20 June 2016

full term!

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today i hit thirty seven weeks of pregnancy, which (at least here in england!) means baby boy and i are full term! ian and i are freaking out (in a good way! – mostly!) that from now on we can wake up each morning and in seriousness say to each other “maybe we’ll have a baby today!” ahhh! we are so excited and just a tiny bit anxious :)

at our last midwife appointment, we learned that baby boy had turned head down! and i am getting better at distinguishing differen body parts as he moves inside me.
we have completed our prenatal course (and one couple from our group had their baby yesterday!).
i have summarized everything i’ve learned - from reading, classes, impressions and advice - on labor, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum recovery/life into one google doc, which ian has been studying.
i am practicing relaxation and pain management techniques, and doing kegels and pernieal massage, and drinking my raspberry leaf tea!
we’ve set up the tiny corner in our living room dedicated to baby stuff (you can see it in the pictures above) – the chest of drawers is filled, the changing pad is ready, and i finished making a little mobile (i’m pretty proud of it…)!
the hospital bag is mostly packed and prepared, and i’m working on stocking the fridge and freezer.
i’ve been able to continue my regular yoga practice, incorporating some classes specifically for pregnancy in mix when i’m tired, and i’ve been squatting, walking, and lifting at the gym.
we’ve finalized our birth plan (with a commitment to be flexible as needed on the big day, of course!) and are genuinely so excited to experience childbirth together.
we are both continuing to learn all we can about the miracle of birth and constantly praying for guidance and remembrance and help from heaven.

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this week is my last week at my job, and i have so much to do to get the project i’ve been working on in a good place to leave it for at least a few months. and sometimes i feel like my brain and body are working so dang hard to make a human, leaving such a small amount of capacity for other work!

although each day feels a little more exhausting and uncomfortable than the last, i am still feeling quite sad that pregnancy is almost over for me (this time around). i have really loved being pregnant in so many ways and for so many reasons. i am so incredibly grateful to have had this experience, and that both baby boy and i have been very healthy and active.  whenever i feel melancholy about pregnancy ending, i take a peek inside the baby’s drawers at precious little clothes like these --->> and just get so excited for the next adventure – it’s going to be wildly challenging and crazy awesome.    IMG_3257
^^ our little guy is definitely going to be a london baby! london-patterned outfits turned out to the theme of our baby shower :) ^^
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yesterday we had a great time celebrating father’s day together. i surprised ian with his favourite breakfast (sugar cereal!) in bed and loved giving him some little gifts, including this <--- onesie with a list of reasons why he is going to be a super rad dad. i’m so glad i get to be on this parenting adventure with my beloved boy. he’s wonderful in a trillion ways and i love him more than ever.

we’ll see when our baby decides to make his entrance! ian thinks it would be pretty cool to have a fourth of july baby, but we are both also hoping that the timing will work out with my mom’s arrival (she gets here on the fifth). but indeed, every day from here on out is a possibility! we are so, so excited to meet our son.

22 comments :

  1. I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU! You are going to be an awesome mom. And you will get to take a little dip into heaven on the day that sweet boy is born. :)

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  2. Wonder if it'll be right after you finish at work...I know some women who had a pressing project or concern to take care of and it was like their bodies knew as soon as the loose ends were tied up that it was time! Hope it goes well :)

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  3. My advice: start mentally preparing yourself to be overdue. Most first babies are late so it's best to just operate like that will be the case!

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    1. thanks :) my mom and sisters had all their babies (all 23 of them!) at least a little bit early, so that's a pretty strong gene ... but we'll see! you never know!

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    2. Wow! Lucky you! I was 12 days late...let me tell you those were 12 long days!

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    3. This brings up a funny memory for me - when my sister was expecting her first, she was so convinced by the 'first child late' majority that she based her birth timeline on it; and when my nephew arrived early, nothing was set up! At the end of the day, only God and Little One know, haha! We still giggle over that craziness sometimes.

      Charity, that mobile is DARLING! Nice work. Don't get me started on the onesies - he is going to look so cute in all of his omnibus threads :). What happy, happy days for you.

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    4. I don't really think there is a "gene" for a little early labor.

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    5. Nope no gene but she is an eyre and they seem to be special

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    6. apologies for using the word gene instead of pattern :)
      i certainly don't consider myself more special than anyone else, eyre or not.

      have a great day!

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  5. What an exciting time! Just went through this with my 3 girls and have 3 precious bundles to play with. I'm wondering where you got the little brown moccasins. I found one's for little girls but not for boys.

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    1. they're from freshly picked! they have the cuuuutest little moocs in a million different colours.

      yay for new babies! straight from heaven.

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  6. My one and only was born a day before his due date after 36 hours of labor (and diagnosed with chicken pox the day after birth...talk about miserable! ugh) My moms mom had 22 children (irish catholic) had all of her babies a few days early. My thing is? When baby boy is ready..you will know. I do suggest good walks, try to get good nights sleep and don't fret...this is the most amazing journey of love and excitement and well, even frustration you will ever be one....worth every second though.

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  7. I am so excited for you!! I just had my first baby in April! Such a wonderful time! Where are those clothes from?

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    1. the london ones were gifts, from stores/boutiques around our city. the "world is my playground" onesie was also a gift, but is from baby gap. it's "new baby" size and so small, so we are hoping it will fit our boy for at least a tiny while!

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  8. The babygrows & vests are so cute, especially the one you gave Ian on Sunday:)

    Just curious, what does Ian normally have for breakfast? Also, is sugar cereal things like coco pops & cheerios etc?

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  9. Wooooo, so so so excited for you all! Marguerite xxxx

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  10. Do you know where the "The world is my playground" onesie is from? It is SO cute and perfect for my brother and sister-in-law who are expecting their first. All the best! :)

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    1. it's from baby gap, but sadly i don't think they sell it anymore!

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  11. Ready. Set. Don't go until I get there! :)

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  12. Ready. Set. Don't go until I get there! :)

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  13. Charity! It's been for.ev.errrrrrr but I just wanted to send some love to you from San Francisco and say I'm thinking of you. Loving your updates and that crafty mobile for baby boy! So excited for you and Ian and the coming weeks. Lots of love xoxox-Steph

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