Monthly Archives: November 2011

You’ve never been 41 weeks pregnant if…


…you’ve never answered the phone: “i’m still here” “not in labor” “don’t call me, I’ll call you..”

…you’ve worried about your water breaking in public. At this point, I HOPE it breaks in public. I think the only place I give a second thought to my water breaking is in my brand new car. And even then… it can get detailed.

…you’ve never stopped believing pregnancy actually ends… Most people believe that pregnancy has an end point. But when you’ve hit 41 weeks, you actually come to know the truth…you know you will be pregnant forever and its  your new status in life, along with your infinitely expanding self…

…you’ve never had OTHER people stop believing you are ever going to give birth. Sure from about 34 weeks on people will start asking you “any day now, right?” and every time they see you they will want to know “how much longer?” And your family will believe every time you call them you’ll be calling with THE call. But around 41 weeks your parents stop answering your every call, breathless from racing to the call. They might even stop answering. They know you’re just calling to say “YUP.STILL.PREGNANT.”

…you’ve never cried because of the lack of progress in the “delivery department” (enough said.)

…you’ve never ripped a pair of your own pants. (Okay, i know this happens even when you arent pregnant- heck, it’s happened to me when i wasnt pregnant. But these were PAJAMAS. Who rips PAJAMA pants??…this happened on the morning of my 287th day of pregnancy.)

…you’ve never contemplated answering “when are you due?” with “I’m not pregnant!” just for your own amusement…

…you’ve never trained your toddler to run her own dirty diapers to the trash… (hey, one less trip off the floor for me!)

Edited to add:

…if you’re daily diet has never been pepsi and oreos. Yup. CAFFEINATED Pepsi. Because you NEED the caffeine to even BEGIN to function. And Oreos because well, I’m 41 weeks pregnant!!

…you’ve never made plans with friends, HOPING that you’ll have to cancel them

…you’ve never made plans with friends, based in total “superstitious” beliefs that the plans might send you into labor… (examples: when i went into labor with C I had a pedicure with 2 girlfriends and walked a lot. I got a pedicure with one of the girls last weekend just in case that might send me into labor… OR  my friend L’s water broke the day she had lunch plans with me. I’m making lunch plans with her this week now…)

…you’ve never thought, “Okay, I know *I* was 8 days late…this must be karma… (and you dont believe in karma!)

…you’ve never had to return a holiday onesie. (Stupid first thanksgiving outfit was so cute too!)

…You’ve never been so anxious to meet your unborn baby that you just can’t stand it!!! I cannot wait  for him to be born!!! this is the # 1 thing that is driving me crazy at the moment!! Come on out, D! 🙂


The end is near…

39 weeks, 3 days today.

Crankopatamous is often here. I know, I know, I’m not even late yet. Prior to this pregnancy I’d often join in with thoughts of “oh, I hate when people complain about being pregnant for the ENTIRE pregnancy!” or “you’re not even late YET”. But now I know, every person and pregnancy is different and we all ought to mind our brain business and just pity anyone who is in the last month or so of pregnancy.

My pregnancy with C was MUCH easier and I really wasnt uncomfortable until the very last 2 weeks. Even though I’ve gained less weight this time (yay!) I’m Sooooo much more uncomfortable. I still feel much more “DONE” this time around.

I think maybe some of it is the holidays looming before me… I’ve done a lot of shopping already (probably too much!), but I want to decorate and do all the fun stuff that I feel too drained to do anything! and really I ought to do some laundry before I get started on anything fun.

My clothes don’t fit, I don’t sleep, and I’m definitely past the “cute” stage of pregnancy (if that even exists) and in the “wow, she looks like a whale” stage.

I think the biggest thing though, more than ANYTHING, is that I JUST.CAN’T.WAIT to meet this little guy! I’m around my friends teeny tiny baby often, and I am so jealous! 🙂 I can’t wait to hold him and snuggle him and have C meet him!

But God is in control and he knows better than I all the good things that are waiting for me on the day that I do deliver. So I’m snuggling my big girl as much as she will let me, going for long walks, talking with my awesome husband and trying to take my mind off the not so imminent birth.

But feel free to join me in praying that it happens soon. 🙂

39 Weeks!

C says…

So I wish I could be better at remembering all the adorable things she says lately! Listening to a two year old learn language has to be one of the most entertaining things ever!

Last night, she was pointing to the letters on the wall above her bed that spell out her name… (she has known the alphabet by sight for quite sometime).. For some reason as she was saying them she said, “uh oh? Where’d J go? Where’s the J?”…there’s never been a J in her name and plenty of other letters are missing from her name so I’m not really sure what caused her to fixate on the J!

You can often hear her saying “I can’t like ___”  or “No, I can’t want ___” . Usually this is when we want her to eat something- even if it’s something she usually DOES like. But it cracks us up, because it is so dramatic, as if she is saying, “There is NO POSSIBLE WAY I could eat that!”

She often answers very enthusiastically, “Oh, um, YES! Okay, Sure.” When she means yes, you’ll know it, LOL. She’s also become very polite lately (WAHOO!). We still are working on remembering “please” but she recently has picked up on saying “No, thanks” which when you hear “no” 1000 x a day is a nice change 🙂 However, she uses it somewhat inappropriately. Like saying “no, thanks”  to things that are not really optional. “Ok, C, lay down to rinse your hair” “no, thanks!” Umm..

She’s getting more into pretend play (still only on her own, we haven’t really entered into the pretend play WITH someone yet). We often hear our words coming back to us when she is playing with her toys. “LISTEN. LISTEN. BE STILL” . If only it worked when I said it to her…

When looking at a picture from our wedding “When mommy was a princess” I was explaining that that was when Mummy and Daddy got married. And she replied “I get married, too?” aww.

We just had an excellent conversation/negotiation over the TV.  She asked SO sweetly to “please may i watch Veggie Tales?” and we couldn’t help but say yes. But Daddy was really looking forward to some football. So we told her “ONE veggie tales, then Mommy and Daddy’s turn”. And after a minute, she repeated what we said, which made me kind of chuckle so I said “Thanks for reviewing the terms C.” and she said “Germs? Football Germs?”  (she knows Germs from another show she’s watched… I know, she watches too much tv…).

Halloween and {37 Weeks}

I have to combo post so that I keep up! 🙂 Other than eating too much halloween candy lately (someone stop me before i turn into a butterfinger!) we are doing really well.

C was pretty pumped about getting candy, but not so much about the costume part (apparently, none of the teenagers in this area were excited about costumes either. I was very disappointed with my trick or treater turn out!). She was supposed to be “lady bug girl” from these books (which she loves). But, it was too cold for just a headband so she had on a ladybug hat instead. And she wouldn’t wear her tu tu. So she basically ended up looking like  her regular self + ladybug boots and cape. LOL. And I had to bribe her with chocolate to get the cape/wings on her!!  I’m pretty proud of the cape/wings I made! She’s not a fan of wearing regular wings (that you can buy, natch). So I found this tutorial on pinterest and whipped this up for C. I ❤ easy. (PS definitely did NOT take 2-3 hrs).

She loved her little pumpkin light. Best 1.39 I've spent!

Wing Shot!

And here’s my costume:

At 37 weeks pregnant, I’m as big as a house! My one regret is that i couldn’t figure out how to execute this sooner. If I had, I think it would’ve turned out even better! But I’m still proud of my pregnant costume. 🙂

Speaking of 37 weeks, here’s the latest bump picture!

I’m feeling pretty good. Tired. Achy. heartburn. insomnia. etc. But I mean, I really can’t complain!! (okay, i can and I do… but I shouldn’t!). I’m feeling “ready”. As in, I cannot wait to be done being pregnant! I think that some of that comes from the fact I already know how awesome it will be when the little guy is here.. I don’t have the first time mom worries that i had before… I worry some about how C will react of course, but mostly I know that D will fit in just fine! I just want it to happen already! And some of it comes from the fact that my friend has a 5 week old and I still have 3 weeks to go…It doesn’t seem right when we were pregnant together all along! LOL. And some of it is just from being generally uncomfortable.

At the same time, I keep thinking I really don’t know what’s about to hit me and maybe I ought not (wish) to rush it (especially since our car is STILL IN THE SHOP!).  I almost feel like I want to go into labor and have the baby so I won’t be uncomfortable anymore…. and I’m forgetting how life is going to change afterward! I don’t know if that makes sense. These thoughts swirl around in my mind all day and then i can’t get them out in a sensible way!

I had my 37 week appointment today. I was finally going to see a different MW in the practice, but I found myself feeling emotional over seeing someone new! Isn’t that crazy? So i switched at the last minute. And then my appointment time had to change at the last minute so B and C ended up coming with me! this was a good appointment for him to make since we are so close to the end! Turns out I am GBS+ this time, which is a bummer. I was hoping to labor at home for as long as possible… but since my last labor was *relatively* short (8-9hrs) they will want me to come in sooner to be sure to get at least one dose of antibiotics in!

So current prayer requests:

  • for the birthing tub to be available
  • for “my” MW to be on call when I’m in labor/giving birth
  • that I’ll receive at least one dose of antibiotics before giving birth!
  • that our car situation will be settled before the birth.

The rest of the appointment was excellent though. He’s still head down, heartbeat was good, measuring right on time! C was curious about everything, and after my exam we measured C’s belly, listened to her heart with the doppler, etc. It was super cute and she LOVED it. 🙂 And another point for “why I love my midwife”. 🙂

Interestingly, I’ve been having mild contractions every 4 minutes while I’ve been writing this. I can tell that these aren’t the “real thing”…yet. But maybe he’s getting more into position!

Come on out baby, we want to meet you! 🙂


((also, don’t you love my new header? My friend Amy at One Artsy Mama created it for me! Thanks, Amy!!))