Well folks, Baby B is officially overdue. I had no expectations of her being part of the 5% that are actually born on their due date. Now it’s the waiting game though which is coupled with the constant barrage of well-meaning texts and phone calls.
Some of the questions I’ve been asked recently are things like, “Are you going to get a membrane sweep” (yeah… nope) and “What’s your birth plan?” (um, to have a baby?) and “I bet you just want to get induced already, huh?” (No, not really. It sounds kind of crap if you ask me and I’d like to avoid that).
The idea of having a birth plan, when I’ve never given birth to a baby before seems a bit foreign to me. I’m one of those people who has a tendency to over plan, and then am disappointed when things fall from grace. So I decided early on that I wasn’t going to have many preconceived notions about labour and delivery were ‘supposed’ to be. Instead, I am keeping an open mind and going in with the thought that mine and baby’s health are most important and how she arrives in this world isn’t.
Similarly, I feel this way regarding the concept of breastfeeding. There is so much stigma and guilt surrounding the subject and as far as I am concerned a fed baby is best. Do I plan on breastfeeding? Yes, I plan on trying my best, but not at the expense of sending myself down the rabbit hole of despair if I can’t though.
In other news, baby is feeling significantly lower in the last week, which has me doing a hilarious March of the Penguins style waddle. The pelvic pressure is real folks, and sleeping soundly at night is long a thing of the past. Speaking of sleeping – being 40 weeks pregnant basically feels like you have a hot water bottle with you at all times. I’m still sleeping sans covers, with the window cracked in November and the poor Mr. is being such a champ about it.
Finally, something I will brag about (and probably shouldn’t because I bet I’ve just jinxed myself!) is that I have made it full term pregnant without a single stretch mark! Taking the advice of the amazing Caroline Hirons, I’ve been lubing the bump for months with Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil* and the proof is in the pudding! Stretch marks can be a bit hereditary, but I am no stranger to them from my teen years. I fully expected some and perhaps they will still show up – but I made it 9.5 months without any, and that’s something I can slow clap for. My plan is to use it well past my pregnancy as it sinks in nice and fast and leaves the skin hydrated for HOURS.
Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil
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