Saturday, July 24, 2010

38.5

My ideas of the last days of pregnancy and reality are so different! In my ideal world I'd have someone to come and clean my home up and down. Maybe next time. 
I would check in for at least half a day in a SPA. Why not spending a weekend? My children are attached to my hip - or is it the opposite? The reality is not that bad. By cleaning everything ourselves I find out that I can do all things through Christ who is the source of my strength. I have my SPA treat in spurts. Getting hair and nails done last week was part of it. Thank God for the privilege. After the baby is born I usually appreciate quiet times so that we can transition well. I appreciate bonding with my baby. I'm not one of those moms that gives the baby so everyone can hold them. I know those early days are few and precious and I want to be sure she knows my smell and vice-versa. I watched the transition over the last year of most people wanting to take care of a little baby but once they hit a certain age people don't seem to care much. It will be interesting to see how much interest people pay to 3 and 4-year-olds :) I'm mama bird, totally. 

Friday's appointment went really well. My last one! I'm gonna miss going to the clinic. I got a big hug from the head nurse. I am so blessed to have had them take care of me for the second time. We were very curious as far as dilation (here's that graph again). 4 cm yesterday. I've been having contractions but til Thursday they were what I call 'punk contractions.' What it means is that for a lady who felt every contraction petocin brought me, these were nothing. Then I started feeling some that feel more like menstrual cramps but they are irregular. I got an app on my phone that times them and they also monitored me for a few hours in the hospital. Nothing serious although I consider 4 cm active labor. Exciting!
So, I ended up going to the hospital 4 times before birth day, double from last time.

It's hard to think of all the old wives tales out there. Burst of energy? Haven't quite felt it yet. I've been cleaning, getting things ready but the big burst of energy... not sure. Nesting? Not sure either. We are trying to get things ready as far as cleaning and making sure everyone is taken care of before the big day. 
After the birth day... God will provide. We have family coming to town and we are excited about it. Most just for a visit but my mother is coming to stay for a while. That's gonna be awesome. God knows exactly what to do and when to do it. Please join me in praying for a great visit with everyone while enjoying those precious first newborn days. It's gonna be awesome. The Little Prince doesn't have much of clue of what's happening. We've been talking to him about the baby and he sees the changes but I'm really looking forward to seeing them together for the first time. He's a people's person so I know he'll love having his sister around.
Well, these are my updates for now. Hope everyone is having a great weekend and keep us in your prayers!

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