My baby is due TOMORROW!

“Life is all about timing..the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable becomes available, the unattainable…attainable.  Have the patience, wait it out.  It’s all about timing.”

~Stacy Charter

As anxious as I am to meet my little man, as much as I want to be able to convince my body to go into labor tomorrow on his due date, as much as I try to naturally induce labor in every way possible- even if it means GALLOPING AROUND THE HOUSE (are you getting a visual of how desperate I’m getting?)… I am reminded, once again, that life will unfold itself, as it should.  I cannot force it where I think it should go, despite my best effortsAnd so, I follow. I will allow myself to be swept up in life’s bigger plan and open myself to the true grace and blessings of the situation. Well, at the very least, I’m going to try my absolute best.  😉

We love you so much Grae and we know you are worth the wait!  (But, 11-11-11 is a really cool birthday—-just sayin’ ;))




Our very big, very little, absolutely wonderful surprise

Tonight, a precious baby boy was born two months premature.  His parents are two of our very best friends and when his Daddy called to tell us the news, he also dropped the information that he and his fiance have chosen Ian and I to be the baby’s Godparents!  Little Elijah David is 4 lbs 0 oz, and has been transferred to a NICU at a bigger hospital because his lungs are not fully developed, however they have already been able to turn his oxygen down!  He is a fighter.  Ian made it clear to John (Elijah’s Daddy) that even though Elijah was born first, that does not make him older than Grae. 😉 The competitions are starting already and Grae isn’t even here yet. 🙂 I know they will be best friends for life just like their parents. 🙂 Please keep John, Nicole and Baby Elijah in your prayers.  We love you Elijah and cannot wait to meet you!  I’ll post a picture as soon as I get one.

 

3 more days until Grae’s due date!

This post is about absolutely nothing.  Kind of like what is happening in my head. My brain is going a million miles a minute, yet I don’t think I’ve had a coherent thought all day.  I’ve heard people joke about pregnancy forgetfulness, but never thought it to be true.  Well, I left my credit card at a restaurant yesterday and didn’t realize it until today.  When I went to jump in the car to go pick it up, I couldn’t find my keys anywhere.  I searched the house for an hour and finally gave up.  A little while later, I went to the fridge to get some juice… and there my keys were, sitting right next to the milk on the top shelf of the refrigerator.  I have absolutely no recollection of putting them in there (or even unclipping them from my purse for that matter!).  So… I’ve decided it was probably best not to venture out too far from home by myself today.  Thankfully, my helpful hubby picked up my credit card. 🙂 I’m so glad that I began my maternity leave the week before the baby comes.  It has been wonderful to just lay around and get a little rest and time to myself- even though it is obviously not helping me focus. 🙂 (Plus, God knows what I would have forgotten about at work!)

P.S. That baby boy of ours is getting bigger and bigger each day, and SO IS MY STOMACH!  I’m just amazed at how my bump changes each day- bigger, lower, harder, even the shape changes!  🙂

39 1/2 week baby bump 🙂 


39 Week Pictures

After listening to me wallow for the good part of the day, Ian decided that we needed to get out of the house.  We went and did some errands and went out to lunch at one of our favorite little Irish Pubs.  However, it was really busy- so by the time we got our food, I was super uncomfortable and my back was killing me, so we asked for “To Go” boxes and the check.  After we ate lunch at rested at home for a bit, we decided that we would venture out again.  We took Deacon, one of our Siberian Huskies, across the street to the park for some fresh air and a little exercise.  It was a beautiful day and it felt good to get out of the house. Now we are back home, and I’m about to get my whine on again (or spend the rest of the night out in the hot tub).  I am not enjoying this part of being pregnant. I keep telling myself only FIVE more days until his due date.   (8 until my induction date, but I’m REALLY hoping he comes before that).

On a happier note, here are some pictures from our time at the park. 🙂

 

Weeble Wobble or Humpty Dumpty?

(Please read this post in your best whiny, complaining voice for me)

In my 39 week misery (yes, this is the first day I’ve actually been miserable pregnant), I walked by the mirror in my purple sweat pants with my tee shirt pulled way up over my belly (it just feels less restrictive), and I actually gasped.  I stood there staring at my shocking reflection. My shadow is like an exaggerated monster.  I don’t know who I look more like- a Weeble Wooble or Humpty Dumpty!  How did my stomach become this huge?  My skin is so stretched that it actually hurts to touch; it even hurts when clothing touches it.  The bump is so heavy that I have to prop it up with pillows and blankets when laying on my side.  I have stopped even attempting to lay on my back, as I feel like my lungs just might collapse under the weight. On top of all that fun stuff- I THINK MY MORNING SICKNESS THAT ENDED AT 13 WEEKS CAME BACK FOR THE LAST LAUGH!  Argh!

Full-term pregnancy, how lucky I am to be here, but you are the polar opposite of comfort.

 

 

39 Week Update :)

We have our induction scheduled for next Monday, November 14!  I can’t believe, in a maximum of 10 days, we will have that precious little boy in our arms!

Our midwife predicted that he is already 7.5 to 8 pounds, so its sounding more and more like he is going to be one big baby.

She said that he has definitely dropped further, but I have a little more “ripening up” to do- I’m still dilated only 1.5 cm.

I was fully expecting to hear that they were going to induce me this Monday, as in three days from now, and I was having so many mixed feelings about being induced before my actual due date.  I’m incredibly relieved that I do not have to make that decision anymore.  That’s not to say I’m not willing to try ANY and ALL NATURAL ways to induce labor starting NOW, especially after hearing that he is already a potential 8 pounder!  😉  So, I need suggestions… So far I’ve been told to eat lots of pineapple and eggplant, start bouncing on birthing balls, and go for long, brisk walks (especially up and down stairs)…Do any of you have any “home remedies” to naturally induce labor?? (This could get interesting ;))

 A fun little local fact about eating eggplant:

There is a famous restaurant in Atlanta known for their Eggplant Parmesan recipe.  For 25 years, it has been known to induce labor!  To date, more than 300 of the pregnant women customers who ordered the eggplant parmesan have given birth within 48 hours, and the restaurant dubs them the “eggplant babies.”

Click on the picture to get linked directly to the SCALINI's website 🙂

Anyone in the mood for Italian?? 😉

 

 

Its a big day tomorrow!

Lots of exciting things are happening tomorrow!  First of all- it is my last day of work before my maternity leave starts!  I won’t be teaching again until February!  I am beyond excited about having the opportunity to spend that uninterrupted time with my newborn- and I’m so thankful that taking the full 12 weeks off is an option for us.  I have everything set up, ready, and organized for my maternity sub.  I even have my lesson plans completed through the end of April so it will be a super easy transition back to work for me in February (well, that is the hope anyway).

Tomorrow also marks 39 weeks in our pregnancy!!  There were so many days that I prayed and prayed that he would stay in and bake just a little bit longer… and now we have made it.  Thank you for listening to your mommy, Little Boy. 🙂 You can come anytime you are ready now.

We also have our doctor appointment at 2:10 tomorrow afternoon.  This is a big one, as they will do an internal exam and determine whether or not I am ‘favorable’ for labor.  They will again discuss induction dates.  I have heard many people say that oftentimes, expecting mommas are sent directly to the hospital after the 39 week exam to give birth! EEEKS!  And, on the other hand, if the doctor finds that I’m not favorable, then they will schedule an induction for November 14.  Either way, even though none of these dates are set in stone, as he could decide to come at anytime regardless, it still completely blows me away that we will have a “DATE” in our minds tomorrow.

 

 

38 SPECIAL WEEKS

38 Special... weeks 🙂

Why would we take a picture of the innocent baby bump with the hammerless, safety-less, 38 Special, you ask??  Well, I’ll let Ian tell you…

While on our tour of the hospital, somewhere in between her explanations of circumcision and using a nail file instead of bitting off our newborn’s tiny fingernails, the kind, old nurse informed us that there were a few additional things to consider. Without disturbing the informative pace and tone of the tour, she told us that the bassinet for our newborn will be placed in the small area between the hospital bed and the window, as far from the door as possible. Hmmm, this begged the question, “Why is that, you kind, old knowledgable woman?”

IT IS TO PREVENT THE THEFT OF YOUR CHILD! AND YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT THOSE CUTE “IT’S A BOY” BALLOONS TOO. OH YEA, AND CUT DOWN THE SHRUBS IN FRONT OF YOUR HOME AS TO ELIMINATE SUITABLE HIDING PLACES FOR WOULD BE KIDNAPPERS.. DUN DUN DUN!

Needless to say, Andrea’s face drained of its usual color and she looked back at me with eyes as big as saucers. She looked at me as if to say “Dizzle…. thats not really true right???? That old lady is just gearing up for All Hollows Eve, right???” The other “soon to be’s” on the tour laughed at her reaction. Even though this could truly be a reality of our time, I would not want to see the result of separating mamma Dre from her man cub. I’ve seen what happens when people cross the line. I can only tell you that she blacks out.