I had something completely different planned for today but when I went upstairs to grab my camera to download pictures, I got distracted by my bladder. After using the restroom (something you needed to know ;)) I came back downstairs… without the camera. I’m exhausted. Therefore, you get tomorrow’s post today and today’s post tomorrow.
So, here goes.
I’ve made a few changes this pregnancy.
****First off, I’m going to a midwife. Admittedly, I was a little nervous about this decision but I keep hearing what a wonderful experience it can be so I made the decision. I went to my first appointment a week ago and actually really enjoyed it.
Well, except for the actual exam part. That’s never fun… ICK!
But the midwife actually took the time to get to know me a little bit and I felt like she really cared. I wasn’t just another patient in room 12. We talked about each of my previous pregnancies and she noted anything significant such as the fact that I tend to produce very short umbilical cords and C was wrapped up in his so tightly that he was unable to descend until the doctor actually reached up (inside my body!) and broke the cord with his bare hands. After that, C wouldn’t take a breath (they tried for two whole minutes with him on my chest) and they had to rush him to the resuscitation room. They tried everything they knew to try but it hadn’t worked. From there they had to call a CODE BLUE… TWICE before anyone showed up and was able to get him breathing.
Thank heavens for her! She wasn’t even supposed to be on that floor. She heard the code called over the system the second time and rushed up there.
The next step they were going to take was to crack his chest. YIKES! I don’t even know what that means but it doesn’t sound fun.
Other than that we’ve never had a problem **knock on wood**!
Ok, so that was kind of a side note but pertinent, nonetheless.
The midwife was so kind and I loved that she was willing to do an early ultrasound for me, just because I asked. It was too early to hear a heartbeat but darnitall! I needed something to make it more real. She snuck me in there and I got to see my little peanut for just a brief moment! I also loved that they wanted to see me before my 10th week of pregnancy.
And I don’t even have to go as often… how cool is that? I’m on a 6 week schedule instead of a 4 week. It was completely up to me but she said she trusted my judgment since I’ve ‘been around the block a time or two’… or five! ;)
It’s a midwife group so I won’t necessarily see the same one each time. And whichever one is on call when I go into labor is the one that will be there for delivery.
Maybe I’m a little scared about that one. What if there’s one I decide I just don’t like and she’s IT! UGH! But so far I like all one of them that I’ve met. ;)
****The second change that I have to make has to do with my weight gain. Anthony has lost A LOT of weight! So much, in fact, that I’ve never known him to be this small the whole time that I’ve known him. Do you know what that means? I’ll tell you!
If I end up gaining my usual 50 pounds per pregnancy (yes, 50!) I will end up HEAVIER than my husband! That has never happened before! I just don’t know if I could handle that.
So, my goal is to only gain 30. How do you other moms do it? I always hear about people gaining only 15 or 20 pounds and I just don’t get it! I need to know your secrets! Maybe my tummy wouldn’t be so stretched out if I only gained that much. I’m determined to figure it out! Too bad I’ve already gained about 5 pounds… stupid cravings!!
****Another change that I’m making is the hospital. Why drive clear downtown when there is a perfectly awesome (and new-ish) hospital right down the street? I never delivered there before because I loved my doctor and he just didn’t go there. However, the midwives I chose deliver there and I am actually really excited about it.
My due date is November 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving.
The day AFTER!
I really don’t want to be in the hospital for my feast… cross your fingers for me that this baby comes early! Not too early, just a week or two would be great.
****The final change is that we aren’t going to find out what this baby is! We’ve always found out at our 20 week ultrasound and this time we want to be surprised. However, we’re a little nervous that we’re going to figure it out at the ultrasound anyway. Obviously we’ll look away when they look at the anatomy but if the baby happens to flip or change positions while looking somewhere else…. we’re both pretty good at knowing what we’re looking at now.
And just another tidbit… my very first doctor, with K, told me at my very first appointment that the first trimester is the equivalent of running a marathon EVERY DAY!! That’s how hard our bodies work to create the perfect environment for our little ones to grow. And boy, do I feel it!! No wonder I’m so stinkin’ tired all the time. You’d think with all the marathoning I’m doing I wouldn’t have a weight gain problem. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?!
What experiences have you had with doctors or midwives? Were you able to stay within the ‘limits’ on weight gain? Tell me your secrets! Anyone deliver at home?