39 6/7

February 19, 2014

my official due date starts in a mere 12 hours.  i will spare you all a bump pic, though i will try to take one tomorrow.  i appreciate those of you who have left sweet messages on my last post, hoping that my silence indicated a baby.

the truth is it just indicates that i have very little to say other than NOPE, NO BABY YET.  and it feels silly to keep logging on just to write that out.

still, this week has actually been quite a nice one.  i started my official leave this monday.  initially, i felt sort of guilty about ‘wasting’ days pre-baby, but i’m starting to settle in since it’s really not under my control.  my leave needed an end [ie, return-to-work] date, as i have full patient days scheduled right as i return, so the practical thing was to set a start date.  and doing so at 39 4/7 [monday] seemed reasonable, even though at this juncture it feels a little indulgent.

actually, more than a little. our nanny is still working, and a’s routine has remained more or less the same, with added mommy time on either side of the day [i have been sending g. home when she goes down for her PM nap].  i am not cooking, nor cleaning, nor doing household chores.  today, i’m getting a pedicure.  and yes, i sort of hate myself for this, too.

what i have been doing:
reading.  i finished all of all joy and no fun, which i found absolutely fascinating.

✩ running.  well, walk/running.  after a 5 week hiatus i decided to start up again in hopes of inducing labor.  worth a shot, right??

spending way too much time on facebook.  le sigh.  

enjoying more time with miss a.  she now says  ‘come out baby boy!!’ every morning, even though i’m pretty sure it’s all abstract in her mind.  however, she is definitely ready for big sister status.

practicing on her dollies

napping.  because i am not sleeping well at night.  not sure if this is a vicious cycle, but i think the late-night insomnia is just a pregnancy thing.  gearing up for middle-of-the-night feedings and all that. last night, i even thought i was getting some contractions but they had completely stopped by morning so oh well.

obsessing over baby.  because OF COURSE.  we are totally ready, too — the only things i don’t have are my pump [it’s getting shipped after delivery and amazingly the symphony i’m renting is entirely COVERED by insurance for a year — something i would never have known had i not called to ask!] and a packed hospital bag.  because getting the latter ready seems like it might seal my fate to be induced at over 41 weeks.

by the way:
the container store closet design experience went really well, and the elfa installation people were awesome.  it was fairly cost effective [compared to, say, california closets] and i think we may just use elfa to do our bedroom closet as well.   

not in final configuration but you get the idea.  
love the mesh drawers the you can see through, but still look organized.

and finally:

o. m. g . . . oops!
[ps: the sound isn’t working for me on my computer – is it for you?]

[and yes we turned the car seat around.  she’ll be 2 in 6 weeks and is 30+ lbs, so this seemed reasonable.  and so far, she loooooves it.]


  • Reply Erica March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I just booked my hotel and registered for the meeting I’m going to in Miami in April and I wanted to check in with you … and here is a blog post!!

    Absolutely DO NOT FEEL GUILTY for taking some time to yourself while you wait for the little man to arrive. You need to conserve energy and bank some personal time. My maternity leave started a mere 12 hours prior to going into labor with Griffin and so I started motherhood physically and emotionally exhausted and I wish I’d had a day or two to chill and get pedicures. Enjoy this time and the extra few hours with A that you are getting!

    PS. We turned G around when he was 18 months … we were on a road trip and it was TERRIBLE so we did it to save everyone’s sanity. I felt guilty and like a bad mom for awhile but in the end he loved it and it made our rides together so much more enjoyable and we talk and sing about what we see in the car.

  • Reply Amy W March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I ditto the same thing Erica said about not feeling guilty for even one minute. It sounds like you work your tail off….seriously, enjoy the time and the extra help and soak it up!! Maybe the pedi will do the trick. It worked for me with my second baby! Hang in there…looking forward to hearing your exciting news 🙂 Your little girl is just adorbale…and I love when they first start to talk! It’s as fun of an age as it challenging!

  • Reply Marie March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    You deserve that pedi. Enjoy your final days of being a mom of one!
    We turned K around in the car seat at probably around 18 months, but she is a giraffe and had nowhere to put her feet.

  • Reply Linda March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I had visions of my second child arriving early or atleast ontime after my first was 8 days late. I ended up agreeing to an induction 4 days after the due date b/c I was so ready for my son to be here. The induction went great and the delivery was super fast.

    I hope you got into labor sooner rather than later, and your delivery is quick and easy for you.

    Glad you’ve had a few days to relax and do some things for you. All Moms deserve it!!

  • Reply SusannahEarlyBd March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    So curious to hear what you thought of All Joy and No Fun! I am waiting to borrow my friend’s copy…I heard a 40 minute NPR interview with the author and had some reactions but I really want to read the entire book.

    Love the video:)

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    So glad you have been able to get in some reading, running and a little relaxation this week! You will not be sorry for those little indulgences (I would’t really call them that anyway) once baby arrives!! I would kill for a few hours alone for a pedicure. Hahaha!

    Cannot wait to "meet" him!!

    We turned Clara’s carseat forward facing at 13 months. . . so there ya go! 🙂

  • Reply Hola Liker March 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm


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