Originally Posted by skycheattraffic
Anything earlier is gravy and I have diapers, a few clothes, a carseat and boobs so I'm essentially ready lol.
Made me laugh! It's so true. As long as we have the boobs and the diapers...
I had a 38 weeker and then a 42 weeker, and that last FULL MONTH of being pregnant with my second sucked big time. I was expecting to go into labor every day for four weeks, not to mention having lots and lots of regular contractions that lasted for two hours and then dropped off, then started up the next day. Then stopped.
So this time I have zero idea of what to expect. I have no expectations. When people ask me I just say July. Any time in July.
I think it was the expectation of a 38 week baby that made it so hard on me last time. Similarly, the expectation of a longer labor caught me off guard with my last babe, and that's why 20 minutes before she was born I was telling the midwife that I didn't need her to come yet. Instead of paying attention to what was happening in my body I was going on what my brain was telling me about second labors being half as long as the first, so I figured I had eight hours of labor ahead of me, not 5 more contractions.
Yep. Wild card baby, no idea what to plan for so we are planning for everything.
Long labor-lots of food and stuff for the kids to do
short labor- husband reading the emergency childbirth manual and we found a second midwife/birth assistant who lives 30 minutes away
Long gestation- prepared to wait it out and waddle into late July, making plans to do things throughout the month to keep me busy
Shorter gestation- getting everything ready now, except for the carseat. Setting up the cosleeper and painting the walls of my bedroom this week, setting up my birth altar after my blessingway tomorrow.
In the middle of all this I'm just going to try to remember to pay attention, and just really try to be present in what it feels like (in my heart, not just my aching hips) to carry a baby in my body, because someday I'll probably miss it and wish I'd payed more attention.