I hope everyone who celebrates this one had a great holiday! We spent it in NC with my family this year (we alternate between mine and his in Colorado). My cousin Julie has a brand new baby and so wasn't there, and her sister was in New York with her partner's family, so there seemed to be quite a few of us missing! It was fun to watch my nephew ([livejournal.com profile] aidan_memoirs) open his presents, though, and to imagine that there will be a lot more little children running about next time I'm here for Christmas.

My family decided to only give presents to children starting this year, and to my surprise our own little pre-baby got quite a few presents! I feel like I've had a baby shower already, hee. Lots of cute little clothes and some baby supplies, including lovely books, and a sling and some cloth diapering supplies. My family passed the cloth diaper around with looks of curiosity on their faces, as if they weren't quite sure what to make of us for going that particular route! It's funny that I know so many people in Austin who use cloth diapers, but I think that may be a little pocket of environmentalism that is more unusual to find in other places.

I'm staying here for another week and a half to spend time with family while it's still relatively easy. Next time I come here it'll be a bit more complicated. ;-) I'm also hoping to help my sister get her baby room organized and ready. It's been fun to see her with a belly like mine and to know that these two little cousins will be born so close together.

Boo seems to be spending more of his time head-down these days. When I feel him moving around, it feels distinctly different in my lower abdomen, less like kicking and more like something big twisting and turning. Every now and then I get a weird pain higher in my body, like he's kicking me in the liver or something. He seems to get wiggly when I am even remotely hunched over, so I have started trying to sit in ways that give him more space. He has three more months to get bigger, so I think this is just the beginning of the two of us jockeying for space. :-P

Austin ABC

Dec. 20th, 2007 07:52 pm
I had a chance to visit the Austin Area Birthing Center this morning, and it was exactly what I was hoping for. The philosophy of the staff, the facilities, even the other clients I met and talked to -- all of it was in line with what I want my birth experience to be like. It's a birth center that specializes in natural birth, and 91% of their clients have successful natural births. Their c-section rate is 7%, which is well within the World Health Organization guidelines. Compare that to 33% for Austin in general. (!)

The birthing suites look homey and comfortable, and they have jacuzzi tubs (something I've heard works wonders during contractions), a kitchen where you can bring in your own food (you can eat and drink as much as you want while in labor, unlike in most hospitals). You are never separated from the baby after birth. All newborn check-ups happen in the room, on the bed where you're resting. You're welcome to bring in family, and to have your birth occur in whatever way you want. The midwives have decades of experience with natural birth, unlike most OBs, and they know what to do to keep you going and help you alleviate pain. They won't even let you go home until nursing is established.

So I went home, called Doug (who missed the tour because of a last-minute meeting), and decided that this is the place I want Boo to be born. So I'm moving my prenatal care there, starting with my next appointment. I was really starting to stress out about giving birth in the hospital, even with an OB who was supportive. I'd heard from several women who'd given birth at that hospital who reported having to fight with nurses to make sure their birth plans were adhered to, who hired doulas just so they'd have an advocate, who were labeled "problem patients" because they insisted on getting out of bed and moving around, whose partners had the job of making sure the baby wasn't given formula or water while out of sight of the mother, and so on. I talked to a couple today who had such an experience with their daughter's birth, and were determined not to let it happen again. The idea of trying to focus on relaxing and managing my birth and worrying about all of that other stuff was really causing me serious anxiety.

But now I can relax. I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. This is exactly what I needed. :-)
Despite feeling icky, I had an appointment with the OB this morning. I warned them that I had a cold, but they didn't seem particularly concerned.

I've gained one pound since my last visit a month ago, and while they don't seem concerned about that, I was told that I should have gained ten pounds by now. I'm still down ten from where I started, so I may finish just about even. I'm not intentionally restricting what I eat; I eat when I'm hungry and eat until I'm satisfied. I'm just not packing it on like most people do. As long as Boo is growing like he should be, it's not a problem. But I don't particularly feel like I'm eating for two, either. I remember reading somewhere that you really only need to increase your calorie intake by about 350 calories a day, which isn't a lot. And heh, the holidays may take care of this for me anyway. :-P

I have to do the glucose test at my next appointment in January. Blech. They gave me the little bottle of orange goo to keep in my fridge until then. Not looking forward to that, mostly because I really despise sweet things these days. I have a weird aversion to sugar lately, and I know drinking that isn't going to be fun. At least it's a pretty small bottle...

I had a great conversation with the CNM (who oversaw my appointment) about the birthing philosophy of the practice. As luck would have it, they are one of the only practices in town that is committed to supporting natural childbirth. More details under the cut. )
Ah, football. If only I found the sport as exciting as my husband does. It would certainly make for some great couple bonding time. Today is one of the most beautiful days we've had in months, and it would be a perfect day to go for a walk, for a drive, to the lake -- anything. But of course, it's also the day of some hugely important NFL game, which means we will be holed up all afternoon in a dark windowless room watching it on the big screen. No, I'm not forced to be there, but my time with Doug is important to me. I'd rather be in the same room with him, even if I'm knitting or surfing the internet the whole time.

And speaking of knitting, my Sheepy Pants pattern arrived today! I'm so excited! Sheepy pants are a kind of knit-it-yourself wool soaker. There's more info at that link, but wool soakers are basically diaper covers made of knitted wool. They're breathable (so better than plastic or synthetic covers) and surprisingly waterproof. Apparently you only have to wash them if they get soiled with poop, so they're really easy to take care of. And something very useful I can knit for Boo! I'm so excited. I have a stash of wool that I may well dig into tomorrow evening when my current project is done.

Which brings me to this thinky thought: Tomorrow afternoon we'll find out if Boo is a boy or a girl. )

Movement!

Oct. 25th, 2007 08:36 am
I felt movement for the first time last night! I was laying in bed, trying to convince myself to go to sleep, and I felt something I'd never felt before. My sister had described it as like someone was scratching you very lightly with a fingernail on the inside, and that was exactly what it felt like. It was right where it should be too, just below my navel. It went on for a about a minute or so. It was really cool!

BTW, I'm 18w5d.
I always thought I would use cloth diapers, since they're so much better for the environment and by many accounts, for your baby's skin and general health. When I lived in Arizona, I remember there was some controversy about the amount of water needed to wash cloth diapers, and that made me think twice at the time. Of course, now I'm back on the cloth diaper path, living in a new place and reading research that's ten years more advanced.

This post has a lot of great information about the benefits of cloth diapers over disposables and is definitely worth a read. The Cloth Diaper Blog is also full of information. Anyone reading this use cloth diapers recently and have any recommendations? I've been looking at all-in-ones and Pocket Diapers, but I'm really just getting started and would love some advice. :-)
It's been a few days since I updated, and I actually have a lot to post about!

Friday's appointment )

The crib has arrived! (Pictures) )

And the kitchen sink. Or, The Epic Tale of the Hot Water Dispenser. )

So today we can hang out and relax a bit. Amnio is Thursday, and I'm ready to get it done. Happy October, everyone!
Someone in the [livejournal.com profile] pregnant community linked this very interesting article about the prevalence of C-sections from the LA Times. It's an opinion piece written by Jennifer Block, an investigative journalist who's recently written a book called Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care (which I have purchased and am looking forward to reading).

Some excerpts. )

This is something I've been hearing about and thinking about for years, and now that I'm pregnant, it's a huge blip on my radar. I want to educate myself as much as possible about what my options for giving birth are, and how to make sure I'm not pushed into doing something that isn't medically necessary. (Fortunately, my doctor seems to be on the same track.)

This is partly my personality manifesting in anticipation of a new experience: I tend to be the sort of person who wants as much information as possible at any given time. I'm also skeptical by nature and tend to want evidence and to be convinced of something before I accept it. After my five-year-long trek on the road of infertility, I'm extremely skeptical about the medical profession's views of reproduction. I've seen good and bad doctors at work, and I've been well-informed and patronized, respectively, as a patient. I learned the hard way the importance of pushing doctors to meet my needs, asking hard questions, and challenging medical staff when I think there is a problem that they are overlooking. I suppose I've grown a bit cynical, but it sure is easy when you take a look at the "childbirth industry". :-P
Today there was a sonogram and a blood test, the first level of genetic testing. Details. )

Pictures! )

12 weeks

Sep. 9th, 2007 02:32 pm
Pregnancy stuff )

I've been feeling icky this weekend. I've been queasy and tired, so much that it's been hard to motivate myself to do anything. I thought that part of the pregnancy was over, but apparently not. I must have been running on adrenaline in the last week. So I've done very little this weekend but lie around and watch TV, despite having a list of things I wanted to get done. :-P
Link to list of articles by Goer on childbirth.

If you have additional references, feel free to comment!
Is it too early for food cravings? )

I've picked out a crib. )

Last progesterone shot! )

So how many shots have I had? )

Watching Return of the Jedi. )

Happy Saturday!

Edit: Oh, and I'm ten weeks pregnant today. My little gummy bear is now officially a fetus. :-D
I feel like the only thing I'm posting about is pregnancy stuff lately! School is starting in a week and I'm feeling a little swamped with course preparation, so I'm not terribly creative otherwise. It's definitely exciting to be going back to school, though. It's always been one of my favorite times of the year!

Good news here. )

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