Thank you everyone for your quilt compliments and baby interest! We had a great ultrasound, it was so much fun seeing the baby kick me as I was feeling it. I seem to be growing a little martial arts expert, this little one is seriously wiggly. I think I emailed everyone who was interested in knowing the sex, but please let me know if I missed you! It was a busy couple of days following the appointment.
At the moment, I am loving everything about being pregnant. Well, almost everything. I have a nasty cold, and it would be great to be able to take some medicine, but beyond that… I love everything else. I just finished reading Deepak Chopra’s Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives, which really made me feel much more spiritually connected to this little baby. I must come up with a nickname, though… to avoid using “it.” So, how about Little A?
The advice keeps coming, of course. Some of it is welcome and helpful. Some seems intrusive. A few nights ago, we attended a small dinner party with a few friends and they invited their neighbor, who turned out to be an anesthesiologist at the hospital where we are having our baby. “I’ll probably be the one giving you your epidural,” he said. I squirmed a little in my seat. The conversation continued, he advised that I get the epidural first thing when I am admitted, another friend (who does not have any children) said, “don’t do what my friend did… 26 hours of natural labor, then a C-section. All that pain for nothing. Just get the epidural.” I just took it in and nodded, but apparently not convincingly enough, as they kept on harping at it. I figured it was best not to reveal to this crowd that I plan on having a natural birth.
And then I started second guessing my plan. Is the information I have received regarding Pitocin, epidurals, and c-sections all one-sided? Is it fair not to research the other side? Am I open to even learning about the modern day medical procedures that are so standard in today’s births? I know that I can be pretty stubborn when I make up my mind about something, but these decisions don’t only affect me…