7.8.14: Still pregnant!
(picture from yesterday, actually)
If you would have told me even last week that I'd still be pregnant on my due date, I wouldn't have believed you. Sure---it's not a huge deal or anything, but the 'badge of honor' in being the most pregnant with my third baby...and also making it to my due date (and likely OVERDUE) is pretty crazy. And cool, I suppose. Yes, I'm in a much much better place mentally today than I was yesterday.
Probably because I haven't timed a single contraction today. I've had a few very noticeable ones but nothing that shook my current 'baby is coming on Friday and that is that' attitude. Truly: I believe he will be induced Friday morning and will be shocked if anything happens prior. And seriously, that is fine by me right now. The mental shift that's been made to expect nothing earlier than my induction has been a healthy one for me. I'm not hoping for an earlier birthday but I suppose if it happens, we are ready for that scenario anyway with packed bags and childcare lined up for each day this week. But I'm banking on a Friday 7/11 baby at this point and will 'plan' on that being The Day. I hate the word 'plan' right now, though.
I guess after the false ( or 'latent' as some label it ) labor from yesterday, I've decided to just let go an enjoy these last few days. What is the point in trying to will this baby out of me if he's not ready? Why bother walking and bouncing and over-exerting myself in any way? I much prefer to sit back, relax, and do fun things with my family of four instead.
Today we all went to the pool and it was awesome. Then to McDonalds for lunch. Then a nap for me and CC. Then we walked to Starbucks. Right now our neighbor offered to take the kids across the street to the playground and Nate is at volleyball----so 'me time' is also happening, even before their bedtimes. I'd say today was a successful and amazing due date!
Baby boy is still moving a ton, I'm feeling pretty good overall aside from being wiped out physically with any and all activities, and any family days are always fun and note-worthy. It's just Nate and I home tomorrow, since we have the kids at Lori's on Mondays and Wednesdays during my maternity leave. The options are endless: wash the cars, go out for lunch, and I want yet another mani/pedi as my daily treat;) I'm not calling these our 'plans' for tomorrow because I don't really think we can plan anything anymore. But I have ideas on how to fill our day at home without a hospital trip. If I'm feeling incredibly energetic, I have big ideas on some deep cleaning to the house....but let's be honest. That will probably not happen because I can use the Overdue Card tomorrow as an excuse to lay around alllll day if I really feel like it. Talk about a badge of honor---being overdue will be a trip. I can't wait to say 'yesterday' when someone asks me when I'm due. Even just saying, 'Today' was really fun at the pool. Gotta love making people's eyes bug out of their heads as they expect a baby to plop out before them.
Also, I found an old suit from when I was 17 years old. It has good butt coverage and I sure do fill it out a LOT more than I did in 1998. Just could not deal with the suffocating fabric of my one piece and decided to rock a super old bikini instead. Why not??
McDonalds happy meal toys=their favorites.
Second daily treat-Starbucks. Love this girl so much. Not sure why Truman didn't get in any pictures today, though.
Due date shadow.
It definitely makes me feel a little sad to think that Nate took off this week to be at home with a new baby/at the hospital, and it's a total bummer to use my maternity leave without said baby. But you know what? Time off is ALWAYS awesome. Who can complain about having a few more days with 'just us', before the new sense of normal kicks in? As Nate said, we can probably DO a lot more and enjoy it before baby comes anyway. So whatever. It will all work out just fine.
I'm really not trying to convince myself as I type this either. I honestly do feel at peace with however the birth goes down and am so grateful to have an end-date in sight. Do you hear that, baby boy? Your time inside is limited so pick your birthday soon, or else Friday is the day! Cannot wait to meet you and hold you and introduce you to your family. I'll miss carrying you around with me but I'll gladly take the trade off of having a newborn baby on the outside. Pregnancy is awesome but so is having an outside baby. I'm ready. I hope you are, too, sweet boy.