Brent's out of town for his new job, so it's a self-portrait week.
I had my last appointment with my midwife here in Portland. She confirmed my suspicions that Mimi is head down, which is awesome, particularly if she stays that way for the next 10 weeks. I can't imagine that it's comfortable to be on your head for that long, though, but maybe that's just me. I've been feeling 90% of the movements at the top of my belly (her legs/feet), with just a few from her head/arms lower down.
As a result, I'm now rethinking my delivery options in Los Angeles. With Em, I went with the OB practice/hospital I'd been with before getting pregnant. While Em's delivery was fine, looking back I realize that my doc was a little fast to recommend a vacuum delivery. That part of my delivery contributed to a huge bruise on Em's head, which in turn contributed to Em's jaundice. I also like the idea of a more personal connection with my doc. With Em, I rotated through the numerous OBs in the practice and then whomever was on-call when I went into labor delivered Em.
So I've been interrogating many of my LA mom pals to find out about their experiences with docs at the other three nearby hospitals. I'm sure it'd be fine if I ended up where I had Em, especially since I'm more aware of what I want, but I'm doing my due diligence regardless.
The search for a doctor is yet another thing to pile on top of our solidifying a move date (end of next week), a moving company (the same folks who moved us up here, fittingly), a rental home in LA (getting pretty close), and planning our road trip from Portland down to Southern California. I'm trying to keep zen about the whole thing, although on the inside I'm kind of feeling like this:
It'll all come together, though, and I keep telling myself that it's better to do this with a toddler and while pregnant than a toddler AND a newborn.