Sunday, June 08, 2008

34 weeks

I can't belive how quickly this pregnancy has flown by! Winter and Spring are a blurr and now summer is coming and baby is getting ready to join us.

In some ways I feel very unprepared. We have a car seat and I've picked out my diapers and plan to order them in the next week or so. And I sorted through Hana's newborn clothes and set aside all of hte gender neutral stuff. That's it. Baby will be sleeping with us for a few months until we get Hana a bed, so no setting up a crib this time. I'm determined t make breastfeeding work this time, so no bottles to buy and wash. I already have blankets and a bouncy seat and toys. Aside from picking out a new carrier there's really nothing else to do. It's so different from when we were preparing for Hana - I hope this baby doesn't feel left out!

Things are going great - baby is head down and very low - not engaged yet, but I do feel like I'm about to lay an egg most of the time. There have been no complications at all and there is no reason I shouldn't be able to have my VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarian).

A couple of weeks ago Ben and I decided to hire a doula. She's wonderful - very encouraging, supportive, open. Knowing I have her support eases my mind and take away a lot of the fears I have - she knows the hospital, knows the staff, the procedures, knows what my options are and the risks associated. It's her job to inform me, support me and encourage me so that I can have a wonderful, natural birth.

I'll get Ben to take some pictures of the belly sometime soon. Anyone have any guesses as to the size and gender of this baby? I'm carrying lower than with Hana, but she was breech and had her head in my stomach the whole time, so it's hard to compare the two pregnancies. I really have no idea if it's a girl or a boy, but we have names ready either way. I do have a feeling baby will be here before 40 wks, but that could just be wishful thinking.

1 comment:

Mommy Rader said...

I'm SO excited for your little family!!! It seems like just last week you were announcing your pg! And I think you will love your Doula (that is if she's anything like mine was)...HUGE help to me =) Can't wait to meet him/her. And I'm awful at guessing genders and weight, so I'm just gonna pass on that and let the experts at it! Either way, can't wait to "meet" him/her via pics.