Can you believe that there is less than a week left in this pregnancy? Next Tuesday, August 21st I’m scheduled to have a c-section. Many of you have asked what would happen if I went into labor earlier than that. We’d just head to the hospital and have a c-section then.
Last week during all the painting and mega-nesting, little one flipped from breech to vertex. As soon as that happened the nausea and vomiting vanished so I’m thinking it may have been related.
Since we already knew we would have a c-section, the baby being vertex doesn’t make a big difference, BUT it does mean that I’m a better candidate for more of the options in a family-centered c-section. I’m really looking forward to that experience and am grateful for our OB who loves our God, desires to serve and glorify Him and is open to making this the best and safest delivery for me and the baby!
I’m thankful that our baby will be placed directly into my arms and can hardly wait. Because of the complications and injuries to many of our babies, this hasn’t been the norm for us, so I’m thankful that even though it will be a surgical birth I should, Lord willing, get to hold the baby immediately.
On Saturday, God provided our family with a new (to us) larger van. With this baby our family outgrows our reliable 1994 12-passenger van lovingly dubbed The Plum (because of the black exterior and red interior).
Our new van is terrific with bucket seats, lights and air conditioning vents for each of the children and a center aisle for accessing the back rows.
Edited to add: This is a 2008 Ford E350 with an upgraded seating package that was available back in 2008 (too bad it’s no longer available). It seats only 14 as is, but since it’s a standard E350 we believe that, if needed, we will be able to replace the back row with a standard 4 seat bench to make it a 15 passenger.
Another plus is that, in addition to a CD player, this van has sensors in the back bumper that sound when you’re getting close to something. It even sounds if you’re getting close to a curb, (right Mark?). I’m just sayin’ that that is a pretty nice feature…
Yesterday we got back to our ‘regular’ school day schedule and plan to be finished with our 5th week of school before baby arrives.
The baby clothes and car seat are out and cleaned, so we’re feeling more ready.
Here’s the progress that we’ve made on our to-do list:
Buy a van Buy birthday gifts and plan birthday dinners for Amber, Alyssa, Sadie, Colby, Mark and Isabella.We have one more to celebrate, but preparations are completed. Prepare car seatIt just needs to be strapped into the car. Wash baby clothes and blankets
- Finish Big Brother/Big Sister T-shirts
Still working on those T-shirts.
The next time that I think about making something for all of our children, someone please remind me that 10 (or 11) is a lot of ‘making’ and urge me to pick a faster-to-complete project. I definitely should have painted each shirt instead of choosing to applique and sew them…
This pregnancy has been made extra fun by the fact that we have several friends who are expecting babies at the same time we are (three of us share a due date and the others are within a week).
One of those friends had her baby the same day that Bella (2) was born. This time we’re due within 4 days of each other. Wouldn’t it be fun for these babies to share a birthday as well?
In the last week more of the children have started kissing both me AND the baby good night. I’m not sure what started this trend, but it’s funny to me to have the children whispering to and kissing ‘baby’ each night before bed.
I’m grateful that our children rejoice and enjoy each new blessing just as much as Mark and I and am looking forward to introducing them to their new brother.
My mom will come down next Monday evening. Mark and I will head to the hospital early Tuesday morning and my mom will stay with the kids during the time I to spend in the hospital.
With my last c-section we let each of the older 3 girls spend some time with me and the baby at the hospital and we plan to do that again. It provided special time for each of those girls to spend alone with momma and baby and gave them some time to hold and get to know Isabella. It also provided someone to be with me and to help in case I needed help with the baby.
Yes, I’m ready to be finished, but at the same time I’m cognizant that this may be our last child and wish to enjoy the last few days of pregnancy.
Note to self: Enjoy this.