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7 Quick Takes: The Mostly Birth but also Other Stuff Edition

Jacqui Skemp3 Comments
1. We made it! 36 weeks! Iggy was born at 36 weeks and 1 day and needed no NICU time, which was a blessing. So if this baby were to come today (which I really hope is not the case) we would probably be in the clear for our regular ol' hospital birth and no extra time for baby. At this point we've got small goals. First, I would like to make it past my birthday, which is Monday the 13th, because I'm selfish. Second, I would like to make it to at least 37 weeks because I won't have the option of a water birth if I go before then. Third, if we make it to 38 weeks I'll actually get to take a birthing class. It's a special class for second (or third, or fourth) time parents, and I'm looking forward to it. We never took any kind of class with Iggy, and while things went well, it would be nice to be able to practice some techniques and maybe talk through some things that I would like to go differently. That's the last big milestone I would like to get it. After that, it would be nice to have a full term baby who is a good nurser and is chubby :)

2. Speaking of birth, I've been reading lots of birth stories. It was really helpful for me to read positive birth stories before Iggy was born. I especially like the kind where an unmedicated labor goes well. I've started a Pinterest board where I'm collecting the ones I've liked or would like to read. But Grace has a great birth story link up, and I'm reading a few here and there.

3. And again with the birth stuff. Here are two books that I found super helpful in preparing me for Iggy's birth, and I'm re-reading them in preparation for this baby's birth.

Ina May's book was so good for me last time. I devoured it, and remembered her encouraging words when I was actually in labor.

My girlfriend sent me her copy of this book. We couldn't afford to take the Bradley classes last time around, so it was nice to have the book to read. I especially liked the visuals of the uterine muscles and the section on emotional sign posts during labor. It was helpful for me when I hit that wall of "I can't do this anymore" to dig deep in my mind and remember that that sort of thought meant I was almost done with labor.

4. This is one of my new favorite blogs to read: Mama Needs Coffee. I find Jenny's writing so honest, clear and enjoyable. If you don't already read her blog, you should start. 

5.  I didn't get a picture of our family this year on Easter, but I do have this adorable photo of Iggy. 

He's got a bump on his forehead from running into a door frame. But he seemed to recover well :)
We went to the vigil and I was really anxious about how he would do because he had refused to nap that day. And when the kid who usually naps for 3-4 hours skips his nap, the end of the day is pretty awful. But he ended up falling asleep in his daddy's arms. I relieved him for a bit, and held my baby boy in my lap and listened to the choir sing Palestrina's Sicut Cervus (which I sang in high school). I sang along because I was by myself in the chapel. Pure Easter goodness. 

6. Our seeds are growing, but I think I planted the cucumbers and squash too early. They are starting to look kind of sad in their little tiny cells. So I might need to transplant them soon. Otherwise, the tomato plants are starting to show their second set of leaves. Now that I know they can be replanted deeper in the ground so they are not so leggy, I'm not as anxious about killing them as I was last year. 

We also spent this lovely Saturday afternoon blowing bubbles, drawing with chalk on the front steps, and raking up the leaves to prepare the front yard for all the ferns that come in each year. I didn't do much work because I'm doing my best to make sure this kiddo stays cooking for a few more weeks. Iggy enjoyed the one puddle in the driveway though.

7. And I have some sad news. This blanket I've been working on...

It's ruined. I washed it, and the colors bled so much, that the white looks gross and dingy. I read afterwards that I could have soaked it in vinegar to try and set the colors. It was so lovely and soft before, and now it just is… sad. I'm not sure what to do. I might try washing it again and using some softener and maybe it will just be a car/park blanket. Sad day. 

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