My midwife asked me what my birth plan was last week. I said ‘show up, get an epidural and have a baby.’ It was pretty much the exact same birth plan I had for Parker. The first time around I had no clue what to expect, all I knew was the fewer expectations I had of the whole experience, the better. I actually chose not to take birthing classes and instead hire a doula because I honestly felt the less I knew about the experience before hand, the better. I’m a worrier, and I knew having someone coach me (and my husband) through the process while it was happening was the best thing for me. Knowing all the things that could possibly go wrong would turn me into an anxious disaster.
And honestly, minus the agonizing contractions before I got my epidural, I had a pretty quick and smooth labor–it was much better than I imagined it would be because I had no expectations. This time around, now that I have an idea of what’s to come, I’m trying to just relax and let things happen the way they did the first time around. The problem, is even though I’m full term and know I could have this baby any day now, last Thursday my midwife pretty much convinced me that I was having the baby early. So I’ve been kinda freaked out ever since waiting anxiously for my contractions (which I’ve been having for weeks now) to get stronger.
Since I haven’t had the baby yet, I’m REALLY hoping she stays put until at least Friday, because Andy has a scheduled vasectomy on Tuesday and apparently will be unable to lift anything for a few days. I kind of need him to take care of a 30 pound toddler while I have a new baby attached to my boob. I wonder if baby will cooperate.
So to pass the time, I’ve checked off a few more items of my nesting/to-do list in the last couple of days.
Did you have a birth plan? Did it go how you expected?