Welcome to week 34
Along with totally renovating my bedroom/birth space (which is actually happening, yeah!), it’s time to start gathering the supplies. Last week marked the end of us traveling to Michelle for visits. Wyatt and Amaiah will miss playing with Mr. Pouncer Paws while I have my appointment. From here on out she will come to us. During the next visit she will begin to check that we are getting things ready around the house. This will include giving her and her assistant Marsha the lowdown on where things are. In these posts, along with journaling for myself and others, I’m also trying to answer the questions that we get asked most often about homebirth. “What does she do, boil some bedsheets?” comes up a lot, which I guess is someone really asking what tools does a midwife come with or use. So here’s the couple lists she gives to us for you to see. One is for items from a medical supply company. This includes things like alcohol, syringes, gauze, etc. She tells us what she needs and how many, making it very easy to order online. The other is just general items to have ready such as clothing for baby, clothes for me to put on after I shower, etc. It’s really nice when these things are labeled so that no one has to ask the mom or dad (or kiddos) where things are.
We also had to research birth tubs because we have never used one before. It’s amazing how many kinds there are. We ended up going with this one because of the handles and it seemed comfortable for me to lean out of and for anyone to lean into. You can buy them or rent them. We will be setting it up in the next couple of days to make sure there are no leaks. I also want to sit in it a few times so that I’m familiar with the sights, sounds, and smells of it before the big day. This also is part of the preparation for the kids.
The baby is moving a ton still. I’m so antsy to lay eyes, and hands, and kisses on her I can hardly stand it. In the same moment, I have much emotional work to do in order to be ready for this birth.
Let the work continue…