October 4, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal #33
:: Preparing for Birth & Postpartum ::

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart.
Jeremiah 1:5

I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord.
1 Samuel 1:27-28

“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it’s soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny, –she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.” -JR Miller

How far along are you?  33 weeks today!  While there are still things to do and stuff to buy, I am ready in spirit and patiently waiting for God's perfect timing.  :)

Baby's growth?  Naomi is about the size of a pineapple -- approximately 4 pounds and over 17 inches, head to heel.  :) #ILoveBeingPregnant

Medical Stuff?  I stepped through an uncovered floor vent on Monday.  Fell through just up to my left knee and subsequently landed forward on my hands and right knee (so no direct impact to my belly).  Nothing broken, no stitches needed.  I was just a bit shaken and sore afterwards.  Saw my doctor on Tuesday and chiropractor on Wednesday.  VERY thankful both baby and I are okay.  #pregnancy #safety #duh

Discussion Question:  What is your preparation routine to get ready for baby's arrival and the postpartum period?
   My answer:
Spiritual, mental, and emotional preparation for both labor/delivery and the postpartum time period comes from God's Word, lots of prayer, speaking/declaring Truth over my body, and the amazing books pictured below (that you may or may not be tired of hearing about).  ;)  I dealt with a bit of shock and trauma during my last delivery due to unpreparedness and lack of understanding, which spiraled into postpartum depression that lasted for nine months.  I am much more prepared this go around.  :)

Physical preparation includes continuing to stay limber and strong through daily stretching and some light prenatal yoga/pilates about 3x a week.  In addition, I prepare for breast feeding by keeping that area well moisturized to help prevent cracking in advance.

Practical preparation includes:
  • Making final purchases
  • Completing any and all home projects
  • Washing all baby items so they are fresh and clean
  • Installing infant car seat into our van
  • Not allowing myself to get behind in the household cleaning (This is a big one that really helps me.  I mean, who really wants to come home from the hospital/birthing center into a dirty house?)
  • Packing our hospital bag and putting it in the van, ready to go.  (Which includes: toothbrush & paste for Aaron and I, travel bottles of shampoo/conditioner/body wash/lotion, chapstick, a change of clothes for both of us - mine being extra roomy and comfy, baby blanket, a bit of cash, and index cards with scripture on them.)
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    1. Thank you, sweet friend!! :) How's your little bundle doing?

  2. Beautiful momma! I too struggled with postpartum depression related to some post traumatic stress from my experiences. I've worked through a lot of anxiety, fear, and the "what ifs" as I've prepared myself for #3 (due any day now) and I'm learning to trust God for whatever my experience is this time. Also, I have an awesome doula friend who has been a huge support over the phone helping me prepare both physically and mentally.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie! That is so wonderful. I pray blessings over your home in these beginning days of welcoming new life in your family, and quality rest and support when you need it. :)

      With love,

  3. So enjoying reading about how your doing! Excited for you and Aaron on baby #4. I would love to come visit and see your mad mommy skillz in action :)

    1. Sweet Amber, you are welcome anytime. :) Concerning mad mommy skills...lol. I'm so tickled you've started a blog of your own. Looking forward to keeping up with you via that as well!


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  5. Rebecca - I'm glad you and baby are okay! That fall sounded a bit scary!

    Thanks for sharing your prep routine and ideas with the link up!

    I have heard a of people recommend Supernatural Childbirth. The book I've used for the last two pregnancies is Christ-Centered Childbirth.


    1. LOL, Sarah, it was!! SO glad it wasn't a big deal. *sigh* ;) I haven't read, "Christ-Centered Childbirth"! I'll look that up, thanks! :)

      With love,


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