I normally don’t do this – but as I rapidly approach this due date (three weeks!), I have a few prayer requests if you think of me.
For the past three months I have battled a cold and the flu, consisting of fevers, vomit, PHLEGM, earaches, and fatigue. While I have endured these months fairly well, taking days off to rest here and there, it’s been pretty grueling, and it seems like I am just entering another sick spell. I had a fever on Tuesday, vomit/nausea on Wednesday, and a constant sore throat. Gack. Anyway, if you could please for a complete healing of my body – I know labor is going to be hard and I really hope to be in good health by the time the baby comes.
In addition to my health, I am also praying that I won’t have to be induced medically. Many first time babies come late, but it is standard medical procedure to induce women around a week after their due date or if contractions aren’t working hard enough. My doctor is very understanding and supportive of our desire to have a natural childbirth, but we are certainly a rare breed now days :). It becomes increasingly difficult to have a natural childbirth once medical induction takes place, though certainly possible! My mom, who is just about the toughest cookie I know, had to be induced after passing kidney stones and still managed a drugless birth to an 8 lb 11oz. chubby baby – because I think when she was born God gave her an injection of Wonder Woman awesomeness or something.
JD and I are really excited to experience a natural childbirth and have been practicing all kinds of exercises and relaxation techniques. My mom had two natural childbirths and my mother-in-law birthed four of her five babies at home, all with a midwife (I think she hides a cape in her closet). Neither mom has placed any sort of pressure on us to go about a natural birth, but both have certainly inspired our decision.
All that to say, we’re prepared to go about it naturally but won’t feel horribly disappointed if for some reason I begin begging for an epidural 😉 If you feel like praying for us as the baby can arrive anytime between now and a week or so after the due date, we greatly appreciate it!