Saturday, January 2, 2010

Shopping and Doula

We are getting the ducks in a row. The nursery is almost finished, almost all of the major purchases have been made. We are to the details.

So we went shopping today to address some of the details on my end.

I found 2 dreadful nursing bras... I already hate those things... actually I just hate bras in general these days.

I bought several night gowns and some short robes. I don't normally dress so formally for bed, but I thought I need something that I could labor and nurse in. I got several short sleeved gown with buttons in the front for plopping out a boob.

And I got a couple new pairs of slip on shoes. I haven't bought new shoes in awhile and was feeling kinda frumpy in the NST recliner with my tattered shoes greeting my MFM every week. Plus, I wanted some more comfy slip on shoes for after the baby arrives.

And I went to our local health/natural/hippie market to get some iron supplements finally. My MFM didn't think I needed to get them, but McSoothy did. I have found bloody spots where I sleep several times (and I'm fairly certain it's not from the cats) but I have no idea where I apparently bleed from... I'm guessing a pick a scab in my sleep or something and the only evidence left in the morning is a nasty, bloody spot on the sheet I drape on the recliner. Anyhow, the way I keep bleeding is probably a combo of the baby aspirin, DHA supplements, and anemia, so I decided I should try to at least fix that anemia.

I was adamant that I wanted an amino acid chelated iron supplement. They are easier on my stomach and don't cause constipation. I was having trouble finding one locally, so to hippie mart I go. They had several to choose from, but you have to be careful, the first one I found had dong quai in it and that's not ok during pregnancy. I also picked up some fenugreek for breast feeding, just in case.

Then DH and I met with our doula. She seems really nice, I wish she was a little cheaper, but her fee wasn't terrible so I don't really have a problem with it. She actually hasn't had a baby yet herself, but she has at least been working as a doula for awhile and this won't be her first rodeo. And the fact that she doesn't have children actually helps her availability. She committed to sticking with me through the whole labor--however long it lasts. And I think she's not as freaky when it comes to the subject of induction and epidurals as some of the doulas I've talked to. We've got a prenatal appointment set up for next Sunday and we will go from there as to whether we need another prenatal appointment or not. Then delivery....

6 comments:

Michelle said...

Getting close to the end now! It sounds like everything is coming together nicely. Hopefully not too much longer!

The Wife said...

ducks in a row indeed! this is getting so exciting...

Michelle said...

It's almost here! Can you post pics of nursery?

amanda said...

That's awesome that everything is coming together. And I'm glad you found a doula you liked.

I went through several brands of nursing bras before I found one that was comfortable, Bella Materna. Not cheap, but they worked well for me for the 2 years I nursed Adam.

The Lynchs said...

Too funny - any time I can't find something locally, I drive to our nearest Whole Foods (my husband refers to it as "the hippy store") - they seriously have the most random stuff! Which actually turns out to be a good thing when no one else does!

Molly said...

Wow. This is so very exciting! I've been reading a lot of poetry by Rachel Zucker these days, who is a doula herself, and there's a woman in our program, Sarah Fox, who has a book of poems out who is also a doula. I will probably hire one when / if we get to that point, but we shall see! Best wishes to you.

xo
- Molly
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