It’s that time where I start to get texts and inquiries from people, where neighbors walk by and holler, “you still here?” and all those last minute projects feel so terribly crucial. Every day it seems I make a little bit of progress mentally in checking things off my list to be ready for baby. I’m just a few days away from my due date, but I’m feeling more peaceful about it all than I have with any of my other pregnancies. Thats a gift from the Lord! I had a ton of anxiety going into my birth with Philippa after such a traumatic delivery and recovery with Noah. Because her birth went so much better, I’m feeling more at peace with how this one will go. Of course, I say that and that could change as soon as labor actually begins! Pray for me and with me that I would remain at peace, fixed and focused, and full of joy. I’ve just been feeling more joy and excitement to meet this little one than anything else. I’m treasuring these last days with her moving around quietly inside, knowing I may never experience this again. And I’m enjoying good nights of solid rest, knowing those will evade me soon for some weeks.
I appreciate the little bursts of energy and motivation I have some days to get things accomplished that have been waiting for attention for months. Reorganizing the open shelving in our kitchen. Hanging new light fixtures as well as treasured photos that have been sitting in boxes since we moved in. Giving all the kids hair cuts on the porch, and wishing I could squeeze in one for myself. (I’m desperate enough to be tempted to cut my own.) I love seeing the little basinet in our bedroom when I glance down the hall, knowing it will have new life in it again soon. This new little person we don’t know yet, but soon won’t be able to imagine our lives without. The bursts of energy do help to get projects done, but usually they are followed by days of increased tiredness. It’s just the rhythm for now, and I’m being gentle with myself in it, for the most part.
Phoebe and I are still working diligently on school, but I can feel myself losing steam and motivation there. Brandon is starting to take her to her weekly co-op so I can stay home with the littles and the change of schedule is a little weird for us, but also really neat to have him more involved in her schooling. It’ll only be short-term as I recover from birth and keep the baby home for the first number of weeks. My parents treated us to a really fancy date the other night, maybe the nicest restaurant we’ve ever eaten at, and we talked so much about our kids and schooling. His thoughts and observations were really fun to hear and helpful to me, and made me feel like he’s getting a peek into my “work” that helps him understand a bit more of my world. I love that he’s interested and truly enjoys doing schooling with Phoebe when he gets the chance, and that he has ideas and excitement for our future in it with all the kids.
My parents also gifted us a new BOB stroller which is so generous and helpful, and when they were watching the kids during our date the other night, they all brainstormed name ideas and wrote them all over the box. Super cute, and I wanted to snap a picture of it so we don’t forget. We still haven’t 100% decided on a name, I have literally so many I love (few that Brandon approves of, though), and I think as usual we’ll just need to meet her and see what fits. But don’t give me suggestions!! We want to name this little one. 🙂
This week has been up in the mid-seventies and sunny here in NC, and it feels so odd to me to be ready to welcome a baby in such weather! All my babies thus far have been born in the deep middle of winter. It’s fun and different this time. I have a feeling this little one wants a March birthday. I’ll keep you posted, but know that it may be quieter around the blog for a little bit!