The end of pregnancy questions
First off, I want to say sorry this isn't a more uplifting post, but I'm going to be honest about current and recent sentiments. I have been very quiet on HebrewDawn for much of my pregnancy, and I'm not completely certain as to why. Perhaps I just wanted to process my thoughts on this pregnancy and becoming a mom to two on my own before writing them. Moving forward I do plan to open up and share more about how life and motherhood is going with the transition from one girl to two, including all the ups and downs.
On to current feelings....
A little over a year ago I wrote this post for a few of my friends who were near or drawing near to their due dates, and here I find myself in their shoes. I'm days from my due date, and I've only hit my "over it" moment last week. Luckily, this was not as early as with my first, AND frankly I'm quite proud that I made it to 38 weeks and 2 days before hitting that point this time.
Now that I'm at the "over it" point of my pregnancy, the well meaning questions from every friend, family member, co-worker, and stranger off the street is driving me CRAZY. So here are my favorite questions, and how I wish I could respond:
How are you feeling? Tired of being pregnant and uncomfortable from the necessary body changes for labor to begin. Other than that I'm great, because this discomfort means I get to meet my baby soon!
How much longer do you have? No way of knowing as due dates are just an estimate! I'm "due" in a few days, but babies arrive anywhere between 39.5 and 41.5 weeks. Also, there are no plans to induce me unless we're creeping up on 42 weeks (God, please don't let that happen!).
Do you know what you're going to have? A human baby. At our 20 week ultrasound they said it's a girl, and I'm praying it's right. It would be really awkward to dress a baby boy in a little sister outfit.
You're not going to go into labor right here are you? I could, but it doesn't really matter. Labor takes quiet a bit of time to progress before a baby comes out. Last I checked babies don't just fall out.
Are you still working? Yes, because there's always work for me to get done. Oh, and there's no reason to waste my maternity leave before the baby arrives.
Is the baby here yet? Not yet, and hopefully my little one will be here VERY soon. Just remember that as excited as you are for this baby to arrive, my husband, daughter, and I are the most excited and we are anxiously waiting for labor to start.
Will you tell me when the baby arrives? Yes! BUT those that need to know first (people present in the delivery room or taking care of my daughter, my boss) will be notified when I go into labor. Everyone else will find out after the baby is born, most likely via social media.
What are you doing while you wait? I'm going to try and smile nicely to anyone asking one of these well meaning questions.
BUT I cannot promise that I won't respond in a snarky fashion to the questions, that I won't ignore phone calls, and that I'll respond to every text message sent to me.
I do promise that I am going to relax as best I can and enjoy these final moments of being a family of three.