It's been a relaxing weekend. DH has strep throat so he's been home from work. Which is nice since I hate when he works night shifts. I get, well, anxious.
Little babe has been so sweet lately. Wiggling around, kicking. I love that I hear the little heartbeat whenever I want with my fetoscope.
Nothing much else to report. I guess I should do a belly pic. Alright. I will do one tomorrow after my shower. Which is after my nap. I nap every day with Violet. It's what keeps me going into the evening. Otherwise how on earth would I ever make it to 9pm? lol.
There it is!!
I feel much bigger and heavier than I look. I know my bump looks on the small side. I mean, I have been measuring a week behind the whole time, too. Not an issue at all, but I know this babe is growing on the same scale as Violet did. I certainly *feel* unwieldy and cumbersome. Just rolling over in bed is a commitment and a challenge.
I am gonna paint my toenails tonight. And probably V's. We need some girl time. :)
I'm feeling so great about the birth. When I close my eyes to nap or sleep at night I envision how it will go. It's gonna be so great!! I just know it. I can't wait for the moment I know that it's really happening. I can't wait to tell Greg and call my family and friends and midwives.
I'm hoping for a sunny day. Just like Violet's was.
I've got another appt next Thursday. I'll be doing my GBS swab then. I'm so glad my mw's let me do it myself in the loo at the office. I've gotta start my routine for keeping the colonies at bay, lol. Which means I also have to get rid of this nagging case of thrush I have right now. Ah, the joys of breastfeeding, still. :lol: Thankfully, even my mw Lisa said that chances are if I am GBS+ I more than likely wont have much time to get an IV in. I'm not worried.
I only have a few things left on my birth kit list. I need a floating thermometer since I can't find my old one. I need more chux and need to fill a few jugs of water for the tub. I also need the tub. We'll be getting that next week or the one after.
I should take some pics of my set up. I'll leave that for tomorrow's entry.
lol. I just have to laugh at my husband. I admire him for coming so far when it comes to homebirth. Natural birth he is a big advocate for, but as far as doing it at home he still has his reservations. The medical professional in him is strong.
*IF* I go fast this time too and it seems the midwives aren't going to make it in time, we have been instructed to call 911. Well, screw that crap. Sorry, I know some will disagree, but the whole point of homebirth is the fact that it's NOT an emergency. **I absolutely have NO qualms at all, calling if there is an emergency. I have no problems going to a hospital if I or my baby are sick or injured. That's what a hospital is for and we are lucky to have skilled doctors and medicine that can care for those who need it.**
However, if everything is just fine and progressing normally, I am cool with waiting on calling 911. And if I am pressured into it by DH, they can bloody well wait on the front porch. Anyone who comes to my door is going to know DH since he's a medic in this area. I don't want his co-workers thinking they know anything about supporting a healthy, birthing mom. They have next to no training in that department.
Another thing I lol at DH about is the instance if we're away from the house when labour starts. He thinks if we're closer to a hospital than home, then we go to the hospital instead. hehehe. Again, if everything is going fine, I would sooner birth in the car.
Will have to go over that last one with the mw's.
I didn't take my nap yesterday and I seriously paid for it. I was ready for bed by 4pm. I wont make that same mistake today. Nap time here I come. It really is the only thing that keeps me up and functional til 9pm. Coffee or Coke doesn't touch it at all.
Off to get stuff for my babygirl's 2nd birthday party this weekend. I can't get over how fast it flies. Before I know it, this new baby will be turning 2.
Ah, what a weekend we had! I hosted a bbq on Sat, then a dinner and birthday party on Sunday. I was a rickety wreck yesterday recovering. lol. And now today is my sweet daughters' 2nd birthday. I can't believe that it was 2 years ago that her magical birth changed my life. Pregnancy was hard on me, but the birth was invigorating and incredibly EMPOWERING! I felt so strong during my contrax and allowed myself to work with my body. The only time it was really near unbearable was the one time I allowed a check, I lay down. That was HORRIBLE!! I never want to lay down during labour again. hehehe.
Thinking about how wonderful and amazing her birth was makes me so fricken PUMPED for the next time. It could be in as short as 3 weeks!!! I imagine it down to every detail. For my Hypnobabies, it's part of the program. I feel it's a little too personal to share here, but I will say it's awesome. :)
Babe has been lying LOA lately. Right along side its placenta. Which I find strange, but ah well! I'm cool with that. It's a pretty mellow child. Sleeps a lot, especially at night. But I never worry, since when he/she is awake, I get lots of great kicks and wiggles and feet sticking out my side. I'm gonna miss the wiggles. They're my favourite part.
I have a few things left to do. I need to get myself a big water bottle for toting around while nursing. I need more chux pads. And we have to get the tub from our mw. I have the newborn outfits all set out, ready to go. I'm okay with staying pregnant as long as need be. I prepare myself to go the full 42 weeks. But I am really longing to hold a new baby. To meet him/her, and get my new family of 4 started.
*sigh* MIL is coming out today to celebrate Violet's birthday. I think she wants to do some shopping as well, tomorrow. We'll see. :)
My 36w appt went well today. I just love my mw. We're even friends on facebook, that's how awesome she is. (well I'm friends with both my mw's on fb, but Carolynn is actually on more often, lol)
Baby sounds great. Loves the exact same position that Violet did. Always there. Good little hb. Great bp.
I did my GBS. Hoping that comes out neg again. I wiped before hand with some witch hazel, and I refuse to swab my back-end. The baby isn't coming out my arse, so I figure whatev. Luckily, our clinic has the mom's do it themselves in the bathroom. They just send us in with instructions. We also do our own urine checks before our appts. It's really convenient.
I asked about what to do if I go into labour while I'm not at home. Greg was under the impression that we'd head to the hospital if it was closer than home. Uhhhh, no. lol. Carolynn said the same thing. She said whatever I feel most comfortable doing. Which would obviously be heading home.
I get my birth tub next week. DH is going to pick it up. And my home visit is in two weeks. I'm excited for that, cause that means I don't have to go anywhere! Carolynn will be coming out to the house, so she knows where it is and gets an idea about the layout and whatnot. She can also give tips on set up, though I don't really need any this time, since it's our second one. Then hopefully that will be my last appt!! lol!! Crossing my fingers.
My birth kit is all set up in a basket in my dining room. We'll have the tub set up in here. If I happen to be in another room, I figure a basket is easy to just carry to wherever I may be. My hot stone massage kit is there, for if there is time and I am feeling like a hot stone massage. My bff is an RMT and will be in attendance.
The bummi's original diaper covers I got on wicked sale. $6 each!! Brand new!! I ordered 2 in Med and 3 in Sm but they sent 3 in Med and 2 in Sm. Which I don't mind actually, cause after I had ordered them I wished I had ordered more in Med instead of Sm. So it all works out!! :D
The outfit picked for if baby is a girl. I have yet to pick out any boy outfits. For some reason everytime I shop I canNOT, for the life of me, find something that I like in newborn size. Even online. This sleeper is new but that hat was one that I loved on Violet as a newborn.
I have really strong girl vibes lately. Maybe it's cause I feel like I'm pregnant with my DD all over again. Aside from the strangely strong morning sickness this pregnancy is just the same!! I look the same shape. I've gained the same amount of weight. (Weighed myself yest. at my appt and I'm up to 149lbs. I weighed the same at this point with V. 30lb gain in total.) Baby likes the exact same spot to lie as she did. I'm measuring the same curve as V. Always one week behind. Heartrate is the same too. I guess I'm just having her twin 2 years later. lol. We'll see!
My lodge over on the Birthing Naturally board has started, so I will be moving all my ramblings to there. Follow along over there, where comments are welcome!!: