So our son is 3 now. I’m not sure how that happened. It’s strange. And we have about 15 weeks until this baby is “due”. Also weird. I keep thinking we have so many things to do to get ready, but really other than get the kids’ room ready and rearrange our room (and clean it well in the process) and set up the bassinet and crib, there’s not a lot of “big” stuff to do. We need to wash some clothes…and that’s about it. I would like to get a video monitor (mostly for James, actually), and there are a couple of things I need to do for me to prepare for birth (make an appointment with a chiropractor, for one thing). But nothing huge. We have a crib and sheets and clothes and diapers. We’ll probably buy some disposables for the first few weeks like we did last time, but otherwise we intend to use our cloth diapers again, and they are still in really good shape (other than me needing to take a pin to the velcro part to clean it out a little). Those things have saved us so much money, I can’t even believe it.
We are hoping to have a different birth with this baby than we ended up with with Jame-o. I think James’s birth went the way it was supposed to go, but I want to do all I can to make sure that we don’t have to go down that path again. So in that vein, we’ve hired a doula. I’m really excited about having her with us, and I think it’s relieving to Ryan to know that someone will be there to ask the questions and provide some information, instead of it all being on us. I’m also going to see a chiropractor to make sure my hips especially are aligned, and I’ve switched doctors to one of the top recommendations in town for if you are looking for a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) (My previous doctor couldn’t do this delivery even if we wanted her to, unfortunately). Also, in the event I DO end up with another c-section, I’m hoping to have things go a little differently this time.
We will see how it all works out in the end. Our doula thinks that I’m a good candidate for a VBAC, which is nice to hear; she gave me some information about James’s birth that I didn’t know previously; for instance, that the piggybacking contractions I had are often a sign of a baby that is either posterior or with their head a little tilted in the womb. Either way makes for a harder labor and possible issues with delivery (both problems I had, and why I would up with a c-section). She also had some good suggestions of resources to look at and things I could do to increase my chances of a successful “normal” delivery. And she told me that it’s likely my labor will be significantly shorter this time around, which is an awesome thing to hope for.
So…that’s what’s going on around here these days. We still haven’t picked a name (or really talked about it a whole lot)…I suppose that should go in the list of “things to do before baby arrives” too.
Ok. I’m heading to bed. I just wanted to write SOMETHING, since it’s been so long. I really want to get back in the habit. I just usually feel like I don’t have much to talk about when it comes time to actually write. Excuses, excuses.