@TeaAndToast: My mom will most likely stay with us for a few days, at least. Is it bad that I am hoping and praying that my Mother-In-Law isn’t around too much, though? Gahh, she is so overwhelming and seriously the advice she gives sometimes…I wonder where in the world she thinks up some of the stuff she does. The suckiest part is that my mom lives 3 hours away and DH’s parents live 15 min away 🙁 I also worry about Mother-In-Law wanting to come over and just hog the baby which she will see as “helping” so I can get other stuff done around the house, whereas MY mother will cook, clean, do laundry, etc. (She did this for my 2 SIL’s that had babies) but it will only be for a few days before she will have to go back to work.
I agree with mtnhoney in that laboring at home for as long as you can will help with fewer interventions, but otherwise, if you do end up at a hospital you just have to be very adamant about how you want things to go and if you don’t want certain interventions then you just have to refuse them (not sure about Australia, but I know in the U.S. that even if we as physicians REALLY think a patient should have something done, without consent to do it or give the drug, we have no power if they decide they don’t want something). I am glad I will be delivering at a hospital though just for the fact that (heaven forbid) should I need an emergency c-section or something, I don’t have to travel anywhere. I have already seen too many situations that turned into needing an emergency c-section in my short amount of time in the medical field that it makes me uncomfortable not being so close to that option. I was pretty impressed at the hospital I used to work at, the baby was showing severe signs of distress–they had mom to the OR and baby out in under 19 min. I know that sometimes people do tend to jump the gun about c-sections, though, but sometimes they are actually necessary and most of the time not recommended unless the doctor feels it is truly best to get baby out of there. Of course, babies are born just fine all the time at home, etc., but once again, just seeing things that have gone wrong, it makes me feel better that I would be right there should the need for a c-section arise. Phew..sorry, long reply! Haha
we have ONE bathroom at our house. ONE. DH’s poops are also incredibly stinky EVERY SINGLE TIME. Wth? Haha…fortunately/unfortunately, I have been having more of the stuffy congested nose that I’m pretty sure is blocking my sense of smell more than anything. For a while in first tri, though, I felt like a bloodhound haha. I have wicked nasty farts, too. Yaaay pregnancy for stuff like that!
the acne on my face is (holy cow knock on wood) sort of clearing up, but it is raging full force on my chest, back, and upper arms. Ugh! I have been rocking a scarf almost every single day to cover up my chest if I’m wearing a lower-cut shirt. Sucks to have this awesome cleavage and feel too embarrassed to show it off bc of chest acne! Hahaha just kidding, I’m not too much of a put-em-out-there boob person, anyways because pre-pregnancy I didn’t have much going on for boobs.
so jealous you felt baby move already! I seriously think I felt this tapping a week or so ago, but since it hasn’t happened since then, I am beginning to doubt that was actually baby. The area right under my belly button hurts sometimes. Unfortunately, even if you are an innie, by the time you are very pregnant, all of us will turn into outies (but it usually goes back to normal-ish after delivery). My mom calls it your “turkey timer” and when it pops out, you know you are getting close to being finished cooking your baby! Hahaha