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And I’m surprisingly okay with it.

Now yesterday? I was decidedly not okay with it. I also reserve the right to not be okay with this whole overdue thing at any point in the future.

However I woke up this morning feeling really zen about the whole thing. Here is why:

I’m waited on hand and foot– Joel treats me like a queen. More than usual even. This is mostly due to the fact that moving is freaking difficult anymore. If he’s not there to help me off the couch chances are, unless it’s an emergency, I just won’t get up. It’s that much of an effort. He knows that and really doesn’t mind grabbing me a glass of water or tea or helping me yank off my shoes. It’s kind of awesome really. Once this kid is out I’ll have a couple more weeks of guilt free queen-dom and then I’ll have to go back to actually doing things for myself. Why rush it?

I eat what I want – Seriously. At this point I’ve only gained about 25 pounds which is the low end of what I’m supposed to gain. So I eat whatever sounds delicious. And sure, I struggle with nausea still which is really frustrating but, when that eases up, I stuff my face with popcorn and nutella and brownies and ice cream and pizza and…. well you get the point. Once this kid is out I’m going to want to start thinking about losing the baby weight. Who really wants to rush to eat less dessert? Not me.

Everyone smiles at me – It’s something I’ve noticed lately. Everywhere I go people look at me and grin. I’m assuming it’s because I’m just such an adorable pregnant lady and not because I spilled something down the front of me. Although there are plenty of times when the spilling thing is true too. Plus, the look on people’s faces when they ask me when I’m due and I say “last Thursday” cracks me up.

My house is SO clean – I’m generally a messy person. However, the idea of bringing a brand new baby into a messy house makes me insane so my house has never been and stayed so clean for so long. I have a feeling I won’t be as concerned about messiness when I’m battling the newborn haze so I’m enjoying this while it lasts.

It’s not like I’m going to sleep better – I get frustrated with the pregnancy insomnia and the waking up every couple of hours to pee. But I’m well aware of the fact that newborns take sleep deprivation to a whole new level so there’s no point in rushing that. I enjoy the sleep that I can get while I’m getting it.

I love my bump – Sure it makes standing up, rolling over in bed or any movement all at really tricky but seriously I love it. I’ve never felt so comfortable in my own skin. I will miss this big old bump (and the kicks I feel in it) more than anything else about pregnancy.

Everything is healthy – and really I’m only 4 days late. That’s not that late, although it does kind of feel like an eternity.ย  Wesley has passed two non stress tests with flying colors. The contractions that I’m having I either can’t feel at all or aren’t really that uncomfortable. My body has dilated and effaced some already so that bodes well for when I go into active labor. We get to see him on an ultrasound tomorrow morning to make sure his fluids and movements and all that are good.

My midwife says boys are 8 days late on average. I asked if there was a limit for how long I could go and she said no. She doesn’t like to set an arbitrary induction date because, as long as everything is healthy, an induction date just puts pressure on the whole situation. I love that so much. She did say we could induce any time I wanted “today even” and I’m not going to lie I considered it for a fraction of a second. But really, my body is doing it’s thing, Wesley seems healthy and comfortable and I hearย pitocin is a real bitch. No reason to stress him or my uterus unless it looks like he or I aren’t doing well anymore.

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So yeah, as of this moment I’m fine with being pregnant forever. We’re still doing all the things (tea, pineapple, primrose oil, walking, sex (I’m thinking Joel is secretly okay with me going awhile yet because of this one) bouncing on an exercise ball, spicy foods…. and some I’m forgetting. Really, all the things) to get things going. If you’d like to give me advice on something else to try let me refer you to number 5 on this post… and then please don’t. I appreciate the thought but it makes me want to rage quit the internet.

I’m okay with being late. Really.

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52 Comments

  1. As long as you’re healthy, I guess it’s ok to be overdue :). But yes, I do feel that you’re pregnant forever! I can’t wait to see that baby come out.

    • Yep, mine and Wesley’s health is all that matters. Who knows why he’s hanging out so long but I guess he must need the extra time.

  2. As long as you’re healthy, I guess it’s ok to be overdue :). But yes, I do feel that you’re pregnant forever! I can’t wait to see that baby come out.

    • Yep, mine and Wesley’s health is all that matters. Who knows why he’s hanging out so long but I guess he must need the extra time.

  3. He’ll be here when he’s ready!
    Both my boys were early-ish – #1 was 2 days early and #2 was born the day before his due date. Every baby’s different.
    Glad you’re staying positive – the waiting goes by much easier that way.

  4. He’ll be here when he’s ready!
    Both my boys were early-ish – #1 was 2 days early and #2 was born the day before his due date. Every baby’s different.
    Glad you’re staying positive – the waiting goes by much easier that way.

  5. Good luck! I hope that whenever he decides to arrive, everything goes as smoothly as it can during labor!

  6. Good luck! I hope that whenever he decides to arrive, everything goes as smoothly as it can during labor!

  7. Oh god…I can’t even imagine the stupid comments people make. I get the “sooooo when are you having kids?” Question constantly. Um none of your business and when I’m pregnant, we will let you know! Under no other circumstances would people ask about your sex life but it is like people have no self control with this!

    • Oh man, I remember that. Joel and I were married for 6 years before we started trying for kids and we got the “when are you having kids?” questions from the start. I started saying, “We’re not ready to try yet but we sure practice a lot.”

      I mean, if they want to ask uncomfortable questions they’re going to get uncomfortable answers.

  8. Oh god…I can’t even imagine the stupid comments people make. I get the “sooooo when are you having kids?” Question constantly. Um none of your business and when I’m pregnant, we will let you know! Under no other circumstances would people ask about your sex life but it is like people have no self control with this!

    • Oh man, I remember that. Joel and I were married for 6 years before we started trying for kids and we got the “when are you having kids?” questions from the start. I started saying, “We’re not ready to try yet but we sure practice a lot.”

      I mean, if they want to ask uncomfortable questions they’re going to get uncomfortable answers.

  9. You look terrific and I can’t believe how small you are for full term! Looking forward to hearing the big news when your little one finally makes an appearance!

  10. You look terrific and I can’t believe how small you are for full term! Looking forward to hearing the big news when your little one finally makes an appearance!

  11. I was a week overdue with my first son and I was nowhere near as calm and positive as you are. I threatened to change the outgoing message on the answering machine to “No I haven’t had the baby yet. LEAVE ME ALONE.” but my husband talked me down.

    • Well I do admit I haven’t been all calm. I go in spurts. When I wrote this post I was feeling especially zen about the whole thing. Hormones though, they’re taking me for a RIDE lately.

  12. I was a week overdue with my first son and I was nowhere near as calm and positive as you are. I threatened to change the outgoing message on the answering machine to “No I haven’t had the baby yet. LEAVE ME ALONE.” but my husband talked me down.

    • Well I do admit I haven’t been all calm. I go in spurts. When I wrote this post I was feeling especially zen about the whole thing. Hormones though, they’re taking me for a RIDE lately.

  13. thumbs up for staying so cool!

  14. thumbs up for staying so cool!

  15. You look so good! And I am glad you are enjoying today, can’t wait to see a pic of the little guy whenever it happens ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks so much. Can’t wait to share a picture of his little face. So far on all the ultrasounds he’s been pretty camera shy.

  16. You look so good! And I am glad you are enjoying today, can’t wait to see a pic of the little guy whenever it happens ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks so much. Can’t wait to share a picture of his little face. So far on all the ultrasounds he’s been pretty camera shy.

  17. Tracy

    Such a beautiful attitude you have. Very good reasons to be ok with it! I’m done having children, but I miss the bump & kicks sometimes too. You are going to be blessed beyond measure very soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The bumps and kicks are the very best. I will miss them, although I’m sure actually seeing him kick and wiggle with be it’s own kind of magic.

  18. Tracy

    Such a beautiful attitude you have. Very good reasons to be ok with it! I’m done having children, but I miss the bump & kicks sometimes too. You are going to be blessed beyond measure very soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The bumps and kicks are the very best. I will miss them, although I’m sure actually seeing him kick and wiggle with be it’s own kind of magic.

  19. Iva

    My First Child (I have 5 biological children 4 sons 1 daughter) was A BOY. ..10 DAYS LATE… You look awesome! I studied to be a Doula and have several Midwives in my family…. Keep Your Positive Thoughts! Raspberry Tea helped me. POSITIVE THOUGHTS YOUR WAY!

  20. Iva

    My First Child (I have 5 biological children 4 sons 1 daughter) was A BOY. ..10 DAYS LATE… You look awesome! I studied to be a Doula and have several Midwives in my family…. Keep Your Positive Thoughts! Raspberry Tea helped me. POSITIVE THOUGHTS YOUR WAY!

    • Thanks! I’m trying to keep these positive thoughts going. Some moments are easier than others, that’s for sure.

  21. You are so adorable with that pregnant belly :)!!!!

  22. You are so adorable with that pregnant belly :)!!!!

  23. Pitocin (and a few other drugs they gave me) didn’t work for me anyway, and I’d hate for anyone else to end up in that situation. It was awful.

    • Eesh that is so true too. As much as I want him here RIGHT NOW I do understand it’s better to let things take their course if at all possible.

  24. I got induced at 4 days overdue. I loved my bump as well but I have to admit, I don’t miss it like I thought I would! In fact, I don’t miss it at all. I love having Mia in my arms SO much that I rarely think about missing having her inside my body.

    • That’s good to know. I’m sure I will love having my little guy here WAY more than my bump. I expect I’ll miss it just a tad though. I guess we’ll see.

  25. Glad you’re staying positive through it all! I miss my belly for the same reasons you said above.

    He will get here when he’s ready. And it will be so worth the wait!

  26. You look great! Not even looking like you are close to 4 days overdue. I’d be chomping down on desert and pizza if I were you too! I’m excited to pop over here soon and see your “He’s Here” post. No kids for me, so no crazy advice to pass on except for maybe to advise you to eat these: http://pinterest.com/pin/63543044712364554/ YUMMY!

  27. I understand your getting up to pee in the night situation. I already have a pea-sized bladder, so I’m always moaning that when I am pregnant I will never leave the bathroom! But I could live with that if someone waited on me hand and foot.

  28. I understand your getting up to pee in the night situation. I already have a pea-sized bladder, so I’m always moaning that when I am pregnant I will never leave the bathroom! But I could live with that if someone waited on me hand and foot.

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