Wednesday, April 3, 2013

the last week (maybe)


at 39 weeks... belly button hasn't popped out yet. loverboy says that's how we'll know it's "done." he also says the baby is in the bun, though, so i've stopped listening to his medical knowledge;)

...the laundry is done, the crib is put together, the car seat is installed and our bags are packed! i think that means we're ready?

...i had my last day of work yesterday. it feels amazing to be at home, but i dont have any nesting instinct because everything is already done. or as done as i'm going to get it for now.

...i'm still debating — to encapsulate the placenta or not? what did you do?

...these braces are not coming off in time, so i'm going to look like a teenage mom at the hospital :(

...i keep waking up in the middle of the night wondering if i'm in labor. or not being able to sleep and hoping i don't go into labor until i've had a full night's rest. you hear that baby?

...i also keep imagining horrible things happening to baby, myself or loverboy. i hope this isn't a preview of the rest of parenthood.

...i'm thinking i should probably get around to reading some of the parenting books that have been on my nightstand for the last 9 months. but for some reason, it's much easier to prepare for labor than parenting. i think there's less trepidation and potential guilt involved.

...i'm so glad i haven't been sitting around waiting at home for the last 9 months, even though working a new job while pregnant was super hard.

...i think about donuts and grapefruit juice constantly. i don't know why there aren't any in this house!

...everyone keeps asking if there are any signs that i'm about to go into labor. well, my belly has really started itching like crazy. but that's probably just a sign that i'm about to get stretch marks. :(

...also, there ain't NO more room in this body!

...i'm so excited! let's get this party started!


  1. I love this post! Totally takes me back to those final days of waiting:) And now because I have to comment on everything... belly button never popped out, so it could be closer than you think.'s true what they say: you really can't sleep through labor, so if you wake up and feel like it might be time, try to go back to sleep. If it's real labor, you won't be able to sleep! I had no idea how different "real" contractions are to Braxton-Hicks, but wow! book that i think is pretty helpful is "happiest baby on the block". It really advocates for swaddling and I swear by it! If you don't have any swaddling blankets, I'd be happy to send you a couple:)

    I can't wait to "meet" this little baby!!

  2. Yay! We are actually going to be in Austin in May for my brother's wedding - if we can, I'd love to grab a coffee and see you! I actually have happiest baby on the block but haven't read it yet - thanks for the recommendation! :)

  3. Super excited for you!! I know that you and J will be great parents because you are great people. Sometimes it's more about being than it is about doing. Know what I mean?

    And I'm impressed by how much you have ready at this time.

    Hope that the next week or two goes smoothly for you. I'm praying for you.

    with love,

  4. Oh my goodness, I can't believe it's almost time!!! Ditto on what Adrianne said for the belly button - mine never popped either:) I hope you have the smoothest labor experience possible, and I can't wait to see newborn bebe pictures. I would love to be part of a May meet-up/reunion!

  5. Bethany I'd love to see you in May! Can't wait! And thanks for the well wishes...eeek! :)

  6. Mine didn't pop either :).
    Read Happiest Baby o the Block now; it's great knowledge to have from minute 1.