Mar 072013

Yep, another pregnancy post.  I am sure I am boring some of you to tears but this is my life these days!!!  I am at 44 days or less and counting….. am I going to be ready when the time comes??? I do not have my hospital bag packed and I have yet to formally write out a birth plan.  My greatest fear is going too early, in fact I had a dream about it early this morning…..

I dreamt that I was home alone and my baby was suddenly about to be born without warning.  Two quick pushes later and Bretton was here, with the umbilical cord still attached to both of us.  I immediately put him to my breast to feed while frantically trying to get ahold of Erick to let him know the baby was born and we needed to get to the hospital immediately.  He weighed 6lbs 15 oz and was 20″ long and healthy, despite being born early.

While I can only hope for an easy delivery, I am obviously panicked about it happening too fast and not being ready.  I assume these fears are normal and part of the process.  I was born 4 weeks early and barely made it to the hospital before my mom had me, so I think that is another thing that is always in the back of my mind.

Mommies, If you have any words of reassurance or advice for me, I’d be happy to hear it!!

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  1. I think your fears are completely normal. I remember telling my doctor some of my fears at my first OB appointment and she said to me “You’ll never stop worrying about your baby again.” At the end of my pregnancy, I was worried about Sawyer coming too late and not having my full leave at home with a baby. I will suggest getting your bag packed so you don’t have to worry about getting things together when it’s time to leave. This is one situation in life where you have little control over the sequence of events. Just slow down and try to focus on enjoying every movement while he’s still only yours to enjoy.

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  2. The weird dreams only get weirder. LOL You are normal, just try to prepare for what you can (like packing that bag) and try to let go of the stuff you can’t. A birth plan to let staff know what you want is good, but things don’t always go according to plan, so try to leave some flexibility. I was induced and labored 23 1/2 hours with my first. I just kept saying, “I can do anything for 24 hours.” Even though it’s intense, it is one day out of your life. You will be just fine, and you’ll have a good story and a great show-and-tell item as a reward. Best wishes to you, Erick, and baby Bretton.

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  3. I agree the others Kristi, you can’t predict anything and just take it day by day. I said this previously but thought I would say it again. Keep an open mind when it comes to your birth plan. You never know when it’s going to happen. For me, I worked a full day, had a normal OB appointment and FINALLY went to Target to grab those last minute items for my hospital bag. Two hours later I bent over and seriously thought I just pee’d my pants (I even told the nurse she was crazy when she was telling me my water broke when I called the hospital). Going into labor and your water breaking was NOTHING like I had imagined. It was way easier and completely fricken awesome!! The one thing I regret is not allowing Jason to video tape more. My boys are only 9 months and I can hardly remember the 30 hours of labor and all the pushing.

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  4. That’s a pretty specific dream with the weight and length. Hopefully Erick will be home in real life if you do go early! :)

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