1) “Sleep now while you still can!”
I GET IT ALREADY. Even if you mean that I should enjoy uninterrupted sleep now whenever I want, and sleep til noon, and nap whenever, because OMGI’MNEVERGOINGTOBEABLETODOTHATAGAININMYLIFE, please, just keep it to yourself. I don’t get uninterrupted sleep now, I’m not one to sleep til noon, and I have a hard time napping. So really, although I understand the sentiment and I GET WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, you’re not being helpful. Or nice.
2) “You just wait.”
Congratulations, you are already a parent and so you feel the need to tell all preggos/parents-to-be that “they’ll see.” Y’all, I know! I know we will see, and I will look back at this post and laugh. I KNOW. But I don’t need you to spitefully point it out to me every chance you get.
3) “He’ll come when he wants to.”
Or, he’ll just stay inside forever, clinging for dear life to the walls of my uterus. Ok, I know he really won’t, but your apparent knowledge of my womb (really, you know more than me about what’s going on in there?! DOUBTFUL.) is annoying.
4) “That’s a big baby in there!”
Just click on the link, you won’t be disappointed.
Happy Friday! Yes, I’m still pregnant, and yes, I am in a fantastic mood about it. Haha! Being patient sucks. Come on out, little man!
It’s really striking to me how cyclical life is sometimes. At the beginning of pregnancy, I spent a lot of time feeling worried and anxious, analyzing every twinge & symptom, and hoping that the first trimester would fly by so that I would be in the “safe” zone. And now, here I am at the end of my pregnancy, feeling [sometimes] worried & anxious, analyzing every twinge & symptom, and hoping that the next three weeks until my due date fly by.
The “want” for pregnancy to be over was almost instantaneous once I hit 37 weeks this past Sunday. Which is really funny to me, because I’ve enjoyed it so much over these last nine months. But since I’ve hit that “full term” mark, I just feel ready to be done. We’ve planned and decorated and cooked and cleaned and a whole host of other things to get ready for baby, and now we’re just…waiting. And while the anticipation is really fun, I’m also ready for it to be over. I’m ready for the next chapter. I’m not one who would ever want to wish away pregnancy, but now? I DO find myself kind of doing just that. I know I should try to enjoy these last few weeks when it’s just the two of us…and I definitely am. I’m also taking advantage of going out to eat & getting together with friends at the drop of a hat. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready to be done being pregnant.
As for how I’m feeling, I still love every minute of being pregnant…except at night, when I am trying to sleep. All of a sudden (again, it seems like RIGHT when I hit 37 weeks), I am wildly uncomfortable at night and not really sleeping very much. Granted, I haven’t slept much this entire pregnancy, so this development isn’t really new, but I have noticed it feels much more pronounced these last few days. I get a few good hours of sleep in early on, and then inevitably I have to get up to pee and my good night of sleep goes out the window from there. I toss and turn and sometimes lay awake for a long while. My bump feels huge and heavy when I roll over. [Random side note: the whole “sleep now while you still can!” joke is really old. Shut up, seriously. Sleep isn’t like a bank—I can’t stock up now so that when the baby comes I have a ton banked up. Also really old? The “Don’t get so worked up! You’ll go into early labor!” jokes, of which I’ve received a lot. I mean, really? Look, I know I have a very passionate personality, but it has nothing to do with pregnancy or early labor—which, for the record, wouldn’t even be considered “early labor” anymore.]
Another symptom of note: I’ve randomly developed some heartburn in the last three days! I haven’t really had it at all this whole pregnancy and then BAM! Three days ago I started getting it. It’s not too bad and more of a nuisance than anything, but I thought that kind of crap was supposed to go away when the baby dropped, not show up!
Overall, I feel excited, and pretty mellow, and just…ready! I’m not nervous or worried about labor & delivery. Like, at all. This really surprises me because I thought I would feel fearful of labor but those thoughts really haven’t crossed my mind. I do worry sometimes about a cord accident, and I am really, really paying attention to baby movement & kick counts in these last few weeks, but on the whole I would say I am just excited to meet baby boy! I know his dad would love for him to stay in for a few more weeks, but it’s ok if he wants to come early too (hear that, kid?). We had so many people tell us they thought he would be an October baby, and I had numerous dreams about it. But with only a week left in October, I kind of doubt that is happening. I guess we’ll see!
So…let’s take a poll! When do you think The Bookworm Baby will make his debut? Guesses on weights & measurements? If one of you is pretty close to dead on and I’m not too much of a zombie, I’ll try to come up with a prize for the winner (though, no promises, because you know…I’ll uh, have a newborn and everything). Good luck with your guesses! As for me, I have absolutely no idea anymore. Your guess is as good as mine!
I just couldn’t help myself. With about 3 & a half weeks to go and nothing left on the baby to-do list [literally. I cooked freezer meals this weekend, we are pre-registered, and all the other minor things I needed to check off are done.], I needed something else to keep me busy! Enter, one last DIY for the nursery:
It’s kinda hard to tell from the photos, but it’s a series of picture frames that spell out the word FAMILY. I thought this project would be kind of difficult, but it ended up being pretty easy!
First, I created large-scale letters from posterboard that spelled out the word family. I took those with me to our shower, and then made sure to snap pictures of everyone there:
A picture with me and B (F)
A picture of my brother-in-law & his girlfriend (A)
A picture of my grandparents (M)
A picture of my sister (which she took separately and sent to me, since she lives in Wyoming!) (I)
A picture of my parents (and their dog!) (L), and
A picture of my in-laws (Y).
Then, I printed the pictures and cut out the silhouettes of everyone (so I didn’t have to worry about photo-shopping the different backgrounds). Next, I mounted each photo on a piece of cardstock that matches the bunting hanging around the room, popped them in to frames, and hung ‘em up!
They’re hanging on the blank wall space next to the changing table. You remember it:
I’m really pleased with how this turned out, and I can just picture showing Baby S each picture and teaching him to recognize who everyone is!
So that’s it, I promise. The last of the last nursery DIYs. Now I’ll just have to keep myself busy in other ways. I already deep cleaned our house and made all of our freezer meals, so I guess I’ll just try to relax?! I enjoy the anticipation of the waiting game but I also wouldn’t mind if baby decides he wants to come a little early, haha!