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Friday
Nov022012

Week 30

This week's produce was either a head of cabbage or a hothouse cucumber. We went with the cumcumber. It's very, well, suggestive.

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WEEK 30: Size of a Hothouse Cucumber

Between 15 and 16 inches long! This baby is getting big.

A couple interesting things this week:

1. I'm out of tank tops. I've worn a different tank for each week so far, and this black one was my last. For awhile I had an obsession with these layering tanks from Kohls. I got them in just about every color possible. They're great for pajamas and for covering cleavage or adding length under another shirt or sweater. I seriously wear them all the time, and even though some are somewhat similar in shade, I wore a different one for each week's picture. That's a lot of tank tops! I'll have to do something different for the last 10 weeks.

2. We officially met with our doula for the first time last night. I still haven't really talked about our decision to hire one, and I will for those who are interested, but for now I'll just say that it went well. Both Mike and I feel really relieved to have her involved. And we're using our HSA to pay her, so even though it's still technically money we've earned, it's pre-taxes and it's not coming out of our monthly budget, which is a huge help.

3. I'm switching doctors. It all happened very fast, but the truth is I've been contemplating it for awhile. My current OB practice is an office of seven doctors - I see them all throughout the pregnancy and whoever is on call when I go to the hospital is the one that delivers my baby (unless, god forbid, my labor is holy long!). Individually I like all the doctors at this practice, but as a whole, I'm just not 100% comfortable. For 30 weeks it's been fine, but now that I'm getting to the point where I have to start thinking about the birth and the hospital experience, and asking about all those things and expressing my thoughts to my care provider, I realize it's not ideal. I say one thing to one doctor, and two weeks later I see someone else who doesn't know what I said. They all practice together and review client files, but it's not like they sit around a conference table and say, "OK, Shannon Z told me..."

I realize many people just go in, have a baby, and leave. But for me, for many reasons, it's not that simple. I'm taking ownership of my experience - it may be my only one - and I needed better continuity of care. The doula gets at part of that, but I finalized realized that it's not too late to just switch if it makes me more comfortable.

I've seen my general practitioner for a few years. Mike has started seeing her recently too, and we both love her. And we plan to take the baby there when it's born. In fact, had I not had fertility issues and an ectopic pregnancy, this doctor would have provided my prenatal care, I never would have gone to an OB. When I got pregnant again after the ectopic, I just stayed there, mostly because I was paranoid I'd get more bad news. But now I'm 30 weeks, I'm healthy, I'm low-risk, and it was like an epiphany that I could switch. And that I might be a lot more comfortable if I did. Plus my GP is in the same health care system as my OB, so it's a pretty seamless change.

Today I called the GP's office just to ask if it was possible and what it might take, and suddenly I've got an appointment and they're calling to get my records switched. I hope it was the right decision.

4. Not an interesting thing that happened, but more pictures!

Heading into my prenatal yoga class.

Casual day at work.

Reader Comments (2)

Old Navy has these super stretchy women's tanks that run very large, and I wore those late in my pregnancy (and I was HUUUUGE!). And they're long enough, too, even though they aren't for maternity. Also, they work great as nursing tanks because the necklines are so stretchy you can just lift your top layer shirt up, yank this down below the bra, unfasten your nursing bra and you're good to go. I highly recommend these!! I bought 4 with this pregnancy, when they were 2 for $10, and I wear one every day, so they get LOTS of mileage!

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay A

I think switching back to your GP is a great idea. As you know, my GP has gotten me through all of my girls births. She actually delivered the last 2. And, had she not been available to deliver them, your doctor would have delivered them. She was actually the one that did the rounds at the hospital the day after Ava was born, and got me out of there that day. I was so relieved to be home the day after Ava was born. I have to say, if I didn't love my doctor so much, I might consider switching to yours

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBonny

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