Thursday, March 22, 2012

California here I come!

So here's the situation - I am going to deliver this baby in California. That's my big news.

This was something that has been talked about since before I got pregnant but nothing was for sure and in fact I was kind of assured it probably wouldn't happen.  But, as this whole pregnancy has shown anything that can happen will. There are a lot of reasons we're going this direction. Some of them make sense to me and are good reasons.  Some of them are ... maybe not as valid (in my eyes) but whatever. (For the record, I would like everyone to know that it is possible to have a baby in Minnesota and NOT have it be delivered by a toothless, grizzled veterinarian named Goober. We don't all live in the middle of a giant farm.)

This is kind of an unusual situation but I think it's going to work out ok.  I have to go to California around 34 weeks and stay until the baby is born.  The kids will be with me for all but the first part of it because they have other fabulous vacation plans this summer.  I'm due August 14th so they won't have to miss any school and they'll get to spend part of their summer running around California having a grand old time.  My parents are going to switch back and forth spending time with us in California so they can help keep an eye on the kids and keep them entertained.  Jesse will be able to come visit too although not as much as we would maybe like because of his work schedule.  My IPs are putting us up in a furnished apartment and really taking care of everything we'll need to be comfortable.

It's going to be strange to be away from home for that long but I'm also kind of looking forward to it. When else am I going to be able to give the kids a month long vacation? And with my parents there I won't have to worry about a thing as far as the kids are concerned.

A side benefit is that I get to tell my ob here that he won't be delivering the baby. I was more than a little irritated at the way he did things with my last pregnancy and I wasn't too happy with how he was acting this pregnancy but I was stuck with him for various reasons.  But now I'm not!  So ha! Petty annoyances, the best reason to travel across the country to give birth.

Oh, and I'm really hoping that after baby is born someone will say "Jennifer, you just gave birth to your fourth surro-baby! What are you going to do next?" and I can say "I'm going to Disneyland!" although I really won't because I can't think of anything less fun than walking around Disneyland in August right after giving birth.  But it would still be fun to say.


Barbara said...

Love the last paragraph! ;)

I saw the LA references in FB so didn't want to say anything yesterday. It's great that your parents will be able to help you out during the summer to...

enjoy enjoy enjoy and have fun breaking the news to your doctor!

The Laundress said...

You are an amazing human being.
Giving life and love to families all over. Including to your own. What an honor to be able to hear all about your adventures!

Andrea said...

I can't wait to squeeze you!!!

Stimey said...

I think it makes so much sense to treat it as a fun vacation. What perfect timing that it falls during summer vacation. At the very least, there are far fewer mosquitoes in California in the summer than in the north Midwest, so that's something, right?

Anonymous said...

Hi Jen.... I kind of suspected that would be your "news"! I think that is wonderful that you will be in CA for the birth and that the kids get to be with you for most of it, and so nice that your parents will be able to help you with them. It sounds like everything is working out beautifully!
Your, MIL...Judy
(PS: ask for an ocean view never hurts to ask!!)

Unknown said...

Longtime lurker delurking to say you're awesome!