One thing I'm really excited for this time around, is having a bit more time to prepare for the actual birth. With Sam, I hadn't really gotten to the point where I had thought about a birth plan (partly due to his being early, and partly due to me being uneducated about things). I didn't even really know a lot about delivery, except that it hurts a lot, and that epidurals are a girl's best friend. Sam's birth was a bit traumatic - he was born sunny side-up, was all back labour, and involved lots of interventions (the drip, the vacuum, etc.). I don't regret any of these things, only because we had a perfect baby boy who came into the world safe and sound.
This time around, it's nice to have all the knowledge from how things went with Sam to educate us a bit more. I don't think many women say this on their second birth (I could be wrong), but I wouldn't mind seeing how far I could get without the epidural. I really think it's important to feel the body's urges accurately, and I've heard the epidurals increase your chances of tearing. Nobody wants that! But, I also remember how much labour hurts, so I am definitely NOT going to say that I won't take one. I also would like to try to labour OUT of the bed as long as possible, and maybe even try a more upright sitting position for the pushing part. I've read that laying on your back causes your cervix to be 30% less open, and that dilation happens slower, which is obviously not conducive to pushing a human out. Hmmm... I guess we'll see! I don't want to get my mind stuck on anything too specific, but I think it's good to think about these things somewhat.
I can't believe that it's only 6 weeks until our due date. I just can't wait to meet this new little one, and have him or her be a part of our family forever. I also can't wait to see how Sam reacts and adjusts to being a big brother, and sharing his home and parents. I think he'll do great. His "big brother" t-shirt is ready and waiting!
So, on to a bit more waiting... and preparing... and wondering... and cherishing these last few weeks with just Sam and us... before we add another!