It's a new week...and I'm sure we'll have some new babies to welcome this week. I hope all the postpartum mamas and babies are doing well, and that those of us still pregnant are going to benefit from the big full moon/equinox shift later this week. I know, I know, totally woo. But I'm grasping at straws here.
We're getting some cold weather now, and it's really feeling autumnal, which makes me super happy. Perfect for long, waddling hikes with my guys, cool-weather cooking...snuggling a newborn in a sling (wishful thinking). I had a good weekend energy-wise, and managed to get the whole house cleaned thoroughly yesterday; we also had some friends over for dinner and I made a huge batch of venison stroganoff and have plenty left for a couple of meals this week. I love fall food...beets, greens, roasts, saucy/stew-y things, really, anything that requires putzing in a warm kitchen. I've been pretty nesty and have some more freezer meals put away, and must. clean. all. the. things. every. day. Our house is looking awesome compared to normal. I am sure this will all collapse postpartum.
DS has been enjoying preschool, and I've been enjoying the 3 free mornings that he's there. Did some thrift shopping, knitting, TV watching, errand running, napping, food prepping, etc last week. This week, I'd like to focus on walking and resting while he's there. It's been nice to have some solo time to get my head together for the transition to come.
I'm still trying to keep busy and stop symptom spotting. Since I'm a week out from due date, I'm not complaining because I know that some of you are 41 plus and READY. However, I'm trying to do things this week to line my body up to let labor start whenever it's ready (read as: ASAP). Going to get an adjustment today, a reflexology session and a hike tomorrow, take a bumpy truck ride Wednesday...you get the picture. My body is so mysterious...from like 32-36 weeks, I had so many toning contractions, and couldn't DTD without a run of painful contractions. Now that I WANT contractions, they're being pretty quiet. Harumph. I had a midwife appointment Friday, at which I declined a cervical check because I didn't want to get discouraged. I was 2cm/20% soft and high at my 36 week check. Baby feels a tiny bit lower most of the time, and the kicks are more muffled and toward my back rather than side to side. Losing some mucous here and there, but no show or anything exciting. I think things are getting ready, but I'm having trouble with patience. I think I just had it so firmly implanted that I needed to get to 38 weeks (having had a previous 36 weeker with issues) that my brain assumed that was go time. Silly brain.
What's everyone else doing this week to keep busy while they wait for their babies? How are you keeping yourself calm and patient?