Half way there!!! Well, almost!
Whoot whoot! We are "officially" at the half way mark for baby!!!! TWENTY weeks! Ok, who am I fooling? Give me another week and a half and then I can say that I am half way there. Seeing as I always go 42 1/2 - 43 weeks, I should just be honest with myself! But it is still a "milestone" of sorts. Tomorrow is our ultra sound and I am sooooo excited to see baby!!! Sorry folks, we will NOT be cheating!!! We enjoy getting surprised at the birth as to the gender of little one!!! This seems foreign to most, I know. And many say, "well, you must have everything you need for either gender" and they are right. But you know, we didn't find out with our first children either. Was it an inconvenience? NO! People showered us with gender appropriate gifts at the hospital and the days to follow so no child ever went home in their birthday suit!!! ;-) I love the joy of my husband telling me, "It's a......" after many hours of hard labor and the delivery of baby. It's a wonderful reward for all the hard work. And it is amazing at how excited the nursing staff is when they find out that you don't already know the gender of your baby! It just makes it fun. Yes, it is tempting because of baby sales and such and just wanting to know who this person is, but it is worth the wait. So..... in about 22 1/2 - 23 weeks, we will meet this little person. Official due date: August 16.......actually going to be here: September 1-6. Does this ever bother me? YES!!!! I am very impatient and always hopeful that "maybe this one" will be born close to it's due date!!! I am always hoping from the 2 weeks before due date until the actual day of birth. You would think that I would learn to be patient, but, when you are very uncomfortable and can't sleep, you would grow weary of being "late" too. My husband has asked me why I torture myself, why don't I just tell people I am due the first week of September? My answer is very easy. People expect you to be fully engaged with life until you are around 2 weeks before your due date, they then give you allowance for being tired and don't expect as much out of you. Well, I am just as tired as any other mommy 2 weeks before my due date, and it just gets worse each day and I want FULL credit for each day OVER my due date as I can get!!! Lol! Just a quick side note for all who are wondering, NO we do NOT miscalculate our due date, we really do go over each time!!! 40 weeks is a curving scale, some women go 37 weeks every time, the average woman goes 40 weeks, and yet others go 42 or 43 weeks every time. This is more rare, due to induction but it still happens......such as in my case. They always want to induce me, but if my body isn't ready, then they can pump me with the highest dose of pitocin they dare and I will barely have a twinge!!! So, rather than wear me out, we wait and do all of the lovely non-stress tests and ultra sounds that the doctor orders. Each of my children has a day appointed unto them to be born by God himself, and I need to be content with it. By God's grace, each child has been born healthy with no effects from being "late". And I don't even give birth to 10+ pounders!! ;-)