Saturday, April 2, 2011

It's About That Time

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...thirty-nine weeks...


Despite my efforts to slow down time, life and pregnancy are racing forward; this is happening! My mind is in a power struggle with my body. I keep telling him, "It's nice in there, it's warm in there. Stay a while!" But my body likes to remind me it is time and gives me a nice strong contraction every time I exert myself. And by exertion, I mean picking up a toy, buckling a kid in a carseat, or sneezing. The kids have kicked it up a notch as if to tell me, 'you have no business bringing another human into this house.' Message received. Too late now, folks.


When I feel overwhelmed and under-excited, I go grab his sweet little layette set from my hospital bag. A real little person! A real little person is coming to our house! It's exciting to think about meeting the little guy who's going to be a big part of our family.


The bag is packed, camera batteries charged, babysitter on speed dial and two back-up plans in place :) My nesting is manifesting in two ways this time. First, I want to get rid of everything! I hope I don't regret those bags and bags headed to the Salvation Army tomorrow. Second, I'm crocheting like an addict. For some reason it has helped my worry and anxiety about this more than anything. Maybe something about the repetitive motions, or the feeling of getting something accomplished when everything else these days takes so much energy. More than anything, I think it is my way of welcoming him to our home. I don't plan to be induced but tend to go early, so ready or not, here we go!!

20 comments:

Joanie said...

I know the feeling! Life was crazy enough before the third one came. And life is super busy now, but SO MUCH FUN! I can't believe you're going to have a little boy bundle in your house in a few days! Here's hoping he has a little different personality than Hayden did, right? My little Sadie is already a MUCH better sleeper than Dylan was so there is hope. I can't wait to see pictures of the little guy and hear a little about life with three!

Brumbaugh Family said...

I love LoVed LOVED!! #3 my labor, delivery and even the sweet little fella who joined our home. I wish for you everything I had with #3 it was incredible!

Jamie said...

Good luck!

Allison and Noah Riley said...

You are just beautiful. What a wonderful mom you are - can't wait to welcome your next adorable child to this world!

Danette said...

I can't wait to see the pics of the lil' guy. I know he will be just as adorable as the last two kidos. Good luck with everthing and I can tell you are just as gorgeous as ever even at 39 weeks!!

val said...

what a cute photo. love your shirt and cardi. can't wait to see this little guy. best of luck to you!

jayne said...

Good luck ash! I hope everything goes smooth for you.

The Hodsons said...

Good heavens that went fast!! I am so happy for you and will be praying that everything goes well for you and your fam!

melissa said...

I'm so excited for you guys! How long do you think it will take your girls to give the baby a makeover? You are such great parents. Everything is going to be just fine, but I will pray for you, anyway.

Alisa and Crowells said...

The final countdown! Well, my dear, wishing you all the very best. Can't wait to hear his story! You're absolutely amazing and will be the perfect mother of three.

allyn said...

i am having similar feelings, myself. it never seems to get easier to relax about the ultimate end to the situation.
good luck. i can't wait to see him and the beautiful pictures you will take of him.

Corie said...

Good luck, Ashley! I can remember and relate to those same feelings you're having - nerves, fear, exhaustion, anxiousness. But I can also feel your joy and excitement at the big event that is happening in your life right now. I wish you the best in the coming weeks as you meet your son and welcome him into your family. Can't wait to see pictures of him!

Aubrey said...

Hope it goes well Ashley! What a fun and exciting time for you guys! Little boys are so much fun!

hayley said...

Happy Birthday:) I hope you don't have to share!

Ryan and Rikke said...

I can't believe you're already 39 weeks! And, can I just say, you look amazing. I'm wishing I wore my pregnancy at least half as well as you do. And I can totally relate (aside from the already having two kids part) - I was trying to convince him to stay inside as long as possible. Good luck with everything and I can't wait to see pictures of the little guy!

DeGooyer Family said...

Uh... I am 32 weeks and look about the same size as you. Not fair! =) Best wishes!!!

Christin said...

I am so excited for you! Your tummy looks beautiful! Good luck with everything.

adam and erica said...

You're cute as ever! Can't wait to see pictures of the little guy, and the little girls meeting him. Good Luck!!! And also Happy Birthday because I can't get a hold of you on your phone:)

Melissa said...

If I can do it, you can do it! Just a few days ago, in the airport with my kids I was still second guessing my third baby, and I have four!!!! I truly believe that nothing is more humbling than being a mother. Enjoy the baby cuddling, the sweet baby breathe and those cute baby buns!!!

Jennie said...

Oh my goodness Ashley...I can't believe how fast your pregnancy has gone! I so so so hope everything goes well, and I can't wait to see your little man!! Good luck Ashley! Love you!