Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Home Stretch

I can't believe I have entered my third and final trimester. Time really has gone by so quickly and I feel like I lost it all!
Parker is quite the mover. He shakes my belly around more than Graycen ever did. So I am wondering if this means he is going to be even more active than her - which is hard to do! I still get sick first thing in the morning but that's it. I was the same way with Graycen, too. Really, my morning sickness lasted the entire pregnancy - in a way. I have bursts of energy here and there but mostly there - LOL. I feel like my belly is bigger this time around. I hope that doesn't mean this is a bigger baby. Graycen was 8lbs 1/2oz and 21.5in - we'll see how big he is. Any guesses?
We've been stocking up on everything - diapers, wipes, etc. Every trip we make to Target I have bought a pack of diapers. I know we will go through them fast so I thought it's worth it to start stocking up now.
I have my 28 week appointment on Wednesday. I have decided to switch clinics as well as hospitals. I made this decision based on a couple of things. First of all, I made the decision to switch clinics because I have decided I am not going to try to be superwoman and go through L&D (labor & delivery) with no meds. I caved and got an epidural with Graycen and honestly, I have nothing bad to say about it. I remember everything so clearly, I was able to sleep for a while before pushing, I was happy, Graycen wasn't drowsy like "they" said she may be. The only part of it I didn't like was actually having it administered. I feel like if I continue to see the midwives they may try to push me a little harder to keep it natural and that's not the direction I want to go. I know I am going to get it so why bother trying for something else. Also - the midwives there only deliver at St John's. We decided that the hospital was a little further away than we would like for it to be. If I happen to go into labor during rush hour, we are looking at about an hour drive (if not more) to get to the hospital regardless if we take the highway or side roads. Not something I want to worry about.
So - with all of that being said, I am switching to Fridley OB/GYN for my care and Unity Hospital for my delivery. Unity is an Allina Hospital, which United was and I had a good experience there. I am pretty excited about my change, if you can believe it. I don't know many women that might be comfortable with switching clinics and hospitals in the 3rd trimester of their pregnancy. Crazy!
I think my next ultrasound (the one to check to see if the placenta has moved or not) will probably be at my next appointment - which will be at 30 weeks. I am excited since we will get to see Parker again - and so much bigger this time!


Steph said...

I am going to guess, 8lbs 10oz. I'm so excited to meet him!! You have to tell me how the ultrasound appointment goes!

Marketing Mama said...

Wow - it's getting so close! Good for you on changing clinics/hospitals - you have to feel comfortable with your decision. I know someone who delivered at Unity and was really happy with it! :)

Emilie said...

Congratulations on entering your third trimester! And good for you for making choices about your delivery that you feel good about. I wish I'd done that with Daniel.

(Just a side note, though, not that this should influence your decision - the midwives do deliver at St. Joe's and Woodwinds, too, not just St. John's. St. John's is the only place where they'll do a VBAC.)

Anonymous said...

keep me in mind if they change the due date or anything affecting Parkers time to enter this world to see his wonderful grams.... so that I can re-arrange my time off if necessary. I am excited about the time flying by. Am very proud of you making changes that best suits you all. Good for you. Love you tons........... Ma

Eric, Cindy and Aidan said...

Wow, it is going quickly! Good for you! It's so interesting, the whole changing hospitals thing. As an active-duty Airman, I didn't have a choice. :( But, everything went great.

Anyway, I finally responded to your tag. Check out random stuff about me on my blog. It was fun, but surprisingly difficult to think of 7 things!

pianomomsicle said...

Congrats on being 2/3 DONE with your pregnancy!

Good for you for making a decision, "choosing yourself" instead of feeling like you needed to stay at your old clinic or something silly like that. You did what you needed to do, and that's awesome.

Baby Parker: be nice to mommy!

MIP said...

How exciting to be getting closer to the end :)

Beth said...

Feel good about your decision. I know how you feel like you are 'caving' in, but you are not! All 3 of my births were medicated and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's such an enjoyable, memorable experience. I sound so silly when I say this, but I really do love giving birth.

Congrats on making it to the 3rd tri, almost there!