1. Share one good thing you're looking forward to.
I am beyond excited to meet this little man.
But. My doctor (who I see weekly, at this stage) keeps asking me how ready I am to have this baby, like she's expecting me to be tearing my hair out by now.
My strategy this time around is to just go with the flow. I made the mistake of trying to steer the river when I was pregnant with Lilah, or at the very least, of fretting and fussing about where the river was taking me.
Granted, I was more than a week overdue in the middle of a rare Vancouver heatwave and puffed up like a blowfish, but all of my futile flailing meant that I did not enjoy my last couple of weeks of solitude the way I now wish I had.
Now I see this time before baby comes as a precious gift. He will get here, and our joy will be the same whether he comes tomorrow or three weeks from now. But these are our last days as a family of three; Lilah's last days as an only child; my last paid vacation days. And I want to savour them.
I want to spend time with my girl. I want to sit in the rocker in the baby's room and daydream about what it will be like to hold him. I want to carefully pack and repack my hospital bag until it contains just the right combination of things to surround myself with during labour and things for after his arrival.
Just as Lilah did, this baby will come when he is good and ready. So for now, I will sit back, let nature take its course, and let the river take me where it will.
Don’t try to steer the river.