I was thinking about switching providers ever since I went to that ‘Pregnant New Yorker’ seminar and yesterday, after meeting with Rebecca at Midwifery of Manhattan, the deal was sealed for me. She was so warm and unharried. I sat on a COUCH, fully-dressed, in her LARGE office for a good long time just talking about the practice and the process and getting all my questions answered. It’s exactly what I wanted.
Next up is finding a childbirth preparation class to enroll in (mandatory for giving birth in the Roosevelt Hospital birthing center), taking a tour of the Birthing Center, getting serious about exercising more, making an appointment at Renew PT to talk to Isa about TENS units as a possible pain management tool, interviewing pediatricians, buying a co-sleeper, breast pump, and some g-diapers, & sleeping while I can.
Oh get out of TOWN with these ridiculous baby feet! This website is killing me.
Friday (Jan 23) was my 20 week anatomy sonogram at the hospital and the 30 minutes spent lying down with goo all over myself revealed a very active, slightly camera shy, 10oz baby girl!
It was a really emotional and wild experience – not the finding-out-the-gender part but rather seeing the baby at this stage and in full. As soon as I saw the silhouette of her head, spine, rib cage, etc…. I just burst into tears. I had been pretty nervous immediately beforehand, completely falling apart in the bathroom they have right in the exam room. I wasn’t *worried* about anything in particular but I think the dark room and the chair and the machines and being in a hospital for the first time since I was actually SICK put me in a really bad mental place and I got pretty overwhelmed. So seeing a baby that looked like a BABY and not like a meatball was a big visual sigh of relief.
Afterwards, my mom and I celebrated with some Pinkberry and shopping. Surprise!
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But like, don’t drool on them, baby, because they more than likely cost more than their weight in gold.
Flora and Henri
Imps & Elfs
The baby was on the move last night. Mike had me all tangled up in a major snuggle and even though I was not super comfortable, I couldn’t bear to disengage myself. Plus the baby was having a full-blown wigglefest so I just lay there and enjoyed. It feels so weird! Like a little mouse running through the attic of my guts, stepping on all my stuff.
I love these glossy-looking Brio blocks!
Mike came home from Toronto last night a few hours after Jam and I returned from our mini-vacation to the West Village where we hung out with my mom and ate delicious food. Well, I ate delicious food- Jam was kind of on hunger-strike due to the unfamiliar surroundings. Jam also bit my mom while I met up with some friends for brunch. She is such a terrible beast sometimes!!
Anyway, Mike came home fully re-Canadianized- all opening windows claiming it was soooo hot and speaking in celsius and all that jazz. He showed me the baby booty he received while up north and it included one of these from our friend Dave.
By my calculations, he or she should be ready for it in 3-4 years but it’s so Dave and so perfect.
We also got a bunch of cute onesies from Mike’s mom and friends of the family, The Taylors. I’m going to have to think about storage for all this stuff as I know that once I know the sex I won’t be able to resist stocking up on all types of finery.
Over the weekend I also went to this amazing seminar called ‘The Pregnant New Yorker.’ I was a little nervous going in… I was hoping it wouldn’t be one of those terrible, urbanbaby.com-style “If I don’t get Cole and Beverly into this $35K /yr pre-school I’ll just DIE!” things. I end up feeling like Juno in a room full of Alex Kuczynskis. That couldn’t have been farther from the truth. It was so friendly and so eye-opening and educational and comforting and wonderful that I ended up oh.. bursting into tears a little as soon as we left just from the wave of emotions I felt (all positive!) – but yeah. Wow. I definitely want to go to another one just so Mike can experience it too.
For those of you in the New York area the next one is:
Wednesday, February 4th 2009
464 Bergen Street
(btwn 5th Avenue and Flatbush)
Cost of event is $10 per person and it’s sooo worth it. There are raffles (I won a private pre-natal yoga session with this amazing woman, Latham Thomas, who I totally have a girlcrush on, and a device called a “Snurser”) and goodie bags.