So yesterday, I met with one of the women who lives here and works as a doula. Crazy story – we actually met through Rebecca of Better Life Bags at Blissdom. She was there to help with her set up for selling, and a group of us all went to lunch. In introductions, I found out she lived in El Paso, but we never got back in touch after. The other night on Instagram she mentioned she would love to offer her services. I had forgotten her name, and was convinced it was someone in Dallas or Houston that happened to see the “Texas” location for me.
Nope! She was still here!
I’d given up on finding anyone about a month ago. There are a few here but with my preterm labor and all the other stuff it seemed almost impossible to work with anyone. I think one of my biggest fears about the hospital was going into labor before my mom got here, and having Sam as the only one. If he had to leave, what would happen? When no one was with me was when all the crazy stuff happened before.
Having her there solves that completely.
Anyway, we met up and talked for an hour and a half about everything under the sun for labor and delivery. I feel so comfortable with her, so excited that God placed her in my life for this moment. My anxiety about this birth went down a lot just knowing I’d have an advocate for my wishes there, but also who could say, “This is something you need to let them do” to us – and I’m fine with that.
I’m going to be using hypnobirthing techniques with my labor. No, I had no idea Kate was doing the same. *sigh* One thing I really love about this concept is it’s pretty adaptable to any birth situation. So I can do it if I go natural, have an epi, am induced, or even have a c-section. Anne Marie of Do Not Faint has been incredibly helpful with this the past couple of months. She did this with her son in the hospital with a doula, so her knowledge has provided me with a wealth of info. Sam was a little freaked out at first (he thought I was going to hypnotize myself in labor), but once I explained it more he was on board.
Other randoms: I bought a birthing ball and it’s HEAVEN for my hips. Which still hurt so bad that at night I can’t flip over or get out of bed without Sam helping to push me.
So very classy.
I’m organizing all the little clothes and diapers. I have like 4 shipments from Amazon of “last minutes” (breastfeeding stuff, diaper covers, a tiny Ergo for Bella) coming in Tuesday so pretty much Tuesday will be the best day ever.
I’m on moderate bedrest so all of our leftover stash from Kiwi Crate is being used up at a rapid rate. (referral link) Also Playdoh, paint, and lots of free play. It’s been around 100* every day here. Still.
This is a great book on hypnobirthing, and it’s on Kindle too. (not a referral link)
I’m in need of a great pump (our insurance won’t cover, see post below), so if you all have any recommendations please tell me. Something that would work for travel when we move as well (maybe can be plugged into a car adapter?). I think Sam is hesitating at the prices of them all, and I don’t blame him.
And these are other things I’ve written about this week!
- In the Military? Out of Luck for a Free Breast Pump
- 33 Weeks Pregnant in Pictures
- 9 Types of Irritating People You Meet When Pregnant
- 13 Essential Apps for Labor and Birth Preparation