I really wanted to imbed some footage for you here, but I couldn't find anything online :(
I will first preface the rest of this story with this - I am very traditional when it comes to healthcare. I will be in a hospital. There will be pain management, nurses, doctors, possibly interns, and bright lights, linoleum floors, curtains, sterility, all that.
Without judging their non-traditional approach, I found myself laughing out loud at the huge transformation of these women. My favorite one was having a water birth, with her young daughter and husband in the water with her, screaming to God and at one point even screamed, and I quote, "Get It Out!" which was about 10 seconds before she held her baby and exclaimed, "That was wonderful!"
As I was laughing, I thought to myself, Am I going to be in trouble? Will I really be screaming like that? Or Are these women just crazy? And then Will I even have a labor experience, or will ours be a scheduled cesarean? Now really, Am I just in denial?
So far, I've been very hands off and non-controlling about the whole Birth Plan aspect of this pregnancy. Mostly because, I have this feeling so much of it will be out of my control. I mean, they could come today. Or at 40 weeks. Or anytime in between. I have no control over that. So, do I need a birth plan? I know I don't want a water birth. I know I want an epidural. What else is there for me to decide up front? I guess maybe because everything about this has been so medical, the whole process of IVF is so out of your control. You do this one little part - give yourself shots - and then everything else is handled by medical professionals. I don't know. I guess I maybe just don't want to get my heart set on having things go a certain way and then be upset or stressed out when things go another way.
In other news, the alarm clock that had arrived earlier in the week is now headed back to the retailer. DH and I bought a Baby Einstein CD last night on our now weekly date night trip to Target, and listened to it in the car on the way home (love it!) but when I tried it in the alarm clock realized that part does not work. So, now the search continues for an alarm clock that perhaps all of the functions will work.
I also bought anti-bacterial sanitizer for the changing table, a lamp for the bookcase (still need a lampshade), and a shower curtain liner for our guest bath for all the guests who have threatened to visit once the twins arrive. Baby steps.