Six weeks till we are safe to have Wee One at home. 6 weeks. I keep repeating it in my head…..6 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 weeks. Granted, our little man will probably not decide to come at 37 weeks….but one can hope right? I’ve seen a huge increase in activity with him these last few days. He is kicking my ribs and wriggling all around in there. It actually makes me laugh sometimes because it’s so wild to watch your belly pop out in different spots. We’re at the stage where he will now gain 1/2 a pound a week up until birth. How crazy is that! I guess that means we’re looking at an 8 1/2 lb baby if he comes at 40 weeks!
Have I mentioned that I’m struggling with the wait? I just want to meet this boy and hold him in my arms. I can’t wait to see his little fingers and toes. Time feels like it has flown by….I can’t believe we’re 31 weeks already, but at the same time I just want him to BE HERE. I know we need this time to prepare though, and I’m grateful we have it. It still feels like there is so much to do before we become parents. We have to get the rest of the stuff for our birth box….hopefully we’ll work on that this weekend, set up our birthing pool (and find an adapter for the shower), interview and choose a pediatrician, wash all of Wee One’s clothes, get a carseat, swing and several other things I have no clue where to get. ie. “nightgown suitable to nurse in”. Are there special places that sell nursing nightgowns? Everything we’ve seen looks like something my 95-year old Nana would wear. I love her, but no. Frilly, lace pink mumu looking things are not going to work for me.
I’m getting excited though….things are busy, but I’m really pumped about the next few weeks and months. First of all, it’s Fall! It hasn’t felt like it here in Richmond (high was 89 degrees yesterday), but it’s bound to start cooling down soon! Halloween is right around the corner…my 2nd fav holiday next to XMas. Our good friends are having a Halloween bash and I can’t wait….we’re also planning to go on the Creepy Hayride and walk through Scream Forest….we really enjoyed that last year and it really gets you in the Halloween mood. The day after Halloween we’re having K’s old college roomate (ah hem…who JUST came out of the closet!) fly in to Richmond to hang out for several days….we promised we’d take her to the lesbian club one night, so that should be a blast! Our shower is that Sunday too….we still have lots of planning to do for that, but right now we’ve got 55 people coming!! It should be so much fun!! Then there is our anniversary (7 years!) on Nov 28th…..then baby boy….then XMas! Bring on the good times & the cold weather!!!!
I’m trying to think of what else I have to report! We’ve been attending our birth classes (another one tonight) and get some “homework” each week. I’ve been reading the B.radley book, which our teacher calls “the naked book”…..all the women like to be completely topless, even if they are just doing some of the exercises! It’s pretty wild. There have been some really useful things in there though, and I feel like I’m learning a lot about birthing in general! I’m still scared about the pain, but have the confidence in myself that my body can and will do this naturally. I’ve been trying to do the kegel exercises every day (forgetting some of the time) and practicing tailor sitting (cross-legged), pelvic rocking, leg strengthening exercises and squatting (which I must admit I sort of suck at right now….I have a hard time keeping my heels down!). Did I mention that instead of squatting to pick things up, I use my toes instead??! Ha!! Truly, my back is really starting to hurt …. so I’m really looking forward to a prenatal massage…I’m going to book that for next week I think. I will enjoy that so much…I know my back will appreciate it the most!!! Here is yesterday’s belly shots for 31 weeks:
Questions for you guys: 1) What would be a good Halloween costume for a pregnant lady!?? I’m looking for something funny……and, 2) For those who have had a natural delivery…..any tips or advice as the big day is drawing near?? What pain coping techniques worked for you and why?