Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Bump Watch 2012: 31 Weeks

31 weeks. Large and in charge. #pregnancy #31weeks

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. 

I was sad to leave my midwife today. She's amazing, and a local friend adores her and the delivery she did for her, too. I wasn't planning to go the midwife route, but when I made my first appointment at the practice before I got pregnant, they paired me with her instead of one of their OBs. I connected with her right away and decided to stick with her for my pregnancy.

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. 


  1. Love the Kermit photo! I was reading this on my phone (so I have to scroll down a lot to read the entire post) so I didn't know what the photo was going to be and then I laughed out loud when I saw what it was.

    Good luck with getting the move all together and I'm glad you are finding a new doctor. I think it will be a good thing. Too bad you can't keep the midwife but I'm sure you will find someone else you will be happy with!

  2. I'm so glad to hear you say all this about your approach. I'm doing much the same thing - I switched doctors at 30 weeks so I could have a better and more personal connection than I was getting at the rotating OB office. And I'm trying to be really aware of options and possibilities so I can make informed decisions. I appreciate that you, as someone who has done this before, affirms that approach!

  3. I have been MIA and have been clueless,congrats on the new bump and moving back to cali !

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  5. You look so cute! I love that outfit. I can't bring myself to wear heels (I have a few times lately and always regret it).

    I know that you guys will be happier in California. You'll survive the move!

  6. You look so great- My fingers are super crossed that you find midwife/OB in LA that you love.

  7. Wow! You are close!!! I personally wanted to marry my OB. even if I'm straight, she's straight. I loved her!

    Best of luck!!!