Still here, still pregnant, still trying to figure out why I thought it might be a good idea to slap a legit ‘.com’ on the ‘ol small time blog and then end up with 3 weeks of missed posts, dropped subscribers, and finally a really fun 2 days where both the old and new addresses disappeared completely. I may or may not have shed a tiny tear to the husband yesterday that I had ruined my beloved blog and therefore had no avenue through which to vomit my thoughts and feelings onto the internet. And at 38 weeks pregnant, believe me, I have a lot of feelings. I also cried because yesterday John Paul tracked snowy mud into the master bath which I had painstakingly scoured on all fours with a dish scrubber this past week, so go figure.
In short, I look amazing, my family is basking in the hormonal love-fest that is the late third trimester, and I’m locked in a deadly daily ritual of “consume most of an entire bag of Salsa Verde Doritos/swell up like a blowfish/deflate in a lavender epsom salt bath for 45 minutes to an hour. Repeat.”
I think I’ve also pulled late nights the past 3 in a row trolling Grace’s infamous birth story linkup, so I’m feeling simultaneously at peace and very, very disconcerted about giving birth a third time. Yesterday I casually mentioned a birth plan for this go-round to Dave, and offered him two slightly differing scripts to present at registration:
1. “Hi, I’m in labor. Please instruct the anesthesiologist to meet us in our room.”
or the slightly more upbeat,
2. “Hello, this is my third delivery, and I don’t want to feel anything but joy.”
I think depending upon the date, we’ll opt toward #2 for a holly jolly birthday but stick to the more direct #1 if she doesn’t debut on Christmas proper.
Needless to say, I’m not planning on trying for anything close to approaching a ‘natural’ delivery this time around, unless by natural you mean the baby exiting the intended route rather than ala scalpel. So from that perspective, hell yeah, natural all the way. Just so long as the joy is undimmed by anything approaching back labor, persistent posterior presentation, or tearing/episiotomy slicing of any degree.
Our Advent has been so, so good this year so far. I am loving how much the boys – especially Joey – seem to be soaking in the different little ways we’re observing the season, and I’m surprisingly really, really enjoying being “pregnant like Mama Mary was” during the most wonderful time of the year. Plus, it’s been like 7 degrees here for a week straight, and I’m finally not sweating like a linebacker. I have gotten many a raised eyebrow whilst prancing about town in a sundress layered with a cardigan, sans tights, but I feel like I’m finally in a climate controlled body for the first time in months, so…winter babies for the win!
Fall babies are cute too, though. (Plus, look closely, he came with an owner’s manual.)
This week is promising to be a flurry of fun, family reunions, moving days, girl’s nights out, and various impromptu “only child(ren)”trips to Dairy Queen/Starbucks/whatever because 1. I feel like it and 2. The boys are just so cute right now, and I’m trying to soak up these last few weeks of the pair of them as a twosome, and big bertha mama with a baby on board and no cumbersome carseat on my arm.
To end on a technical low note, I’m hoping to have the IT issues resolved sometime this week, but in the meantime, the old address is the one that’s functioning, and bloglovin’ is unable to pull from my old or new rss feed, so you’ll have to come visit the old fashioned way by typing in www.thismamaneedscoffee.blogspot.com. Vom. I hate technology and it hates me back.