Thursday, June 28, 2012

4 Weeks To Go!!!

I'm going totally off topic this week from my usual design/ DIY/ craft post and I'm going to talk about something that is on my mind- This Baby!!

I'm 36 weeks today- the final date is approaching! I've been trying to be better about taking belly pics- I have hardly any of The Con Man. But I just realized I only have 3!?! Lame!

But what isn't lame is I've gotten a few of the decorations for Tiny Falcon #2's nursery in this week. I had to hang them up!

I have 3 more smaller stars on order. Hopefully they'll get here soon! 

In the meantime what's really been on my mind is the whole birth process. I want to do it naturally this time. My husband thinks I'm a little crazy but is supportive. He's a pediatrician and is present for a lot of births- so he's seen the good, the bad, and the really bad.

I can't explain exactly why I want to go natural this time- a few reasons are that I want to prove to myself that I can, and I hated being stuck in the hospital bed unable to move my lower body for hours; even after Con was born.

With The Con-Man I didn't prepare myself well, I just figured I'd see how things went and I'd decide from there. Well I for Con-Man I started having contractions during the first installment of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. 

I tried sitting through the movie because I didn't think I'd be able to come back and see it (yes I love Harry Potter- did you see the shirt I made for the last movie?) but with some encouragement from the Hubs we left in the middle. At least the theater gave us free tickets to come back!! They were not about to argue with the hugely pregnant woman.

Any way by the time we made it to the hospital I was measuring 5 cm dilated. The nurse told me the anesthesiologist was on the floor- and if I wanted an epidural I better get it now otherwise they didn't know when he'd be back. 

Needless to say I went a head and got it because I didn't know what the next few hours held in store for me. It was my first delivery and since we were at a military teaching hospital at the time it was the doctors first night on the job as well!!!

This time around I'm a little older and wiser so I've been preparing myself- both mentally and physically. I've been trying to read up online about natural birth. Staying calm, having a focal point, moving around, breathing, ect. I've also been doing strength excercises at home hoping that will help me out as well. 

I keep telling myself that I can do this; that the pain wasn't so bad last time (it's convenient how your brain forgets those things right?) that I'm a strong person and that pain doesn't bother me so much.

But I do keep picturing Katherine Hiegle in Knocked Up when she yells- "I feel everything!!"

So that's what's been mainly on my mind the last few weeks. Any advice from seasoned verterans out there? Am I totally nuts for trying to do this the really old fashioned way?


RedBettySummer said...

You'll do great. If I did it again, I would have my babies at home. I think that might be short term memory talking but my third came so quickly, there was no time to think about the pain. I do remember thinking, "ring of fire, ring of fire," at that point. Then it was over and I was holding my baby. This is very exciting. Thanks for sharing. Your baby belly is beautiful. Congratulations.

Courtney said...

Sounds like you've got yourself well prepared for however it may happen!! That was always the scariest part for me...the unknown. If only someone could tell us how it will all pan out before hand!!!
All the best and may you be blessed with a healthy, happy baby Rachelle!!

Oh and advice...don't over think things and stay flexible!! Good luck!!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

I'm definitely too scared to consider natural birth (whenever I have kids) but after I have one I may be open for it. So funny that you tried to stay for Harry Potter! Sounds like something I would do!

Peggy said...

I have to admit I've gone natural with all three of our children but then I go from to 5cm to delivering in 5 minutes. Lots of walking, stay hydrated with ice chips, massage, maybe some light reading or even a bit of soothing music in the background (if they allow it). You will do fine! And just remember to stay flexible in your thinking....

Good luck!!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I've got nothing - no advice - I had two c-sections. I advise that if trying a natural birth is important to you, you should try it. You can always change your mind. After all, a healthy baby is what it is all about and you probably won't have regrets either way. Best wishes!

ShirleyRunner said...

I went all natural with my daughter, I was scared and nervous becuase was not sure what to expect. My husband and I took classes to learn all of the breathing techinques. He was a great coach he helped me stay focus every time I would get a contraction. He would bring me back to control my breathin and that really helped. I was in labor for about 12 hours and ended up with an emergency c- section so I could not tell you what the actual pushing feels like without medication. But if you are going all natural just stay focus and learn all of the breathing techniques it really helps. Good luck :)

paola said...

Aw girlfriend i am totally with you here, i have had four kids all natural! between my first and second there are 19 and a half years, believe me i had forgotten what it was like, noen the less i was doing it natural, went to a birthing unit that supports natural birth, i can tell you, i am so pleased i did. They allowed me to be in whatever postition was comfortable for me, i loved the experience and would do it over another ten times if i wasnt passed my sell by date. focus on your inner strength, what do they say,women are like tea, you never know how strong you are until you're in hot water. It doesnt make it easier, but remember that you are far stronger than you give yourself credit for. I look forward to hearing how it all pans out, best of luck and wishing you tons of emotional strength
smiles across the miles from SA