Friday, September 16, 2011

Nesting and hatching

I have been "nesting" lately.  I have recently gotten over a cold, and I now have more energy to do things, like clean the house.  But because I'm about to have a baby, this isn't just called cleaning and has apparently turned me into a different species.  I seem to have become a bird of some sort, and started nesting in anticipation of having a baby bird. 

While it sounds strange to be nesting, it is very handy.  My apartment is getting more organized and cleaner than it has ever been before.  And with all this work I've been doing, maybe the baby will come sooner!  That would be great, for many reasons, and I'm sure he wouldn't mind getting out of that cramped cocoon.  However, now that the subject has been brought up, I would like to mention that I'm beginning to get a little worried about giving birth to this butterfly, or bird, or whatever is inside me.  While the idea of giving birth has been a far-off event, I have been calm and haven't worried too much about it.  I am planning on going eu-natural, or as much as a hospital would allow, and have been reading up on how to best manage the pain.  The Bradley Method was suggested to me by my sister-in-law, and has turned out to be a good route so far.  The general idea is to relax your body as much as possible, and just let it do it's thing- since it knows instinctively what to do and how to do it.  This should also be less painful than screaming and blaming and swearing to never be touched again, because you're not fighting the inner muscles that are working hard.  So, in theory this should be a piece of relaxing cake.  We shall see the effectiveness by the end result.  I haven't yet had any major contractions, just mostly Braxton Hicks, but getting a strong one of those that begins to feel like a real contraction has made me start to doubt...  Maybe I should read some more and go over the relaxing CD.  Yes, there is still hope for a drug-free birth, but I will keep my mind open in case of unforeseen, unmanageable pain.

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