Monday, April 23, 2007

Game On

For all my whining and complaining about being pregnant, now that the end is nearing I'm starting to freak out!
This is actually as far as I've been pregnant before. I am 34.5 weeks now. My twins were born at 34.5 weeks. I had them on this day in my pregnancy. YIKES!!
That whole business of actually giving birth is still very unknown and scary to me. It went very well last time, so l like to think it will be similar. But the reality is, it may not be. And I'm thinking that this baby will be at least a little early (not too early, just healthy) but that may be wishful thinking on my part. The whole 'mystery' about when and how, etc, can really make you (me) crazy. I know I just have to relax and accept that things will work out exactly as they should and everything will be fine...but I'm still freaking out over here!!!!

While the actual birth of the twins was very smooth and not nearly as scary as I'd worried it would be, there are some things I hope will be better. Mainly the fact that my baby will be healthy enough that I can 'keep' her right away and she won't be wisked away to the NICU for the next few weeks. Even though my boys were a decent size (4.5 and 5.5lbs) they still had to stay in the hospital to get stronger. It seemed like forever. There were many babies much worse off than ours, so I am grateful our situation wasn't so bad, but it was very stressful.

It's hard to believe my wet little kittens with all the tubes and monitors are the same healthy, rowdy boys they are today!

12 comments:

vanishingword said...

Aww so itsy bitsy! Aren't they just delicious when they are all drippy and can't squirm off your lap?!

Peace Sweet Peas said...

Don't you love the advice "just relax". It is of course the solution. Probably is for almost any problem in life but it is so so damn hard to do. With Z I could not relax for the life of me; the only contraction I was able to relax into was the one where the anestheseologist was putting the epidural into my back and he told me not to move. It is such a contradiction because I really did find with E that when I was able to relax it didn't hurt as much. But just knowing that didn't make any difference with Z. Did you have a cesarian last time? I don't remember. Smooth sailing Sister into these uncharted territories; I feel for you and I'm praying for you. Lots of love Carla

Mmmmaaahvelous said...

You must be in my head because those fears & freak outs are very real to me. We attended the refresher childbirth class on Sat (the instructor was AMAZING!!) but it hasn't eased my fears at all. And tonight I watched a birth video...trying to desensitize myself and convince myself that I CAN DO THIS (& do it well)....but then part of me says "Give me a general anesthetic & lets call it a day!" (As if...)
I'll send you full term and baby fall out vibes!
You can do this well, peacefully & quickly. It's meant to be.

Alyson said...

This is my third time around and I'm thinking I should have taken a refresher. I'm still not excited about my hoohah getting streached beyond its capacity. Obviously I'm not far enough along to be able to say "I will do anything to get this out of me."

I think right now I'm more concerned about finding aplace for the baby to sleep, a carseat and a stroller. Also getting the room to destink before my baby sleeps there.

vanishingword said...

Ha ha- The old hoohoo stretching feeling. Even with an epidural I remember that sensation... Better living through chemistry, I really loved that epidural!

Two Mittens said...

I had the ole' 'natural' birth with the twins. If you can an epidural natural. Ha! The epidural is my friend. I'm expecting to get together again very soon.

I was already 7cm when I got to the hospital, with major contractions. After the epi, I could have relaxed all day. They coached me to push and I didn't feel a thing. Good times! Until it wore off...

vanishingword said...

right, and the sad part is that they always were off. Then you sweat! Are you considering breast feeding? I've been having a really positive experience with it.

vanishingword said...

wear off.

Alyson said...

ok after the last two nights of heartburn and puking I'm contemplating ways to enduce labour. Is 31 weeks too early. I know stupid question but I think I'm so done.

Mmmmaaahvelous said...

Hang in there Alyson. What about ginger? Ginger tea or candied ginger...does that help your heartburn?
Hey! You could name her Ginger cause she's spicy & showed this from the inside out! (I'm twisted...I know)

Two Mittens said...

I don't know any man who would do any of this voluntarily...plus all the bonus stuff after. How does 'Mother Nature' get us into this??

Two Mittens said...

VP -
Yes, I will breastfeed again. It certainly had its challenges last time, but hopefully it will be more straitforward this time.
I thought it was so interesting how one baby was a pro at it right away (even though he was tongue-tied and no one noticed for weeks in the hospital) and the ohter baby struggled with it all along. You just never know I guess.