Amazing birth story Kristen!! I loved reading it! I think babies being born in the caul is so fascinating and cool
Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12
I agree Kristen. I think you made a wonderful choice! Congrats again
Kristen--Your story and your decision to switch to the MW has really inspired me to re-think my own passive attitude up to this point. You sound so informed. I feel like I've learned a lot about labor just from your story. I had no idea that it would be a bad choice to break the water, but I can totally understand it in light of being induced and how the "speeding up" also resulted in unmanageable contractions. I also didn't have a clue what a caul was. Had to re-read the sentence to get it...lol.
What an amazing birth story Kristen. I'm so glad to hear it went so well with your midwife and you had the birth you wanted.
We were just talking in my HB class about how babies born in caul are supposed to be "intuitive" So cool.
Kristen (kvo)--I felt the same way going into this but the HB has been SUPER informative and inspiring. I think you are going to love it. (I'm assuming HBabies has as much info as HBirthing). It isn't just about relaxation--I learned 99% of what I know about NCB from that alone, and I feel really well educated on the subject at this point!
What a beautiful birth story! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm glad that the decision to switch providers turned out to the right one (it usually is!) Love the slideshow, too. I can't often see many pics because of my work's restrictions so I was really pleased to see a slideshow that works.
"No more hurting people. Peace."
-- Martin Richard, age 8, Boston, MA
Rest in peace, Martin.
We had a busy day today. Went to my work & turned in my FMLA papers. I am hoping not to have to go back, but I have a pretty sweet gig right now -- just work one day a week, pretty much whatever hours I want and they are really flexible if I need time off. I quit after I had Alexa only to go back when she was 17m old bc of uncertainty with DH's job; I lost almost 13 years of seniority and all my benefits. I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to go back just to hang on to the seniority that I have now. It'll depend on a lot of things -- DH's job, whether my bosses are still there and etc. I'd really like to see if I can extend my leave to 6 months.
We went to Target bc Alexa was set on getting purple sunglasses. It was beautiful weather out today & should be tomorrow too. Got some NB clothes for Preston -- I hadn't bought too many in case he was too big for NB clothes. Got some shirts for Alexa too -- I swear she has shot up a few inches recently. Good timing since she'll need spring stuff soon.
Also headed down to our old kung fu studio to see about coming back. Both DH & I miss our training and have been thinking about using some of our tax return to re-join. We're not sure if there are hard feelings over us leaving before, but I guess we'll soon find out.
And lastly we went to the grocery store for a few dinner things. It felt good to get out a bit.
I broke down and used my hand pump today. I was so engorged, in pain and Preston has been having a hard time getting latched. I just pumped enough to get some relief -- I was trying not to & hoping my supply would regulate itself. I know it will. I guess my milk just came in fast & furious this time. I wondered since Alexa just weaned in August.
He's been sleeping great. *knock on wood* Last night he'd sleep for 3 hours, nurse and then, for the most part, go right back to sleep. I'm hoping my luck with that continues, but I'm not counting on it. Alexa also STTN last night -- DH slept with her for a short bit and then she slept on her own until 6am.
I'm feeling good. DH has been helping so much -- I know he's tired & I think he's having a rougher time with no "me time" than I am. Maybe I'm just used to it??? Since I'm feeling better today I've been trying to help with things more. He'll be home for 2 more weeks thank goodness!
Alexa just loves her little brother. She loves holding him & kissing him and wants to help every time he needs a diaper. She loves picking out his outfit each day. I'm so happy she is still as excited about her brother now as she was before he was born.
It's good to hear that Alexa is doing so well with Preston and things in general seem to be going well. I am sure having DH home to help is a big thing, we had no one to help with either of the boys. Glad it was so nice there too!