Friday, May 22, 2009

Last week

By the time this posts, I will most likely be in the hospital having a baby. They say that having a baby changes everything, and that may just be the understatement of all time. I am guessing that having a second baby won't be quite the shock, but it will change my life and routine in ways I can't imagine. As such, I thought I would spend the last week doing something small each day to take advantage of this last relative freedom. I wrote a journal type entry every night. Next time I post, I will be home with my baby.


Sunday - I spent all day Saturday in bed due to excruciating pain in my stomach. It feels like I am pulling stitches and that my skin can't stretch anymore. Walking is completely out the question for longer than a few minutes at a time. It was just as bad as soon as I woke up, so I opted out of church to go back to bed. As soon as I hit the sheets I knew sleeping wasn't in the cards. I hurt too much. Instead I took a long bath. Like 2 hours. I sipped on herbal ice tea and listened to the quiet of the house. I didn't read, I didn't sleep, I just basked in the solitude, let the water sooth my heavy stomach and watched my baby try to get comfortable in his tight conditions. I wonder who he will look like.



Monday - Lydia and I meet Shane for a family lunch. We do this about twice a month. When I was first married I had a friend with two small children. I asked her what the hardest thing was for her in going from one child to two. She said that as much as she loved her new son, she mourned the loss of the "threesome". I couldn't understand that then, but I think I can now. For over 3 years it has been just the three of us. So strange to think it never will be again.


Monday's Baby update- I called the doctor to explain the pain I have been in and he said to come in right away. Seems I have something similar to umbilical cord hernia. Hum, that sounds pleasant. Nothing to do about it at this point, but the pain will intensify. He warned me it could be pretty brutal. Thanks doc, I am already aware. That's why I called. As I am driving home from the doctors I see that I am being pulled over. Apparently I have expired tags. This is really weird since I am totally anal about making sure my tags are current. When I glance at the ticket, I notice that the cop has written my address incorrectly. When I check my (new) licence, I see that the address is totally wrong. Some non existent address on my block. That would explain why my renewal tags didn't come. At this point I am crying (lame, I know, but remember...lots of pain) the cop says, "Now don't you worry about this ticket. You just focus on that baby of yours." Seriously? I think I would be a lot less worrisome if he had just given me a warning. I am proud of myself that I just smiled back. I know he was just doing his job. I was just already having a bad day. You know, because my stomach muscles had split in two.





Tuesday- My good friend offered to play with Lydia at the park while I sat and relaxed. I planned on reading, but I couldn't help but watch as Lydia danced around and talked to the other girls around her. Then my eyes shifted to a group of boys playing. They had made guns out of sticks and were screaming and tackling each other. For the hundredth time I realized that having a boy is going to be an interesting ride.


Wednesday- Hallelujah! My mom is here! Not a moment too soon. The pain is getting so bad that standing is almost impossible. (A quick shower left me weeping.)It brought me pure joy to watch my mom chase Lydia and swing her on the swings. I just haven't been able to play with her for a while. Lydia is in heaven.


Shane and I took advantage of the babysitting opportunity and had our "last date". Shane drove me right up to the restaurant so I didn't have to walk more than a few steps. We dined alfresco on the deck of our favorite restaurant in the local art district. Overlooking the Tennessee river we ate fresh pasta, salad and bread. There are very few things I like better than dining outside on a warm evening. Even though we realized this was our last chance for a real date for a while, I hurt too bad to go to the movies. We came home early expecting to find Lydia in bed. Instead, she and my mom were watching the American Idol finale! :) Lydia cried when we said it was time for bed. "NO!!! I want to watch America Island!"


Thursday- Day Out! Shane took the day off so that I could treat my mom to a little afternoon away for her 60th b-day. I thought it would go along with my birthing day tradition to get manicures. No matter how trashed I look after having the baby, at least my nails will look good. We lunched at my favorite tea house. It was so decadent. Think the hospital food will be that good? :)






We stopped at a little boutique for a bit. I sat in the comfy chairs as my mom shopped. She wanted to get me a treat. The only thing that would fit was a yellow summer scarf :) I love it!


Shane and Lydia were able to keep themselves occupied while we were out.....




It should be interesting, watching Lydia "share" her daddy....



Friday - Well. I'm signing off. I've got to go pack, shower and try to stay relatively calm. I am having a baby today!!!!

21 comments:

Tiffany said...

Best wishes for a safe delivery... you will be in my thoughts and prayers!

dougandcheryl said...

Good luck and congrats.
I love the idea of this post.
I also love the pictures of Shane and Lydia. They seem to have a really special relationship.

mom2boys said...

I'm so happy for you. I'm glad that soon the pain will be over and you'll have a precious new baby to hold in your arms. Praying for you! : )

Misty said...

I am so excited to see pictures of this little guy! I know he will be absolutely adorable!!! Good luck! The pictures of Shane and Lydia are so sweet. Great post!!!! It is so odd that I feel like I know you so well, yet we haven't met. I think we would be wonderful friends! God bless your family and praying for a perfect delivery!!!

Moonjava said...

Good luck and congrats! :)

Life with boys... said...

Good luck today...take care of yourself and enjoy that baby Boy. You deserve all the best and soon he will be here in your arms to snuggle. I am sure Lydia will do just fine sharing her Daddy and Mommy, it will be sharing her new baby brother that might be an issue. My oldest wanted his baby brother all to himself.

Can't wait to hear how all of it went and see pics of the new addition.

Rachel said...

Good Luck and congrats you did it!!

Hannah said...

Congrats! What a wonderful week you had. I am so sorry you were in so much pain, though. I love how you spent your last week, and I hope and pray that your little guy is the easiest baby on the planet. :)

Lilith Silvermane said...

What a great post! Thank you for sharing your life with us... and the upcoming little brother! I am sure Lydia will be a wonderful big sister!

pink~leopard~print said...

Good luck and congrats!! Can't wait to see how fabulous the little guy is!!

~Shawna~ said...

Best wishes today, and looking forward to seeing the little guy! Love the pictures of Lydia and her daddy - so priceless. Don't worry, they'll never lose that bond, it'll only intensify with the arrival of baby brother. And she'll also become your little helper.
God Bless!

Kelley said...

praying that the delivery is quick and as painless as possible! Can't wait to see pictures of that beautiful little boy!

Natalie said...

Congrats ... boys are just as precious I swear!

Laura said...

Wow I remember that day, when it is so surreal getting up knowing that today is the last day that I get just Isobel out of bed, and we sit with just the three of us. It took awhile to adjust, and now that we are past that it seems as if Kami has always been here. Enjoy your little precious treasure!

Jill said...

good luck today my dear! can't wait to see little collin :)

April J. said...

Good luck and hopefully the pain leaves with the baby! IT is work to add another baby but the joy of interaction is so worth it!

Cynthia said...

Good Luck having the baby!!! We will be praying for a quick and painless Labor for you!!!
Welcome to the world Baby Boy!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Congratulations almost! I hope everything goes well! :)

Lemonlime said...

Good luck and best wishes! Our daughter was the centre of attention for four years before our son came into the world. Watching the bond between them grow is very special.

Lisa said...

You've been in my prayers for a safe delivery and a healthy baby. Early congrats.!!!

Lisa
(Mom of 3 from Texas who just moved to Colorado : )

Madeline and Family said...

How exciting! I am so happy for you. You sound like you are handling everything so well. I wish you well and offer my congratulations.

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