16 weeks

As of yesterday and this photo, I am 16 weeks pregnant! Hurray hurrah!

16 weeks

My bump is definitely appearing. Here’s an interesting bare belly side-by-side that may make it even more apparent (or you may be thinking, girl, it’s already obvious you’re getting the belly!) 😉 Take a look at my 12-week and 16-week bare belly photos that I sent to my best friend (no, these bare belly shots did NOT make it on Facebook – ha!):

12 week vs 16 week

I am feeling really good. This week I am starting a water aerobics class through Oh Baby! Fitness, a metro Atlanta company that offers  both pregnancy and mom and baby workout classes. I hope Midz and I both like the class. Also, only TWO MORE DAYS — literally 48 hours from the time I am writing this post — until we will be going into our appointment to hopefully find out Baby Midz’s gender. I hope the ultrasound tech is able to tell and that we are able to announce it early to our family. They will be so surprised because they think we aren’t finding out for another 3.5 weeks.

Since our last appointment with the midwife group on Monday, I’ve also been researching the childbirth classes we are going to take. I have Hubby and I signed up for the water birth class at our hospital, which we need to do even if we decide to not to do a water birth — if I decide to even labor in the tub I need to have taken that class. We’re also going to a “meet the doulas” tea to just see if it’s something that makes sense for us. If we had stayed with my high-intervention OB group (eek!) I would have ABSOLUTELY hired a doula, but I’m not sure if we need one now. I feel very confident in my body’s abilities and in Bill being my support through labor. I am interested in learning more though and, alternatively, in considering not only a labor doula but a postpartum doula.

Finally, for the bulk of our childbirth classes I looked into several childbirth class options. In the end, we’ve decided to go with Confident Childbirth of Atlanta. I liked a couple things about their approach. First, part of their philosophy is that they approach childbirth and labor as a state of wellness, not something to fix or be corrected. They believe a woman’s body knows what to do, as do I. Second, they combine several different methods of coping techniques (Lamaze, Bradley method, and hypnobirthing, among others) so you learn several different methods and can find the combination that works for you. This makes sense to me because I believe people have all sorts of ways of learning, coping, and relaxing. What works for me may not work for you. So I’m glad to try several options as none of these has stood out to me in particular. What childbirth classes did you take or have you taken? Did you find that a particular method helped you during labor?

I will update you all this weekend….hopefully right after we find out whether BABY MIDZ IS A BOY OR GIRL! Any final guesses?!?? They started out leaning heavily toward the girl side…now opinions are very split!

Much love —

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