cassidyrose: (Great American Music Hall)
Still here, still pregnant. Two weeks to go. Mostly we are really busy getting the house ready for another child and doing things like sorting baby clothes/baby items, rearranging furniture, re-purposing furniture, cleaning out closets, etc. We are trying to give S. as much time and attention and possible right now and are doing holiday things like Christmas in the Park and Zoo Lights early this year. We just bought a small artificial tree that we are going to decorate with him later.

Not much else. [ profile] ptor is still unemployed and we, like millions of others, lost our COBRA subsidy this month so our payment went from ~$500 a month to ~$1,500 a month. That hurts. We are stressed. Of course on top of the premium we have to still pay deductibles and co-pays, so our medical expenses are through the roof.

I have hit the very-end-of-pregnancy wall o' exhaustion and it is difficult to get motivated to do anything, but I am getting things done. The to-do list is shrinking and I finished the baby's hat and blanket and am nearly done with my nephew's. I also got Christmas shopping done for my nephew and we've got most of S.'s done.

So, that is that.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
We hired a doula today. After worrying we weren't going to find one this close to our due date (note: doulas working in the Berkeley area book up FAST!) we found one that has everything I really wanted. She has roughly ten years of experience, she is a CMT, she has done many, may births at our hospital and with our midwife, she has attended numerous VBACS, and she is the right personality-type for me. Added bonus is that she actually used to work as a midwife. As our doula she does not provide any medical care, but her midwifery knowledge is there. Attempting the VBAC we wanted to be sure we assembled the most knowledgeable and VBAC-friendly birth team possible. To this end we are traveling thirty miles to a hospital that is equipped and willing to do VBACs and that does them on a regular basis, we are using a midwife rather than an OB (she does have two surgical back ups at the hospital), and we are using an experienced doula. We are anticipating a long labor given how our birth with S. went so having someone who can help manage that with us is key. The only downside is the doula we chose costs more than some of the others and it is not like we have a ton of extra money lying around, but I feel like she's the best choice and I feel very comfortable with her and it is hard to put a price on that. We had a consultation today, then next week we have a two hour meeting with her, then we have another meeting with her in the following weeks to help prepare the birth plan/preferences and work on labor support stuff.

Only seven more weeks to go. Yikes!
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
Baby Fly should be here sometime within the next 24 hours. See [ profile] baby_fly for more info. and updates.


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