I've officially reached the point of pregnancy where I just feel "done." I seem to have a tendency to forget how uncomfortable the tail end can be. I'm very grateful for this pregnancy and wouldn't want it any other way. With that said, I'm ready for Daniel to be on the outside. Well, I'm mostly ready. I don't really want a premie and I certainly don't want to be induced if not necessary. It would make the most sense if he came closer to due day because we'd wrap up our fall semester of homeschool and I wouldn't miss all the holiday fun either. It's just that the hip/back/rib pain and increase in nausea/indigestion/heartburn really don't help my patience level. So, I'm just reminding myself that five (to seven) weeks will likely come faster than not. God is good and when I'm weak, He is strong.
My last midwife appointment left me a tad anxious. I've gained two more pounds, had normal blood pressure and vitals BUT I'm measuring small. This is very typical of me and my pregnancies. Actually, it's happened in every single one. With Hannah, they concluded my placenta was giving out and I was induced the very next day. With Benjamin and Sophia, they were just positioned very low and curled up so I physically measured small. So part of me is not worried as I know I just have small babies. Then part of me is worried because I really don't want to have to be induced early. In the end, my goal is a healthy mama and a healthy baby so I'm truly okay with the Lord's will. It just may take a little soaking in.
The last two weekends, the kids took turns spending the night with my mom. Hannah enjoyed receiving her first "real" manicure, eating out, watching a movie, a new coloring book and pumpkin decorating. Benjamin enjoyed most of the same things as Hannah except he played pirates and knights with the fire-breathing (blow dryer toting) dragon of my mom. They both had fun times. Then this past week, my inlaws were here and as usual, they went over the top in blessing us with gifts and helping around the house. It's also fantastic to not have to cook the entire time. We also managed a field trip to the Louisville Science Center in which the kids loved.
Halloween was interesting. We decided to go to the mall for trick or treating since it was cold but by the time we got there, everyone was out of candy! So the next day, my mother-in-law bought enough chocolate and candy to feed a small army. Now we know to hit the mall earlier or stick to our own neighborhood.