I’m now 8.5 months pregnant! It’s hard to believe, time has flown and now baby is due in exactly 2 weeks. Wow. Actually, he may not be that patient. Baby dropped down into my pelvis and has been engaged for more than two weeks now, and I haven’t been able to properly walk and move about ever since. I have also been having recurring belly cramps in the morning for two days now… They go later in the day, so I don’t think we’re there yet and it’s just my body getting ready for labor. But who knows, he could be ready to meet us anytime now. Today, tomorrow, next week? We’ll find out soon enough. I’m sure.
I am starting to feel ready for his arrival. I’m not talking mentally ready, I have been ready like that for years. I mean materially ready, I’ve been worried for months about ordered nursery furniture not arriving, and a baby that could arrive early. Thankfully now, baby is still warm and snug in my belly and almost all his things are here. There are still a few hiccups that need to be resolved, but we have everything we need if he comes early. Which is a huge relief.
I did my first batch of baby laundry this past week, which was exciting, I am sure that will no longer be the case a couple of hundred loads later in a few months. I washed all his tiny clothes and linens and they’re all ready and waiting for him as well.
I also finally packed my hospital bags. This should have really been done before I even hit 8 months pregnant, as advised, but hey better late than never. It looks like I’m going on a two-week vacation, but it’s really just for a one night stay (or shorter) at the hospital. The only things in there are on the actual list the hospital gave me, and I’m still missing a few items. The big items that quickly filled up my bags are: a pack of diapers; 2 boxes of maternity pads; a top and tail bowl; bags of cotton wool balls; three towels (two for me and one for baby); baby blanket; bottles of Gatorade; and of course clothes and toiletries for mommy and baby. It’s a good thing I’m breastfeeding, otherwise I’d need another bag for all the bottle feeding stuff they tell you to bring if you’re doing that. The list also tells us to bring snacks for energy and sustenance during labor, not just for mommy but of course also for daddy. Since the hospital won’t be feeding him and we could be doing the labor thing for hours and we certainly don’t want daddy passing out and missing the birth of his son.
Now the biggest preparation left for me to do is to write my birth plan and preferences. I have been procrastinating on this, not sure why. Perhaps, I’m scared that once I’ve done that, baby will get some unconscious signal and come early? I really wouldn’t mind a little more time to finish making him a baby mobile and name banner for his room, although I know that isn’t really happening anyways even if he does wait until his due date. But that doesn’t stop me from trying, in spite of the pain in my wrist and fingers.