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Happy Birth Day!

Today you are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You! -Dr. Seuss

I have recently celebrated a milestone birthday, the big 30! Typically, birthdays are not that important to me, but this year it has been really different. Not so much in the “I am getting older” woes way, but more so introspective about what the meaning of the day is. Being pregnant obviously has something to do with this! Thinking about how significant the day of birth really is has sunk in. I took time to talk with my mom, and hear my own birth story. Being the 3rd baby, she was not as nervous or had as much worry as contractions began on August 7th. She took her time to shower and get my older siblings tucked in to bed before packing up her bag and heading to the hospital. I arrived only after 4 hours of labor at 12:04 AM on the 8th. This was a big deal, as the nurse wanted to make my birthday the 7th, and my mom had to insist that I was an 8/8 baby!

Hearing this story, affirmed for me the choice I was making in my natural birth process. The idea that Ms. Pepper will get to be the one making the call on when she decides to greet the world is important to me. I do not want to be in a situation where drugs, doctor’s timeframes, or hospital policies dictate our birth plan. Using a midwife, and following the Bradley Method, I will allow her to process through the birth cycle on her own terms. Hopefully, as fast as I did, but if not… That is okay too! I will be taking these next couple of months to prepare my body and mind for this endeavor, and try to be as go with the flow as a type A individual can be.

The anticipated date of delivery is October 27th, which really isn’t that far away! We have started our preparation of the nursery, and getting our home ready for baby. Taking time now to de-clutter and organize our spaces to make room for her, will hopefully make life just a bit easier once she arrives. Also, we are starting to collect lots of goodies from friends and family with little ones. This has been awesome because I feel like if we don’t make it to the deadline, we will still be prepared. Also, it has made my baby registry so much more fun! Getting to actually choose fun stuff for Ms. Pepper versus the basic things, like a diaper genie, has made this process more enjoyable than I had imagined it could be. I am not a big shopper, and so this aspect of modern gift giving is not so enticing to me. My sister has been very helpful in guiding me as to what is swanky and cool for mom and baby.

Luckily for me, we have one of the most awesome gifts for moms to be, the Milkies Milk Saver! The Milk-Saver is great for the breastfeeding mom that wants to make sure that she is catching as much of that ‘liquid gold’ as possible! The Milk-Saver is to be worn on the non-nursing side to catch the let down while you are feeding. It can hold as much as 2 ounces of milk, which can then be stored and used for another feeding. As I hope to breastfeed, I know that this will be a great asset to me! Another great tool I have recently become educated on, is called the ItzBeen. This is a computerized unit that will help you track how long it has been (get it) since baby last fed, was changed, or slept. From the moms I know using it, it sounds like a lifesaver!! Especially in the first couple of weeks of life, hours can disappear and it can be difficult to recall baby’s schedule accurately. Also, for parents that are co-parenting, this tool is helpful in allowing one to pick up where the other left off, and take care of baby with ease. Definitely added to the list of must haves!

Other than that, I think that we are good to go on the major things… besides the baby. But she will be here before we know it!

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