Sunday, January 20, 2013

It's Not Official BUT.........

........ we are considering a homebirth! I love my birth center and don't plan on "leaving" as I will continue my woman-care there after the baby is born. Daniel asked me, "You don't like reruns do you?" I just stared at him stupidly. So he threw me the punchline: "Because you never have the same doctor/midwife/birthplace twice"! Oh man I busted a gut. I never really thought of it that way! Never really intended to do things that way.

I just know that I secretly wanted a natural, peaceful, intimate waterbirth/homebirth/something-different-from-what-I-saw-on-TV from the beginning, from way back when pregnant with Elaina. But I didn't even realize there were options until after Abigail was born! Maybe there weren't options, or many, before then. I don't know! But I know I have options now and you bet your last buck I'm going to pursue them and make the right choice for me and baby in the moment.

Kind of thrilling! We interview with a CPM* next Monday (I have actually met her before and I loved her back then so hoping this works out). In the meantime I am keeping my birth center appointment this week and I think we will be having a sonogram to see the little one (the little one who is doing some kickboxing at this very moment!).

*CPM - Certified Professional Midwives are highly trained birth professionals.

Speaking of baby movement I have felt the baby a ton the last two weeks but especially this last week. I know you can feel subsequent babies earlier and I have felt those flutters pretty early each pregnancy, but this is by far the earliest I think I have felt actual kicks (from the outside) and have felt baby so consistently (usually I feel more consistent movements around 24+ weeks). And I'm not a size 6 anymore like I was when pregnant with my first baby (add a 10 to the 6 and you'll have my size, eek!) so that's even more shocking. AND the placenta is anterior (I think it is in the upper-left of my belly) so that typically absorbs a ton of movement. I'm feeling all the movements super low. Sometimes my belly twitches and I just feel their presence, not necessarily specific movements.

Part of the reason I want to pursue a homebirth is due to the fact that I think this one will be fast. I could be totally wrong (wouldn't be the first time I was wrong about something) but I just have this feeling. Getting in the car and switching gears from being in good labor at home to having to transition back into good labor-rhythm in the birth place once we arrive throws everything for a loop and causes me a ton of anxiety.

I am feeling confident and have such a strong peace.

I'm posting a poll on the TOP LEFT SIDEBAR to guess baby's gender. We are not finding out before the birth but it's fun to see. I will tell you that some silly quizzes and predictions online have all said BOY. Daniel and I think GIRL. I have such a mix of symptoms that I'm really going with my instinct on this rather than symptoms. So... it really will be a surprise!!! Happy voting!


Susan Sene said...

That's exciting!!! I can't wait to hear if it's a boy or girl. We aren't finding out either. :) I hope I can actually make it the whole time without knowing though.

I'd love to have a homebirth. But because I had a csection and due to laws in my state, I can't. Well, I could. But it'd be kind of a gray area and I'm not comfortable with doing that. I have been told there's really no difference between a birthing center and a home birth because they bring everything from the birthing center to your house. I'd much rather be in the comfort of my home if possible - especially avoiding that super uncomfortable car ride!!!

Kathy said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog! I haven't been here, to yours, in awhile and am so happy to see that you are expecting again! How exciting that you are considering a home birth. I just recently read an awesome story of a Chicago area mom who had an amazing experience delivering her third child at home. The baby came faster than expected and her husband ending up delivering the baby, while the midwife who was supposed to be helping was coaching him via speaker phone on her way there! In the end the woman and her husband got to be alone, just the three of them for about 15 mins., before the midwife arrived. She said it was so awesome. Their two older sons slept through the whole thing too!

Anyway, sending thoughts and prayers your way as you prepare to be a family of seven. That is so wonderful!

De said...

I voted "boy"... but more out of deference to Judah, who is sure gonna wish he had a comrade in arms. hehehe

The Mommy said...

You will make the best decision for you and baby and I know that you will explore all of your options. SO exciting!!