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Getting Prepped for the Birth

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

No, I didn't have the baby yet. ;)

Just busy getting things ready...

Work...have to schedule the people that are filling in for me during my maternity leave...it takes time to get 8 people scheduled. Yep...that's right, it takes 8 people to fill my shoes! (Ok, ok, so they are each filling in for one week for a total of 8 weeks leave...)

Home...my mom's headed this way on Thursday to help me actually setup a nursery, pull out baby clothes, etc... Hopefully by this weekend the baby will stand a chance at having more than just a dresser drawer and a bag of diapers to greet it.

Birth stuff...gathering up my supplies for the home birth. Planning a test run of filling up the labor pool this weekend so that we can see how long it takes, whether we can actually get the water hot and so on. I've got a fawcett adaptor, but I still need to track down a hose that I can use. Also stopped and picked up things like a fitted waterproof sheet for the futon and some waterproof pillow cases. Add in the package of Serenity pads that I bought in case my water breaks at the onset of labor again and I'm sure the checkout clerk was feeling really bad for the poor pregnant woman that must wet her bed a lot these days...

I am seeing a bit of nesting coming into play...actually cleaned today and I never do that. I just have this feeling like I have to get the bathroom and kitchen clean by early next week. The idea of birthing in a house that has a messy kitchen and bathroom just icks me out. Also had a burst of energy that led me to bake a peach pie and a peach crumble with the 1/2 peck of fresh peaches that I picked up at the farmer's market this weekend.

Having contractions pretty much all the time these days. Never had that with my first, so I'm seeing what all the "fun" is when people complain about prodomal labor or really strong Braxton-Hicks. The good news is that Hypnobabies may be working because they don't hurt in the slightest. In fact, sometimes they feel kinda good. (Like when you go over a hill and your stomach "drops" only lasting for 40 seconds or so...)

Anyway, I'm still here, just not having time to stay on top of the news. Figured I'd better post though or folks like K were going to start wondering where I was and if the baby had shown up already. ;)

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  1. Blogger K | 4:00 AM |  

    hee hee --- yes, I was wondering if perhaps you had the baby a bit early!

  2. Blogger jill | 8:22 AM |  


    I must have missed a previous post. I didn't know you were doing Hypnobabies! How great!

    You were one of the blogs I frequent that inspired me to think about a homebirth. We now have a fantastic midwife, and I am working through the Hypnobabies homestudy course. Did you do the homestudy with the final week with an instructor? Or did you have an instructor through the entire course?

    Thank you for being a great resource for lots of information I find hugely applicable in my life right now.

    Good luck on the pre-baby prep!

  3. Blogger Jennifer | 8:38 AM |  

    LOL, you know, I don't think that I did mention Hypnobabies, guess that's something I can post on today. ;)

    I'll answer your questions in that post, but congrats on the deciding to homebirth news! That's awesome. :)

    When are you expecting? I hope you'll come share your birth story with us after it happens...

  4. Blogger jill | 10:05 AM |  

    Loved the Hypnobabies post. Thanks for answering the questions.

    We've been told I'm due either January 26th or February 3rd by two different midwives. The one we're seeing now says it's all the same week, so it's no biggie which we say. I've started saying, "Our guess date is..." to solve all of that.

    I'll definitely share the birth story after it happens, or at least send a link to the post on my blog. :)

  5. Blogger Jennifer | 3:42 PM |  

    Yep, come leave a comment and link to your blog and the story, would love to read it! :)

    Congrats on your upcoming birth. I solved the whole 'when are you due' question by answering "the first half of October."

    That gives me a pretty wide range, mostly because I get really annoyed when people start calling to say "did you have the baby yet?" when I know I'm gonna go late anyway. :)

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