Pregnancy Diary: Week 23

Baby Feet Shew! Finally get a spot of a breather to catch up on my pregnancy diary while we visit a bit with my folks. While littlest is now 20cm long, and weighs about 455g and is learning how to recognise my voice, the toddler is 85cm (just over half my height) and weighs about 12kg, a reasonably petite girl, and she is learning about warning us when she wants to use the toilet.

Speaking of the folks, the toddler is very privileged to have 2 sets of doting grandparents, all still married and all still alive and within an hour's drive. The toddler's parents especially appreciate the support of the grandparents! The fact that the toddler is just too darn cute and not a terror to look after also helps!

'We value your call,' loses its sincerity at about the 29th time.

I was on the phone to our medical aid again this week, and got a completely different story from last time, so I decided to email client services with the list of procedure and ICD codes my midwife gave me to see what they cover. At least then I have a record of our correspondence and I don't have to sit on hold for ages. 'We value your call,' loses its sincerity at about the 29th time.

I don't believe in taking birth lying down.

It would be so much easier to just phone the hospital and book my bed. But that's precisely it. I don't want a bed. I don't believe in taking birth lying down.

...we kind of have to believe that there is some kind of master plan through it all.

I mentioned last week about having to save up to pay various amounts before the birth, and some things have happened with my husband's work and fledgling business/es that has made that an even more formidable challenge, so having done our best, we just have to really surrender the whole situation and trust that things work out for the best. So many random things have happened over the past 4 years, like unexplainable job losses, that we kind of have to believe that there is some kind of master plan through it all, otherwise we'd just go insane.

I tend to dominate belly, birth and baby conversations and I have a sneaky suspicion that I'm becoming a bit bothersome to be around once I get on a roll.

Also, I must admit that my passion seems to be getting the better of me more often than I'd like. I'm so eager to help empower women to give birth naturally, and to set them up for natural birth and breastfeeding, and I find so much non-evidence based practice that I really find myself getting quite upset and aiming to be understood rather than to understand. I also find that I tend to dominate belly, birth and baby conversations and I have a sneaky suspicion that I'm becoming a bit bothersome to be around once I get on a roll. So I'm busy doing some introspection on the matter to see how better to communicate my passions in a way that makes people want to hear more, rather than thinking I'm just a nutcase.

I am also busy writing some pages about birth and labour support...

Anyway, part of the reason this week's pregnancy diary is so short is because life has been super crazy busy, although things should be calming down a bit next week. I am also busy writing some pages about birth and labour support – different types of labour support, some tips for husbands and friends a relatives on how to support a mom through pregnancy, labour, birth and the weeks (months and years) after birth, what a doula is and what the benefits of having a doula are. I thought it was going to be a simple page on 'birth support' but is has turned into at least 4, possibly 5 separate pages on various forms and types of birth support. At least it will be comprehensive!

So, while you're looking out for week 24 of our pregnancy diary, you can also keep an eye out for a page on enjoying pregnancy, and some others about birth support (when I get there!).

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