I am officially full term! Each day brings wonders of when this baby boy will make his appearance. It could happen any day after all. My husband keeps asking me, "Are we going to have a baby today?" My children keep trying to guess the day. They are as anxious as I am. Even Little E made the remark, "Mama, your baby is not ever gonna come out!" Well, we do know this...there is only 2 weeks until my due date and it will be soon enough! He HAS to come out on way or another.
Here is a little update on how I am doing:
About 2 weeks ago I had to surrender my driving privileges as I am now to big to be behind the wheel! My belly is now 46 inches around. At first the steering wheel just rubbed my belly, but now my belly fully overlaps it! (see photo) Being short, I already have to eat the dash in order to drive and now I was having to stretch my foot to reach the pedal. Totally not safe! My husband is now my taxi driver and gets me where I need to go. I think next time we will need to invest in a pedal extender!
As you can image I have been busy getting things ready. Basically, I can think of nothing else really. I walk around in a daze all day feeling very scatter brained. I feel as though I have no focus, but am trying to make a little progress each day. I did manage to fully pack the baby's bag for the hospital. I'm bringing him sleepers, hats, cloth diapers, Burt's Bees baby wash & lotion (so he doesn't have to be washed with the toxic stuff at the hospital), and packed a couple outfits to bring him home in. All my babies except Baby J have gone home in preemie clothes. I wasn't sure what this baby will be like so I packed newborn and preemie clothing.
I have also packed the mass majority of things I will be needing for labor, delivery, and my hospital stay in general. Pictured here is my suitcase, birthing stool , CD player, baby's bag, car seat, nursing pillow and a pillow for me ( I hate the plastic feeling of the hospital ones). The only things left to pack are the last minute things like my lap top, camera, blow dryer, curling iron, and stuff like that. I am also bringing my own toilet paper and healthy foods for snacking. To keep myself organized in what to pack, what to do in labor, who to call, etc. I have created a Birth Book. Contains my brain basically. I will share my Birth Book with you in another post. It has been very helpful to have and I am excited to share what is in there.
Other than getting all packed up, my husband and I have been trying our best to stay on top of the house. NOT easy when you have 4 very active (and messy) children. We ended up putting a bunch of their toys and things in boxes and storing them in the shed. They will get them back later. For now it has deemed to be a big help.
My days have been spent cleaning, packing, going over lists, trying to rest (because I am just to tired not to), trying hard to wrap up homeschool, and waiting! I am trying hard to be patient knowing my baby will born at the perfect time, but I find myself questioning every ache and pain. I have never done this before! Waiting for labor to start is a new thing for this c-section mama. I now can relate to all those women out there desperate to get things moving along. There is a huge difference when you have a set date and know there is an end in site and when your waiting. Makes for lots of weariness that is for sure.
My goals for this week... get some breakfast & lunch freezer meals made up (so I don't have to be fed cereal and PB&J's everyday when my hubby is caring for me and the kids), make scripture cards for labor, pack some cute pictures of my kids in my Birth Book for focal points, get my bassinet back from the friend who borrowed it, and spend some one on one time with each of my kids. Oh, and tomorrow is date night for the hubby and I. A friend of mine (same gal that is crocheting the blanket for the baby) gave me a Olive Garden gift certificate at my baby shower and offered to babysit so we can go out. How nice, right? Thought I better quickly take her up on this offer before it's to late. My husband and I haven't been on a date since November, so this will be a much needed treat.
Please remember to keep me in your prayers about this delivery. For safety for me and the baby and for a successful VBA4C. The success of this birth will determine how I will be having my babies from now on. I really don't want to be on the c-section path again. It is no fun!
*Since my baby is not here yet, tomorrow my contributor Jodi Faye will be telling her birth story! Her son (also baby #5) was born on April 1st! I love reading others birth stories. Can't wait to tell mine next!