One of my friends that recently had a baby girl sent me this article last week that really helped so much during this small stretch of time that falls between pregnancy coming to an end and a new life waiting to emerge. To be honest, I’ve found myself realizing that it’s kind of a strange state to be in as you find yourself waiting, wondering, and worrying.
I keep wondering what birth will be like, what will he look like, and if will we be waiting around or if he will come fast and furious in the middle of the night. It’s exciting but also a little nerve-wracking as well! I’m really trying to savor this special week, knowing that it is such a pivotal one that lies between the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.
We went on a date last Friday night and whenever we do, we always wonder if this will be our “last date” before he arrives or if he’ll hang out in there for a few more days. On our way home from our evening out, we stopped to pick up one last baby item that we realized that we needed — some newborn pants for him to wear around the house with his little onesies. Andy found two packs of them and they are seriously the tiniest little pants ever! I washed them this weekend and started laughing out loud as I hung them up on the drying rack in our laundry room because they are so cute and little!
All of his little clothes are washed, hospital bags are packed and by the door, and the car seat bases are installed in both vehicles. We are ready for him to arrive whenever he decides to make his entrance into the world. It makes me so happy to see his little baby carrier in the backseat of my vehicle while I’m out running errands.
Speaking of which, I ran to Costco last week and couldn’t help but smile when I realized pretty soon we’ll be having a little sidekick joining us on our everyday adventures — even if it’s something as simple as grabbing groceries.
My due date is tomorrow and on one hand, I keep finding myself longing to make plans, get out of the house, and really take advantage of these last few days before having a baby. On the other hand, I’ve also been trying to rest as much as possible, knowing that we won’t be getting much sleep these next few weeks / months, but it’s hard when you have this crazy urge to organize ALLTHETHINGS (literally every closet and cabinet is spotless right now).
I’ve even gone as far as going and getting a car wash and cleaning out my vehicle just because I feel like I need to be doing something productive! It was almost 50 degrees and sunny one of the days last week and it seriously felt like spring outside! Usually we are either drowning in blizzards or powering through negative temps as highs this time of year so this weather has been so refreshing!
I was joking to Andy that it feels a bit like Groundhog’s Day over here to be on maternity leave without the baby. Each day I wake up, whiz through a list of tasks that I set for myself, workout, shower, take an epsom salt bath, go to bed, repeat. For someone who is so go-go-go, it feels really strange to not being going to work each day and doing things that matter more than organizing your basket of manicure supplies that sits on the shelf of your linen closet. It’s weird because all of these random organizing tasks honestly do something for your mind during this stage — it’s way more satisfying than usual — it’s hard to explain!
I keep trying to remind myself that taking care of myself is taking care of my baby right now, so I’ve been focusing on really solid nutrition, staying active by working out every day, and getting as much sleep as I can even if that means taking two naps each day.
I know this sounds crazy, but it still blows my mind that we will have a baby in this house any day now! We’ll be sure to post his arrival over on my IG account, so be sure to follow along if you’re interested in joining the baby watch! :)
Any guesses on what we are naming him?
If you’re a mom, how close to your due date did you have your baby / babies?