Between naps, Jolivette Mecenas writes her last post for The Baby Project. She says learning to be a new mom hasn't been so easy, especially while recovering from a C-section.
The Baby Project posts about Jolivette Mecenas
Maximilian Dominic Mecenas-Sarmiento was born Aug. 17, weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces and almost 19 inches long. Mom Jolivette Mecenas is scheduled to go home later today.
Jolivette Mecenas says she can't articulate how she and her partner, Charlyne, actually selected their donor, except to say that the process was intuitive as well as carefully reasoned.
Since Jolivette Mecenas found out her baby is breech, she's experimenting with ways to get him head down. That includes putting a frozen bag of vegetables where the baby's head is located, using music to lure the baby down, hypnotherapy and what's called a "version," where a doctor rolls the baby.
Jolivette Mecenas begins the story of how she and her partner, Charlyne, chose their son's donor.
Jolivette Mecenas says she's tired of popular, as-seen-on-TV depictions of childbirth as scary, medicalized and traumatic. She's planning to use the HypnoBirthing method of natural childbirth, which focuses on relaxation.
While on vacation in Hawaii, Jolivette Mecenas had plenty of time to think about her pregnant body, and what kind of last name the child of lesbian parents should have.
For same-sex couples, having a child can create all sorts of questions, from legal worries over what rights the non-birth parent has, to whether your "old" family will welcome the new addition.
Jolivette and her partner, Charlyne, are expecting their first child in August.