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Kaye's Pregnancy Journal


Week 30
~ The Green-Eyed Monster (With the Yellow Belly)

This week has definitely been an interesting one. Apparently I was wrong last week when I wrote that I had finally figured out my body's fibre needs. I'll spare you the gory details, but I was really sick at the beginning of the week and spent a night curled up on the bathroom floor with horrible gas cramps and Braxton Hicks. They were so bad I actually wondered at one point if I could be going into labour - in fact, if it had been a month later I probably would have made Aaron take me to the hospital to check. At the very least, my hemorrhoids haven't come back, and I seem to be doing better now (famous last words, I know)

Also this week, Aaron decided he will be changing jobs. The company he currently works for is in Chapter 11 and issuing lay-offs on a weekly basis - a rather scary situation for us as new home owners and expecting parents - so when he got offered a similar job with a competing company he decided to take it. It looks like he'll be doing mostly the same things with many of the same people (a number of his co-workers have also been hired) for a little bit better pay, but less vacation time. Not only that, but they are even going to let him take his Parental Leave when I have the baby (this was a major worry for us with him switching jobs at this point) and our Health Benefits start right away. I am so relieved, I cannot put it into words. We probably would have been ok for a while if he had been let go, but things would have definitely been tight, and it is just a big weight off my shoulders knowing that we will still have money coming in. Also, because of company policy, once he gives his 2 Weeks Notice on Monday he will be sent home with pay, so he will have a two week vacation during which we plan to try and re-do our kitchen floor (which is in desperate need of repair).

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And now to deal with the event that inspired the title of this week's entry. My next door neighbour had her baby this week - which is great and I couldn't be happier for her, except that she had such a wonderful birth experience that I can't help but be jealous. Her baby came 10 days early and weighed just over 6 lbs, and she had a completely natural Home Birth with no drugs and only 9 hours of labour, mostly overnight. Not only that, but it went completely textbook (lost mucous plug, water broke, contractions started, baby came) and she had no tears or anything! I saw her about 10 hours after the birth and she looked great, although, of course, she was a bit sore and thinks she may have cracked her tailbone. Even still, I'm jealous. Not that I want a Home Birth (really, I'm much more comfortable with the idea of a hospital), and I have a feeling I'll be calling for an epidural pretty quickly (I had contractions both before and after my D&C last pregnancy and I know how painful they are), but I have a feeling that my labour is not going to go nearly as smoothly (I'm picturing at least a week late and a minimum of 20 hours of labour, but maybe that's just the pessimist in me). I've been reading a lot of Birth Stories on StorkNet because I want to have some idea of what I'm in for (or could be in for) and I'm trying not to dwell on the bad things, but I am totally a worrier (and yet, I can't stop reading them). I'm freaked out by the idea of an episiotomy (I really need to start working on my Birth Plan so I can record these things) and worried about bleeding after the baby comes out (I'm a bleeder), but I'm even more freaked out by the idea of a Cesarean (which is a possibility because I have surgical scars from a laproscopy a few years ago, not to mention the fact that this baby loves lying transverse). Sigh. I know that there's nothing I can do except try not to worry (and stay in good shape, do my Kegels, and start some perineal massage). And maybe I'll feel a bit better about things after a few prenatal classes (which start on Monday). But really I think I just need to keep in mind that this is something most women go through, and they survive it, and I will too. Besides, there's such a great prize at the end that makes it all worthwhile. I can do this.

Well, I guess that's it for this week. Next week looks to be pretty busy with starting on the kitchen floor and cleaning in preparation for a visit from my parents (I've already been bitten by the Spring Cleaning/Nesting Bug, so there shouldn't be too much to do), and it'll be great to have Aaron home for a while to help out with things. I'll let you know the week goes in my next entry.

Until then,
~ Kaye

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