Slowing down

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We're heading into the last month before Baby Beau arrives and I can feel my priorities shifting as we get closer.

It's funny how fast I forgot what it's like to welcome a newborn to the family. I've been pulling out all our old baby things - play mats, bottles, blankets, clothes - and it feels like I'm back 3 or 5 years ago anticipating Nora and Hadley's own arrivals.

The excitement and nervousness feels very much the same, even on the third go around.

Cleaning and organizing around our home has become an obsession of mine, unlike ever before. I like things organized but I've never been an obsessive cleaner. But nervous baby jitters have turned into constant sweeping, dishwashing and laundering. If the house is somewhat together then maybe I have it together enough as a mother to take care of 3 little babes at the same time, yes?

Luckily Josh was introduced to the iRobot Roomba vacuum over Thanksgiving (thank you, Mike & Rachel) so we decided on an early Christmas present for ourselves. DJ Roomba is quite possibly the greatest gift on Earth and I'm so happy I can focus on other baby things, like stripping cloth diapers (stinky business), while she eats up all of Nora and Hadley's cheerios & crumbs.

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After some complications came up with my bloodwork, it seems we will be able to continue our home birth plans after all, if things remain the same. Some women experience a drop in platelets (little bits in your blood that help clot things after injury) towards the end of pregnancy. There's not a lot of answers as to why it happens but it presents a risk for those who request epidurals or need a spinal block during c-sections.

Ironically, I wouldn't be able to get an epidural at this point even if I wanted one, so it makes the home birth plan even more solidified than before. Ah life, you funny.

So we're continuing to plan to bring Beau into the world here at home.

On nights when my anxiety about the birth creeps up, I've found these birth affirmations help ease my nerves. You can download them as an app on your phone if you search "Mama Natural Pregnancy Affirmation Cards" by Mama Natural in the app store. They have beautiful illustrations to accompany them.

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And in other birth prepartions, I found this company that checks your breast pump coverage through your insurance for you and ships it directly to your house, free of charge. I wish I knew about this with Hadley! You can check to see if your insurance covers a breast pump for you at Aeroflow Breastpumps. It took me only a few minutes to submit my information and they got back to me about my coverage that same day!

As we prepare to welcome Beau things here on the blog will slow down as well. I know I've left you high and dry during one of the most fun times of the year for food, the holidays! But I'll make it up to you, I promise.

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In the meantime, I'm looking for new shows and books to entertain me until Beau arrives and afterwards through late night feedings while the rest of the world sleeps. I started Game of Thrones again from the beginning only a few weeks ago, thinking it would last me until Beau showed up. Ha ha ha, I've already finished it. Blast!

Do you have any recommendations for me? Leave them in the comments!

Speaking of comments, are you interested in hearing more about the differences I've experienced in OB care versus a Birth Center versus a home-care midwife? Or any other baby questions? If so, I'd be happy to share, just let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones and are gearing up for the most festive time of the year. Christmas has thrown up all over our house (along with the stomach bug) and I freakin' love it (not the bug though). I hung Beau's brand new stocking with the rest of ours and I can't wait to fill it with little goodies for him.

Until next time, my loves <3