3-day Countdown

Well, the baby’s birthday is all picked out. How odd. We will be going to the hospital on Wednesday, October 28, and the next time we return home we will have a baby in the car with us. Today marks the 3-day countdown, and the last of our weekends pre-baby.

When the doctor let me know that we’d be scheduling induction for this Wednesday, my first and most overwhelming feeling was relief. An end-date. No more waiting. The due date always seemed like the fake dream date the doctor gave that wasn’t truly likely. This date is solid. An actual date when I will wake up pregnant, and end the day un-pregnant. I will wake up as a family of 2, and end the day a family of 3. I will wake up a DINK (double-income, no kids) and end the day a mommy on maternity leave. Talk about a productive, life-changing day!

And now it feels like the time for a list. So here goes, things I will miss about being pregnant:

  • This overwhelming hopeful optimism that is always hovering, like the rainclouds that follow cartoon characters, but in this case it’s the opposite, like I’m always walking on the sunny side of the street (everybody with me now, “I used to walk, in the shade. With those blues, on parade. Now I’m not afraid. Red rover, cross over…”). The past 9 months, if something stressful happened, all I had to do was think about the new little ball of love that was headed our way, and nothing else mattered. Even when rolling over at night, in those brief waking moments, the baby would cross my mind (especially if I was huffing and puffing to roll over because of him), and I’d feel a little more peaceful.
  • Never feeling bad about fries on the side, or seconds, or icecream. I take that back. At one point, in the beginning of pregnancy, I did feel guilty when I read an older version of What to Expect and it had a VERY strict diet listed in order to have  a healthy baby. It made pregnant women across the world feel guilty, I’m sure, for every extra glass of juice, even, if it had too much sugar. Then I read a hilarious book, A Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy shortly after. And the author called the What to Expect authors evil, and even said not to worry about exercise because I’d get fat anyway. Needless to say, I sided with the Girlfriends and have enjoyed the remainder of my pregnancy immensely!
  • I will miss the kicking. I already kind of do miss the kicking. For the past several weeks he’s been so crammed in there that I can feel him shifting around, and his little foot sticks out the left side of my belly on occassion, but he doesn’t have room to move, spin, and surprise me with where an appendage would stick out next.
  • I will miss guessing with Wally on occassion what he was going to be like, who he would look like, and how our lives are going to change. The anticipation and wonder of it all.
  • I will miss how easy Small Wal  is to take places now. If we want to leave, we up and go. He’s very polite during meetings, in restaurants, and at the movies. He doesn’t cry, he doesn’t require feedings besides what I’m having, and his clothes never need to be changed. He’s such a good baby!
  • This last one is strange. Since he’s going to be born on the 28th, I’m afraid people won’t associate the date with Halloween as much as they did his due date, October 30. Every time I told people my due date for the entire 9 months, they would inevitably react with the same two words: “Halloween baby!” And they all said it the same way, “Halloween” would rise in pitch, and “Baby” would fall, so it sounded like one of those neon tube pitch whistles you’d get as prizes at fairs when you were a kid. I loved those two words and that reaction. I will, weirdly, miss that.

Pregnancy has been a great adventure, and one I recommend to all women to experience, if you are able and understand that it can often lead to an infant (thanks Juno). And now, time to celebrate. Everyone raise your bowls of icecream. Three days to Wally V!


7 Responses to “3-day Countdown”

  1. 1 Danielle October 25, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I’m going to miss your blogs… Though I am very excited for Wally V to make his grand entrance :). You’ll all be in my thoughts on Wednesday.

  2. 2 Megan October 25, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Three days unless Small Wal decides that’s too long to wait to see you (besides from the inside)! JK. Good luck!

  3. 3 Mary HB October 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I’m so excited to meet him, I will throw this out: When my mom was pregnant with me, she was scheduled to be induced on August 11. I was born at ten minutes before midnight on August 10. 😉

    Also, Wee Vee’s birthday will still be at the end of October, so I’m sure he’ll have costume birthday parties to look forward to!

    Good luck to all three of you this week!

    • 4 Coach October 25, 2009 at 10:45 pm

      I can’t wait any longer ! Hope you keep blogging about your mommy adventures after Wee V arrives.
      You’re in my prayers,
      Mom Ott (Love you guys.)

  4. 5 kendra October 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Yay! So soon, I can.not.wait to see him. It is the best feeling in the whole world to hold your first born. Get lots of pictures! Love you!

  5. 6 kara October 26, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I agree about the kicking…and eating-although really you will need the same extra calories if you intend on self-feeding/vs. store bought feed.
    We went to a two year old b-day party on the 24th of Oct. and she is definitely still a Halloween baby-so don’t worry there!

    And just wait til you can experience that first smile, first mouth-full of applesauce:) and definitely the first time they can slide down a slide! The pure joy on their faces is something that will totally outweigh the kicks!

    And I will ASSURE YOU-no one finds the cry of a baby as upsetting as the mother! Everyone else finds it charming-cute-beautiful-magical and utterly special…this one was hard for me to believe as a young mom-but now I look at those sweet faces and just smile when they are crying-cuz I miss it myself!
    Good luck and may your delivery be easy, pain-free, quick and quick!!!!

  6. 7 Deb October 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I’m going to have a talk with the little man when he arrives…I really expected him to arrive this past weekend when I was in Elgin! We’re praying for all of you.

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