Saturday, October 26, 2013

8w2d: Home Birthing & Camino de Santiago de Compostela

222 more days to go. The babies hands can now bend at the wrist and you can see the forming of the nose now.

Lotsa rain on a Saturday, meant lots cuddle and nesting time. Hopefully the little tikes won't have meatball faces as that is what we have been feasting on over the weekend. Absolutely delicious! Interestingly, the wife is recommended to gain between 40 and 56 lbs. during this period. I would otherwise have said, check, no problem. But the blandness (and nutritiousness) of the meals is turning her off. So the biggest reco is to eat often every three hours or so. I'm trying to incorporate lotsa super foods but am having a tough time.

Hydration is very important right now. Headaches at this stage are attributed to lack of water in the body. Lack of water intake can also trigger contractions, and that is a no no right now. Eight 16 oz glasses per day are the minimum recommendation. Which means 128 ounces of water. That is a lot!

We are 20% completed with the pregnancy. So one little win at a time.

I do have to say that as a hubby, I am very very confused with all of these dates. Just about every book I have has a different "days to go" section or a different week. Then there are references to 8 weeks of your pregnancy and then there are 6 week of your fetus age. It's just all a very different language and logic. Can someone just please draw me a picture? It's like living my statistics and calculus classes all over again. Nonsense!

An interesting conversation today enlightened me to the wife's fascination with vivid dreams in the now. Upon further discussion, her awe was attributed to the fact that she is now dreaming as a pregnant woman and living real life pregnant situations. I was a bit perplexed. Who doesn't dream in the now anyway? Well, turned out that I wasn't in the wife's dreams for months after we had met. I felt great! And So loved at that moment.

My only comment before changing the conversation to the weather and the fact I was starving was simply, "I dreamt of you before even having met you." Go me.

The day's raining and gloomy day allowed it to be a stay in netflix kinda night. We saw some pretty crazy documentaries on yes, babies. One produced by Rickie Lake was about how hospitals are basically in the business of profiting and drugging mothers to maximize profit over the well-being of the child. The documentary showcases the journey of several mothers whom opted for a "natural birth" at home with a mid-wife over a hospital. Interesting material.

The Way with Martin Sheen. It is the movie that speaks to the bucket list item we want to do. The walk in Spain which is a pilgrimage along the 500 mile stretch of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Quite a powerful message in the movie. Symbolic of everyone's unique journey in life. The realization of our calling. Ultimately, realizing that one doesn't choose a life, but you live one.

Go Team Twin A and Go Go Go Team Twin B!