Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ready. Or Not.

People keep asking me lately if I'm "ready."

The go-bag is packed, the nursery furniture is in place (except decorations--those can wait. Everyone knows the baby doesn't care anyway...), the car seat base is installed, finals are DONE, Christmas presents are wrapped and shipped, I have six meals in the freezer, and Isaac asks me every day if I'm in labor yet.

38.5 weeks. For those that missed this on FB
Um, yes, those are pajama pants...

But are we READY? I'm...ready to be done with pregnancy, even though I've enjoyed it overall. (I also enjoy sitting on the couch with a pillow behind my back and my feet up. Delicious. Why did I used to like exercising so much?). I think being pregnant is the most fulfilling and miraculous thing I've ever done with my life. Also, I am convinced the whole "I didn't know I was pregnant" thing is a quack. A foot in your ribs is NOT indigestion.

I've also had plenty of distractions:

A baby shower

These amazing people (and some others not in the picture) threw me a shower after knowing me only a few months.
Bless them.

A lovely visit from Isaac's younger brother & his wife and baby boy
We definitely forgot to take pictures with them.
Because that's the way I roll.

And, of course, school, which I have loved. I can tell you how to manually assess for meningitis, kidney stones, appendicitis, tennis elbow, and a torn ACL. I can also tell you about most of the things that can go wrong in childbirth that I'm currently worrying about, and about 60 diseases I'd prefer that our child not have. These things may or may not keep me up at night.

But are we READY?

I don't think that's possible. But we are so excited and so happy to have this chance.

I guess we'll wing it when she gets here.


  1. I don't think you can ever be READY to have a baby. You just don't know what to expect until it happens to you. But, I'm sure that you guys are well prepared. You'll be excellent parents. I'm ready for you to have that baby though!

  2. You look so cute! I did freezer meals too! People thought I was way nuts, but it is seriously so awesome. I hope you do your labor story. I love reading labor stories. :) Good luck with labor and delivery.

  3. I can't wait, seriously! I am soo excited to meet her!!

  4. Woo hoo! Excited for the details! My advice for labor? Throw any plans you have out the window..I'm 2/2 with things not going how I had invisioned. But however it goes (smooth or not so) you'll be so happy to meet her it won't matter anyways! Good'll be an awesome mommy!

  5. You expressed my thoughts exactly! How can we know if we are "ready" when it is something we have never experienced before? Let me know how winging it works for you guys. We will be doing the same. =) Good luck!

  6. I am so excited and thrilled for you! I can't wait to see her! Great job on the freezer meals - those are always wonderful! With #4 I broke my arm a few weeks before she was due and so a friend brought me a bunch of extra freezer meals in case I didn't have enough. I thought it was kind of funny (since I broke my paralysed arm, so it wasn't much of a difference) but I had meals for months - LIFESAVER!!!
    Is your Momma headed out when it all goes down? You will be in my thoughts and prayers that everything goes smoothly! You two are going to be awesome parents! Love you Cam!

  7. You guys are going to be awesome parents! Especially because I just want to share this comment that Isaac left on our blog several years ago in reference to Lily talking in her bed all night long: "Just get her a child muzzle. I sense an untapped market." I knew then that he was born to be a father :) But truthfully, this little Mary gal is so blessed to have you guys for her parents. I can't wait to meet her!

  8. I showed this pic of you to Derek and he just laughed and laughed. He said, "So, you were that size when you were like 20 weeks pregnant!" I wish I had looked that good! But, looks is not FEEL. I know it feels awful, but I always tried to tell myself in that time how much I always wanted to be pregnant. It'll be over soon!