Hello Lovely! If your reading this because your due date has come and gone, I’m right there with you! In fact, along with my due date passing I’ve had a cold for nearly a week (so please excuse the red nose) and I’ve been working a headache the past couple days. I’m really TRYING to enjoy these last movements and hours while our little one is safe in my belly.
I even took the time to put on a full face of make up and have a quick photo taken to document the actual due date. The key word in this really should be TRYING. My friend, you know all too well this end of pregnancy includes back aches, restless nights, and (especially for a first time mom) anxiety over a million different things.
These are possibly some of the thoughts bringing you a little anxiety:
Should I ask to be induced?
I should really clean the house but I wouldn’t want to go into this labor thing tired… Good thought so let’s skip that concern.
Isn’t there at least one at home trick that will get labor started?
Could I squeeze one more thing in that hospital bag, I hear the pillows there are the worst?
What if they have to induce me regardless of my decision or what if I have to have a C-section?
What if my water breaks right now (as your walking around Target, making a quick run in the drug store, or sitting on your linen couch)?
When he or she sticks a body part out like this, could she actually break through my skin? I mean it kind of looks like it right?
Ok so here are some suggestions of things I’ve done over the past couple weeks to try to keep my mind off of these thoughts.
1. Read all the books
I have a few parenting/pregnancy must reads but also take time to read the books you won’t have time to later. I’m a sucker for a good mystery novel and I’ve read a good amount of them recently, try to do some things for you before little one arrives. If you must take this time to also prep, these are a few of my favorite preggers reads.
Bringing Up Bebe– Written by an American mother in France, it shares a completely new perspective on how they raise children versus how Americans typically raise their own. It can never hurt to look into new ideas and a lot of these concepts can really change how you think about parenting.
Carrying On– I read this one at the beginning of my pregnancy and it had me absolutely rolling. The author is hilarious and for a first time mama it was nice to see a light hearted view point addressing all of the concerns that come with taking on this new role. Plus she’s so real and will talk you out of lots of crazy ideas (restoration hardware rocker anyone?). I highly reccomend this for any pregnant lady but especially a first time mama.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting– If you haven’t already, dive in now there is a lengthy section on delivery and postpartum that doesn’t skip the gory details. It is read by 93% of preggers women for a reason.
2. Get a Mani-Pedi-
There are about to be a lot of pictures of your hands holding your new bundle and I know if you’ve made it this far a foot rub would not be a bad decision.
3. Make Ahead Freezer Meals
I’ve made a few freezer friendly items (see below) and I’m sure I’ll be glad I have them
Chicken Pot Pie
Just make sure whatever recipe you use that you double bag or double freezer wrap everything tightly. There could be nothing worse that pulling these out at the last minute to realize your hard work has all been freezer burnt.
4. Rest, try to enjoy time with your hubby (and your pets)
From what I hear our time is about to be rather occupied by one little person for some time. I’m trying to rest and soak up time with my current two as much as possible.
I feel like I’ve been planning the biggest event of my entire life and it’s truly a first of its kind. Which if you think about it, you do all the research on the event style and theme to make sure your as prepared as possible (ask everyone that has kids a million questions and read all the books). Next you book all the right vendors based on this research (hospital, doctor, diaper brands, safest car seat). You make the best possible plan and back up plan (birth plan covering all sorts of ifs). At the end of the day, like any new event, everything could potentially go wrong. Your vendor can’t make it and you have to make a last minute substitution (a new doctor). Your birth plan didn’t allot for your opinion on a C-section because you were so sure this wouldn’t happen. None of your books told you about the adult diapers… none of them.
At the end of the day at this point regardless of plans that have been made and the millions of changes in our lives I know (and don’t know) will come with this event, I’m so excited to see her face. Maybe afterwards with all the changes people forget this feeling so I thought it was worth putting out there. I have a tiny little person that my husband and I created growing inside of me. The entire concept even at this point still baffles me how God can make this happen everyday. So the good news for those of us all trying to pass the time since we’re passed the D-Day mark if that soon we will get to see their little face. Soon we will get to hold their little hand and soon the worries/concerns of the pregnancy will be something of a distant memory. We will only know this new part to our lives filled with a whole different kind of concerns (and joys). So I continue to pray and will likely continue to more steadfast than ever before as we make this transition.
See you on the other side my friends, see you on the other side!
Bottom two photos: Ellen Talbot Photography