Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It walks like a duck...

... But it's not a duck. It's pregnant me! :o)

I suppose it's just a funny but natural part of the supernatural process of bringing a baby into this world. Right? Right.

Yesterday, we did another ultrasound, and were told that our precious treasure currently weighs approximately 1,8 kilos (that's about 4 lbs, I think), and is positioned with her head down. Are those little feet I'm feeling against my ribs now?.. Baby's heartbeat, as well as my placenta and fluid, appear normal. Great news.

I think I've hit the stage of restlessness, excitement and urge to arrange and prepare things, commonly known as nesting. I spent the entire morning re-arranging stuff on my living room shelves. I'm feeling an itch to do something all the time, and fortunately, I have no lack of work. Now, where's my dustcloth?

As my thoughts become more inward-focused, there are very few things I remember which aren't related to baby and preparations for her arrival. Hey, I still remember my name and where I live, that should be good enough for the next few weeks. I've given up on trying to grasp the overwhelming fact that in less than two months, we are supposed to have our baby in our arms. I know it intellectually, but I can't wrap my mind around it. Not really. It's too awe-inspiring.

My most tender wishes go towards the dear ones who are also about to have a baby. May you be enveloped in sweet love, peace and joy for the weeks leading to delivery and following it. May you soon hold dear, precious babies in your arms.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

The night before I went into labor (I was 3 weeks overdue) my husband found me scrubbing the seams of our kitchen floor with a toothbrush. Labor started 6 hours later. One of the silly little joys you will experience is seeing YOUR very own feet after the baby is born. (I knew mine were down there somewhere but I hadn't actually seen them in a longggg time) (cb)

may said...

I'm glad that you and your daughter are so healthy and happy. Will you post your daughter's picture once she's here? I know that your pictures generally try to keep your family life private but it would be nice to see her.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Anon, I *do* see my feet each morning when I twist them backwards to put my socks on. As for seeing my feet when I'm standing up and looking down, yeah, that'll be a thrill. :o))

May, as to posting our baby's picture, I'll have to talk it over with my husband and see what he thinks, and then we'll decide together if/which pictures are appropriate to post.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you, hope everything goes well. Nature is a fascinating thing.

Kari said...

These last few weeks will fly by for you and your husband - enjoy your time together! We just welcomed baby #2 three weeks ago - he was two weeks overdue, so we were thrilled to finally meet him. There is nothing quite like holding such a tiny little human being, especially when he/she has been poking and kicking you for the months prior!!

Kim said...

lol the waddle will get worse and earlier with each pregnancy. I'm due two weeks after you, with my fourth. I believe I started waddling sometime in the 5th month. Ahhh the joys. :) It's exciting isn't it?

elena rulli said...

Congratulations for your ultrasound!
I wish you happiness and not-too-swollen feet :)

Rosemary said...

This is such a special time for you and your DH. I loved being pregnant and anticipating our babes. My grandson is entering the world around Dec. 16, I cannot wait!!
Many good thoughts and prayers for you and your little one.

Anonymous said...

Oh please please please Anna, post a picture of your precious new baby girl when she arrives. Maybe a family of three picture too? I don't believe I've ever seen your husband. :) From, a faithful reader

Otter Mom said...

Pregnancy is such a special time, and I can tell you are enjoying it. Your life is about to change and it will be so special. Parenthood is the most enriching, wonderful experience. Your feet are still there, even if you can't see them!

I understand what you mean about not being sure regarding posting the baby's picture. By choice & circumstances (I've been stalked and he's still out there somewhere), I don't use any actual names or address and I never post pictures. I know I'm paranoid about it, but there are some people out there that have bad thoughts and I think that ensuring the safety of our family is very important.

Susan B said...

Anna,
So glad to hear that you and your precious little one are progressing well! It is hard to wrap your mind around having the baby while you are still pregnant, it seems so unreal until you actually hold her in your arms!

Mrs. Anna T said...

It's true, I don't publish pictures of my husband because he doesn't feel comfortable about it. I have hundreds of subscribers and only maybe 30-40 people who comment somewhat regularly. I know most of the people who "lurk" around here are perfectly safe, but I also receive very hateful anonymous comments now and then - personally hateful, especially about us living in Israel. Thus, we are still pondering the pictures issue.

TheRetroHousewife said...

I remember that surreal feeling. I would pre wash these little itty bitty newborn clothes and just couldnt fathom that soon there would be someone in the house to wear them!

luci said...

As a lurker (who has left a few messages before, & who has been richly blessed by your writings!!): perhaps we could email you in advance? (so you can get "vet" us & know that we're ok? I would be more than happy to do whatever necessary to make you feel comfortable!) I know that this could be a burden & would never want to be an inconvenience for you, but perhaps emailing a few pictures to people you know &/or are familiar with would be safer than posting them online?


Praying for your family during this joyous time!!

~~~Luci

Anonymous said...

I in no way mean this to be negative, but just know that it is normal to be scared as it comes time to give birth. I think it's just the fear of the unknown. And to be honest, while I loved my baby right from the start, I wasn't sure what to do with her at first and it did take some time to adjust to life with her. Now I can't imagine my life without her!! I know some of these blogs protray motherhood as this wonderful thing...and it is some of the time. But it is also a lot of hard work and frustrating and exhausting.

Anyway, you may experience some of that or none of that. But just hang in there, it will be okay!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Luci, I'm always happy to accept emails from new friends. It's an entirely different matter from posting online... anyway, as I said, we still need to think about our general "picture policy" on the blog.

Anon, I understand what you mean. I do have some apprehension, both of the birth itself, and even more than that, how we're going to be as parents.

This morning, I said to my husband, "isn't it difficult to imagine how it's going to be?"; he replied, "not at all. Breastfeeding, poo, pee, sleep". :o))

But of course, there's a reason God blesses *us* with this baby. She's ours, and I believe He will give us the strength to care for her.

PandaBean said...

My first pregnancy was a breeze, but I was absolutely drained afterward. My second pregnancy was miserable toward the end, but afterward I felt wonderful!

My best advice for new moms, awaiting the birth of their little one, is to always be willing to change your mind. I tried to deliver naturally both times, but the pain got too much for me. I did last longer the second time, tho!
Again, I tried nursing both of them, but only lasted 2 weeks the first time and made it 4 weeks the second time, and I learned more valuable information each time, so now if the Lord decides to bless us again, depending on timing, I just might be successful! If you find yourself running into any sort of difficulty, get help right away; the window to get your supply properly established, without a ton of extra work and stress, is amazingly small.

God Bless!
PandaBean

Gothelittle Rose said...

That waddle is created by a couple of factors. One is that the hips are loosened so that the bones are actually capable of separating.

The other is that the human female, and no other species in the WORLD, has a special wedged-shaped notch in one of her lower vertebrae that allows her to, in pregnancy, bend her back to an 'unreal' extent to shift her center of balance and remain upright.

I'll be at 21 weeks tomorrow, and I'm already getting that back bend a wee bit. :) Then again, I also carry front and low.

The waddle vanishes immediately upon birth, along with all pregnancy symptoms, including labor pains, everything pfffft. It's pretty amazing. :) (Though it'll take a bit longer for the hips to realign and the stomach to recede. ^.^ No big, you won't be much into going anywhere anyways. ^.^)

Julia said...

I know exactly what you mean about not really being able to fully comprehend that there's really going to be a baby in two months. I remember when I saw my oldest child for the first time. I said like I was utterly surprised, "It's a baby!"

I had a blogger blog, but switched to wordpress so I could password restrict individual posts while leaving others available to the public. I password protect all my picture posts. Wordpress will automatically convert your old blog to their format, so it's really easy.

Stephanie said...

I can feel your excitement and anticipation in your posts. I'm glad that you have been blessed with a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby!

I always call my boys my "babies"... but they just turned 6 and 7! Seeing your anticipation and realizing that it feels like a long time ago for me since I've felt that made me realize how fast kids grow up.

So, cherish every moment!! (I'm sure you've been told that before, but that's ok!)

lady jane said...

It's such a joy following your road to motherhood, Anna. Bless you as you walk this lovely path, preparing to care for such a miraculous gift.

((( tender embrace )))