36-39 Weeks

We did a lot of exciting things today like: our 9 month appointment, dilation check, weight check (30lbs baby!); saw Pat's office for the first time; hospital tour for the big day, but these, these take the cake. You're welcome, Baby O! #36weeks #cravings

We did a lot of exciting things today like: our 9 month appointment, dilation check, weight check (30lbs baby!); saw Pat’s office for the first time; hospital tour for the big day, but these, these take the cake. You’re welcome, Baby O! #36weeks #cravings

Crap, I forgot to bring my sweater to breastfeeding class. I'll get used to forgetting things... #37weeks officially full-term. Now it's up to Baby O!

Crap, I forgot to bring my sweater to breastfeeding class. I’ll get used to forgetting things… #37weeks officially full-term. Now it’s up to Baby O!

Gaining 3lbs in a week has nothing to do with what's in this picture. C'mon, Baby O! There's only so much I can bakeat. #38weeks

Gaining 3lbs in a week has nothing to do with what’s in this picture. C’mon, Baby O! There’s only so much I can bakeat. #38weeks

4am snack means really awesome morning breath. For those wondering, the belly has overtaken the sweater. It will not be making anymore public appearances. #39weeks #pleasebethelastweek #letsgobabyo

4am snack means really awesome morning breath. For those wondering, the belly has overtaken the sweater. It will not be making anymore public appearances. #39weeks #pleasebethelastweek #letsgobabyo

Slow news day. Things are happening, slowly, which my mom says is a good thing. Rationally, I agree with her. I wonder what in the baby’s mind flips the switch? Nature is weird, man. Why all of the sudden does the lightbulb turn on and it’s time for the baby to peace out? I have an appointment on Thursday, but whatever they tell me won’t mean much as far as when the baby will decide to flip the switch. Honestly, I just don’t want to be at work anymore =) No, that’s not true. I want to meet our baby, this little person that’s been digging it’s foot under my ribs for the past 3 months.
The good news, is this is my last week of work. YESSSSSSSSSSS.
I’m not that scared about the labor anymore. I’m more ready than anything. I read a good paragraph in a breast feeding book that said labor is just that – labor. It’s not injury pain, it’s the kind of pain athletes get when they are climbing mountains or using their muscles to the max. And the thing about the body is that it knows when you need a rest. In your mind, it might not feel like that, but your body isn’t going to break itself. I’ve had that athletic pain before. I know what that’s like. I’ve climbed and descended a 12,600 ft mountain for 8 hours with false peaks and I expect labor to be much harder than that, but the thing about Mt. Humphrey’s is Pat was right there leading me the whole time. Maybe it was my competitive nature that didn’t want him to beat me? Maybe it was companionship? Whatever it was, I followed him up that goddamned mountain, almost in tears, my lungs about to explode, with the most intense feeling of bodily exasperation I had ever experienced. But the top, the view. Oh man. The ridge of the Grand Canyon hiding to the North, Sedona red rocks glowing to the South, Flagstaff cradled into the mountains below us … and then the sinking realization that “shit, we have to climb back down” … at least with the baby, once we reach the top, we reach the top.

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6 Responses to 36-39 Weeks

  1. Ms. Moon says:

    Perfect attitude! I can’t wait to meet this child.

  2. I’ve been thinking extra hard about you all day. IT’S A SIGN!!!!
    love,
    Rebecca

    • rachelvb says:

      I need it! I need all the labor-inducing vibes I can get! I believe I believe and clap your hands really really loud. Thank you, Rebecca xoxo

  3. Angella says:

    October baby! Yes, you and your little one will know just what to do. Can’t wait! So exciting! Glad you get to stop working ths week. I hope you have a week at home resting up and dreaming before the baby comes.

    • rachelvb says:

      Thank you, Angella! Yes, I hope I have a few days to rest and save my energy before the baby comes. I just hope it doesn’t come tonight … I slept like crap last night! But it’s a full moon =) Strange things happen. xoxo

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