I’m almost 39 weeks (on Monday) and we’re nearly ready for Baby Girl. Really, in reality if she were to come today it would be perfectly fine, but there are a few last things I want to finish gathering. I have a belly cast I would like to do, I want to pick up the homebirth kit from the health department (don’t know if I’ll use it or not, but would like to have it on hand), and it would be nice if I could get my 5 and 2 year olds over this cold/sinus infection they have raging before she comes. On the flip side of that, we have all of our “stuff” washed, folded, set aside for her and are fairly mentally prepared for her. One more payday would be nice and I definitely want, above all else, for her to be ready to come into the world. After a few babies, I’ve realized her (and God’s) timing is infinitely more important than mine or my discomfort and impatience. So. We’re ready. We wait patiently. :)
Here I was at my baby shower last week (I was nearly 38 weeks).
She is in a good position with still a lot of room to twist around. She has the hiccups right this very second. Her heart rate is good and all of my vitals are good. My iron is 10.4 (which is okay, but we’d like it higher for the birth) so I’m taking a liquid iron supplement. My weight gain has picked back up a tad after a near complete stall and I know it’s because she dropped and my heartburn stopped. Therefore, food sounds good again. A lot of the time. If you want to know specifics to pray for us I would like to ask that the labor and delivery would be safe (I’m a tad concerned about excessive bleeding/hemorrhaging (because I’ve heard it can be an issue in multiple pregnancies. But I know that’s mainly just my fear and anxiety coming through, I have amazingly competent midwives, medical supplies at the ready (such as pitocin for if the bleeding starts up heavy just after the birth), and I’m only minutes from several hospitals. I also, obviously, would ask that you would pray for Baby Girl’s health when she comes into the world. A much lesser concern is the post partum pain (both the after pains of birth and the lingering “everything hurts” kind of pains). I’m not overly worried about a drug free labor, but I know how painful the everything after can be and I’ll be nearly drug free for that as well (regular over the counter extra strength Tylenol and Ibuprofen). But that’s just a comfort prayer.
We have her beautiful little nook all ready in our room. I saw on Pinterest how they made a closet nook for a crib once and loved it. But our closet and room are too little to fit the crib (and really I’ll be cosleeping more than getting up to put her in a crib anyway), so we improvised and made it her changing table area with all of her stuff. We have the pack-n-play all set up and ready at the end of the bed right now with enough room to roll it beside our bed for nighttime. I’m so pleased with how it turned out!
I’m having Braxton-Hicks contractions nearly nonstop now. Which is totally normal for me and completely aggravating at the same time, but I just keep reminding myself it’s my body practicing and getting ready for the big day. The kiddos are ready too. Beyond ready. She is in every single conversation we have now days. My Oldest will be turning 11 on the 12th and he’s still lobbying to share his big day with her. I keep reminding him with a smile that I really don’t have any control over that.
So, I think that brings us up to date! Just waiting!