These last days are wistful and exciting, frightening and full.
Soon – very soon – our second child will be here in our arms. We’ll be holding her and smelling her sweet baby hair and getting lost in her deep and thoughtful eyes.
I’ve received a number of requests for a “pregnancy update” so here’s my 3rd trimester Q & A.
Q. When are you officially due?
A. My due date is actually a little bit sketchy. We have several – one based on when we think we may have conceived, one based on the sonogram, one to buy us time if the baby goes overdue (we don’t want to be induced). I think we’ve finally settled on March 20. I anticipate it will be within a week of that date – either before or after.
Q. Where are you planning to give birth?
A. At a free-standing birth center. With a midwife.
I gave birth at a hospital with an OB (no drugs, no episiotomy) for my first. It was a relatively positive experience, but I feel much better about my “birth setting” this time around. I prefer the laid-back and intervention-free “way” that midwives espouse.
Q. Are you “ready”?
A. We’re not much into the “commercial” side of readiness so if you’re asking if the baby’s room is painted and decorated and such, the answer is no. Babies don’t need decorated rooms or frilly socks or drawerfuls of special occasion outfits. They need love and attention (and diapers, wipes, and onesies). We have those things so – yes – we’re ready in terms of having all of the baby necessities.
Readiness to me is more “mental” than anything. Lately, I find myself praying a lot and thinking about labor & delivery and the joys that will undoubtedly follow…
Q. Is your “hospital bag” packed?
A. No. I have a few things set aside, but I’ll probably pack my bag when I go into labor (I’m only half-joking).
What else do you want to know? I’ll happily take your questions…