29 weeks, 5 days
Everything seems to be going along swimmingly. :)
This week I was back with my Marvelous Midwife. I do think I am more comfortable with her so far, so it was nice to ask some tougher questions.
Me: I didn't feel the baby kick as much as normal on Saturday (but Sunday/today were ok), I got a bit worried. Should I be doing a kicking log?
MM: No. She is fine. At least one kick in morning, afternoon, evening - all is well.
Good! PHEW! I was quite worried and required serious snuggling on Saturday night. The 2ndary midwife had said I should feel 4 kicks an hour, but that the baby can sleep an hour and a half...all that seems complicated to keep track of to me, so I was like I will start a log if the MM thinks I should. But she doesn't. And I have to say - good. We have a lot going on right now with the mini-reno fast approaching, I'd rather spend my time reading baby books than on a log that doesn't matter.
Me: What do you mean exactly by helping me through each surge?
MM: Suggesting new positions, touch, staying present with you.
Ok. This is more what I thought. The Hypobirthing practitioner said her midwives were totally hands off. My marvelous midwife is a touchy lady, so I couldn't see her not touching to give comfort.
Me: Does baby need formula before my milk comes in? Should I have some around in case? [Our cousin has recently given birth, and her nurses told her to give the baby formula for those first few days]
MM: NO! The baby is ok for about five days with just colostrum. We'll tell you when to use formula if you need to. Don't have it around - you will be more likely to use it. With your family history of allergies, I wouldn't use it unless we had to.
Ok, that's what I thought. Just wanted to check. I super don't want to use formula. She said day 1 babies sleep. Day 2 babies cry - this helps your milk come in. Day 3 Mommies cry (milk comes in) - she said often your body can't start producing milk and keep you sane at the same time. Ok, good to know. But sometimes milk doesn't come in until day 4 or 5, it is ok. And if a midwife tells you to use formula - it's time to go buy formula. We'll cross that bridge if we get to it. She said babies come ready to lose weight those first few days - they come out with extra padding and fluids to make it through ok. And that their tummies are the size of garbanzo beans!
All in all, things going well. I am 29 cm now. Not sure if the head has turned yet. As you know I am gunning for an 8-pounder, but she says she thinks it will be a 7 pounder. Bah. Maybe I should eat more? Let's see what Dr. Google says about that.
My next appointment (in 2 weeks) is with the third midwife backup. It will be interesting to meet her!