I think my husband's told his side of the family now, so I guess it's time to spill the beans. Maybe it won't be quite a surprise to you either. My friend looked at me yesterday- not a hint of surprise in her face and said frankly, "We were wondering when that was going to happen. Aurelia was waiting for a friend" (her baby). Yes, we are pregnant! We are very excited to welcome a new baby into our family. It's so cute to see the kids' reaction to the news. They were not at all suprised either. Now they talk about the new baby and include the baby in many conversations. I am very thankful that jealousy has never been an issue with any new babies coming into the family. My kids have very generous hearts like their daddy!
I am due on December 9 (which is my mom's birthday), but the baby will be born at least 10 days later, as all the rest were. I hoping to get a midwife this time around. I am sick of being threatened C-sections by the delivery nurses and doctors. They seem to want to rush things along too fast with all the pitocin they can fill me with. Then when the baby is stressed out from all the contractions that were too hard and fast, they want to slice me open. No loss to them, but a big scar and future complications to which I say, "no thank you." I am really sick of the senereo. I feel like we've barely missed that from happening the last three times (thanks to many Hail Mary's). I know my body doesn't need to be rushed and it can have babies without all the medicine they seem to think I need.
Now, I've never had a baby without an Epideral, so I am a bit afraid of going without. With a slower paced delivery and no pitocin, I'm hoping it will make the Epidural unneeded. I say that because in the past, I feel it was needed to ward off the C-Sections. I never dilate fast enough for the doctors, but when the Epidural comes, boom! I am a ten! I'm hoping a Bradley course will help in the relaxing bit this time. People have been having babies natural since the beginning; I know it's not beyond me to do it too. I would like a chance to try it, but I know once I step foot in a hospital, the opportunity is taken from me. So birth center it is! I'm on a waiting list for December for the birth center, so for now, I'm seeing the regular OB/GYN. Please keep us in your prayers for a healthy baby and safe delivery!