Thursday, February 15, 2007

Done, but no not really

Strangers ask me now when the baby's due. I say "next month." That's weird.

I'm buying items at the grocery store with expiration dates near March 19. This very item could still be in my refrigerator when I go into labor.

I'm preparing things at work (part of my normal duties) that will be addressed again the week of March 19... without me.

Woah. This is practically upon us. Superman and I are meeting with a birthing coach/lamaze instructor/L&D nurse/whatever else she does this weekend and I can't wait! She's a long time family friend and very good at what she does. There will be videos of births to watch. I'm collecting questions for her.

I'm really wanting for it all to be over. I'm not anxious or afraid or antsy. I'm just curious to see what my body will do, how I will manage the pain, what will the whole labor and delivery part be like? I wonder how big my baby will be, how long labor will last, if I'll have any unexpected complications... I'm also looking forward to getting my own body back. I don't mind sharing, but she's really getting intrusive. I hope she's as uncomfortable as I am and chooses to come on time or even slightly early. (Though in all honesty I'm not all that uncomfortable and she's been good and hasn't kept me up at night with her moving, nor do I have to get up in the night to pee, at ALL, which I find to be amazing after hearing the stories from so many women. Yes I'm drinking enough water.)


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9 comments:

  1. You look great! I hardly ever get up to pee at night, either. I like to think I've trained myself to hold it. :)I took the courses and learned the breathing exercises and different postures and all that jazz- and I ended up using none of it. You labor so much at home that by the time they admit you at the hospital, you're in a lot of pain (it's not unbearable though, it feels right- hard to explain) and the last thing I wanted to do was sit on a birthing ball or any of that stuff- I just wanted to sit in bed, which is what I did. Plus, people are going in and out all the time and all of the labor exercises feel kind of weird in front of strangers.Anyway, that said, I was very comfortable at the hospital- I didn't get an epidural for a long time because I wanted to wait as long as possible, but they gave me some pain medication immediately to take the edge off and that was nice. Then I had an epidural and had a great time for the rest of the labor. Seriously. You probably read my epidural post? I could feel everything, move my legs, etc, but there was no pain. AWESOME. If you go natural, that's great, but I had been led to believe that getting an epidural would cheat me out of the birth experience and it totally didn't.I'll be thinking about you!!

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  2. hey! you're over here now! I'm glad I found you before the big day. where have I been! Thinking of you... hoping everything goes well. :)

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  3. I'm super excited too! Love you!

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  4. Becky,I remember not having to pee in the middle of the night either w/ Matthew but now w/ this 2nd one the bladder is not so strong..sad..It makes me feel old even though I'm still young.. oh well comes w/ motherhood i guess. I hope u enjoy those labor videos and hopefully don't react like I did. I never took any classes but somehow I mananged to find a free labor video online. After I watched it , it made me think that there was no way I could do that...but some people like seeing that sort of stuff. We will be keeping you and the fam in prayer and please feel free to ask us any questions at any time. We are not experts but I think there is something to be said for those who have just journeyed the same road. Blessings in Christ,Kim

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  5. BECKY! I never got to see you pregnant!! How sad! But I'm super excited to see you with a BABY! =)love you!

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  6. You look beautiful pregnant.

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  7. I like the finished mural in the background of your picture. And... do you have any doorways with molding on them? I was just thinking about Jolly Jumpers and babies... and that picture also showed two great doorways for a baby to hang out... only there wasn't anything for the Jolly Jumper to hang on. You could always do what we did and tack a board up on the lintel.

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  8. Hey Becky, I remember thinking that too about the expiration dates. :)I was really worried about labor and stuff. I think it was all the unknowns that got to me. But it all turned ok. I totally remember wanting it all to be over too. I think all pregnant moms do. It's quite a long time to be uncomfortable for 9 months.

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  9. You are totally not alone in your excitement. I can't wait!

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