I re-scheduled my last few appointments with the midwives for earlier in the day, and on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. I must say, getting there in 20 minutes with no traffic is a heck of a lot better than getting there (and back!) in an hour with bumper-to-bumper traffic the whole way. It was much more relaxing. I should have just scheduled all my darn appointments that way. Oh, well!
The last few times I've gone I've seen the same midwife. I've obviously grown even closer to her over these last few weeks because of it. We've also talked on the phone a few times. Now, of course, I'm leaning towards wanting her at the birth. This is also the same midwife who has a greater probability of being there based on the dates she's on-call. The good news is that my GBS test is negative, yay! Something I won't have to worry about. She also didn't make any speculations on the babe's size, but we are fairly certain she'll be as big as her sister was, which was almost 10 lbs (doesn't that sound more dramatic that saying 9 lbs 14 oz?!). My midwife really thought I'd have this baby pretty soon. Well, that I'd have her "early", at least. Once I hit my due date we might start talking about some gentle, natural ways to move things along. I am absolutely not wanting to go in to labor at all costs, but knowing how big Iris was, and she was two days early!, I really don't want to go too late and end up with some record-setting sized babe who can't be born at home.
Measurements were good, her heart sounded good, she's still head down and right where she's been the last few weeks (with her back along the left side of my tummy). I am feeling more comfortable having a student I hardly know participating in my care. Mostly because having one less support person at my birth will probably make the student even more indispensable. The student I just met at my last appointment does seem perfectly nice, so I am sure it will be fine.