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Natural Birth Books

I got in my order of childbirth books yesterday. Since we’re not taking the Bradley class, I really wanted to get some more information books. I ordered “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin, “Husband-Coached Childbirth” by Robert Bradley, “The Birth Partner” by Penny Simkin and “Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way” by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg, Erick Ingraham, and Robert A. Bradley.

I was pumped to get these in and started reading “Ina May” first, because that is the one I was most looking forward to. The first half of the book is made up of birth stories from women they have attended or have given birth at “The Farm” where they live and work. It is so empowering! I would already recommend it to anyone considering a natural birth, or just anyone that is pregnant period.

Trevor swears he’ll read at least two of them, so I am reading them first to determine which are most beneficial for him. I’ll probably be done with all these within a week or two since I’m a speed reader, so he’ll have plenty of time for reading before February!

ETA: After many requests, I promise to review these books as I finish them!

BIG Ultrasound!

Today’s big ultrasound went wonderfully. Knox looks very healthy, everything measured perfectly and they didn’t see any negative markers, which was great news for a paranoid mother-to-be. It was great to stare at him for a full half hour while they measured everything. I expected it to take longer, but the sonographer said Knox was in the perfect position the whole time, he even rolled over right when she needed him to without any jiggling. He is definitely a wiggle worm! He was kicking my bladder (so sweet) and boxing with his little fists (which Trevor loved). He likes his hands in his face, for sure, and kept holding his chin. He has five perfect fingers on each hand, even the u/s tech was amazed at how clearly we could see them all.

With all his wiggling, I was reminded that, hey, I can’t feel any of that! I asked if I have an anterior placenta, and I DO! I knew it! I haven’t felt any additional movement since Sunday, and that’s definitely why. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the placenta usually attached at the back, near your spine. In my case, it’s attached at the front, making a barrier between the baby and my belly and blocking all the movement. Of course, Knox is also breech at the moment and all his kicks are in the bladder area, so any movement would be very low down. The doctor said I should start feeling him in the next week or two and not to worry about that at all. He’s obviously very active, even if I can’t feel him!

Speaking of “him,” he’s definitely a boy! We got a few good shots of his penis, so I am glad I don’t have to return any of his little clothes or repaint the room! I am so happy that everything went well today, and I feel like I can breathe a little easier. I did gain seven pounds in the past four weeks, so I have gained about 12 total. The doctor was happy with that and said I’m doing really well. Always nice to get their approval! I talked to her about my birth plan concerns, and she was very amenable to everything, including letting the umbilical cord stop pulsating before it’s cut, skin to skin contact, and baby rooming in with us. She did say any food or drink would be very limited, but they would let me have popsicles if I felt like my blood sugar was too low or feeling sick. Better than nothing, I guess! I’ll stuff my face before we go in! Next appointment, I will start rotating between all the doctors. This is starting to feel more real!!

Now, the star of the show. :) These are pictures of pictures, we got a DVD of the whole u/s, so they only printed a couple:

Profile (kind of looking back, though):

Face:

Definitely a boy!

Movement?! And Needing a re-do.

So, the big news is that I think I felt Knox move last night! I was laying in bed, actually praying for Knox and asking God to please let me feel him move soon (I was getting paranoid I’d crushed him in my sleep, and he couldn’t move at all), and that’s when I felt it. What can only be described as a flip. I broke out in the biggest grin! Trevor was deeply asleep, so I just had to lay there and enjoy it by myself. It was either the baby or the most insane gas bubble ever, so I am leaning towards the former. I felt a couple other little taps right after, but that was it. I was laying flat on my back when I felt him, and I can’t sustain that position for long because I can’t breathe that way. I am looking forward to feeling more flips and pokes!! Plus, it would be nice to feel sure that was actually him!

Now, onto the nursery re-do. Thanks for all the suggestions on the nursery furniture, ladies. Turns out, I completely stressed myself out about the nursery this weekend. I think it was made worse because I am nervous about the anatomy scan tomorrow, so all that stress and anxiety was just compounded. I decided that I have been doing things way backwards. Normally I love decorating and it’s a pretty chill activity for me. I want this nursery to be perfect so badly, I am getting too freaked out about every decision. I ended up calling and canceling the recliner order. I decided that first things first, we need to pick nursery furniture that we LOVE. Then, we can deal with art work and the recliner. I am MUCH more relaxed, now!

And for your viewing pleasure, a 20w6d belly pic:

Shopping Stress!

So, today has been a not-so-fun shopping day. I was excited to go out and look for our recliner for Knox’s room and finally make a firm decision on our nursery furniture. I had great luck at Ashley Furniture and bought this recliner.

I really wanted one that was a little darker, but this was the only style I really liked. What is with these poofy leather recliners?? This was the only one streamlined enough that I could actually live with.

So, after I bought the chair (which will arrive on the 6th), DH and I went to the baby furniture store… again. We pretty much fell into the same argument as last time. We both agree on the crib and dresser we like (Summer’s Evening by Creations), but I hate the color it comes in. It only comes in black, white and cherry. Normally, black would be great, but it wouldn’t match our new chair or our bedding very well. So, cherry is really the only option. I HATE the wood color. Trevor, of course, loves it and thinks it’s the best thing ever made. I am in a major quandry, here. I feel like espresso wood would be too dark with the new chair, leaving me to find something in between cherry and espresso… yeah, good look with that. I only found Munire furniture in “Sienna” that would possibly work, but I didn’t like the furniture. I don’t know what to do!

Here is the furniture we adore in white:

Different style crib, but the color I loathe:

Call me crazy, but I feel like the cherry is too “country” looking. I really hate wood tones unless they’re super dark. All of our furniture is either black, antiqued black, espresso or really dark. This is outside of my normal comfort zone. I would love some opinions from you guys, because I am really at a loss. Do you think espresso would look stupid with this chair?

20 Week Survey

How far along? 20 weeks, 3 days
Total weight gain/loss: According to my scale, up 9 pounds, but I will find out for sure on Tuesday.
Maternity clothes? Exclusively. And I bought new bigger pajamas and underwear this week (not maternity, but still). Heavenly.
Sleep: Love it! However, I am starting to have a hard time breathing when laying down. Fun times.
Best moment this week: Finishing the painting! Getting our first cloth pocket diapers in the mail!!
Movement: I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s just say NOTHING.
Food cravings: Milk. Dh and I are going through almost two gallons a week. Ridiculous.
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No thank you.
Belly Button in or out? In… kind of. Very stretchy.
What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach and I really wanted some wine this week to relax with.
What I am looking forward to: Next Tuesday’s anatomy scan!
Weekly Wisdom: Don’t use the internet to research- it’s not your friend. Too much knowledge is NOT a good thing!
Milestones: First stranger comment Monday! Yay!

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