Loved your intro! Somehow on our jan board I missed that your hubby was from south africa that is really cool. You guys are such a cute couple!
DS Ethan 1/29/08,
DD Lola 2/2/10
DS2 Weston 2/18/12
On Sunday my doula came over and we went over everything. She is in the process of being DONA trained, but I've known her for awhile. DH had been skeptical of using a doula for a long time because he thought it would take away from the birth being about OUR family, but after the meeting (she was here for hours) he feels much better about it, and was able to see that she will be able to help him give me better attention.
I also had a dr appointment today. My cervix has not softened at all and I'm closed up tight. I'll probably be in this for the long haul. I know things can change at any time, but I think for sanity reasons I'll just accept that I won't be giving birth in the next week or so. My only worry is if I go too late. The doctor likes to induce at 41 weeks. I'm hoping they'd allow me to push that out at least an additional 3 days and up to 42 weeks if necessary.
In hopes of getting things going I've picked up EPO, Red Raspberry Leaf, and Black Cohosh, and DH and I will use DTD to help as well
I can't complain too much, I'm not "sick and tired" of being pregnant. I ache and get heartburn, but in my mind that is such a minor issue. My only concern is the going too far past my due date, oh and since I'm not working right now, my selfish concern is one of boredom.
But as far as the appointment, everything looks healthy. HB in the 140s, head down. Measuring at 38 weeks (right on time). BP at the beginning of the appointment was 138/79, but by the end it was the lowest it's been since I've been pregnant 117/77. That is a relief after my high BP scare of a couple weeks ago.
I wish the weather was a little nicer, I can go out and walk, but I get so cold. It's been rainy today as well. My birth ball is all blown up and I'm trying to sit on that more as well.
I'm glad your doing well, sounds like your getting things headed in the right direction! Have any big weekend plans?
No set plans, but I think DH and I will have a date night, go out for a nice dinner. Plus his male coworkers that have kids have told him if there are any projects around the house to do them NOW because otherwise they won't get done for probably a year, so I'll probably make a "honey-do" list.
The last couple weekends we've spent vegging out together, with him playing Assassin's Creed 2, while I try to read or something, but I get distracted when I see him miss things and I end up helping him find things. Sounds geeky, but it's actually fun time together.
With the supplements I picked up the other day added to the prenatals I take (which is 4 pills plus a DHA caplet) and the iron supp I'm on, I'm taking 10 pills every morning and a few more in the evening, plus the Black Cohosh in liquid form added to water. It's a lot, but I won't have to take so many for too long.
I've been watching a lot of the baby shows on TLC and DHC and they make me SO ANGRY. The other day there was this one where the lady was sick of being pregnant at 39 weeks so they went in for an induction, which started with cervadil, then pitocin, then an epidural, next thing you know the baby is deceling and they almost had to do a c-section, luckily they are able to get the baby out, but seriously, if she had at least tried to wait another week or so her baby wouldn't be at such risk. This is what so many people who don't research things think is a "normal" birth, ughhhh. Oh and the one today where the lady said after her c-sec she wished she had done that with the first.
Last Bradley class tonight, can't believe we made it through them all!
My DH got Assassin's Creed 2 for Christmas, but he hasn't started playing it yet. He has been really busy with work and when he has time to play video games he likes to play online with his brothers and friends.
I feel like I'm taking a ton of supplements too because I just switched to a 2 pill prenatal vitamin and I just added floradix liquid iron. I'm still not taking as much as you are, though
My advise is stop watching the birth shows. I don't watch them anymore, though I used to--a lot. You don't need to be flooding your mind with negative images and stories about pregnancy and childbirth right now. Unless it's House of Babies on DHC (if they're even running it) or an episode where the woman is obviously planning a NCB (and even those are iffy sometimes because they tend to focus on the negative parts or have negative narration, comments by nurses, etc), it really isn't worth watching. You already know about the compounding effect of interventions, you don't need multiple examples of it coupled with people trying to use it to make birth seem dangerous or scary.
Oh I totally know I shouldn't watch the shows, but sometimes I just can't help myself. I'm a glutton for punishment I guess.
Just a heads up on AC2, it's LONG, just like the first one, but yeah, it's long. DH has played a lot and isn't even halfway through it. His problem is he likes to get caught up with the side things and doesn't just go through the tasks.
When I picked up the prenatal I am taking now I should have looked closer, I didn't realize it was 4 tablets and 1 capsule. Next time I'll get something different.
I am so glad that you are having a doula! I wasn't sure if you were or not. My husband was also very skeptical of having one because he too thought that it would take away his position. After we met with her he started to see the need for one and after the birth (of our first) he could not believe how extremely helpful and wonderful it was to have a doula. He tells everyone he knows how great they are
Yeah I also try not to watch those stupid shows but sometimes I end up watching and I am always angry and sad for the people on the show and for every pregnant person who is watching and thinking that is normal!
I too am taking a million pills a day! I haven't even started the EPO yet so that just adds a few more to the handful I already take Oh the life of a pregnant women
DS Ethan 1/29/08,
DD Lola 2/2/10
DS2 Weston 2/18/12
I finally packed my bags last night. For some reason I kept putting it off. It was some kind of mental block, like I've now allowed my body to go into labor, sub-consciously.
The last two nights, while laying in bed, I've started having a few more contractions that feel stronger than the BH that I've had so far, they might still be BH, but they are lower and take my breath away for a second. I catch it easily and they last a minute and a half or so, but I wouldn't call them painful. Just a warning for those that are Hypnobabies method, I'm planning on fully embracing that this will be a painful process, but that the rewards outweigh any temporary discomfort (and I don't use the word discomfort lightly) that I may experience.
I'm hoping that this is a sign that things are starting to get moving and that I'll meet my LO in the next week.