Tuesday, July 28, 2009

24 week Appointment

Today, I had my 24 week appointment...I changed it from Wed. I had the diabetes test....boy did that sugar liquid hurt my stomach. I don't think I will be having a milkshake today. I got my blood drawn and Nurse Nancy said no news is good news...so we will see if they call in the next couple days. I had quite a few questions to ask Dr. Pohl about some changes happening in my body and he answered them as I got measured and he took the heart rate....of course due to this....I didn't ask him the heart rate. But it seems as though everything is looking great. Next appointment is August 24th and after that I see the doc every 2 weeks....I can't believe we are almost to that point....Seriously time really does fly!

And since time seems to fly so quickly, I have really been thinking more and more about this whole LABOR thing that will be taking place in 3 months. I have been doing more research on the steps that take place during labor and trying to mentally prepare myself for the changes my body will go through...just trying to wrap my brain around the fact the a baby will be coming out of my body! I don't think anyone can truly prepare themselves for the pain that comes from child birth but I am definitely not naive to it. But there are certain things that I feel very strongly about...just knowing myself.

1. I do not want to be induced to fulfill a "plan" I have in my head...to meet a certain deadline or because it will be easier for my doctor's schedule. I feel that childbirth is a very Natural thing that woman have been doing for thousands of years! I want the baby to come when he/she is ready. The only reason I would ever agree to be induced is if the doctor strongly recommends it for the baby's health.

2. I hate drugs, medicine, needles....especially HUGE ONES. I know this about myself and I have always been this way. A bottle of Tylenol lasts for years in my cabinet. I don't like the feeling of not having control of my body. I am just not all about it. So...you can probably imagine my hesitancy with an epidural. I am not against an epidural....because once again...how can you really mentally prepare yourself for that amount of pain....I am just not one who is 100% for it and looking forward to it.

3. I am a very mentally strong, positive person. And on the day of labor and actually from here on out...I want to surround myself with people who are also positive. In talking with people about certain ways I feel about labor or choices I have made to do my best to have a natural labor, I get so many mixed reactions....You are crazy....We will see how long that lasts....You have never been through it before....Have fun with that....and the lists goes on and on of negative things I have heard about something I feel strongly about. But ultimately....It is ME who will be going through this whole thing and is it too much to ask for a little POSITIVITY? All I ask for is encouragement and people saying "I can do it" to help reinforce in me what I already know.

Here is a 24 week belly pic...
I also picked up this cd for the baby---
I think Jewel has a beautiful and calming voice. The cd is full of absolutely gorgeous lullabies. I will be playing this as often as I can remember before we go to sleep so the baby will already know it once it is born.

Aside from Baby, as you all know, my sister's girls are visiting right now. I cannot believe how much they all grow from visit to visit, but the biggest change has been in Rylee. One thing that hasn't changed is her love for Zach. I don't know if you remember a post back around Christmas about how much Rylee just absolutely loved being with her Uncle Zach. But it hasn't changed. It is so sweet watching them play.

Here are pics from Christmas

11 comments:

The Sweet Life said...

Your belly is so cute!! Also, my mom had 5 natural births...I know you can do it if that is something you want to do.

momofbugs said...

wow she has changed so much since christmas.
You can do it naturally...I did and it was the best thing and because I have experienced both then you can really trust me when I say that natural is a much better way to go.

Carrie said...

I hope you do well with the natural labor. I had to be induced. I am one who sees a needle and hits the floor and the epidural is not bad. I promise if you do decide to get it, it is worth it. It helps a lot and you can get them to turn it off when you start pushing. You will still feel the baby and everything!

The Groves' said...

I also wanted to do everything naturally and I got alot of the negative comments about it too, so I know exactly how you feel!!! I ended up asking to be induced because I was in so much pain and I got the epidural, but looking back now, I wish I had just gone with my original plan (and I will, if possible, on my next baby)! So I'm gonna say, GO FOR IT and YOU CAN DO IT!!!! :-)

Brenda Upton said...

Hey girl! This is so exciting! I'm so happy that everything is going well with the pregnancy. I've been keeping up with you on here:) Can't wait to see your little boy (I have a feeling) and take some lovely pics!

kimberly t. bowling said...

YOU CAN DO IT!!

May the force be with you!!

Signed, Yoda, or Kimberly, who couldn't do it without the wonderful aide of drugs, but admires those who do!! :)

Christine said...

Hi! I followed your blog from Kellys Korner, and I am also having a baby, only I'm 29 weeks. I couldn't agree with you more about natural birth. I don't like the idea of being on meds during labor, I think not having it is so much healthier for the baby. Anyway, good luck and stay encouraged!

"Z" said...

It all boils down to what you want. And i think I know you well enough to say that if anybody has the will power to go natural-you do.So do what you know you won't regret.I'm a big chicken as far as pain goes, so be comfortable with your decision and go for it.I think for you natural is the right thing to do because that's all you've talked about even before you got pregnant.You'll do good.Love you.

Kari said...

Enjoying your blog. Agree with all your points about labor. Induction, epidural, etc. I had all that with my first thanks to a shady OBGYN (4 years ago) and had my 2nd in February at a birthing center. No induction. No drug intervention. Just me, baby, midwife and nurse. It was beautiful.

Jennie said...

Came across your blog today on Kelly's Korner blog hop and wanted to say hi.

We didn't find out what our Peanut was, either, until she got here! Stay strong - it was so fun being able to "It's a girl!" and it actually be news :)

The Sundseths said...

Hey Rebecca! Someone linked me over to your blog becasue we are due about the same time! Im due November 8th! I havent seen you since Pius and you look awesome!