Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Labor & Delivery Bag

What I am packing into my labor & delivery bag:

Labor Snacks

  • Trail Mix
  • Energy Bars
  • Cheese
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Fruit cups
  • Honey Sticks

Labor Beverages

  • Coconut Water
  • Gatorade
  • Water

After-Delivery Beverages

  • Mike’s Hard Limeade

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Birth Plan — Final

Updated and revised my birth plan to reflect our plans for my GBS+ diagnosis, plus the possibility of being delivered by a back-up doctor:

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Full-term, GBS+, Doctor Gone

  • “Full-term” (37+ weeks) yesterday. Yay! (The word “full-term” is in quotation marks because “term” is really more of a spectrum, and many babies are not really ready at 37 weeks. But from here on out, I can now say that my child was born full-term and not as a preemie.)
  • Tested positive for GBS. Boo.
  • My hot doctor says he’s perfectly fine with me having a Hep-Lock installed and only being tied to the IV cart when the anti-GBS antibiotics are being administered. Yay!
  • Hot doctor is going out of town for his sister’s wedding from September 13th – 22nd. My due date is September 20th. So there’s a very real chance that he is going to miss my delivery. Boo.
  • Hot doctor is lining up two possible back-up doctors for me and he swears that they are natural-childbirth-friendly and will be fully advised on my birth plan. One of them I have seen a few times this pregnancy (the other hot doctor) and one of them I have never met before. Yay?

I had a fantastic, wonderful baby shower one week ago. There were a few disappointments, but overall it was lovely. The members of my church really went all-out for me and I’m overwhelmed by their love and kindness.

I’m done buying most of the essentials for baby. I’ll just be ordering my crib/changer combo this week. Still need to finish my cloth diapers; going to shoot for finishing just the newborn ones, and work on the other ones while on maternity leave.

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Home Stretch

Remember when I used to blog here? Wasn’t that fun? I can’t believe I’ve actually gone 6 weeks without a post!

I am 36+2 now, having reached the point where, if I go into labor, they won’t try to stop it, they’ll just deliver even though babies aren’t considered full-term until 37 weeks. So far my pregnancy continues to be healthy. I’m dealing with some (mostly-nocturnal) leg cramps, which is either due to pregnancy or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, the latter of which is very prevalent in my family. Only time will tell.

I just had my baby shower yesterday, and it was fantastic. Continue reading

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