Montezuma, Costa Rica
But now I do, and yay for me, I'm prepared.
The crampiness started earlier today, followed by pretty regular, sharp but not horrid contractions. Don't get excited! These could last for weeks before she's born.
The game plan is thus:
- Stay super active -- at least one bike ride a day, no driving to anything that is less than 3/4 miles away until my midwife says to take it easy, though I doubt she will, as she is a huge believer in staying active right up until baby is born, to help her along and keep myself mentally ready
- Reschedule appointment with my midwife to this week instead of next Tuesday
- Stay really hydrated
- Call Mom as soon as there is any (cover your eyes, men and weirded-out-by-pregnancy-stuff-women) bloody show and tell her to high-tail it up here (she's bringing my sisters up to watch the birth and I couldn't be more excited!)
- Eat -- I get so nauseated with contractions, even the teensiest ones, that I lose my appetite all-together. With Gage's birth, I think that was one of the things that slowed it down so much; that I didn't have many nutrients in my system.
- Most importantly, spend every possible second with my little Gage, spoiling him like Veruca Salt's dad spoils her in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, except not quite so destructively. But the point is, I'm feeling a little bit of nostalgia that my time with Gage as our one and only is coming to an end.
Anything else I should remember? Anyone out there have advice for me as I gear up for this natural delivery (insert applause)?
** Again, her birth could literally be a month away. I'm just excited that my body recognizes that it's almost time, and is doing all it can to prepare for her.