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39 Weeks and 5 Days


Well, it’s almost here.  Our estimated due date.  It seriously feels like just yesterday that we found out.  Except that that was on April 7th and it was warm, whereas now it is December 16th and we’re in the middle of an Arctic Blast.

I had a serious meltdown when I left the OB’s office yesterday.  She told me that next week when I go in, due to the holidays, we have to get an induction on the hospital schedule for Dec 30th so that I deliver by 42 weeks.  I left the doctor’s and was in tears.  I absolutely do NOT want an induction unless we’ve exhausted all other options.  But, she wouldn’t even listen to me.

I really dislike the doctor I saw yesterday.  She seriously has one of those I am a doctor therefore I am god complexes.   I think if I had had any other doctor or midwife in the practice yesterday it would have been better.  The doctor I saw yesterday doesn’t like natural births and I’ve been told that she really pushes her patients when they’re in labor.  Which is what she was trying to do to me yesterday.  When I told her that I didn’t want a cervical check she got really pissy with me and told me I was being unreasonable.

Fortunately, I know the next time she’s on call in the maternity ward and I’m aiming to not be there that day.  If I have to, I know John’s got my back.  Plus, we hired an awesome doula who can run some interference plays for us.

So, if you have any vibes or good luck wishes out there in reader land, I can use them for two things:

1) letting me go into labor naturally before an induction becomes imminent


2)I had a second, on-campus, full day interview last week.  It is seriously everything I could want in a job, so I’m hoping to hear something good.


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December 1st – 37 Weeks and 4 days

OMG!  I can’t believe it’s December.  It seems like just yesterday that we got the BFP, but now we’re at the ANY-DAY point.  Holy Crap!  Where did the time go?

We don’t have much more to do around the house for the baby.  Just finishing up some cleaning and organizing.  I still have to order her crib mattress, but we plan on keeping her in a bassinette for a little while, so it’s not too bad.  For some reason I keep procrastinating and avoiding ordering it.

I also need to pack my bag for the hospital.  I’m hoping to get this finished tonight, once I get back from teaching.  Once I do, I’ll put up a list of what I actually put in the bag.  I’ve used several different blogs for inspiration, so we’ll see what I come up with.

I’m pretty sure that we’ve decided to hire a doula.  I’ve spoken with her over the phone and she seemed wonderful.  John and I are meeting with her in person on Monday.  Hopefully the baby stays in until after that meeting!

We’ve also given our birth plan to the OBs office to be scanned into our file.  Thankfully, they have NO PROBLEM with ANYTHING on our list.  This was a source of worry for me, but I’m so happy that it went down so smoothly.  It makes me feel much better in our choice of doctors/midwives.

It’s almost the end of the semester.  I only have three more lectures to give for the class I’m teaching.  Thank goodness.  It’s getting harder and harder to stand and lecture for 2.5 hours, and I’m not the type to sit and lecture.  I just can’t do it.  Let me tell you, the lectern is at the perfect height for leaning when contractions start up 🙂

17 Days

until EDD!!!

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Baby Furniture and Birthing Classes

We finally bought our nursery furniture.  We stopped in at USABaby near us two Fridays ago to show my mom the Romina crib that we liked.  As we approached the store location, there were signs posted everywhere that the store was closing.  Yep, sure enough it is closing as of September 30th.  And, because they were closing, they were offering some great deals.

We walked in and showed my mom the Antonio Crib.  Then we asked for a price for the crib, full-size rails, and 7-drawer chest.  The owner gave us the price, then said that if we wanted to buy the floor model, he would throw in the armoire for a great deal.  We thought it over and went back on Wednesday with a few questions.  1) Was the manufacturer’s warranty still in tact and 2) How old was the floor model?  Turns out there was still an active warranty and that the floor model was less than 2 months old!  All in all, once I finally did the math, we ended up saving close to $2K on the full set.  I would call that a great deal!  So, here are some pics of the nursery furniture (although this is not the finish we bought).


7-Drawer Chest

Convertible Crib

We also scheduled our birthing classes.  Since I want a natural birth (and I know that’s an offensive term to some, but really, get over yourselves because drugs, although nice, aren’t natural), we (well, I) researched a bunch of different type of classes.  The classes offered by our hospital, while they mention the option of a natural birth, don’t really do anything to encourage it.  Lamaze, at least by the various reviews that I’ve read, seemed useless.  Finally, we decided on the Bradley Method.

The Bradley Method was devised in the 40s by (you guessed it) Dr. Bradley.  Instead of trying to distract you from your pain, it encourages working with and trying to relax into your pain.  It focuses on moving around to try to ease the pain and it really focuses on having the “coach” or father learn how best to help with the birth.  It supposedly has a pretty high success rate (in the 80% range) for spontaneous natural births.

Text Book for Bradley Classes

We start our classes in the middle of September and they will run for 12-weeks, almost right up to Charlie’s due date.  I think they’re going to be pretty interesting.

PS – I have an interview tomorrow afternoon.  The first one since I was laid off (or whatever you want to call it) back in February.  It’s for a pretty big national company.  But, I’m not sure how I ended up with an interview since it’s definitely not at all in my field and I have NO experience in this area.  Here’s a hint for the name of the company

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