Me and Eli, at 21 weeks.
When Eli is born I want the birthing process to be a little different than with my first. I feel like I missed some important memories because I was scare and overwhelmed. Going into it this time, I hope to be more comfortable and able to focus my attention on particular situations.
I will start with packing for the hospital. I don’t want to wear the hospital gown the whole time again. If you haven’t worn a hospital gown, I will let you know right now it can be pretty revealing. With all its snap buttons and holes for ease of nursing, I had to constantly check to make sure nothing was popping out. Having it on while people came to visit was a little scary! I have read other bloggers birth stories, very inspirational, and I think wearing one of my husbands baggy T’s after delivery will be perfect. I will also be bringing my own pillow and I remember getting cold, so I will bring one of my favorite fluffy blankets! Nothing beats the comforts of home 🙂
During labor I would like my mom to snap a couple pictures of my husband and I. We weren’t in any pictures together last time and its a special experience we share together. I couldn’t do it without him and well, it wouldn’t be happening with out me 😉 so pictures of the two of us working through a contraction, smiling like we aren’t the least bit scared or for me, in pain, would be really nice.
Next on my list is watching Dustin cut the umbilical cord. There was so much going on right after our first son was born I missed it. I actually didn’t know he cut it until a few weeks after! That just makes me sad. I want to see and experience that.
Lastly, before people come to visit, Dustin and I will have the first couple hours to ourselves. After our first son was born, and I mean almost right after, our hospital room was filled with family and friends. We hardly had a moment together before people in the waiting room began rushing in. I had no time to put myself in order, it was quite an uncomfortable experience. “Oh hi there. Yeah I just pushed a baby out of my va-jay-jay but hey, come on in!” That’s what it felt like 🙁 Imagine messy hair, tear streaked face and a look of utter shock. I didn’t get to see myself, but I can only imagine. I wasn’t mad at anyone, I could understand their excitement. However next time we will have a couple hours alone before anyone sets foot in our room! Please and Thank you 🙂
All in all I hope to have a more memorable and comfortable experience. I want to be more aware of my surroundings so there are no missed memories. I always have my goals 😉 whether its suppose to work out my way or not.