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I've been asked by Blogher and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects surrounding babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons...I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!

This week's topic is all about the week before delivery!

It was such a fun time with both of my boys but SO different with each one! When I was pregnant with Moses, I was working full-time as a social worker and, in fact, worked the day before he was born! A little-known-to-you nerd fact about me? We prayed that Moses would wait to come until AFTER the Lost season premiere! Seriously, we did. And guess what? Unbeknownst to me, I had contractions all through the premiere and my water broke later that night! He was born, involuntarily drug free, four hours later!
The week before Moses' birth is a little blurry. We were both working full time so our lives were busy. I do distinctly remember a NEED to re-caulk the tub at 9 months pregnant. I clearly remember enormous me in that tub, doing just that, thinking it HAD to be done and "I can't bring my baby home without doing this!" Crazy pregnant woman. I am a "get it done now!" kind of gal, so the nursery and all its accessories had been long done up and put away, car seats installed, bags packed and we were ready!
Aaron was a little different. With Moses' swift delivery, I started talking to my doctors about inducing from appointment number ONE! I wanted a slower, more controlled birth, AND my husband was working nights at the time so I didn't need to be going into labor in the middle of the night and giving birth in a bathtub! They say that your second birth takes about half the time as the first, so we are talking about TWO HOURS here. That would not have been enough time for my husband to get home and get me to the hospital to get my DRUGS! So the week before Aaron's birth was spent with me BEGGING the doctors to induce me. For days, all the beds were full at the hospital. We spent our time hanging out with Moses and doing our best to get him ready for a huge life change. It was a much more bittersweet time this time around because we were used to our lives as they were. With Moses' birth, we never really knew life without him since we got pregnant so early in our marriage.
Both times were precious, both different and both a time to reflect and spend time appreciating our current and future blessings. How about you? I would love to hear about the days before you gave birth. Were they what you expected? How were they different from those expectations?
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3 comments:

sara luke said...

I LOVE this post.

With Jack, I worked right up until the hour we left for the hospital. He was a week late and I was scheduled to be induced at 7, but even though I left work at 4 that day, I ran back to work at 5:30 to tie up a few loose ends.

With Ben, he was 10 days late, and I spent that last week thinking it would happen at ANY moment. I remember Jack climbing into our bed every morning and tearing up thinking about how that would probably change. About 3 hours after I officially accepted the fact that I would have to be induced, I had my first contraction.

With Claire . . . I thought I'd have a good week or two left when she came. It was completely unexpected. I spent the week before she was born getting ready for Christmas, thinking I'd have the week or two after Christmas to prepare for her arrival.

Ashley said...

i love reading your birth/boys stories. Maybe I will email you sometime for more info- I have baby fever :)

Tracy said...

Just found your blog today through Pinterest. Love it! Added to my reading list after the second post I read. With my son, I was on-call (I'm a pharmacist) which meant going to work at a moment's notice at any hour of the day. After contracting most of the day at work, I headed home to put my feet up hoping the contractions would stop. After 2 hours of contracting about every 3 minutes, I had to ask my boss to takeover being on call so we could go to the hospital. It was crazy, but so fun! Ready to do it again!

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