Well. Here we are. The due date that I never thought I would make it to. I am really trying to be positive so I will start with a few good things about making it to your due date (then we will get to the funny stuff):
*I really feel surrounded by lots of prayers and encouragement from friends and family.
*The Lord is FOR SURE refining me and teaching me patience, to trust Him and His timing, and to put my circumstances in perspective in light of eternity and what really matters.
*Easter came at a good time to remind me that my time of "suffering" is nothing compared to what Christ endured on the cross and has made me even more thankful for the freedom and salvation I have through Him.
*My schedule is completely open so I have more free time than normal and have been able to get lots of little projects done.
*I have been reminded of what an amazing husband that I have. He has worked so hard to keep up with his own responsibilities and still deal with the extra work of helping more with housework, chasing around Haven, and dealing with my crazy emotions!
*A little extra family time. Again with having less on the schedule as well as having given over some of our responsibilities at church (Adam is taking a short break from running sound and I am taking a break from overseeing the nursery) we have been able to have a lot more family time!
*I have really cherished every moment that I have with Haven and tried to do some special things with her. It will be great for her to be a big sister but I am sure the transition will not come with out some hard moments.
*Finally, I have soooo much to look forward to! After the scary labor and delivery part, that is! :) I keep looking forward to meeting my son, to having a few days in the hospital with my husband right by my side, and to having a week at home together as a family.
Now to share a little bit of the more "interesting" side of making it to your due date. People seriously say funny and weird things. Sometimes I just want to look at people and say, "Really?"
*I have done a lot of "mall walking" lately in hopes of helping move things along. Obviously not working out so well for me. I might take the "sit on your butt and do nothing" approach this week. Ha! Anyway, it is very interesting the looks you get. What's even more fun is when you mall walk with your friend who is also 9 months pregnant. We got a lot of sympathy smiles, wide eyes, and interesting stares. The same friend also shared that she had been walking in the mall with her husband a few days before she delivered (yes, she already had her baby despite being due 2 weeks after me...) and someone seriously started quacking at her. OMG!
*Not only do you deal with the stares but the random stranger comments are funny too. People think they are discreet but I have heard it all. I love when you walk through Culvers and see someone look at her husband and say "basketball!" I mean, I know that COULD be taken sort of as a compliment BUT seriously stop analyzing my body and AT LEAST wait til I can't hear you! I've also heard "about to pop," "due any day," not to mention the occasional "OH!" when someone looks down at my belly apparently after not initially realizing that I was pregnant.
*My brother-in-law innocently and seriously asked me "So, like, how much do you weigh now?" HAHAHA
*So, I tried to dress up nice for Easter service at my parents church and wore a dress and leggings. It must have been a bad choice b/c someone looked me up and down and said, "WOAH!" I replied by saying, "Hey! Be nice!" And she then responded by saying, "Seriously, WOAH!"
*Someone said that I better bring a pee pad when I come to their house for in case my water breaks. Like I don't already feel like a freak show walking around. Now I need to take a "pee pad" everywhere I go!
*Another person recently asked me when I was due. I said, "2 days." He said, "Oh my. Then I won't touch you!"
What? Do I have some sort of disease?
*Of course you get the "You're still here?" or "Why are you here" all the time. Do you think I know why I am here? Obviously my choice would be to NOT be here.
Feel free to share your funny experiences!