Hi friends, welcome to BumpyLand, not to be confused with Disneyland.
Magical Terrible, disgusting things happen here in Bumpyland that include but are not limited to heartburn and gross burping, constipation so bad that it makes my first trimester look easy in comparison, and swollen extremities so large they look scary.
We finally have a working light switch in the babies’ room and the damaged closet door has been replaced! We have art on the walls and almost everything has been put away or put together. The more we get done the more ready I feel for The Wee One’s arrival and that is a great feeling! (If you want to read about my shower, click HERE.)
One night in natural birthing class I started to panic because I suddenly felt like I wasn’t putting myself in the best position possible to have a med-free birth. My OB and I couldn’t be more different, she got epidurals pretty early on with both of her children, and she rarely has patients go natural, it’s just not the norm these days.
We have different opinions on labor and birth but I still think my OB is awesome and we are a great fit otherwise. As we inched closer to my due date I began to feel regret about not choosing a midwife or perhaps adding a doula to my birth experience (price is the issue with that). After a great talk with our teacher and another girl from class, I decided to stick to my original plan of a hospital birth since it’s not like I’m hospital-phobic and since I do have back issues, it just makes the most sense for me.
But that’s when my teacher suggested that I ask for a nurse that is interested in labor skills (as opposed to the ones that ask, “When do you want your epidural?”) when writing up my birth wish list and that in itself made me feel ten times better. Your OB usually just comes in at the end of pushing to catch baby and make sure there are no issues, but the nurses are with you through it all.
Plus, my labor coach? He’s kind of amazing. The Scottish and I have really bonded over these classes and I can tell he’s learning so much. When we practice the massage and breathing techniques, he’s right there with me. And anytime I’m feeling some mild discomfort or pain at home he’s right there helping me through it, sort of like practice before the big game.
Things still on our To Do List before baby arrives:
one more trip to Babies R Us for a few items off our registry
wash all cloth diapers
pack the hospital bags
pick his “going home” outfit (yes, that’s a thing these days)
install car seat into car
purchase a second (but used) car?? (We really need two cars here in suburbia!)
Hopefully the next few bump updates will show that we are getting things knocked off this list!
I’m so blessed because while I am getting more and more uncomfortable, baby boy is still inside moving around like a rock star and consequently not causing me to freak out or worry about him. Such a good little guy! I can’t wait to meet him!! 🙂