In the spring of 2014 I found out I was pregnant with twins and started documenting my journey in a weekly post. I will be periodically posting these past writings, starting from the beginning. This was written Aug 20, 2014.
I’m 32 weeks pregnant and still going strong. I haven’t had any signs of contractions or Braxton Hicks and now that I’m starting to see an end in sight, I feel like I’ll be able to hold on for a while longer and get these babies plumped up and ready to meet the world.
Yesterday, we made a visit to Willamette Valley Medical Center’s Birthing Center. As I mentioned before, I get nervous around hospitals. My husband who spent a little time working in them loves them and why shouldn’t he? They’re clean, full of nice people to take care of you, and in most cases, they help fix whatever ails you.
Nevertheless, they make me nervous and raise my blood pressure. That’s why it was so important that we took a tour and became familiar with where our babies will be born. I want to have a clear vision of where we’ll be going on the big day and what I can expect.
Once we arrived, my nerves were quieted immediately. The Birthing Center seemed less like a hospital than I expected. It was smaller than I imagined which made it feel private. The lights were dim, it appeared to be quiet and calm, and photos of darling babies graced the walls. It was easy to sense all the joy and love that has been brought there. We were a little giddy walking around and Nate brought to my attention that even the hand sanitizer smelled like baby powder.
I was happy to see each labor and delivery room was spacious and equipped with a labor jet tub and private bathroom. Our tour guide/nurse made sure to tell us over and over again, to let them know if there is something we want or need to make our birthing experience our own. She encouraged open communication and dialogue.
Nate and I left the hospital feeling relaxed, relieved and one step closer to being mentally prepared. On our way out I saw a glimpse into one of the occupied Post-Partum rooms. In the dim light I saw a new dad walking around, bouncing and gazing down at his newborn baby. I couldn’t help but think, that will be us very, very soon!