As some of you may or may not know, I am a bit of a nerd. I was not able to attend E3 this year, or ever, due to some financial constraints, but I have been following the major press conferences. I am sorry Malea, but I want to share what I thought about what I have seen.
In comparison to last year, it seems like there really isn't much going on in the videogame world. Microsoft focused mainly on its new kinect, a motion sensor. While I think the technology has a lot of potential, I feel the games they are currently offering are lackluster. I might be more inclined towards excitement if they bundled over half their launch titles for free with the kinect, after all that is what Nintendo did with their low budget, getting to know the controls, games.
EA is a massive game producer and has a lot of cool titles coming out in the next year. What blew my mind was why they wasted half their time on titles that had so little pizazz. Nearly half the conference was talking about Madden 11, which seems exactly the same as every other football game I have ever played. I honestly couldn't tell you what is supposed to be different, but kudos on bringing in Joe Montana. Then, I was completely shocked that they sent a good 15 minutes on the re-release of Sims 3, for the consoles. They ended up only spending 5 minutes on Star Wars The Old Republic, a game that has been anticipated for quite some time. A real disappointment in my books.
Ubisoft's press conference was probably the best one of the three, though all they did was show the exact same footage of games they have already announced. There was no shocking announcement to peek my interest.
Anyway, that is just my thoughts on E3. Even though I have complained, I really wish that I could have gone. Sorry for wasting your time.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Just so everyone knows, 36 weeks is not to late to switch the doctor attending your baby's birth!
James and I have been seeing a local OB and, although a little quirky, we liked him. That was until about 32 weeks when I started asking questions about birthing. I thought my questions were sort of run-of-the-mill. Nothing too out there, mostly things I had read in really common books like What to Expect When You're Expecting. I was a little taken aback by his defensiveness and his use of the phrase, "You can't trust everything you read on Google." After that visit, I talked to James and we had perceived the conversation differently. So, I thought maybe I was making assumptions and should try to be very clear next time I visited the Dr.
The next time I went, James was actually out of town, but I needed to be open and blunt with the Dr about my goals for my baby's birth and for my experience. I told him I was doing Hypnosis for childbirth and asked his thoughts. There was a pause, so I said, "Is that a problem?" He said, yes, he believed that it would be a problem because these programs are typically anti-doctor and anti-nurse. I explained that I didn't feel like there was any anti-doctor sentiment and that I was using hypnosis for pain management. I asked him if he had delivered natural babies and he said he was very supportive of breathing techniques and had seen them work really well. I thought we were moving back into agreement, but then he said he just wanted to make it clear that he was not going to read any detailed instructions I listed or preferences I had for birth. So, then I was totally floored. I thought birth plans were fairly common place. He said he was there to do a job and have the best possible outcome and he knew how to achieve that and would not change his protocol. After another several moments of silence, I thanked him for being honest. He shook my hand and said, "See you next week!"
Well, we went in that next week (last week) and did the appointment and then I told him I had decided to go with another care provider for the birth. You would have thought I slapped him in the face. I thought he might have seen it coming... but he looked genuinely offended. I explained that he was a wonderful doctor and we appreciated the care he has given, but that I have some preferences about birthing that I didn't think he and I agreed on. Well, he shook my hand and flew out of the room.
I feel so guilty! All day, I kept seeing his face right after we told him. I really thought we had a pretty professional relationship and therefore he would see this as not personal. Ugh. James was really helpful in making me see that we need to choose what is best for us. He's right, but I feel pretty bad anyway.
So, moving on, we found a Family Practitioner who has chosen to focus her practice on obstetric care. She has some experience with hypnosis during childbirth and delivers at Utah Valley. I haven't met her yet, but I know she will be more communicative and open to my concerns with "protocol."
Many of you may wonder what concerns I might have about protocol. I'm actually not really so demanding! I just feel like it's one of the most important days of my life and I need my care provider to see that and not see me as part of his 9-5pm job to pay the bills. I believe a rush to intervention in hospitals is unnecessary and that my body and my baby know what to do naturally. For example, my baby will come when she is ready. It's part of protocol to induce one week after my "due date." My Dr made me feel like an idiot that I expressed that if there was no problem with the baby or me, I would feel better allowing me and baby to just let nature take it's course. I would prefer not to chemically create labor. My body already has those chemicals to do that when it's ready. Anyway, as the patient, I think a doctor should be willing to talk to me about these things without looking at me like an uninformed "google reader." In surgery, the Dr can be the boss. But birthing is not an illness, it's an exciting personal experience.
Because the body can require interventions, I feel like I have a right to utilize a hospital and knowledgeable Dr for me and my baby, but I don't have to give up all decision-making to do that. I'm hopeful this new Dr will agree with me!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Here I am. Beached whale with a wobbly walk and growing out of maternity clothes. I've gained 15 lbs to date, which is pretty normal. I'm "supposed" to gain between 15-25 lbs. I really hope I don't add on another 10 lbs in the next 4 weeks. My baby is about 6 lbs herself, so almost ready!
I'm struggling to sleep, or even move myself in the bed. I get out of breath on one flight of stairs and if I sit too long, my feet get all swollen. Pretty normal stuff! I don't think I've "dropped," since I think I'd notice that. I still have back pain, but I've used a belly strap to ease that pain. (Good tip, Leah!) Baby kicks my ribs all day, but her foot is so little and cute, I can't be mad.
Anyway, I'm rambling. I'm looking forward to her birthing with hopeful optimism because I can't wait to meet her!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I've totally slacked on keeping you updated with the kitchen remodel and now it's almost done! Here's a picture I took today. The backsplash is black granite, so it looks kinda dark in the picture, but it's really not as dark as it seems. I'm loving how it's turning out!
These wonderful girls put together the most beautiful baby shower to help celebrate the coming of this little lady in my belly! It was so wonderful and awesome to catch up with people I haven't seen for years!