OK...countdown begins. I'm officially at 37 weeks as of today, and my midwife assures me that I am 'allowed' to have this baby any time now with a minimum of medical intervention, provided that he gets (and keeps) his little head down in the right position, and no weird stuff develops to throw us off the path.
I grant that we are officially not ready for this baby to arrive. One big thing is that he has NO NAME yet. It was so easy to pick a girl name and this boy name stuff is just so hard, aargh. We want to be a bit non-traditional and nothing seems to fit. I am hoping it will just fall into place. Meanwhile, Craig's choice of 'Zeus' just isn't going to fly with me--sorry dear. Aside from the name trouble, mentally, I think I'm ready for this to happen. The house, however, is NOT ready for our new addition. I bought a handful of onesies and some warm clothes for him today, but have much to work on. Granted, if he arrives, it'll be tough luck and we'll survive--babies have been brought into this world in far worse conditions than disorganized homes with parents who have too much on their plates daily, but I'd like to get a few last minute things ready, just the same.
Still some last minute things to tie up that I'd like to finish--maybe it'll help me if I post them here:
--making doubly sure I have backup with friends so A can be out of here if need be while I labor at home
--getting the upstairs uncluttered and bed ready so my Sister can stay here and take care of A until we come home with her new baby brother.
--getting extra clean blankets and pillows ready, keeping the living room and bedroom clean, etc. so I can labor at home in relative comfort for us and for our Midwife and Doula (until we transfer to the hospital at the last possible minute).
--setting the crib up in our room, which involves getting junk out of A's closet so we can move a dresser out of our room/in there for the baby, and then have room for the crib in our room. I really wanted a new co-sleeper, but it just doesn't fit with the shape and size of our room and/or bed height at all, so that's out.
--pulling out the newborn stuff from A, to see if any of her stuff is gender neutral and go through my stash of cloth diapers to see if I need to supplement them much. I think we'll have enough to get by for a few weeks. Washing the old and new clothes and diapers and getting them into that dresser...
--writing our birth plan, visual imagery for relaxation and anything else that we need to finish up...gotta do this tonight!
--packing my bag for hospital...also a gotta that I can't leave undone!
On the other hand...I'd throw much of that 'readiness' out the window to make sure we don't go too far post dates, please! Sooooo with that in mind, send positive vibes along for a successful (and fast, if you can throw that in there) VBAC birth, and most of all, for a happy and healthy baby and Momma when it's all through.