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Baby Got Back

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This little baby is pretty seriously moving around and we're getting ready meet face to face. With just a little more than two weeks until the due date I find myself very excited and just a little anxious (I won't go into bike trip analogies again, but...). While pregnancy has NOT graced me with increased patience, I have found that I am happier in general. Note that I did not say comfortable! These pregnancy hormones make me laugh and smile and feel good most of the time. I am going to miss that...
We've got the suitcase packed, the car seat in place, the baby room/library is all set. My sister will be in town in a week... Baby Day is will soon be here. Some days I'm eager for everything to get started, and some days I'm totally content to enjoy the freedom and ease of my pre-baby summer holiday.

My due date is one month from today; about 4 & 1/2 weeks. I know that if I keep counting like this I will drive myself crazy, and a late baby would be really tough to 'wait' for. So... I'm trying to not count the weeks and days. I'm pretty good about not counting down to the end of the school year. I hope that skill is transferable to this situation. I've got some small projects around the house to work on and some books to read. These will help distract me. I've considered how pregnancy is analogous to a bike trip. I think the passage of time is a good example of that. When you are half way done, you've gone a far way, but you've still got a long way to go. And then you get to 3/4 of the way done and it seems like time has flown and you can't believe how far you've gone & how close you are to the end. And as you go that last 1/4 of the way you start to reminisce at the same time as you begin planning what you might do when you are done. And those last few days you do everything you can to hold on to the experience & enjoy it because it would be easy to miss the scenery for looking forward to the destination. The end is always bittersweet. So, I'm going to try to enjoy this last leg of the journey.

This little baby has turned head down and I can definitely feel the added pressure to my stomach, back & bladder! This little one moves fairly regularly throughout the day, almost like clock work. We've set up the 'nursery' - which means that our library now has a crib and changing table/dresser in it :) I am enjoying imagining who this little one will be.