Our sweet angel of a darling magical sunshine squishy happiness creature turns TWO tomorrow!
Here she is in all her sleepy glory, on her final night of ONEness:
We will start her day with a waffle breakfast and presents. Mama will go to work until 2 and she will have the day with Daddy and Grandma & Grandpa (my parents, who are renting a place here for the month to be in town for Little Bro’s arrival). Then when I come home we’ll do cupcakes with Maddy’s Aunt & her boyfriend in attendance.
We’d planned a big party but wisely cancelled because I’m 39 weeks pregnant and can’t really walk or move without pain. SO GLAD I did that. I feel so beat, and the fact is that hosting an event — no matter simple you keep it and no matter how much help you have and no matter how much you love & welcome all the guests — requires a lot more energy than I have in me. Plus, Maddy is a sensitive soul who likes small groups better anyway. So why go through all that when the guest of honor might be anxious the whole time?
Meanwhile … I’ve been having warm-ups contractions (Braxton Hicks) since 34 weeks and they always ramp up at night. I just need to make it through tomorrow so I can be at my final day of work for my students (it’s their big show day) and so my daughter can have a birth date all her own.
I breathe in, I breathe out.
Baby suspended by socks
The baby’s head is soooo low. So low the midwife said “woah.” Head way down in pelvis. Yoga teacher said “this baby is very low” and had me sit out warrior two because I was cringing. Benched!
Hurts to stand, sit, lie back, anything really. Walking is slow, with sudden jabs of pain in all surrounding muscles. Side lying helps but comes with its own set of issues, esp heart burn.
And he is super active. Like he’s trying to escape. Bath doesn’t help relieve pressure because you have to SIT BACK. And with our plumbing, it’s a 30-minute wait for enough hot water to reach just halfway up my bump.
In a stroke of genius Matt & I concocted, I’m sitting propped up on our sofa with my feet up and a row of balled-up socks underneath my baby bump. They prop up the belly much better than a bath tub of water! Baby is practically floating!
Tip of the day….
Maddy always begins her waking minutes with a brief roll call of the toys in her crib, many of which I sneak in there after she’s asleep just to hear the delight when she wakes up to find them.
Today’s first shout-out was to “Yellow Bear.” YELLOW!
Time to go get the soft little happy shmoopy up.
I’ve been up since 4am, that magical hour when waking to pee can end the entire night’s sleep.