I'm a little pouty this week. I was feeling good until Easter when a certain family member actually asked me if I was sure I wasn't having twins, cause I was HUGE. 'Cause that's what every woman wants to hear. I don't care if I'm pregnant or not- "HUGE" is not an adjective I want used to describe me. EVER. So I've been moping around- eating grapes and apples for lunch and going on walks and lifting weights in my car as I drive to work. (Why not? What else am I doing as I drive? Paying attention? LOL) I do this as if I can become "un-huge". My husband told me to get over it. I'm trying. But my HUGEness must be getting in the way of my sensibility. (grumble grumble grumble)
Anyway- enough feeling sorry for myself.
I did end up telling my OB that I did not want an epidural. She was surprisingly open to it. She said that she's had a number of patients "go natural" and do just fine. She recommended finding some "meditative" state to get into and to keep an open mind because I have no idea what an actual contraction feels like. Granted- I don't know what a contraction feels like, but I feel if I go in thinking that I can back out of the no epidural thing- I'll do just that. I've decided my mind is pretty closed. No epidural.
On a completely different subject:
I feel like I'm turning into a hippie. We're not finding out the sex of the baby. I'm having a "natural" birth, and I'm cloth diapering. Next thing you know, I'll be growing my own veggies (already looking into planting a garden) to make my own baby food and using only "organic" products. LOL. We'll see. I'll post more about cloth diapering because I know when I first mentioned I was doing this basically everyone though of the old school "flat" diapers with pins. Well- things are totally different nowadays. I've learned a lot by researching on line and I've actually taken time to educate others on cloth. Obviously I haven't gotten to try them out yet but I'm pretty excited.
Here's something to think about: "Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent 30% of non-biodegradable waste (9)." Even though it may seem as if each child doesn't contribute significantly to those numbers, that is a false assumption. Each baby diapered in disposables contributes about 1 ton of garbage, assuming an avg. diaper use of 2 years (from diaperpin.com)
Sprouts update: Sprout is about a foot long and a little over a pound. The lungs are developing more of the branches in the respiratory system and the baby is starting to "plump" up a little. The brain is growing pretty fast now too! Here's a representation of what size an average 24 week old fetus looks like in the uterus.