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September 3rd, 2007, 01:04 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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One thing about planning a homebirth that I always find to be a pain in the neck is keeping the house clean constantly. I feel like there could be visitors here at any moment, as in labor support and staff. Now I know they don't really care about the condition of my house, but I do. And it is generally pretty clean, but you know with 4 kids.....
Last night when ctx were 5 mintues apart, I felt like a madwoman trying to get the house in order- dishes,laundry, vaccuuming, there is always something to do. I did have Dh and the kids helping, but still.
And then there's the whole food issue. Always trying to make sure there is something to eat for whoever might be coming by and enough food to last a few days past the birth. I've been to the grocery store 4 times this week because everytime I think I'm stocking up, the kids just eat it all and then we're out of food again.

Sorry, I'm just cracking up I guess and needed to vent. Thanks for listening.
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September 3rd, 2007, 06:37 PM
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I know just what you mean! I try to make sure the house is presentable but there are times when I'm just tired and want to go to bed. DH has been a huge help with with an active toddler it seems she undoes whatever I do! The food issue has been the hardest for me, too! I want to make sure that I have enough food on hand for myself and my labor support team (DH, my midwife, her assistant, my parents) so if I run out of something I always think "if I don't go to the store now what if I go into labor tonight"
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September 3rd, 2007, 06:43 PM
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I'm right there with you! In fact today I start to "declutter" my bedroom knowing that the home visit will be coming up soon enough. When I went into labor with my last child, my labor was only 4hrs and for 3 of them my contractions were coming every 2min, there was no way I was able to clean. I actually woke dh to clean (not to help me-lol) I was like "Honey, wake up. I'm in labor. Go take out the garbage, make coffee, fold the laundry that's still in the dryer" etc...A whole new level of "nesting".
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September 4th, 2007, 02:45 AM
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I can understand where you're coming from - my mom was like that, but me I could care less about what my house looks like. I'm having a baby not vacuuming the carpets or doing the dishes. I figure it's the one time I can actually get away with it.
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September 4th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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As Fritz got to be more and more overdue I stopping caring what the house looked like. I have absolutely no idea what the condition of the place was when I went into labor.

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September 4th, 2007, 07:21 AM
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so if I run out of something I always think "if I don't go to the store now what if I go into labor tonight"

This is exactly what I think to myself every night. I need to make sure everything is done just in case.

"Go take out the garbage, make coffee, fold the laundry that's still in the dryer" etc"

That sounds a lot like me too.

I'm so relieved to know I'm not the only one! I feel better now.
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September 4th, 2007, 01:54 PM
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I obviously haven't been through it yet, but I totally see me being incredibly anal about it.

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September 4th, 2007, 04:17 PM
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I don't consider the midwife "company". I figure if I can trust her enough to let her be with me when I give birth, I can trust her not to be judgemental if there are toys and dishes out.
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September 7th, 2007, 05:38 AM
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I don't get too worked up over a clean house. My midwife has been with me for 8 children now and she knows me pretty dang well, I would be so hurt if she said something about my house. (well, this last time she did ask me how on earth I managed to feed my brood in such a small kitchen! LOL!) I do try to keep my house kinda clean all the time, and my bedroom is meticulous toward the end of pregnancy for my own comfort.

I DO however work hard at keeping food for myself, my husband, and my midwives around. I made up some muffins and quick breads and put them in the freezer. I took them out the Friday before he was born because my contractions were way more than braxton hicks, I also kept some cheese and crackers around out of reach of kiddos, some yogurt, and some trail mix. My MIL set all of foods out on the counter while I labored and everyone snacked as they needed.
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