when I was a little girl). If I use my coat and DH's coat as back support, I hope to be comfortable. I know the performance will be long, but I'll be singing along to it in my head.
I hope you all have a great weekend. I'll let you know how my 38 week appointment goes on Monday.
DD Eowyn born 2/8/7
I hope you enjoy the Phantom of the Opera! That will be very exciting!
I feel for your Dh, that is tough to have to work all the time! Hopefully the baby will be able to help him de-stress a bit, so then he can help you out too! Do you have many friends and family to support you?
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
glad to hear that all goes well.
Hmmm, nothing since Friday. Anything new to report? How was your weekend?
I had an appointment with the midwives this evening. During car trips, the baby always turns her front out so that when the midwives do an exam, she never seems to be in the right position. But anytime I'm at home, I can feel her little bum sticking out. Except for my next midwife appointment, I'm not going to go on longer than 15 minute car rides. The midwives are an hour away. DH drove me, but somehow the car seems to make my baby uncomfortable.
My midwives tested my hemaglobin tonight and it was under 11. Last time they checked it, it was 14. I eat tons of protein so I don't know why it would fall so much. I'm rather concerned about it. Prior to getting pregnant, I followed a strict high protein, high fat, low carb natural foods diet and had excellent hemaglobin readings. With pregnancy, I've added in healthy carbs and maybe somehow have lowered my protein intake? I don't know and I'm rather worried about it. My MWs told me not to worry, that in the last weeks of pregnancy, often this will happen because of the increased demands on the body. I know I should listen to them . . . but I'm still fretting.
My legs and ankles have also been a bit swollen in the past few days. And I put on more weight than I anticipated. Up until the appointment tonight, had I been graded on my pregnancy, I would have received straight A's for doing everything correctly. I just don't know how or why things changed because I don't think my behavior has changed. I'm probably obsessing over the results. The good news is that my blood pressure, blood sugar, and pulse were normal and my MWs were happy that I've had contractions and period like pains.
My midwives suggested drinking protein shakes in the evening. The shakes have soy protein, which I'm not fond of. Otherwise, they suggested eating more foods with vitamin C to help with iron uptake.
We took the birth pool home tonight. DH left it in our back hall because it is in a gigantic box that he didn't feel like lugging up the stairs. I can't wait to set it up, but probably won't do that for at least another week. We have a curious cat and I don't want her leaving hair all over the pool.
DD Eowyn born 2/8/7
I completely understand your fretting, but try not to worry. Any body has ups and downs, and I bet next appointment will show that you're fine.
The tub sounds great!
Try not to worry too much. If you're not drinking milk with each meal, that's an easy way to add protein to your diet, or a handful of peanuts as a snack, or eggs once a day. You're doing great! You've come this far with flying colors, so don't beat yourself up.
BTW, how was the Phantom of the Opera?