So i've officially made it to my 8th month. That's longer than any of my previous pregnancies and i'm terribly excited!! I'm doing better, and baby Taryn is doing excellent. I had an appointment with my new midwife and i've lost 3 lbs since I left the hospital last Friday!
I had the courage to change Drs and i'm now seeing a very lovely midwife who works for UTMB named Kathy Wurzlow. She delivered the first baby of the new year to be born in Galveston county! She's very knowledgeable, and has been a CNM for over 15 years. I knew right off the bat already that her bedside manner was going to be better than my last OB. She's very sharp, smart, caring, and she actually listens to everything you have to say and offers great input. The only thing I noticed about her was that she's in favor of having an epidural. She says she's "in love with epidurals". Most of the CNMs i've encountered were for natural births, but she says she understands why I wish to go without an epi as long as possible. I had my first visit with her yesterday, and it went well! The only thing I wasn't happy about was having to get a tetanus shot :) LOL
Speaking of good news, I called my doula about a week ago with worries that we couldn't afford her, even with her discounted price. So, she gave me the numbers of two other doulas she knew of in the area, and after thinking about it, I picked a number and decided to call. What did I have to lose at this point? The first doula I called is from the Houston Bay Area and her name is Jessica Gonzales. She is such a sweetheart, and although she's been attending births for some time now, just got her certification, and specializes in low income mothers, families, and mother's opting for adoption. She is wonderful and is offering me her services for free. Her only stipulation is that her student midwife be allowed to attend my birth as well. I don't mind, so of course I said sure, and now I have not one, but two doulas attending my birth for free. I feel truly blessed that everything is going so well.
Tomorrow afternoon is my first of two baby showers. I decided to have one in my hometown, and one here in Clear Lake where we live. My Clear Lake shower is tomorrow. I feel so unloved and nervous because of all of the people my best friend invited, the only people who will be there are her, my MIL, me, and my hubby. Everyone else either had other plans or had to work. I feel like this was a bust. I really hope my shower back home turns out better, which it doesn't look like it, because my cousin whos throwing it for me lost the location that she had set to hold the shower at. Invites have not gone out yet, thankfully. I'm hoping she gets on the ball soon though.
I guess that's enough of a ramble now, if you've made it this far, you deserve something to perk your attention, so without further adieu....( Belly pics...Collapse )