Sooo…pregnancy. I feel like it has been forever since I clued the Clumps of Mascara family on what’s been happening with baking Baby #2. I want to say that this pregnancy has flown by but yeah…no. It hasn’t. Those first few months of morning sickness seemed like a century and now that I’m a good 31 weeks, of course life is in overdrive. Surprisingly, I’ve got baby items ready to go so I’m thrilled that at the very least, baby boy will have a onesie or two.
Physically, I’m dragging and it’s getting difficult to bend over but I’m keeping up with my daily stretches and squats and getting in some walks as much as I can. EB and I hang out at the park where I attempt to chase her and I’ve got my eyes set on a chiropractic adjustment and a prenatal massage.
I’m having one!
Crazy? No, not really. If you remember EB’s birth story, I had her at a birth center. I figured since I rocked one out-of-hospital birth, I can do the same thing a second time around. This time without having to leave my house and then leave the birthing center hours after giving birth. A homebirth means I can labor, birth and recover in one spot. Sounds glorious, doesn’t it?
Aren’t you afraid?
Nope. I’m excited, actually. I’m probably in the minority of women who get excited about giving birth but it’s something that I think I do really well. EB’s birth was early and unexpected but it was flawless and empowering. Yes, it hurt but I trusted my body, my baby and whooooa…it was a sensational experience. I have ZERO fear.
Isn’t it unsafe?
I get this a lot from family members and friends. That question just really shows the nature of where we are as a people medically. The reality is, most women WORLDWIDE have homebirths. Especially women who are low risk. I am considered low risk. I will have a trained midwife on hand who is equipped to help with minor complications and emergencies for both myself and baby. I wholeheartedly trust that my team will do all that they can to ensure that I have a safe delivery and healthy baby.
If something happens – will you go to the hospital?
Absolutely! I live about 10 minutes away from a hospital with a decent Labor & Delivery ward. I won’t hesitate to trek my butt (or baby’s butt) to the hospital should the need arise. I’m not afraid of hospitals and I am grateful that modern technology can literally safe lives. While giving birth in a hospital has never been my first choice, if it HAS to be a choice at all, to the hospital we go.
So that’s that. A homebirth is happening and I’m ready. I’m trying to get my head, my body and my house in the zone. I’ve even let EB listen to sounds of women in labor so that she can get an idea of what mama may sound like while laboring. I want her there and I feel excited about being able to tell her that she was around when her brother was born. Too much for an almost 3-year old? I think not. This is life.
I know that my decision isn’t a popular one. Esposo is still nervous about it. Many people think I’m crazy. That’s okay. I know I need to do this and know that once again, I’ll rock it.
Stay tuned for details and updates on the homebirth of our first son. I may do a Periscope on our setup. But I definitely won’t be all over social media while in labor because just…no.