Today I hit 37 weeks pregnant and although I realise I can have baby at any time, I’m trying not to rush it. I am balancing that fine line between ‘I’ve had enough of this pregnancy!’ and ‘I’m not quite ready for baby to come yet!’. Have you been there? I’m sure I’m not the only one.
It’s not just the few things I have left to do like finish packing my hospital bag… which in itself I see as a bit of a feat since the only clothes I can pack for myself for the hospital stay are the very few clothes that still fit me…. and other, bigger things like oh yeah the nursery isn’t quite ready yet! It’s also the having to go through the labour part that has me a bit unsettled. I think the hardest part about that is that I just don’t know when it’s going to happen. And as someone who likes to have at least a bit of a plan, it’s difficult to figure out all the possible contingencies and plan for them all. What if it happens at 3 am? That will be just fine, my friend will pop over to watch my boys. At noon? Well my kids are both at school and kindy so that’s a different story. On a weekend? Different again.
So I sit here playing the waiting game and tell myself not to worry about the details. I mean in the end I do know it will all work out. I know my boys will be looked after. I know the baby will come when ready. I know (hope!) we will make it to the hospital on time. It will all work out.
And if there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a parent, it is that there are a LOT of things we can’t control. This is definitely one of them! So I’ve been focusing on the things I can control, and the things that make me happy. Like making these cute little things for baby to have at the hospital – an adorable minky and flannel blanket and 3 set of burp cloths.
Trying my hand at crocheting this blanket:
And decorating the nursery and making reusable breast pads and all kinds of fun things like that. I’m sure my time could be spent on more productive things, but as always, creating beautiful things and decorating my home gives me a sense of calm and relaxes me during this otherwise nail-biting time.
I’m interested to know.. how did you get through the last few weeks of pregnancy? What did you do to fill the time and pass the days?