As I polish off this pregnancy, a few fun facts:
- No swollen feet, fingers, or stretch marks (that I can see). Wahoo to that! (Although after Jude was born and they pumped me full of fluid, my face and feet quadrupled in size. And I could feel it happening. I had packed flats to wear home and I could barely squeeze my puffy dogs into them. I'll bring flip flops this time in case it's a duplicate experience.
- The heartburn is RAGING. It's like my body does not want me to forget that it can still do this to me for another 12 hours. I think I have enough Tums to see me through to tomorrow, but no more.
- The sleeping is pretty much crap now. I have my moments of frustration since I've been trying to fill my sleep cantine, as it were, but whatever, exhaustion is inevitable.
- We have a short list of names, but a few weeks ago we gave up on narrowing it any more than that. I am crossing my fingers one of them clicks when we cast eyes upon his pink little face.
Today has been water works. I did not see this coming a month ago. My heart has been aching for Jude and the end of this era in a big, bad way. All this week at bedtime, while rocking him and singing Primary songs, I end up sniffling through. Today, and this was probably made worse by his insistence on laying on the cute behavior eeeextra thick, just looking at him made my eyes well up with tears. I felt guilty, nostalgic, but also grateful. Then my mom called and set things right by reminding me that life is not going to change that much for him -- it's Jude! He'll make SURE life is still full of all the good things even if there's a baby living in the house that I must also give attention to. :) True. But it will never be the same again. I feel like my love for him is growing so fast and so much these last days it just hurts. Hormones might have a snitch to do with it. What?
My mom and Sarah will be here with him tomorrow. Mimi is bringing him trains. I'm not worried about him having a delicious Thursday.
And as for me, I'm really looking forward to the birth. I have such epic and cherished memories of Jude's, and hopefully this time I won't have to wait until I'm 70% of the way through labor before I get my precious epidural (being scheduled and all it sounds more easy to secure, right?). Knowing more of what to expect and how much wonderful there is packed into those moments, I have been excited for another birth experience since 1 week after Jude became a world citizen. Jeff keeps saying he's excited, and of course I believe it.
Let's just see if I can sleep tonight.