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Nov 28 2011

Birth Plan.

Published by under Pregnancy

I had an appointment today, and a growth check ultrasound. Asher is doing great – 3.5 pounds. The doctor said he is on track to be a “middle of the road” baby in terms of weight. That’s just fine with me. I don’t need a bruiser!

The other thing we discussed is my birth plan. I printed out the “Birth Plan Checklist” from BabyCenter and brought in a filled out copy for my chart. We went over it with the doctor and she reassured me that everything I asked for they either do by default or could be accomplished unless something went off the rails during the birth. Obviously, my main goal is to deliver a healthy baby. The birth plan is the ideal scenario. I wasn’t a Bridezilla and I don’t intend to be a Momzilla. I hope to roll with the punches like a trooper, but if everything goes to plan, here is the outline of our birth plan and the doctor’s comments:

  • The only people allowed in the labor room will be The Man and our parents. The only person allowed in delivery will be The Man. (Doc says: no problem, but depending on what’s happening, you may be limited to your husband and two other people at a time, so the parents may need to take shifts).
  • I’d like to be able to take pictures during labor/delivery.
  • I’d like the option of returning home if I’m not in active labor.
  • I’d like my partner to stay with me at all times.
  • I’d like a heparin or saline lock.
  • I’d like to be able to eat and drink normally and walk about as I choose. (Obviously, the epidural is going to interfere with this once I get it, but prior to that I don’t want to be on unnecessary restrictions.)
  • I want to progress free of stringent time limits and have my labor augmented only if necessary.
  • I want an epidural.
  • I’d prefer to give birth without an episiotomy.
  • I want to breastfeed as soon as possible.
  • We will be donating cord blood to a public bank. (Doc says: Remember to bring your kit and TAKE IT OUT OF YOUR BAG. I forgot to take mine out! All that prep work was wasted.)
  • I want all newborn procedures to take place in my presence, my partner to be with the baby at all times if I can’t be, a cot for my partner, and a private room. I also want 24 hour rooming-in with the baby. (Doc says: All this is done by default. We do kangaroo care for every baby, which means after the birth we don’t test, we don’t bathe, all we do is place the baby right on your bare chest for at least an hour. Skin-to-skin is very important to us. You’ll also have a cot for your husband no matter what, because since we do rooming-in, we know you’re going to need help.)
  • I want to breastfeed exclusively. Don’t offer my baby formula or a pacifier.

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Nov 02 2011

Maternity Clothes Shopping

Published by under Pregnancy,Rants

Warning: gratuitous use of capital letters ahead.

I’ve never really been the type of person who, when shopping for clothing, wanted a salesperson stuck to me. If one approaches me while I’m looking, my general response is “I’m all right, just looking around.” And then…they go away. And that’s exactly what I want. However, I’ve learned that maternity salespeople are a WHOLE different breed. I’ve tried the “I’m just looking around, I’ll let you know if I need anything” line, but every single time the salesperson just stands right there and keeps talking to me about sales and products and what in particular am I looking for? The one from yesterday (at Macy*s), actually TOOK THE SWEATER I was looking at out of my hands and hung it back up on the rack! All the time still talking about sales and promotions! Who the hell does that and expects the customer to remain receptive? This lady, obviously. She also tried pressuring me into buying a winter coat. “Well, you know, if you want a winter coat from here, you’d better buy one soon because I run out of sizes early.” Oh, thanks lady, I’m sure I’ll keep that in mind if I ever feel like spending $150 on a coat that I will wear for FOUR WHOLE MONTHS.

The other thing that bugs me is the prying questions into how big my wardrobe is. How is that relevant? “So, do you have a lot of maternity clothes, or are you just starting to get a few pieces, or…?” What does it matter? I may purchase this shirt. If I have 4 or 40 other shirts at home, I STILL may purchase this shirt. Why do you care how many clothes I have? I have never been asked this by any other kind of salesperson, only maternity salespeople. I can’t fathom a Best Buy employee asking me how many other computers I have at home, as though the one I’m buying now might not get enough love.

Has anyone else experienced this, or is it just me? I’m willing to concede that I might look like someone who is clearly lost and needs a lot of hand-holding, but you’d think that after I used the polite version of “Please leave me alone”, they would actually leave me alone.

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