Wednesday, January 30, 2013

20 Weeks with Olivia Ruth

Yesterday I had my first appointment with one of the midwives we will be using this pregnancy. I absolutely loved her and her staff. There was no wait to see her (I have waited up to 2 hours at the doctor's office), the medical assistant called herself an MA instead of a nurse (I know that sounds silly, but it's one of my pet peeves because it is illegal, but it happens everywhere. So I was very impressed.), and she had had a water birth that she was willing to talk about and thought was amazing. 
Adam loves being held
I feel like I got big really fast. But I was measuring right at 20 weeks, and I was actually just one day shy of 21 weeks at the appointment. Olivia had a heartbeat of 132, and the midwife said she was moving around and kicking towards the doppler. The midwife did not rush at all, and talked to me a lot about the possibilities for the birth. They do delayed cord clamping, which I like. They also do immediate skin-to-skin. She talked about all the reasons someone may or may not be able to have a water birth (which my heart is not completely set on, but I would love to labor in the water at least!) I am really glad I switched, because I feel like we are on completely the same page on everything, including things that would be high risk and need a doctor or a change of plans.
20 Weeks - about to go to Ladies' Night!

We took a weekend trip down to Austin last weekend, and had a great time. Alan played a couple of church tournament basketball games (they won both, yay!), and we toured the state capital.
Matthew in blue, Adam in red. We are in the Senate Chamber.
We took our official 20 week belly picture at the Capital.

There was a beautiful, hilly, open area in front of the capital building. The boys ran and played until we had to finally leave to go back home. Great way to burn off energy before the 3 hour car ride. (They slept the entire way home)
Alan with his boys.


Shelly Cunningham said...

You look adorable, and I am so excited for you!

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Quite awhile ago (maybe a couple of months?) we were playing with the play dough and they were saying "pink" for the pink play dough at the time. It's probably fun word to say. -- Nana

mabia said...

Thank you for the inspiring reporting and beautiful photos! I have a question: how do the
mothers arrange their clothing to breastfeed so discreetly? I ask because here in the UK
some immigrant mothers find it hard to wear their traditional clothes and also feed the
baby - especially if they wear the shalwar kameez. I'm amazed because they must have been
designed for breastfeeding - but it seems the latest fashions are for a tight fitting,
long tunic. The shawl part of the sari looks very practical - but what do they wear
underneath and what options are there? Many thanks for any light you can shine on this!