My first baby was like that...I felt like I waited forEVER for her. When I finally had her at 41w1d I could have cried from relief. With my son, I was so busy with life that it FLEW...and then he came a full two weeks before my guess date, so you know...that was super fast and easy a wait.
This baby seems the same so far, my life with a three year old and a two year old keeps me pretty busy and I find that the days are flying by. I hope it keeps up like that, there is nothing so murderous as waiting for a baby when the days are crawling by. Mama, I do not envy you and I'm so sorry it's dragging for you.
I swear, with DD1 I was practically homicidal from frustration. I can laugh now, looking back on it...but at the time I was beside myself waiting for her to come and the days stretched on like WEEKS!
I'm hoping that time speeds up for you and that your days are nice and busy....we really are SO close now! I totally know what you mean about feeling caught between appreciating being pregnant for one last time and feeling SOOOOOO ready to put your hands on that sweet little baby. I swear, I want my baby in my arms so badly I can practically smell her sweet milky little face. Oooooo, I just want a little sluggy bug baby on my chest so bad!
I know it's only been a bit over two years since I had my last one...but it feels like forEVER since I had a newborn. I've gone just long enough that I'm aching for a little baby again, but it was recent enough that I remember what it's like. I LOVE newborns. A two year old and a three year old are still so little and I love them so much, but I also love wrapping a little tiny one on me and I miss nursing (my son weaned himself recently) and I love watching them go from little shriveled new people to big bouncing baby-kids.
I just can't believe there is going to be another person. It feel so much more special with this baby, because the first time and even the second time, I didn't really understand what it meant to have a baby, as far as how it plays out when they become little people who talk and develop personalities, etc. Now that I have a 2.5 year old and my DD will be four soon...I am beginning to learn about their dreams and who they are, what their personalities are going to be like...and it's totally amazing to me to know that this new baby will come and turn into a person too.
It's surreal to imagine, that even though she is in my belly, she feels so far away. But soon, not only is she going to be out of me and REAL...but more than that, in no time at all, I won't be able to imagine my life without her! It's crazy to think of that. Four years ago, it was just me and DH and a couple of dogs. Now our life is so full...and these beautiful children we've made are everything to us. Just a short while ago, I couldn't have conceived of them, how awesome they would be, etc....and now, I couldn't conceive of a life without them.
I love having kids. I can't wait for this baby to come. :)