Things

We’ve been busy and hot- it’s going to stay in the 90s for the next few days… so I’m taking the opportunity to get the house really ready rather than work much outside. Yesterday I had some uncomfortable but irregular contractions that went away after a little while, and it kicked me into high-gear, mentally. I’ve just been thinking I have two more weeks, but really it could be any time. I had Vera a little early, but my mom had all four of us before our respective due dates. Who knows, it’ll happen when it happens (whenever the baby decides is fine with me!), but feeling that again made me a little anxious. It just won’t hurt to have things feeling as ready as I can get them. I’ve been "nesting" for weeks, but all it’s done is get things out of closets to get organized. Yesterday I spent practically the whole day getting things actually ready and put away. My craft area, while it’s still got a ways to go, is infinitely better than it was and is actually usable today! I plan to start on my postpartum pads today… something I should’ve done weeks ago! But aside from that, this space is one that I’m really really grateful for. It saves us loads of materials and money (presents, etc), and nurtures my creative spirit. πŸ™‚ I’m hoping to do more with it in the coming months when I’m not able to go out or be as active as I was with one babe.

38 weeks yesterday. I’m feeling very ripe, and a little emotional this morning. Not sure if I could explain it, really, or if it even needs explaining. Just… sigh. My belly is much lower now, so most of the shirts I was wearing with no trouble are now not quite long enough. Funny late pregnancy stuff. Before I know it that squirmy hiccuping baby will be in my arms.

I’m really happy that the outside is basically done. I mean, for now. But we were actually able to check everything off the list that we wanted done before baby. This little fence is just like the finishing touch.

It’s also great to just watch it grow now. Not a lot of harvesting yet, just a lot of flowers and baby fruit… I’m really, really happy with it.

I think I may call my sister tonight to see if she’ll watch Vera tonight for a little while so Jeff and I can get in a little quality time. We’ve been doing a lot side by side, not as much face to face. I feel like we need it. And I’ve been really wanting some yummy fresh Vietnamese food, so we’ll see how that all works out. Otherwise, today I’ve got a prenatal appt, I’ve got garlic to clean off and possibly braid if it’s ready, and more nesting things to do. I think Vera and I may have to play with some play dough or something too, we need some quality time, too.

Gracie
Gracie

Latest posts by Gracie (see all)

Comments (16)

  1. unicorntapestry

    You look absolutely beautiful. I’ll be thinking and praying for you a little extra these next few weeks! love you

    Reply
    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Thank you! Your love is felt. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  2. purerandomness

    You look fantastic, if a bit uncomfortable. I can’t believe it could be any day now! πŸ˜‰

    I love the fence by your garden, it looks so quaint and homey. I’m hoping the weather breaks before you go into labor because, let’s face it, laboring in 90+ degree heat? Not so much fun.

    Reply
    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Thank you! Oh, I will pump up the AC if that’s what it comes down to. Not really my style, but I figure I can be a little more comfortable in labor! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  3. ladyfaith3

    you look so lovely! Pregnancy looks great on you! I can’t wait to hear about the baby!

    The garden is awesome! I decided not to plant this year (still renting anyway with no space) and we’ll just do our best to take advantage of local berry picking and farm markets

    Reply
    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Thank you! You are looking beautiful yourself! I think it’s totally understandable that you aren’t planting anything this year- it’s been a big summer for you guys so far! I think it’s great that you are going to support the local guys- I really think that’s so important. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  4. see_anotherside

    I love that picture of you – your belly is beautiful!

    Great work getting everything you wanted done before the baby arrives. Enjoy your quality time with Vera and Jeff πŸ™‚

    Reply
  5. pagangoat

    What a great crafty area!
    beautiful baby belly, so exciting:) I remember that feeling of being soclose to the end…I hope you have an amazing and beautiful birth, I’m sending good vibes your way:)

    Reply
  6. impeccablyme

    I got chills reading this! You reminded me of the day before I went into “real” labor with Delilah! I was having uncomfortable but irregular contractions that came and went throughout the day. It was 5 days before my “due date”, and I was fully prepared to go WAY past my dd. I remember thinking “It could still be another 2 weeks!” Then the next day, BAM! We’re having a baby! πŸ™‚

    Reply
    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Isn’t that amazing how it happens? I mean, my labor with V took two days, but it was still like “Whoa, there’s a baby here now?!” A lot of it just is kind of surreal until they are there in your arms. Even then. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  7. 3squares_a_day

    You look so amazing, your belly makes me sigh! πŸ™‚

    Reply
  8. poppleshatesyou

    Oh wow, pictures from your window and pictures of your garden just made me sooo homesick. In a happy/sad “i love michigan, it’s so beautiful” sort of way.

    I’ve been thinking of your and your little bean often!! It’s really hard to believe the months went by so quickly!

    Reply
    1. Gracie (Post author)

      I hope you know that Michigan misses you…

      Reply
      1. poppleshatesyou

        I know! I think that makes it all the harder sometimes 😐 It intensifies my desires to be there to say the least.

        Reply
  9. yayhappens

    You look so beautiful! I am surprised to see you in a long sleeve (3/4 sleeve?) in the heat!

    I missed it from before we were friended but do you have the same doula as when you had Vera or are you doing differently this time?

    The fence is a really nice touch. What a difference from the photos from before in early spring.

    Reply
    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Thank you! Oh, that shirt didn’t stay on long- it was early and one of the only ones I could find that still covers my belly for the picture!

      My mom and Jeff will act as my doulas- so I guess yes, I’m having the same ones! Since I’m having a homebirth I don’t really feel like I need the same kind of advocacy, etc, that I think I would in a hospital setting (no one’s going to be offering me much in the way of intervention, unless something went wrong of course). If I were having a hospital birth, I would probably ask a doula friend of mine to attend who is really familiar with the hospital system. But also my midwife will be there with her apprentice, so I’ll have a whole team of people there for me. πŸ™‚

      Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *