Aww, thanks you guys! Angela, the name is pronounced "A-va" as opposed to "Ee-va". It's pretty popular in the U.S., but I have loved it since freshman year of college when my friend had a roommate named Eva! And DH loves it, too, so we figured it'll be okay even if she's one of many.
BTW, when is your appt when you find out the gender?? I'll be stalking you, you know!
BTW, when is your appt when you find out the gender?? I'll be stalking you, you know!
ahhhh that's a secret... but just between you and me I go to my appt next friday the 10th Oct... I get to find out then (thats if DH wants to know too... I'm not sure if he does but I've made up my mind that I want to know)
Ooh, that's so close, Angela!!!! Are you just dying with anticipation??? And what will you do if DH decides he doesn't want to know - will you just have him turn away? At our 28 week appointment we had an ultrasound, and I got an accidental peek between the legs, so I had an inkling it was a girl. Up until then, DH had been adamant about not knowing, but once I told him I kinda knew, he was like, "Well, if you know I want to know, too!!!" I wonder if your DH will be able to hold out.
Asha, that is so cool about the Polish pronunciation/spelling! I love how different cultures have all these different variations on names. I am working on setting up a private photo album for the kiddos' pics. Once I have that set up, I'll be sure to send you the link and password!
On October 1st, I had my mandatory check-up with an OB to make sure I was still low risk and that birthing in a birth center would be okay for me. That went really well! It just reinforced for me and DH, though, that the birthing center really is the best choice for us. This OB was needlessly rough, didn't help me sit up after the exam, and wanted me to wipe off the gel from the doppler myself (she just tossed me a Kleenex, but I couldn't even see where she had applied it since I was flat on my back! DH ended up doing it for me). Just all around ruder, more gruff and more rushed. I definitely felt more like a piece of meat than a patient. She was also REALLY LOUD. Kind of like she had a permanent megaphone attached to her mouth. If I do end up transferring to the hospital for an emergency, I hope she tones down her voice! Anyway, I got a clean bill of health from her, so that was awesome.
Then, yesterday, we went to our 36-week MW appointment at the birth center. Eva is still head down, which is great news. She's also really, really low in my pelvis now, which I already knew because I have to pee pretty much 24/7 now. Her heartrate was strong, and her bum was on my right side! She is so silly, she always pushes her butt out on the right side of my stomach, especially when I have contractions. The MW gave us some natural induction methods to try, which we'll start on Monday. I am so excited!!! I don't think we'll need them - we're all of the opinion that I'll deliver around 38 weeks just like with Nick. My contractions have been strong and regular, just like they were about a week and a half before I delivered Nick. I also declined to get checked, since there's no point to it right now. I'll ask to be checked at 38 weeks, though, just so we can see what's going on.
Last night I also went and bought some pink tulle at WalMart. It's sooo cute, it's light pink with subtle silver sparkles worked in throughout. I'm going to get cracking on the tutu soon, to give myself plenty of time to redo it if I mess it up!
So here I am, supposedly "working" on my homework... and really not doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I am just so TIRED. I was going to go to school half-time next semester (October-December), but that is not going to happen. I think I'll take a break and start back again in January. The good thing about accelerated semesters is that you get to graduate so fast, but the bad thing is that they really sap your time and energy. And both of those are hard to come by as it is! I can't even imagine what it's going to be like with TWO little monkeys!
I am really excited because DH and I were figuring out our budget yesterday, and we've come to the conclusion that we can afford to hire a part-time nanny starting in November or December! I am so excited, because this will be a HUGE help to me. We're going to start interviewing after Eva comes, and once DH goes back to work (sometime in November), I'll have help 5 days a week for a few hours a day. I am so relieved! I was a little nervous about how to do it all myself, especially because DH's job has him going out of town on business trips 1 week out of every month. He's on a trip hiatus right now, but starting in December he'll be going every month again.
In other pregnancy news, my mood swings are crazy! I remember being hormonal with Nick, but I've never experienced mood swings like these. All it takes is something extremely small and insignificant (and sometimes nothing at all!) to make my pendulum go from happy to angry. I am trying so hard to contain it, but sometimes it's hard to. Poor DH has to bear the brunt of my inconsistencies, but he's been a champ about it so far. It's just the most bizarre thing! I can feel myself getting annoyed or angry about stupid things, but no amount of deep breathing or distraction will work. It just has to go away on its own. I've found the best way to deal with it is to just isolate myself and not talk to anyone until I'm over it, because anything anyone says during a "swing" is likely to just make me even angrier! I have never been much of a drama queen or an unstable personality, so this is really new for me. I wonder if it's all the female hormones swilling about in my body??
Yesterday was interesting... I was contracting like crazy all day! I think it had to do with the walk that DH, Nick and I took the day before that. DH thought it was baby-time, but I knew that it was just my body gearing up. I don't know how much longer she'll hang out in there, though... I am thinking we'll get to meet her sometime in the next 10 days or so. It's funny, I think she'll come early, but just watch her be a drama queen and decide to be fashionably late! I definitely lost some of the much-glamorized "plug", though, so I know something's going on. I am undecided about whether I want to be checked at my appointment on Thursday. I guess I'll leave it up to the midwife and see what she wants to do. I'll also hear if I'm GBS positive or not, so think negative vibes for me, please!!! I really don't want to be hooked up to an IV during labor, even though they've said it won't affect my mobility. We plan on laboring for as long as possible here anyway, so at least there's that.
I've been doing a lot of thinking about breastfeeding. Before I knew whether it was a boy or girl, I had been telling myself that if it was a boy, I'd have a lot of issues I had to deal with just like I did with Nick. My brain has this huge block about gender and breastfeeding, so I knew it'd be an uphill battle. Now that I know it's a girl, I am feeling so much more calm and relaxed about it. I know it'll still be hard, and breastfeeding is challenging as it is, but it'll also be much easier than I had it with Nick, and I am so grateful for that. The LC at the birth center makes house calls, and I also plan to call my local LLL leaders a lot whenever I feel I need help. I know I'll have no familial support since MIL did not breastfeed and she is extremely uncomfortable with me doing anything she did not do for her kids. I wish I had some of my family closer who could help me, especially one of my very dear aunts. But unfortunately, they are all the way over in India. Ah well, I am sure my girl and I will make it somehow. And DH is extremely supportive, which is such a godsend. With Nick, he would help with positioning and latching, and reminding me of the tips the LC at the hospital had given me. He'd also feed me and give me water while I was bfing. Don't know how I lucked out with such a great guy! (Pukeworthy, I know!)
I don't post much about Nick because I am paranoid about internet predators, but that little boy is the light of my life. I just LOVE this age he's at right now. He is so full of personality and life. He's really interested in babies and other kids right now, so I am eager to see how he'll react to Eva. It's amazing how I cannot even remember how I used to fill up my time before him. I hear him right now, upstairs in his crib (he's supposed to be napping) babbling away at nobody, and I just want to run up there and scoop him up. I am just so lucky.