My midwife, Jennifer, is really wonderful (http://awomansplacechicago.com/index.html). She makes me feel completely comfortable and is totally patient with all my new-mom concerns. An appointment with Jennifer is a complete 180 from my previous appointments with ob/gyns in Chicago- she actually schedules herself for at least a half hour with every patient, and today's appointment was a full hour so we would have time to talk about the new pregnancy and, as she put it, spend some important time bonding (I have never once heard an ob/gyn say that!). At the end of every visit, she hugs me goodbye in a way that feels sincere and natural. Perhaps most importantly, at today's visit, I received the number for the "Bat phone," as Jennifer called it- her personal cell phone number, available to me 24 hours a day. As grateful as I am for it, I hope I don't need to use it until November!
Jennifer said everything looks great! I have my next appointment June 2 at 16 weeks. The appointment after that one will be a big one- my 20 week ultrasound, when we'll find out whether our little kiddo is a boy or a girl. Now that we've decided to find out, I can't wait. It feels a bit like cheating to me still, but I'm sure I'll get over that by week 20! After that, I'll have to find a new reason to not buy baby clothes... I just realized that by week 20, I should be able to feel the baby kicking already. I'm really looking forward to regular signs the baby is doing well- alive and kicking. It has to feel real then, right?