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Friday, September 16, 2016

Overtime

Hello and Happy Friday. And it is most definitely a happy Friday. Today happens to be my very last day of work before my maternity leave begins. It's strange. Technically speaking, yesterday was my due date, though I've had the feeling for a while now that Baby wasn't going to be here on time. Everything inside of me has been telling me for months that I would have at least a few extra days and obviously, that instinct was accurate because here we are with no signs of labor yet. 

As far as how I am feeling about that - well, physically I am still going strong. I don't feel nine months pregnant. I don't feel like yesterday was my due date. And I definitely don't feel like labor could happen to me at any moment. I'm still comfortable and loving having this little one in my belly. Although now, I am ready to face the next part of all of this. I'm ready to face whatever labor brings and I'm ready for this little person to officially join our family. 

Mentally, I go back and forth between denial and anticipation. Like I said, it still doesn't feel real yet. Despite the kicks to the ribs, the trips to the bathroom every five minutes and the struggle to get out of bed or off of the couch, it still just feels like a dream. And yet I know that it's real and I am so excited to see this person that I've spent nine months growing inside of me. I'm beyond excited to watch my husband become a dad to this little one. Being pregnant has been my favorite thing that I have ever done in my life, but I am so excited to see what comes next!

Mostly though, I just feel so thankful and blessed. I have sailed through the last nine months with ease and am still sitting here content and loving pregnancy. I am one of the lucky ones and I don't take that for granted at all.

So now, it's just a waiting game. Labor could start any minute or I could still be pregnant and having to consider my options in two weeks. There is just no knowing. What I do know is that however many hours or days I have left, they will be filled with a whole lot of resting, napping and snuggling with Izzy - she needs lots of attention before becoming big sister to her new human sibling.