Posted in Pre-Natal Appointments, Pregnancy, Treble

33 Weeks!

We just had our 33 week prenatal appointment. Before that, we also had the last ultrasound of this pregnancy. We wouldn’t have gotten another ultrasound, but at out 20 week they could not see all of the baby’s heart and suggested we have the ultrasound redone just to be on the safe side, even though everything else looked great and very normal. We got to see all the parts of little Treble and get a couple of pictures.

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Bottom half of face

Treble is head down and slightly engaged, but I can tell from his movements that he engages and disengages all the time. This is a relief as he was stuck in the oblique position for a while and it made me a little worried he might have the umbilical cord around his neck like Note. He seems to be favoring the ROA position, that is that his spine is on my right side but he is mostly facing towards my back. Note was posterior and that caused back pain, which hurt tremendously while in labor. I’ve done a little work to help get Treble into an optimal position. While I do know there is still plenty of time for him to turn whichever way he pleases, this has been the position he is most in so I am hoping it is the position he will be in for labor and delivery.

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Sex check!

Treble measured right on track for everything, even down to the day on most things. The only thing that he measured differently on was his head. It’s measuring almost a week and a half bigger! He’s estimated to weigh 5 lbs right now, so a little bigger than Note at this stage. We could see his hair in the ultrasound. It was much longer than Note’s at this stage. We could see it waving in the water. It looked like little spikes coming off of his head. I can’t believe how much hair he has already. I really want to see what pattern it naturally falls in. Note had amazing baby hair as hers stood up at the back naturally and made for a very cute little face. We did also get another shot of Treble’s junk. I actually didn’t ask for it this time! But I am glad to be able to see it as I still sometimes get paranoid we will have a surprise in the delivery room.

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Note helped find the heartbeat at our appointment.

Right after the ultrasound, we went to the midwife for our prenatal appointment. It was pretty short, as the last ones have been, and there was really nothing new to report this time. We did meet the newest midwife fellow named Carly. She was a delight and it really was a pleasure meeting her. I do hope that she is one of the ones at my birth as she definitely made me feel comfortable. I do hate that Heather isn’t around anymore, but I hope that she is having a great time with her new husband in a new city!

Overall, a pretty good day. I moved back in with my grandma a couple of weeks ago and I just came over here to spend some time with Frank but I’ll be going back now that I had my appointment. I probably won’t come back again until I have my next appointment, but I will probably see Frank on his days off. I’m not too sure how it will all play out with how the vehicle he’s using now. It isn’t the most reliable, so we shall see if it can make the drive!

I need to make sure to post more updates as I do want to document my pregnancy with Treble better than I did my pregnancy with Note. It is challenging with a toddler around, but I’ll at least need to post pictures!

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Posted in Note, Pregnancy

Still Nothing!

I’m 39 weeks and 4 days (which means only THREE more days until my due date!) and I still have no real signs of labor! I am getting pretty impatient to meet my little Note. My midwife says it is common for first time mothers to deliver at around 41 weeks. I am just hoping I don’t make it to 42 weeks, because then I cannot deliver at my birth center anymore and must go to a hospital for delivery.

There have been no real changes in my body. Everything seems to be gearing up towards the big day, but there is no sign when that day will come. I am hoping I am one of the lucky ones who will deliver on my due date. That date holds a lot of significance to me since it is Hailey’s birthday. It would be nice for her and Note to share a birthday.

I’ve had a very hard time staying awake today. I’m up for a couple of hours, and then I’m right back to sleep. I don’t know why I can’t keep my eyes open or my energy up. I guess these are normal problems during pregnancy. I never had the fatigue in the first trimester, so maybe this is the time that I’m having it. I almost got away with it!

3 days to go!

Posted in Note, Pre-Natal Appointments, Pregnancy

No End In Sight

I’m currently 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant. I’m so close to the end, but so far! I’ve had two cervical checks so far. The first one was at 37 weeks. I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. The second one was last Monday at 38 weeks. I was 1.5 cm dilated and “very soft”, so I made a little bit of progress but not much. I have been losing bits and pieces of my mucus plug for the last week and a half or so. There was one little chunk that did have a bit of blood in it. I have contractions on and off, but very few of them hurt, so I’m thinking they’re just a lot of Braxton Hicks. Frank has court on Monday the 14th, so I really hope this baby can be delivered before then.

Everything is going well with my pregnancy, so this has just become a bit of a waiting game now. I’ve been bouncing on a birth ball to help Note drop, but this little baby is stubborn and absolutely does not want to drop. I’m hoping it’s not because of my scoliosis. I walk every morning with Frank. It’s not a crazy amount of walking, but he likes to take me out and we go shopping and have been trying to get some things ready before he has court. There are also a few things we need for the baby that we have to get. I will be ordering our playpen tomorrow. Even if Note comes before then, we will just have them sleep in the bouncer or sleep and play until the play pen gets here. Maybe if it takes a while, Frank will get me the bassinet I really want! I doubt it, but I can dream. I know a bassinet is basically useless because they use it for such a short period of time, but I am just so in love with the one that I saw at Burlington.

Even though I don’t have much longer until my due date, I think I will likely be overdue. My midwife even said it was very likely, although I have been progressing little by little and my body seems to be getting ready. Most first time moms go overdue, so it’s not a big deal. The thing that worries me most is that Note hasn’t dropped. All the books and apps say it should have happened by now, but I know of a lot of people on the birth boards who say their first born never dropped but they still went into labor and had no problems, so who knows? Either way, I am just excited to get this show on the road! I want Note to be here soon.

Eleven days to go!

Posted in Pregnancy

Birth Plan

I’m going to talk a little about our birth plan. It is fairly straightforward in my opinion, and the midwife said most of the things we want are done at the birth center anyway, such as delayed cord clamping. I’m going to put the birth plan that I made using this tool.

 

My delivery is planned as: Vaginal
I’d like…:

My partner Frank and my best friend Maribel

 

…present before AND/OR during labor.
During labor, I’d like:

  • Music played (I will provide)
  • The lights dimmed
  • The room as quiet as possible
  • As few interruptions as possible
  • As few vaginal exams as possible
  • To wear my own clothes
  • To wear my contact lens the entire time
  • My partner to film AND/OR take pictures
  • My partner to be present the entire time
  • To stay hydrated with clear liquids and ice chips
  • To eat and drink as approved by my doctor

I’d like to spend the first stage of labor:

  • Standing up
  • Walking around

I’m not interested in: 

  • An enema
  • Shaving of my pubic area

I’d like fetal monitoring to be:

  • Performed only by Doppler
  • Performed only if the baby is in distress

I’d like labor augmentation:

  • Performed only if baby is in distress
  • First attempted by natural methods such as nipple stimulation

For pain relief, I’d like to use:

  • Acupressure
  • Breathing techniques
  • Cold therapy
  • Distraction
  • Hot therapy
  • Massage
  • Meditation

During delivery, I would like to:

  • Squat
  • Lean on my partner

 

As the baby is delivered, I would like to:

  • Push spontaneously
  • Avoid forceps usage
  • Avoid vacuum extraction
  • Let my partner catch the baby
  • Let our voices be the first baby hears

Immediately after delivery, I would like:

  • My partner to cut the umbilical cord
  • The umbilical cord to be cut only after it stops pulsating
  • To deliver the placenta spontaneously and without assistance
  • To keep the placenta
  • Not to be given Pitocin/oxytocin

I would like to hold baby:

  • Immediately after delivery
  • Before eye drops/ointment are given

I would like to breastfeed: As soon as possible after delivery

I’d like baby’s medical exam and procedures:

  • Given in my presence
  • Given only after we’ve bonded
  • Given in my partner’s presence
  • To include a heel stick for screening tests beyond the PKU
  • To include a hearing screening test

Please don’t give baby:

  • Sugar water
  • Formula
  • A pacifier

I’d like baby’s first bath given: By me and my partner

I’d like to feed baby:

  • Only with breastmilk
  • On demand

If we have a boy, circumcision should: Not be performed

As needed post-delivery, please give me:

  • Extra-strength acetaminophen
  • Stool softener

If baby is not well, I’d like:

  • My partner and I to accompany it to the NICU or another facility
  • To breastfeed or provide pumped breastmilk
  • To hold him or her whenever possible

 

Basically, we want to be as natural as possible. We want very little medical interventions done, unless we absolutely need them. We do recognize the need for some procedures to ensure that baby and I are safe, but mostly we would like to be left on our own to birth and labor as we need and see fit. Frank and I are strong believers that the body of the person in labor will naturally know what to do. We were designed for this. There are times when things go wrong, but most of the time if a birthing person is left alone, the outcome will be wonderful.

So, this is more or less our birth plan. We have filled one out and put it in our chart. Only 25 days left!