Well, we’ve surpassed the 37 week mark, and are trucking right along! We’re 37+2 today, and had a great doctor’s appointment and ultrasound yesterday. She measured at a healthy size, looked perfect, and still has a safe amount of fluid in there. Oh, and she’s for sure still a girl! As our Dr. put it, “She hasn’t grown anything! Still a girl!” All in all, she’s doing fantastic! I’m feeling like she could really decide to arrive any day now. Of course, no one knows for sure, so for now we’re just patiently waiting. I want her to stay in and cook as long as possible, but I also want her to come on her own time. It’s funny how you spend 9-10 months wondering if pregnancy could possibly move any slower, and then you’re suddenly within a few weeks of delivery and you’re not ready at all and hope you have a little longer to mentally prepare!
I think we are as ready as we can be though. There are still a few small chores on my to-do list, like making a few freezer meals, and I constantly feel like I need to keep the kitchen spotless, but for the most part, I think we’re ready to bring her home. Our bags are all packed, the nursery is done, the house is *mostly* clean (it could always be cleaner, but hey, we share it with a 95lb black lab), and we’re installing the car seat tonight. We’re preregistered at the hospital, and I’ve got all my short-term disability paperwork filled out ready to fax in after the birth. The only thing that’s not done is soaking up as much quality time between just Adam and I. I don’t think it hit either of us how close we really are until just recently, so now I’m hoping we still have a few more dates nights ahead of us! It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea of adding a new family member, and it no longer being just the two of us, but I guess I’ll never really understand it until she’s here.
Everyone keeps asking “how are you feeling??” And I really don’t know how I feel! It’s hard to know what you’re feeling about something you’ve never experienced. I don’t have anything to base it on except for what friends, family, and the internet has told me. I’m excited of course, but it’s also still surreal and I feel like I’m watching all of this take place from a third party. I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever, but at the same time it’s absolutely flown by and I cannot believe it’s basically October. My marathon in January feels like lightyears ago, and when I think about February and March, I almost feel nauseous again because those months were SO miserable. I remember thinking October was so far away. And now it’s almost here! Our due date is 19 days away, if we even make it to our due date that is. I’m scared, nervous, tired, overwhelmed, over it but not over it, curious, and every other emotion you can think of. I can’t peg it down on one thing, but I just feel like I don’t know what to feel. If that even makes sense.
Last night Adam asked what I was most excited about once she’s here. And I instantly said, “to finally see what she looks like.” And he said, “oh, I thought you’d say sleeping on your stomach.” Ha! Now THERE’S something I’m excited about!!! I can’t WAIT to sleep on my stomach and back again!!!
Cheers to the waiting game! I know I’ll never get these final days back, so I’m trying to soak up every movement of hers so I’ll be able to fully remember how much fun it was having her INSIDE my belly!
How did you survive the final weeks/days? Have any good freezer meal ideas? Did you feel ready, not ready, nervous, excited?