Saturday, February 4, 2012
we made it! [a post about good things]
It’s my due date! That means that I can have a happy, healthy little baby any time now. I’m so glad I made it this far and didn’t deliver at 37 or 38 weeks like I thought [read: hoped] I was. I’ve come so far emotionally and mentally in preparing for this birth in the last couple weeks, it’s been such a blessing. Plus the extra days of just wasting time snuggling with my husband have been little treasures. Not that we’re the kind of people who won’t enjoy snuggling even more with a little squishy baby with us. We will. Life is about to get SO much sweeter. I’m so happy today. Here are some good things that are filling my heart and head right now:
The sun was shining all day long today and it was warm and wonderful! For Oregon this is just craziness. I hope the weather is still this nice when babykay gets here. I bet she’d love it.
My feet swelled up into giant hippopotamus feet last night! They were super hilarious. If she had come a couple weeks ago we would’ve missed this stage altogether. Goodness gracious does it look goofy.
Craig has been losing SO much weight lately and getting so healthy! I’d be super jealous but I plan on catching up with him super soon. We’ve finally gotten to a place where we’re EXCITED to be eating healthy and learning to not miss the “good stuff” [you know, donuts]. After trying to eat healthier myself to avoid more PUPPPs breakouts for so long it’s not to have him on board and to support each other. We’ve been buying almond milk exclusively and today Craig told me he wouldn’t be sad if we never bought “real” milk again. This is HUGE, people. This guy loves milk. But he loves almond milk more! I’m so glad, with less dairy in our diet already I’m hoping to have a better chance at nursing successfully. Yay!
When life with a little one stables out I’m really looking forward to taking some time to do some real meal planning and cooking. Like real grownups! There’s so much motivation and inspiration in the blog world for healthy and thrifty eating and meal preparing. Pinterest is kind of the best, no?
My mommy is coming to see us SO soon! A week or so after babykay finally arrives she’s going to come and stay with us for a little while. I’m so excited to spend time with her! We’re all going to be fighting over who gets to hold the baby all the time though. Craig and I already don’t know how we’re going get along by ourselves when neither of us can imagine not holding her 100% of the time. This is going to get interesting. Group hugs? All day long? It could happen.
I’m so excited to get in a healthy groove and to start looking and feeling fantastic. Contrary to my pre-pregnancy fears, this baby-growing experience hasn’t made me feel huge or hideous, not even at this point where my jeans are excessively baggy/frumpy and my feet are hilariously swollen in the evening. I give a lot of credit to Craig for how beautiful I still feel, he tells me all the time and makes sure I have the things I “need” to feel good about how I look. He let me buy a pair of maternity pants NOT on clearance! That’s not something we do, folks. But it was worth it. Even though I feel like I’m hovering in a good place I am SO excited to lose weight soon and exercise and someday in the near future go through my closet and get a few, nicer, well-fitting pieces. I even plan on getting a bra fitting eventually, when the size of my chest finds some sort of equilibrium after the havoc of nursing. I was inspired by this post and this post and I’m dreaming of a similar experience. I haven’t bought my own bras in years. Craig buys them. I don’t even know what size I am. The other day we went to get a nursing bra to have at the hospital with me and I was arguing with him about how big it should be and he finally said “Fine! I’ll come back later WITHOUT you and pick one out and it’ll be perfect!” And he’s probably 100% right. Bras and jeans. I can’t buy them without him. Alright, or underwear. You caught me. It probably sounds super weird but I like that he’s so good at buying girl clothes, he’ll bring things home for me that fit perfectly when I could struggling in a dressing room for days and never find anything that works. I just attribute it to how young and naive I am coupled with how awesome he is at everything. Makes sense to me.
You know what’s so much fun? When people see your giant baby belly ask you when you’re due and you get to say “Today!” And they act super impressed. It’s the best. I can’t wait until I can say “Yesterday!” That sounds like even MORE fun.
Craig and I have been walking about two miles every day this last week and it’s been SO nice. It’s helping me feel less sore and closer to labor but mostly it’s just been so nice to spend some time outside with him. We’re kind of homebodies. Ridiculously so. But now that spring is pretending to be here we’re getting excited for warm weather and being out and about with a baby. Craig thinks he wants to start running in the mornings and biking to work very soon and I’m looking forward to taking babykay out every day to get some fresh air. The great thing about walking around in our neighborhood is how AMAZING of a neighborhood it is. We run into someone we know/love every day and all the houses are just beautiful. We pick out what we like best about all the houses and which ones we’d like to live in someday.
Last but not least, I don’t know if I told you, but I’m having a baby soon! So far it’s my favorite happy thing ever. I am SO excited for labor and what an incredible and life changing experience it is going to be. I don’t care how many people tell me to be prepared for the “worst pain of my life,” I just don’t see it that way, even if it is [which I highly doubt] I’m so sure I’ll be in love with the experience. I’m excited to see this little one again finally and get to kiss her at last. I’m so excited for Craig to stop telling me to have a baby every day! Haha. It’ll happen, it’ll be interesting to see when and how. But I know it’ll happen!
Today has been the best due date ever.