Are We There Yet?

I have a similar feeling to the one I used to get near the end of a school year.

You know the one; where summer is knocking on your door, beckoning you to come out and play and yet you still have to sit through tedious lessons that go in one ear, and out the other? Yeah, that’s kind of what the last few weeks of pregnancy are like.. Especially if you’re working until your due date.
I decided to play Super Woman and work until Nellie’s arrival. Not only did I feel confident that I would feel well and energetic enough to tackle such a task, but I also figured that the more time I get to spend with my newborn daughter after she’s born, the better. Why waste my precious 6-12 weeks (depending on finances) doing silly things like resting and nesting (isn’t that clever, I just thought of it)?
I’m starting to regret my decision, as the last few weeks have certainly caught up with me. My energy levels are at an all-time low, and I get tired to the point of almost falling asleep at my desk around 3:00 every single day. Walking is hard, sitting hurts, concentrating is almost impossible. I never, ever guessed that late pregnancy would take such a toll on me mentally and physically. I’m struggling to stay focused and train my coworkers to do my job in my absence. It’s like we’re racing; fighting and struggling to get all this information crammed into their brains before the little one gets here. Every day is a battle for me to keep my motivation to do at least a little work. Luckily my coworkers are all very understanding and accommodating. I know I haven’t been the easiest person to work around in the past 9 months, what with hormones and snappy mood swings. I am a very good employee, but the past few weeks I have been a very tired, worn-out and semi-mentally checked out one.
I’m ready for my break. I know that parenthood is by no means easy and I won’t get much more sleep than I’m already getting, but I anticipate spending time with our new baby girl isn’t going to feel much like work at all. Not only am I anxious to start a mini-work hiatus, but I’m also anxious to meet Nellie. Now that I am so tantalizingly close to The Big Day, I find myself almost mentally willing my body to go into labor. I casually mentioned to Josh the other night that sometimes, foot massages can trigger labor. He practically dragged me off the couch by my toes to get his hands on my feet. We’re both really excited and anxious for this girl to get here. We’ve been waiting for her for so long, now that the end is within our grasp, we have found ourselves outstretching our fingers and wiggling trying to grab it! Both Nellie and I have our hospital bags packed, the car seat is installed and her room is completely ready. All we need is her to arrive.
I, of course, want nothing more than for her to get here safely and soundly and if I have to wait a few more weeks for that to happen, so be it.
But I’m still going to try and get as many foot massages as I possibly can. You know. Just in case my body needs a little nudge.

Comments

  1. Christine says:

    Awww…you really summed it up! That feeling right before birth..spot on.I forgot how awesome those days were…yeah, you're exhausted and soooo ready..but the anticipation is so sweet! I'm really excited for you and I didn't care what anyone said…I didn't mind the sleepless nights and new schedule. I know I was so flippin' excited when my daughter was born, I didn't even care that she was colicky for months or that she woke up so much. I had a silly smile plastered on my face for about 2 years:) In every picture, I'm smiling.She'll be here before you know it, but it's really best to get those footrubs at least twice a day. It's good for mama:)

  2. I'm relieved to see a post from you, even though it wasn't the one I was hoping for! I thought for sure you went into labor and we were going to have a birth story for your next post!! I'm on pins and needles!!!

  3. Aww Congrats on your little girl! I also miscarried when we first started trying, and now my baby is due this June! So happy for you!

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  5. The last couple of weeks of pregnancy are tough. I was useless at work during that last month; my mind was always elsewhere and I just didn't want to do anything!It's a good idea to work up until the end, as difficult as it may be on you physically and mentally. Maternity leave goes by so quickly, and you'll want to spend every second of it with your new baby.Hang in there. Nellie will be here before you know it!

  6. It was at this point in my pregnancy that I said "screw you guys, I'm going home"…well, not literally… but I did park my happy pregnant butt on the couch because I just knew she was coming any day… And we all know how that turned out with Little Miss Ten Days Post Due :-)

  7. KarmaPearl says:

    @Lindsey Aw, I wish I were posting my birth story, LOL! It's so strange to be this close to giving birth. If I disappear off the 'net for a few days, I get like 4 texts from friends who are like "are you in labor?!" I guess I'm as much of an internet chatterbox as I am in real life, LOL!!! @Kathryn thanks for the congrats! I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage. It's so hard to lose a little one. Congratulations on your upcoming summer bundle of joy, though!

  8. Oh so CLOSE! How exciting! I am so excited for you guys. Thanks for giving me a small sneak peak at what I have to look forward to!

  9. Kimmygintx says:

    *HUGS* You're not the only one… I'm probably working up til Jessica is here as well- I'm not going to get paid at all for my maternity leave due to scome crappy circumstances another gig put me in. I'll stay off of that, though… Nellie will be here before you know it!

  10. Until I found this I thgohut I’d have to spend the day inside.

  11. VAE VICTIS …Sau poate ca omu’ citise tot ce s-a scris de la Seneca si Anaxagoras incoace si , normal, nu mai avea de ce sa traiasca…Si eu as face la fel daca as reusi o asemenea performanta…

  12. Olá Luca.Já não venho aqui há algum tempo e caramba quase que não reconhecia o sitio…Está muito melhor!!Os Inspectores são muita loucos lolPepi

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