THIS. Babies are much easier to care for in the womb, haha! We're not trying to scare you Katie, but shit gets REAL once baby is out. It's not just holding and snuggling and cooing. Not by a long shot. ENJOY THIS TIME!!! Diapers! No sleep! Crankiness (yours, not baby's, haha!) Changes in your marriage, absolutely no free time .... I'll stop. But yes, the end of pregnancy is hard but I think in a different way the newborn phase is harder. Unless you get a really easy baby in which case, don't talk to me about it. hahahahaha
Honestly, one of the best things that I have found for myself is thinking of all the things that are going to negatively change once the baby is out. As a FTM this is harder to do b/c you don't yet truly know how things will change, but you can take some educated guesses. I know this may seem counterproductive for some b/c instead of focusing on the negative of now, I'm focusing on the negative of the future, but that negative helps me to see the positives of now and I'll deal with everything else later.
So I start out with the obvious, SLEEP. When baby gets here I will not get more than 2-3 hour blocks of sleep for about 2 years. That means I should really be grateful for the fact that right now I can put my kids to bed and they mostly stay there (when we're not all sick). FREE TIME... when baby gets here I can kiss my 1-2 hours of ds' nap time goodbye. No longer will I get to lounge on the couch and read, watch TV, eat alone, check my email, etc. during that time. NOT NURSING... when baby gets here it's back to breastfeeding again, back to being on call for baby's food, baby's comfort, baby's everything. That SPECIAL factor... often when you're done being pregnant there is this let down, this feeling of no longer being special. Now the baby is special and you're just the mom- this can be hard to reconcile. Drink in that specialness now. DIAPERS... ugh. WORRY... certainly there are some things that cause anxiety while pregnant, but for me, once that baby is out, it's much more pronounced- that mother worry. Right now baby feels safe inside me, but soon I'll have another little soul to worry endlessly about. And so on...
When I go through these things in my mind, I start to really feel grateful that I'm still pregnant and have some time to go. I do fully recognize that your situation is different- you're farther along and dealing with an undesireable timeline. But it is not outside the realm of possibility that if you start to appreciate this time you have now for all that it is and RELAX that your body will suddenly feel ready. 'Cause that's just how this works- just like parenthood- as soon as you feel comfortable and confident in one place, everything changes!
Mama! It could happen tonight!