Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Hospital Bag and an Isaac and pregnancy update

I finally started packing my hospital bag. I didn't really feel the urge to pack a bag because I didn't really know which birth plan we were going to have. I wanted to try for a VBAC (because it would be healthier for me in the long run), but several things had to check out before the midwives and specialist could agree that it would be a good idea. I had one person basically tell me that it couldn't happen because I was destined to have another huge baby, probably would have gestational diabetes and should think about whether or not I want to risk it (I do not have gestational diabetes and it has been checked in a few different ways). But I had quite a few other  midwives and a specialist who were supportive and who told me that we just needed to wait and check things out and that the chances of being able to try a VBAC were good.

We got great news from an ultra sound 4 weeks ago that Isaac wasn't even close to heading down Noah's weight path, and then we had another ultra sound on Friday that confirmed that he was still staying on the smaller side (compared to Noah). He is in the 75th percentile for size at this gestational age but Noah was above the 95th at birth. Isaac was measuring 7lb 4oz at 37 weeks and 4 days, but they estimate that he should only put on another pound - 1.5lb by week 40 (Noah was 10lb 11oz at 40 weeks and 4 days). So, after going through a lot of tests, meetings, and waiting, I finally have the go ahead that attempting a VBAC would definitely be a good idea. They had to check so many things out before they could recommend VBAC, that it is nice to finally have a real answer. Now, the trick is for my body to actually kick into labor!! I could still end up with a c-section after a trial of labor or if I never go into labor, but I'm hoping!

I'm basically going to experience everything for the first time. Apparently, I was having contractions with Noah at the end, but I didn't know it and didn't go into labor -  so, I can't really recall a difference in the real contractions and the braxton hicks contractions I had with Noah. I google things and sometimes actually ask real, living people.

Since everything has been so crazy with waiting for answers, I've gotten in the habit of not sharing anything about the pregnancy. A quick summary is that it has been going great! I had some sickness in the beginning, have heart burn at night, have ligament pain when I wake up or stress something by the way I'm sitting... but that is about it. In general, I've been able to move a lot better in this pregnancy and it has been a huge blessing! I can still garden, take care of the chickens, feel like I want to run around and walk normal at almost 38 weeks!! I had issues with joint pain, back pain, ligament pain and stress on my stomach with Noah that made it really difficult.

the mostly packed bags

I figured I'd share my bag so far because I'm having fun packing for the hospital. I'm trying to go simple, but I'm also being realistic that we live an hour and a half away from the hospital and might end up just "needing" something I decide to leave at home. So here is my list:

In the hobo bag:
  • CJ’s BUTTer in jar 
  • Nursing "stuff" 
  • Bible 
  • Music CD 
  • Laptop, Camera, and Cell Phone and Chargers 
  • Birth Plan 
  • Purse 
 In a small suitcase:
  • Swaddle blankets 
  • House Coat 
  • Joel’s Swim Suit 
  • Isaac’s going home clothes 
  • Clothes for me to go home in 
  • Change of clothes for Joel 
  • Toiletries from bathroom 
 And my Boppy Pillow

I ended up making the hobo bag as a last minute decision and it put me in the mood to finally finish a few swaddle blankets and a baby carrier I had been planning to do. Since I had the sewing machine out, I decided to throw together a hat for Isaac too (hope it fits!).

The hobo purse I created

Tigger modelling a hat I made for Isaac

Two cotton gauze swaddle blankets
a 5 yard piece of gauze, cut in half lengthwise and hemmed. Makes a non-stretch wrap carrier similar to the moby wrap - but because it can't stretch, you can do a back carry.

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