Time Bomb

I am 37 weeks today. Full-term. She could come any time and it wouldn’t be a problem.

I don’t dare call anyone in my family for fear they will be disappointed to find out I’m not announcing the birth of my child.

I am trying not to make too much of the Braxton-Hicks contractions that I’ve been having several times an hour for at least a week. (Though I secretly enjoy every single one of them.)

I am beginning to realize that there will be life beyond the birth, and that my attention will need to shift to some important things that I’ve been neglecting as I have focused on my ever-disappearing navel.

But for the moment, I am savoring these last few weeks (days? – I shouldn’t get my hopes up).

Yesterday, I made a cake. A three-layer pink cake tinted with pureed strawberries. The layers are in the freezer, awaiting an actual birthday girl to celebrate.

Today the boys and I went to the library. I checked out Bossypants by Tina Fey, which I plan to read to help me relax and laugh through labor. Yes, I plan to laugh this baby out of my body. Micah read The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman to me while I was laboring with Manchild, and it was nice to have something to take my mind off the contractions.

Tomorrow I am getting some maternity photos taken, which I’ve never had done before and which I’m looking forward to.

And after that . . . who knows?

I do know that eventually this pregnancy/baby will not be the only thing I can think about or write about or talk about. Eventually I will remember that there used to be other things I did with my life before I got so big and tired that getting off the couch was a major accomplishment. Eventually . . . and until then . . . I’m ticking away.

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4 Comments

  1. Enjoy the final countdown! Such an exciting time!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Trying so hard to enjoy it. All I can think of is that we have to fly August 15th and I’d love it if we had more than 2 weeks to recover.

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  2. Abby Blackhurst

    July 11th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    So funny! I was supposed to check out Bossypants today as well. I didn’t get it, but I plan to tomorrow and then we can laugh and talk about it all the way through.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Did you get it yet?

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    Abby Blackhurst Reply:

    I went today to get it and they said they didn’t have it… I had checked and the internet said they did, but I was in my gym clothes so I didn’t want to make a stink about it. 🙂

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  3. I would love a call from you!! And even though my first thought would be that baby girl is on her way I think I’d easily accept the fact that she’s not if that’s the case. I can’t wait to meet her!

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  4. Congrats on being so close! I hope that the labor goes well. Where are you delivering? Who is doing the maternity photos? Wish I was there to do them!

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    lizzie Reply:

    I’m delivering at home, actually, with Kristen Leonard, who delivered Amy John’s baby as well. And one of Amanda’s friends did the photos. She is just getting into the business of belly shots and needed some guinea pigs, so I volunteered. 🙂

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