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Getting Closer

Folks have been asking if I've popped this kid out for about three or four months now. I got big suddenly and obviously. The due date is still about a month away (August 26), but I still don't think it will be that long. I'm 36 weeks today – and running out of room!

We had our final midwife prenatal yesterday. The MW measured me at 39 weeks and her assistant measured at 38.5, so I'm measuring ahead. She's actually suggesting that I get a growth ultrasound to check things out, but that will depend on whether we can find a place that will accept medicaid. I'm not too overly concerned about it. A lot of it could be fluid, but it's also probably a fairly decent-sized baby. MW is estimating 8-8.5 pounds already. The girls were both only 7-something. As I said though, I'm not too concerned. Now that I know baby is head down, I'm calm and prepared for a fantastic, easy, empowering birth experience! I'm very excited about a homebirth. Can't wait!

I felt the baby drop a bit about a week ago. Woke up one night and knew it had, because I was suddenly peeing every hour throughout the night for two days. For a while, I was pretty concerned that baby might be transverse. I kept feeling two distinct bumps on either side of my belly. All week, I've been doing inversions and finally tried out the breech tilt Wednesday night. Josh did some reiki/hot hands magic on my belly, and we felt the baby shift around. When I stood up, it seemed like it'd dropped further. Had a lot of pelvis and back pain, too. Josh came away sure that it was head down, but I was worried. Terina (the midwife) and her assistant verified that it's head down on Thursday. WAY head down. I'm at 0 station already and 70 or so percent effaced. Terina's betting on another fast birth. Hopefully she'll make it on time! We're hoping it hangs in for another week at least, since I should really be 37 weeks for a homebirth. I've felt definite changes this past week though. No baking/nesting yet though, so no rush. Ha!

Terina is planning a Blessingway for her August clients on August 14. It would be nice to have a Blessingway before labor, but I'm not adverse to having this baby soon. If we based the dates on LMP instead of conception, that would make my EDD 5 days earlier, so I'm not sure which is more accurate. The girls were both based on LMP and came 15 & 10 days "early". We'll see. It was very nice of Terina to plan a Blessingway, since I had been a bit sad about not having one or a baby shower. I just don't have anyone around here to do something like that with, so I thought that was so sweet. I cried.

I'm still planning to hold my own Blessingway/ceremony with the girls. I think it would be good to do something powerful to acknowledge and welcome our new baby – and to teach them a bit about birth and female power. I'm not 100% sure what I want to do, but we definitely need to do something special. It's a right of passage that really shouldn't be ignored, especially now that they're both old enough to understand what's going on. I had them both draw me pictures of us all birthing together here at the house. We're going to make some kind of "Birth Board" (vision board). Their pictures are lovely. They both drew me in water, with the head poking out, surrounded by the family – including Achaiah. Love it! For some reason, they also drew some of the fams suspended in the air from trees or something, but that's cool. Adorably cool.

I'm going to bust out my box of old magazines and look for good birthy type pictures to create a real vision board with some good focal points. The girls love arts and crafts stuff, so I think this will be a great project for all of us. It's been a long time since I did a proper ceremony, so I may also ask them to help me make prayer ties and string them somewhere outside. I would like them hanging around for the birth.

If you would like to participate in our Birthingways, I would really appreciate it! Here are some things you could do that would mean a lot to me:

1. Send prayers, reiki, energy, light candles for me and the other women Terina will be honoring on August 14.

2. If you happen to have a neat bead on hand, infuse it with positive energy and send it to us. If I get enough beads, the girls and I will make a birthing necklace or bracelet to wear when I'm in labor. Men & women are both welcome to contribute, but I think this will be a nice way to talk about and conceptualize being surrounded by friends & family even though we're far away, as well as discussing the link between all women who have birthed or supported birth throughout all time.

3. Send a blessing, prayer, poem, or a pretty family/birthing picture for our Birthing Board.

If you feel like sending something to us (on a physical level, that is), my address can be found here. If you don't have access to that post and want it, just let me know and I'll be happy to add you to the filter.

So pretty much, things have already started changing and it's looking like we'll pretty much be ready any day now. I'm picking up a second day each week at work, to make up for the time I lost while visiting NC. I've ordered my homebirth kit and bought a rather large kiddie pool for birthing in. salleesuewho and Terina both gave us a bunch of cloth diapers (and some gifts for the girls!), so I am especially excited about that! I've never done cloth before and am looking forward to trying it out. salleesuewho also sent a boppy and a ring sling, and I've been buying an outfit here or there for the past several months, so we're pretty much all set at this point. No bed/bassinet yet, but I may qualify for one through WIC, and if not, we'll just co-sleep until we get one. I lost all of the casseroles/frozen foods I had been saving up when we accidentally turned our fridge off when leaving town. That sucked pretty badly, and we've been suffering over that idiocy, but I'm picking up an order of Angel Food tomorrow morning and plan to do some cooking over the weekend to restock. So...yeah, give us a week and we're pretty much ready!

Here's something awesome:


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 30th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
BEAUTIFUL! I would love to send you a bead (I even know which one!!!) just need an address!!!
Jul. 30th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
That is so kind of you! Thank you so much! I already have you listed on my emergency contact filter. Is the link to my addy not working?
Jul. 30th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I am so excited...for all of you. You look radiant. Sending lots and love and positive energy your way.
Jul. 30th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Thank you so very much! ♥
Jul. 30th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Sending positive energy your way!
Jul. 30th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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Jul. 30th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry that you're having a bad night, but I really appreciate your kindness! And I'm glad you liked the pic I put together. I never did something like that with the girls, so I've been eager to get far enough to the end to give this a try! lol

I hope you're feeling better this morning. *love*
Jul. 30th, 2011 09:43 am (UTC)
Those pics are amazing! I'm excited for you.
Jul. 30th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! How are you doing lately?
Jul. 30th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'll PM you the answer in a little bit.
Jul. 31st, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
my prediction is that this is not going to be the easy peasy quick birth that you'd like, but it won't be awful enough to not be done at home just as anticipated. you've got a big boy in there and he's going to arrive kicking and punching and ready to get 'em. lol. you will be sore but glowing afterwards and realizing you've gotten a whole lot more boy than you were really ready for. a mini josh.


sorry. i know, i shouldn't make predictions, but this one is too funny!

you look radiant and have done the whole way through. <3
Jul. 31st, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
No! I have worked very hard to manifest an easy peasy quick birth! lol It will happen. I was much more sure about it after learning the baby is head down. I'm working to maintain my record of never needing a single stitch, so I'm seeing perfectly easy and not-too-fast-but-fairly-fast, especially if it's a bigger baby. I do think it will be a mini-Josh though. Baby feels long. Damn thing takes up my whole belly!

Thank you!
Jul. 31st, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Hey pretty lady. I will send a bead and a blessing for sure. Also, if you posted it someplace I missed it, but do you have like a baby registry someplace for regular gifts?
Aug. 1st, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! That is so awesomely kind of you. You always send the good juju.

We do have a registry on Amazon.com. I think that you can get to the direct link here. You are too sweet! ♥
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