I started packing the baby's bag last night which meant that I had to get on the ball to wash all the clothes. It actually took 2 loads in my front loading washer but that included the myriad of blankets and crib linens. I did open the package of newborn size diapers - I can't believe how small they look! It's so easy to forget how small babies are. With G I never used a special detergent - I just washed her stuff separately and did a second rinse on them. Even then, I only did that for maybe 6 weeks and then I just started washing her stuff with ours. Fortunately she didn't inherit my sensitive skin! My front loader washer has a "skin care rinse" that does about 3 separate rinses I think. Hopefully this one won't require anything more special than that.
Tick, tock. Just a few more days till I can start thinking labor thoughts! Actually, right now, I'm thinking 37 weeks would be a perfect time frame. We'll see what happens.
Here's my birth plan if anyone is interested:
I would like the following observed when at all possible:
- no drugs offered or administered unless firmly requested
- freedom to move about
- I would like to have the option of laboring in water
- I am aware of the need for IV penicillin for Group B Strep, but I would like to have a Heplock when the antibiotics are not being administered.
- vaginal exams only when necessary. I would prefer the midwife to do most of the exams, although it is okay for someone else to do an initial one.
- no artificial rupture of membranes unless necessary
- staff in the room should be limited to only those necessary
- eating and drinking allowed
- fetal monitoring via stethoscope or Doppler only except for the initial monitoring upon admission.
- no episiotomy unless absolutely necessary
- no medical interventions without first having discussed the benefits and risks with both of us
- immediate breastfeeding
- cord cutting delayed until pulsing stops if possible (G's cord was very short so it was cut more quickly so we could hold her)
- spontaneous placental delivery if possible
- no separation of mother and baby unless absolutely medically necessary
- in case a separation is necessary, J, M, or J should be allowed to be with the baby at all times
- no bottles or pacifiers
- anticipate 24 hour rooming in with breastfeeding on demand
- eye drops delayed until at least an hour after birth
- If a cesarean becomes absolutely necessary:
o I would prefer an epidural over general anesthesia
o J should hold baby as soon as possible so that K can see and touch
o attempt at breastfeeding as soon as is medically possible.