Monday, September 29, 2008

What's wrong with her? Why is she doing THAT?

Natural childbirth, that is. I've heard from countless people who find out my desire to have this baby without drugs that I'm crazy and what is wrong with me. Some have said it straight to my face, while others are kind enough to say those things behind my back. Well, here's my answer.
1. I'm doing it for the baby. The baby will have the best chance of being born safely, quickly, and alert if I do not get an epidural. That is the number one reason I am going to attempt a med-free birth.
2. I'm doing it for me. I'm not super athletic or super smart, I'm a pretty average girl. I'm happy with that. I've never accomplished any big goal I've set for myself. I've never run a marathon, climbed a mountain, won an outstanding award...nothing like that. For me, this IS my marathon. This is something I desire to do...blood, sweat, tears, and all. I have a goal set before me, and I will do everything I can to acheive it.
3. I'm doing it for all of you who think I can't. Is that petty or selfish? I don't care. I almost want to send a big fat SCREW YOU letter to those who doubt me.

If, for some reason, I am unable to complete this task, I will be fine with that. My most important goal is a healthy mom and healthy baby. I will be flexible during labor, but unless medically necessary for the health of me or my child, I'm not abandoning my goal. The end.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Baby C is HUGE! According to their measurments, I'm measuring at 37 weeks! I'm barely 35 weeks though. The weight is like 6 and a half pounds or a little more. Everything was measuring bigger. They said he/she was in the 86th percentile for where we are...anything between 10 and 90% and they don't change the due date, but over 90 and they do. I'm pretty darn close to having my due date moved up. Honestly, I never pictured Luis and I having a large baby.. at all. I mean, I was 6lbs 15oz at birth, and I know Luis was smaller too. But, my dad is 6'3" or so, and Luis' uncles are all kinda big guys..not huge, but kinda big. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but I highly doubt I'll go past my due date. The doctor wants me to come back in 4 weeks for another ultrasound "IF I havent' delivered" and she emphasized "if". 4 weeks is October 14th...that's a week earlier than my original due date, and the u/s doc doesn't really think I'll make it that far! More cool news: we got a 3D ultrasound at the end! Luis told the u/s doc that she said we could get one last time. She's like, "Oh, I did..okay..Jennifer, get it hooked up and do it when I'm done." The thing is, she didn't say that! Luis was half kidding around with her, but when she said do it, we weren't arguing..neither was the tech. She wanted to do one, but she hardly ever gets to. Luis told her the truth and she laughed! I really enjoyed seeing the baby like that. We only got to see it's face, but it was such a perfect little face with chubby cheeks! I'm so in love.

Everything's fine

I hope I didn't keep all (two or three) of you in suspense for too long. Our little house survived the hurricane. Actually, everything around us did. It wasn't nearly as bad as they thought it would be. We lost power for a week, so we stayed in Dallas longer than we expected, but we had a great time. I loved catching up with family and friends there. We also got to have cupcakes from "Sprinkles", you know, the place they have in Los Angeles. According to Julianna (a friend from Dallas), "Dallas thinks it's LA." Haha.
Anyway, I have some baby updates, but I wanted to do this post first.