My shower was wonderful! I had a blast and felt so much love and community surrounding me. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped me prepare for my son’s arrival. Also a HUGE shout out to Marissa (my wonderful doula friend), Lindy (a dear friend), Jean and Betty (my Inanna midwives) for hosting it. It’s not often that I’ve received such ROYAL treatment and I will forever remember this day as special and FUN! Thank you!
Some of the highlights included the HUGE spread that Jean cooked up. If Jean ever stops being a midwife she could open a restaurant. She’s an amazing cook. There was Quiche and roasted potatoes, chicken sausage, and scones made from scratch. Jean also made home-made ice-cream, which c’mon now, a pregnant girl loves her ice-cream. Betty, my other midwife made chocolate peanut butter cups with raspberry cream. NOM. NOM. NOM. There was also a delicious cake from Candy Haven. Talk about spoiled!
Marissa and Lindy hosted some fun games. One was, “Guess what position Joy’s baby is in.” Each of the ladies there estimated what position they thought my son was in and then drew it out on a piece of paper. Then Jean, one of my midwives, proceeded to palpate my uterus and draw the position of my baby on my tummy. This is the benefit of having two of your midwives present at your baby shower. It was hilarious! The good news is that he is head down, which we knew already, but has moved to face down, sitting on my left side, this is called, “LOA” or Left Occiput Anterior. As www.spinningbabies.com says: The left occiput anterior position is often the easiest fetal position for the start of labor. Babies settle in the LOA position naturally when the womb is pretty well balanced. This position helps the baby be in the smallest diameter to fit the pelvis.
Trust me, I am thrilled about this, and I’ve decided that I’m going to go into labor tomorrow. Jean also, for kicks and grins, checked my cervix (in the other room, folks!). After two nights of some serious, I can’t sleep through these contractions, Jean let me know I’m 2cm dilated, 50% effaced and baby is in -2 station. So, you should know that the benefits of being close with your midwives is that you learn that they each have different “estimates” of cervical dilation. So when Jean says you’re 2cm, Betty would say your 3cm. Either way, I’ll take it! Especially considering that I wasn’t this far along with Zoe till I was IN labor. Although, we all know I could go weeks being dilated before anything happens, but still, it’s fun to know my body is gearing up.
So, I could go on and on about how blessed I feel right now, but rather I’ll let the pictures tell the story. Thank you so much to everyone for making this day unforgettable and for helping me feel incredibly cared for and special! I would also like to thank each of you who gave me such wonderful gifts for my baby boy. I’m feeling overwhelmed with gratefulness. Also, a big huge thank you to, Marissa for her hosting and generosity as well as Lindy, Jean and Betty for hosting and pitching in and getting me a new infant car seat!