Over the past few weeks, we have been attending a labor and birthing course instructed by doula, Ruth Kraft. We have thoroughly enjoyed her classes, and feel like we have learned a lot about our different birthing options. We have decided to have a water birth in our home. We know that it will be very difficult to have a natural birth, but feel that it is the best option for our family.
After speaking with several midwives, we have found one that we believe is very experienced (having worked as a Midwife for over 19 years).Lori Nelson is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. She has delivered 1,300+ babies, and has worked in hospitals, birthing centers, and now has her own private practice. Though, she is very professional and full of wisdom; she is also very down to earth and comical. We look forward to working with her.
As for the baby...
We have another ultrasound scheduled for the 19th, where we will hopefully find out the gender of our little Chupitite. We will also have the results of our last test that predicts mental disorders. However, we are not too concerned about this aspect of the appointment; since the first test detecting down syndrome was negative.
Now that we are fully into the second trimester, I (Lindsey) am now really enjoying pregnancy. I have begun to feel the baby flip and kick. It is amazing to be able to be part of such a wonderful part of life; I feel truly blessed! (And of course I'm tearing up while typing this!) My belly has finally begun to look like a baby bump, and people have begun to ask when I am due. :)
Friday, September 4, 2009
Today we are 12 weeks and one day.
We have had two visits with the baby already. We went for an ultrasound at 11 weeks and one day, and another at 12 weeks.
The first ultrasound was very exciting for us. When we first saw the baby, it was taking a nap. The baby was so sweet with one little arm behind it's head and it's hand on it's face. The tech was having trouble measuring the gap in the neck (to check for Mental Retardation [which she was unable to do]), so she asked me to cough a few times to wake the baby. Once it was awake, it streched and started moving very quickly. The baby looked like it was dancing. (It is part latino!) We were also able to hear the heart beat for the first time. It was so moving that it still puts me in tears thinking about it.
sleeping propped on it's arm
The second ultrasound was also very exciting. Before the appointment, I drank some green tea (which apparently helped the baby wake up, too). When we saw the baby, he/she was flipping and turning. Some how our little one managed to stay still long enough for the tech to measure a 1mm gap in it's neck! (which means he/she will more than likely be completely mentally healthy!)
Our tech, has been a special part of our baby progress. Not only is she our personal baby photographer, but she is very informative and very fun to talk and laugh with.