Ladies, I have found second trimester nirvana in the form of the Leachco Snoogle Loop Contoured Fit Body Pillow:
Seriously, you all were so right. What was I waiting for?! I thought it was too expensive but four months of real sleep is worth any price. And I was worried about taking up too much room in our queen sized bed, but this actually takes up LESS room than having a pillow on either side of me. DH was admittedly a little dubious when the GIANT box arrived at our house but now he’s happy to have some bed real estate back, if not a bit jealous of my pillow. (He “tried it out” this morning while I was in the shower and apparently fell immediately to sleep for 15 minutes. It’s that good!)
I’d recommend this any knocked up lady out there. It’s not perfect. For example, the stitching inside the inner top loop where your neck goes is a little taut, but it has to be to keep the pillow snuggled tightly on either side of your body and can be avoided by repositioning your head a little. The white cover is a little rough but it’s not so bad. The level of comfort this brings outshines this pillow’s few flaws by leaps and bounds!
In other news, I registered today for a tour of the hospital where we’ll deliver (we’ll also be taking a tour of Children’s hospital at some point), and a childbirth preparation class. I was a little hesitant about taking a birth class for a few reasons. First of all, I went through a time early on in our TTC journey where I was borderline obsessed with natural childbirth. I researched it, watched birth videos, read endless birth stories, read Ina May’s books, etc. I was sure I would get pregnant easily, have a normal healthy pregnancy, and deliver my child naturally at home. Infertility and the course of this pregnancy has obviously changed all that. Am I sad? Disappointed? Definitely. But also much more focused on getting a baby AT ALL than any of those things.
All this is to say that I not only felt like I knew a lot about birth already, but also that I didn’t want to take a natural childbirth class and get myself in that mindset (i.e. get my hopes up) if we end up needing a Cesarean. But I happened to find a class that kind of covers everything, from labor signs to natural breathing techniques to C-sections, which I do think will be helpful to just prepare mentally for whatever our childbirth experience ends up looking like. Both DH and I will attend the 3.5 hour class on a Saturday in April.
I guess I’ve sort of been trying to put this out of my mind, but we did have another long, painful ultrasound at Children’s last week where they thought they saw some dilation of Turtle’s bowel inside his body. This can potentially indicate a blockage in the bowel, which can mean some further complications once he’s born that I’m not ready to think too much about right now. To be honest, I don’t fully trust some of the people who do the ultrasounds at Children’s and really just want my MFM OB (Dr. Kind) to take a look at our ultrasound in a few weeks to tell me for sure. Until then, I won’t worry. And even if Dr. Kind does see something, a lot can change over the next few months. So I’m not going to freak out. Much.