(Recognize that sweater? Have I mentioned lately how much I adore Blue Sky Alpacas?)
Really, I promise myself, I’m almost there.
Baby boy (still no name picked out) is almost here.
Well, he’s here, he’s always been here, literally right here with me every breath I take, every move I make…
(Be honest, how many of you just heard those lines to the tune of a popular 80’s song? Not because you’re still a huge fan of 80’s music, but because it is permanently seared into your memory from your childhood? Name that song. Name that band. Name that album. Now, go repent ;))
I can hardly believe that 2 more weeks have flown by since my last pregnancy update, except that I totally can. The last month always flies by and simultaneously drags on for forever… Doesn’t it?
At my last midwife appointment (I use midwives at our local hospital, best of both worlds), I was 36 1/2 weeks and already about 3 cm dilated and 50% effaced. The midwife I saw that day (there are two of them, both lovely ladies) said something about not worrying about needing to be induced this time, to which I replied something about not holding my breath…
When I was 37 weeks with baby #4, I was already 4 cm and the midwife I was seeing at the time (in Minneapolis) made the mistake of telling me she wouldn’t be surprised to see me that weekend. I walked, or waddled, around like that for four more weeks. I did end up spontaneously going into labor (I’ve only done that 3 times!) 5 days after my “due date”, and it did end up being the most amazing relaxed natural childbirth experience I have ever had, but those 4 weeks were l-o-n-g.
With baby #7, I had the option of inducing on my “due date”, and a couple of weeks earlier I had really thought that was what I was wanting to do. As my “due date” came & went, I just didn’t feel right about it. I wanted to give my body more of a chance to do its thing, to do what I know it was designed to do, so I waited… And finally went in to be induced, 11 days “overdue”. It all worked out for the best, as things could’ve been fast and dangerous if I’d waited much longer, but I still wasn’t thrilled with the whole induction thing. The result was a blessing, though!
Anyhoo, I’ve been given the option of elective induction anytime after 39 weeks, which would be next Monday. Tempting, but it’s also mere days before Thanksgiving, and I’m just not so sure about that. I’d like to at least wait until my “due date”, and see where things are at then… We’ll see. I love being pregnant, but I would be lying if I were to tell you that I’m not uncomfortable at this point, not to mention just plain anxious and excited to meet this new little guy.
Patience is a virtue, I know, I’m trying. 🙂
With a few of our children still coughing a bit from the recent respiratory crud (Grace had quite the asthma flare-up again last week, but we started the steroid burst in time and kept her out of the hospital, praise the Lord!), baby is as safe as he can be right now. One of the things I hope to get done this week is get a new batch of elderberry syrup made, and get everyone taking a dose a day through the rest of the season! The flu, or any other viral crud, would not be good with a newborn in the house. Time to build up the immune systems!
I did manage to wash quite a few baby boy clothes, and ordered the first case of diapers, so I am feeling more and more prepared each day, despite the speed at which they’re flying by.
I’m sure the induction question will come up again at this week’s appointment, and I guess my prayer in that department would be for discernment and peace. I want to do what’s best for my body, and what’s best for baby, and I especially want to do His will, because I know that ultimately He knows what is best for both me and baby, right? Pray for us?
Ok, time to get back to it.
This week’s list includes –
- Planning at least 4 weeks’ worth of lists for the oldest 5 children’s schoolwork
- Planning some easy meals for after baby
- Making several more batches of granola for a few weeks’ of hearty breakfasts
- Bake several dozen muffins to freeze & pull out later
- Get baby’s car seat ready to go in the van
- Think & pray about a name 🙂
- Get the elderberry syrup & Echinacea tincture going!
- Stock up on a few essentials (eggs, syrup, toilet paper… :))
- Bake some cookies, just because
- Clean & organize our insane entry-way disaster (it’s like a thrift store exploded in there, and it’s the 1st thing you see when you walk in, ugh!)
- Cuddle & read with some of my favorite precious little cuties
Ok, now it’s really time to get back to it!
Thanks for stopping by! May your day be a blessed one!!