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2007 February 27 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

impending addition to the family

27th February 2007

impending addition to the family

If my nesting instinct is anything to go by, this baby is coming in the next couple of weeks. The last two days I’ve had an amazing amount of energy and have been highly productive, considering my advanced pregnancy and the hot weather. You know you’re nearing the end when the maternity clothes that you were practically swimming in when you first started wearing them are on the verge of immodest from either being too tight or not covering your belly completely anymore.

The ironic thing is that the doctors at the hospital have decided to schedule my c-section for 3 April. You have got to be JOKING if I’m going to last another five weeks. I won’t go into the details about why I’m having a c-section, but this will be my second one and I can guarantee it was a much better idea than doing it naturally again, as I did with my first. When I went for my scan at 20 weeks the technician declared that I had my dates wrong and said the baby was only 17 weeks along, thus moving my official due date from 22 March to 12 April. This is a tremendous difference. I have no problem with plus or minus a a week or so, but three weeks? Come on. I’m not a complete dufus. I do have some idea of what’s going on with my body.

Anyway.

My midwife has been sticking with my original due date because she’s sure that my size and everything is consistent with that date. The doctor, however, decided that she’d rather schedule the surgery for later, just in case I’m wrong. That way the baby doesn’t get taken out too early, which would lead to possible complications. I understand this. I really do and I think that’s a good idea. However, considering that I have gone into labour at 38 weeks with my other two, I sincerely doubt that I’ll go that long. It also makes it very difficult to arrange for helpers because I don’t really know when it’s going to happen. Of course, that’s the way it is with most women, isn’t it? So the helpers are on call.

But I’ve got the freezer stocked (Husband and I did a freezer cooking session a couple of weekends ago when the kids were staying with their grandparents), I’m working on a routine (I feel like I’m always working on a routine - anyone used Managers of Their Home?), overall feeling pretty good, and just waiting for the bomb to go off. You’d think after two other pregnancies I’d be old hat, but no. Definitely not. I’m excited about the new baby, a little bit worried about all the normal things like his health and my recovery, wondering how the other two kids will adjust, not looking forward to the lack of sleep thing.

My brain has gone out the window, so I think I’ll finish and post this. Obviously I’m really into editing. More quality writing to follow.

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