Filling out paperwork for the birthing center.
One of the papers is about having metabolic and hemoglobin screening for the baby. The paper lists off diseases that could be detected if we have the screening done. One of them is maple syrup urine disease.
Excuse me? Is this a joke?
Ok, I know i promised you photographs of our house and process photos as we cleaned/decorated/made it ours, but I have been dealing with a little thing called “oh-dear-goodness-how-much-bigger-can-my-tummy-get?!”
I am in my 34th week of being pregnant. Translation: 6 weeks until due date.
WHAT?! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?
I will never know.
I am well into my third trimester and my old friend Mr. Sleepy has paid another visit. He’s not as intense as he was in the first trimester. I was basically in a small coma back then. To the extent that if someone had been robbing us I would have asked him to keep it down while he put our laptops and cash in his backpack.
I sleep about 11 hours each night and then take one or two small naps throughout the day. And when I am awake I am not really that fun to be around to be honest. Matt found me on the kitchen floor the other day complaining that I couldn’t find a place for our napkins and tea cloths. Pathetic, I know. But aside from my hormonal changes, things are going well. Baby is happy and healthy and is attempting to evacuate my body by way of my rib cage with its feet.
We have been attending birth classes at our birthing center for the past few months and we only have one more to go before the big day. This past class was the big Kahuna: Giving Birth. Oh joy.
Everything was going well. We met in our normal room and went over a packet that the midwives have created, and we happily chatted through that. Then Jill, our midwife, took us back to the birthing rooms. Each room has a big bed, some rocking chairs, yoga balls, a huge bathroom and a very large jacuzzi tub (for those planning a water birth) She gave us an in depth tour and shared some funny stories. I sat down on a little stool near the back of the room and looked around at the 6 other Mums and their husbands. Every women had more or less the exact same expression on her face. It was a look like none other.
The look said, “Oh Sh*t.”
And I was feeling the same way.
You know when you go on a roller coaster and you hit the point where there is no turning back? That’s how we all felt.
My only previous experience with something like this is riding Splash Mountain in Disney World Florida. It’s a great idea in the beginning. Then you start climbing that point right before the drop and all I want to do is stand up and scream “WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS ANYWAY?!”
Do you see that small child riding in the front of the log in the photo above? His expression is pretty dead on to my own when I ride that thing. Everyone else is having a simply fantastic time and I am wishing that I had taken my Mum up on her offer to buy me a candy apple and look around the shops while my Dad, sister and now Matt go on the ride.
But to be honest, as much as I am a little nervous I am more excited than anything. We have waited a long time to meet this little one and we still don’t know if it is a boy or a girl so there is a big element of surprise that will hopefully help me through labor. So let’s do this!!
Side note: While everyone in the birthing room was intently listening to Jill, Matt was biting his lip trying not to burst out in hysterics. He later told me that while we were in the room he looked over at one of the other Mums as she sat down on the edge of the tub. Then two other Mums sat down on the edge of the bed. The other Mums were swaying from side to side with their hands on their lower backs. He then turned around to find me sitting on a stool rocking from side to side to help me become comfortable. All that he was thinking in his head was, “MY GOODNESS, I HAVE NEVER BEEN AROUND SO MANY PREGNANT WOMEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. THIS ROOM IS ONE BIG GIANT PREGNANCY HEADQUARTERS!!!” And for some reason, this was very funny to Matt. Thankfully he didn’t laugh out loud and announce his epiphany to the rest of our class.