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My Mommyology Ready for Labor

Are we really?!

My how time flies.

I still can’t believe I’m 37 weeks pregnant.  The guest room is still a mess with my nesting hormones fluctuating up and down.  We’re just about to buy certain replacement parts for my breastpump and extra ointments that I think have expired or have run out.  I have yet to order my diapers on Amazon Mom.  The crib, did we put up the crib yet?  I don’t think we know where it will go.  Is my head on straight?  I’m not quite sure.

Well I’m not getting much sleep anymore with all the early morning kicking (and singing) that’s been going on the past few weeks.  I can’t see my swollen ankles either, much less reach for them.  My wedding ring is starting to choke my finger too… so yes I guess it’s just about that time.  Of course I don’t want to give birth until I hit 39 weeks at least, as they say the healthiest babies are the ones carried closest to term but I am feeling heavier and easily tired by the day.

My Mommyology Ready for Labor

Hang on, just a tad bit longer.

While I am not as scared or panicked as I was with the first pregnancy, I still am feeling a few mixed emotions.  For one I wish I could see her again on an ultrasound.  They’re very scarce at the hospital with ultrasounds if your pregnancy is healthy because of the minimal insurance coverage.  So I haven’t “seen” Jamie in over 19 weeks.   The Midwives say though that from their assessment everything seems fine, and they are very reassuring, although they are sometimes a little too relaxed with me I start to fret and worry (how typical of me).

Then there’s the labor.  I can still remember what happened 26 months ago and I relate it as if it were just last week.  All I know is that I was able to withstand that much pain for that long, so I THINK I can do it again.  Mind over matter, right?  I’m reassured that labor the second time around goes faster, so maybe it won’t be as painful for very long.  And maybe they will get the epidural to me faster too (more on that in a different post).  When I go to Church I keep thinking as to how Mama Mary had to give birth in a manger (no hospital bed, no epidural, and she rode a donkey with no complaints days before her labor!  Lord knows I cringe at ever bump on the road…), so I at least hope that helps me put my modern-day already comfortable situation into better perspective.

And then of course there is Sam.  I don’t know if she fully understands what’s about to happen, but I know that she can sense some big change is coming our way.  I noticed that lately she just comes up to me to sit on my lap and asks for a hug or a kiss.  And then she’ll lean on me for a while without wanting to get up.  🙁

I am slowly turning over some of the care-taking reins to her dad, which she enjoys, but on occasion she will stubbornly still ask for me.  I think we’re both aware I’m slowly trying to teach us both to be more independent of each other, which will be good in the long run for everyone.  But I won’t deny that I do miss her already, and so I appreciate the unexpected hugs and kisses and cuddles.

There are actually so many other things running through my head I don’t know where to begin.  I hope that’s normal and I’m just not worrying myself silly.  There’s no book either on “What to Expect the 2nd time around“, and I sometimes wish there would be.  Maybe after going through it the first time, you know that you really can’t put a finger down on what will happen and everything is relative to your specific situation.  As we’ve said time and again — You’re never ready.  There’s only so much talking and reading and preparing someone can do, first or second or nth time around.  The rest, well — you just have to go with it.

Okay good luck to my children then!

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I am the mom that I am because of my two wonderful little girls. They teach me everyday.

17 Comments

  1. “What to expect the second time around” – Haha! Love it! As a mommy of two, here’s what I’ve learned:

    1.) you can give them milk straight out of the ref – they won’t mind
    2.) they’re sturdier than I thought they would be
    3.) stretching the 5 second rule to 10 seconds might make them healthier in the future
    4.) finding books they both love is essential – otherwise story time at night will take forever…
    5.) when they fight over who gets to hug me, the answer that works best for me is: “God gave mommy two arms so you can both fit” 🙂

    Excited for your second big day!

    • Thank you Sam! Really really helpful! I will ask you again if I have more questions! 🙂
      on #3, actually lately I’ve stopped getting up when my Sam drops a piece of her bread on the floor. she picks it up and eats it – but at home lang, hahaha
      . And I love #5! I will use it!

  2. huuuug jenina! strangely, being 37 weeks is both a fresh and distant memory to me.

    “What to expect the second time around” — yes, i think you and OCmim should venture into writing this book.

    and i do agree with sam (first comment posted here), cold milk is fine — riley never complained.

    anyway, i felt like crying when you mentioned the thing about sam’s sudden need for hugs and cuddles. now that riley’s so attached to me, i can’t yet imagine having another baby who will be the baby of the moment while he goes on to grow up — nakakaiyak! but i just know sam is going to be an amazing big sister, i can see it already!!!

    i can’t believe we’re going to have kids who are the same age for most of the year! thank god i’m going through parenthood with you!!!

    ok so skype tomorrow?

    hang in there sweetie! love ya.

    p.

  3. Wow! How fast time flies! I’m sure you’ll do great 🙂 I will say an extra prayer for your safe delivery and for the rooms and all the supplies to get ready magically! Haha!

  4. Have a safe delivery, Mommy Jen! ♥

  5. Good luck, Jen! Will surely read on about your adventures and the upcoming book “What to expect the 2nd time around” 🙂

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  7. Sometimes when I think of the 2nd baby and how I’ll be spending 24/7 with him/ her, I start crying a lot because I miss M so much already. I’ve been with this girl most of the day everyday for the last 4 years and I feel that I will hardly see her in the next year =(
    I’m just glad she’ll be in school already half of the day. Good luck to our children indeed.

    • Oh no! 🙁 hugs!
      At least she’s also old enough to understand and maybe even participate actively in caring for Floppy (yes, new code name). It might even be an activity you can do together!

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