So despite the super-coolness of my new camera the card doesn’t plug into the card reader like my old camera did which means extra steps are involved in retrieving images. This causes a side-effect of laziness. The other day we played with our kitchen.
But I’m copying my husband again. Sshhh, don’t tell the teacher.
So Jack was a c-section delivery and I have the very lofty goal to have a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Why? Cause it farkin’ hurt and the recovery, well, sucked.
All of my prenatal care has been at “The VBAC place in MD.” It’s known for being the best place to have the support and care you need to have the best chance at a VBAC. Their success rate is 70%. Apparently, at the birth center, they have herbal drinks, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage and dietary suggestions all to help me go into labor.
Why bring this up now? Well as I enter the 3rd trimester next week (how fast is this pregnancy flying by? SO FAST!!) I have an appointment with the OBs that my midwives coordinate with for their VBAC hopefuls. At some point in the next month or so I’ll go meet with the OBs just so I know who they are in the event that I’ll need them to perform a c-section.
My c-section is already scheduled. How weird is that? If this little man doesn’t choose to make an appearance on his own, his birthday will be April 19th at 11:25am, with an EDD (estimated date of delivery) of April 7, I’m feeling really good about getting those extra 12 days to try to go into labor on my own.
My last birth plan was like a step-by-step of what I wanted and how and when I wanted it. This time my birth ‘plan’ is: “Don’t have a c-section. And oh yeah, these other things would be nice too….” Yes, ideally I’d like to be completely unmedicated, but honestly if they tell me the only way to get the baby out the ‘right’ way is to drink motor oil, I’ll do it. Whatever it takes
I don’t want to talk about it too much, so call me on it if I mention it much more, because I don’t want to psych myself out, but this VBAC is super important to me.
In lieu of blogging for myself today I’m copying my husband’s homework.
We went to the National Aquarium on the 26th which was great because it was basically deserted. Maybe it was because most people wanted to play with new toys at home, or maybe because it was raining and you have to walk outside to get there, or maybe it’s because all the walkways around the Inner Harbour were flooded (to the point of walking in the grass). Who knows?!
But we had a blast! And it was very nice because it was not super crowded! We enjoyed the Jellyfish.
After an unpleasant 5am wake-up (that sadly lasted till 7) we finally allowed Jack to go ‘downsairs’.
Matt decided that a good Christmas morning tradition would be to start with cocoa.
The “Cars” toys were quite the hit. We are now learning the characters names as a result. Which is funny because he talks to himself and his toys while he plays, and now he can call them by name.
This pic seemed like a good idea at the time to take but it just makes me think “Am I that pregnant already?!”
This is one of the gifts that Matt got for me. Major points in the creativity department cause he ‘made’ it himself! (With the help of Google and Photoshop, of course.)
Then we went for a Christmas morning walk. Which was really nice because we got to enjoy the snow at least once more before the rain washed it all away.
Then GiGi, PaPa and Uncle Tom arrived and we revealed the kitchen! (There was no need to earlier because the Cars cars kept him entertained for 3 hours strait).
We went to celebrate Christmas with Matt’s parents this morning.
1. It’s really ‘the same’ as Jack in that the movement and the fetal personality (if that’s a thing) appear to be pretty similar. I’m also just about the same size as I was at this point last time.
2. It’s completely different to Jack because I have not started retaining water (at least not that I’ve noticed) where at 25 weeks with Jack I was unable to comfortably wear my rings. I’m way more active, and since I have to feed a toddler my ‘snack habits’ are less Snickers bar and more fruit and cheese.
3. Weeks fly by, where with Jack I knew exactly how pregnant I was each day of each week. This also makes me feel guilty because I’m not “paying as much attention” this time around.
3 things about Christmas:
1. I love the sensory experience of Christmas, seeing decorations, smelling pine and cookies, tasting yummy holiday food, the feel of wrapping paper, and hearing holiday music.
2. I’m excited for the Christmas menu. We finally made some decisions today (I’ll post pics later but since some of my readers will be enjoying this feast I’ll leave it as a surprise).
3. Gift-Giving makes me super anxious. I like to surprise people but I have major fear that they won’t like what I pick out. I also don’t have a poker face, so I’m terrified that I’m going to not like something and it will be obvious.
3 favorite places:
1. The Beach. Really, any beach will do, but particularly a warm one with family there too.
2. Europe. History, food, booze. Europe has it all. The Lake District and the Costa del Sol are probably my faves so far. I hope to see more, soonish?
3. My couch with a book in hand.
Ok, I made this one up, but if you’re a reader you should do your own 3×3 so I can learn 9 things about you!