This past weekend we all started preparing for the birth of our 2nd grandchild. Our daughter will be have a Home Birth. There are so many things that you need, to prepare for this type of birth. My job is the food/snacks, drinks, towels (10 of them), Olive Oil, and umbrella.
OK, so you want to know why the umbrella? It's to distinguish which home the Mid-wife will be going to. Pretty clever!
I have been reviewing everything from my Doula class, I took 2 1/2 years ago. I got out all my notes and text books. It is getting very exciting. We have started keeping track of her contractions. When the contractions start, and how far apart. What we are looking for is 4-1-1;
4 minutes apart, at least one minute in length, for 1 hour or more. That's why it is called the
4-1-1 rule. When we have hit that mark, it's time to call the Mid-wife and put up the umbrella!
My bags are packed with all my information and "tools". Now I'm ready to go!
Oh, by the way, we don't know if it is a boy or girl. I'm betting on a boy. Don't know why, but it feels like a boy to me. (Don't tell anyone, but I've been buying the cutest little boy things) If it is a girl, I will rejoice. I think having a sister would be so wonderful. Both my daughter and I don't have a sister, so this would be unique and fun.
It's a win, win situation!
When the shower mat begins to look grungy, it's time to soak it in a tubful of warm water and distilled white vinegar. Then give the mat a good scrubbing with a stiff-bristle brush, rinsing thoroughly.