Still pregnant! I’m only 37 weeks, so I could have weeks to go. I’m on pins and needles, though, because Chicken came along at 36 weeks and Monkey at 38. And (ohbytheway) Monkey was a speedy labor- just over an hour- so I am kind of sort of on high alert. I have great friends who have been willing to have their phones on at all times and let me know if they have the audacity to, say, go to Gordonsville for a birthday lunch with their husband. And therefore be no use to me if I go into labor. Seriously- I have needed to know that someone is ready and within a couple of miles of me at all times when my husband is at work.
Because- a one hour labor? That’s no joke, people. I have never aspired to a home birth and don’t prefer to begin this time around.
Since the doctor told me last week what my stats were (lady-business stats. Involving the cervix and stuff. There I said it.) I have been in a frenzy of trying to get people lined up to be “on call” and, simultaneously, trying to rest rest rest to fend off labor. I have to say- pregnancy is a heck of a lot more enjoyable when you do what people generally advise and take it easy during these last weeks. I have been resting when the kids are napping or resting, barely cooking or picking up the house, and basically sitting around as much as possible. As a result, I am NOT walking around with constant lower back pain and I have NOT wanted to throttle my kids half as much. Like, I’ve been able to enjoy them. I didn’t know that happened at this stage of pregnancy. I thought that at this point I would just be constantly uncomfortable/in pain and making myself and everyone else miserable. So- taking it easy. Note to self: helps a lot.
So, with this pregnancy winding down, we’re considering a last-minute photo shoot. Enjoy a few awkward family photos for inspiration. Cast your vote for a favorite! I think I’d go Katherine Heigl-lookalike with grown man sucking his thumb.