I've had quite a few readers ask me for an updated profile picture (ok, just one reader--that's you, Stacy!!). ;o)
Here's the latest:
So now I am officially 8 days overdue. But still not anxious since like I mentioned before, the midwives are using the "early" due date. I have an ultrasound scheduled for Monday, if I make it that far, and an appointment for Monday or Tuesday to begin monitoring. Interestingly, the medical community doesn't officially count a woman as "post-date" until 2 weeks beyond the due date. I asked why so many inductions occur much earlier than that, and my midwife said for a variety of reasons but mostly because of the mother's request, the doctor's convenience, or the suspected size of the baby. But, she said, as midwives they have seen women do great things when giving birth un-induced and she has no doubt I can do it. They are willing to "walk with me" up to the 2-week overdue mark, and even for another week with lots of monitoring. So…we'll see!
The (attempt at a) home birth stems from my realizing that my own cozy home has no medical disadvantage than the (beautiful) birth center. The midwives have all the same equipment and I get all the same birth care. The difference is setting (Andaluz really is beautiful!!!) and in postpartum care. When weighing the pros and cons, I realized that if I can get my bedroom to be a nice birth suite, and have Marcus be my postpartum caregiver…then why not try a home birth? So that's where we are now.
|Earlier this summer we moved the bed to the turret area.|
I love it! It feels so peaceful, and frees up an area for a small
"living room." This picture is taken from the door.
|My view from the bed. All the lamps are on dimmers. Marcus|
installed a small TV on my request, and it's been a fun novelty
to lay in bed or sit on the couch and watch a show. (The
TV is on an adjustable arm).
|From the door, looking slightly left. You can|
see my nursing station and the changing
table, by now mostly stocked.
|The potty room is just steps away (actually,|
much closer than it is at Andaluz!).
|The best thing? I have all my cozy clothes|
right here--no need to pack a bag.