Still here! Another strange night of feeling fine, waking up at 3am, realizing I’m wide awake, eating a peanut butter sandwich at 4am, showing my belly the bright, almost full moon at 5am, then snoozing until 6am. Though I describe that as a poor night of sleep, I can’t help but giggle how much I’ll be begging for a night like that in a week. Ah, perspective.
The good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have 24 hours left to go into labor on my own, then we are headed to the hospital to give baby girl a little nudge. Ok, more like hand her an eviction notice.
Today will be a full day of the chiropractor, lots of walking, ball bouncing, pineapple, begging for the barometric pressure to drop early and possibly a jar of jalapenos for lunch. All our parents will be here by tonight, too, which is pretty exciting. It’s almost like this having a baby thing is real! I’m ready.
So, for sake of passing the time, I figured I’d jot down a few last minute thoughts and sprinkle them with pictures from pictures David took on my due date. Though now I can’t fathom not having a giant belly, I know as soon as she is here, the memory of what my pregnant belly looks and feels like disappears.
And now, some final thoughts on…
Induction: I’m realizing this is a touchy subject, but as David says, you have to draw a line somewhere. For us, this pregnancy, a week overdue is sufficient. I’m choosing to focus on the positive and am happy that I’m a much better candidate for induction this time than when I was induced with Hailey at 10 days past due. Last time my body really hadn’t started doing anything on its own which meant we had to go in the night before. This time, my body seems much more ready and the doctor and my doctor friends assure me that this means an easier induction if it comes to that.
Weight gain/Weight loss: As of yesterday I have gained 30 pounds, which is right where I was with Hailey. It still amazes me that the number doesn’t phase me. I’m a firm believer that by following mostly healthy habits of eating sensibly and staying active, the body will gain what it needs to. For some, it’s 15 pounds and for others it may be 50.
I do look forward to losing the weight and I don’t think it’s a bad thing to say out loud. I won’t be doing anything drastic, just eating good food and exercising again when I feel it’s possible. Pregnancy has made me realize just how GOOD it feels to be in good shape.
Looking forward to: WINE! More wardrobe options, exercise, eventual date nights, outtings (baseball games, boating!), energy (hopefully…), raw sushi, the return of my love of cooking, feeling more like ME again
The sleeplessness ahead: AH! Here goes nothing! I’m a lady who really enjoys her sleep, so this is a challenging facet of parenthood to me. But, we’ve done it before and like anything, you just do it. Hailey was a good sleeper so I’m crossing my fingers we get lucky again. If not, I know everything is a phase and eventually we will sleep again.
Blogging: I’ve prewritten 0 posts. I have 2 possible guest posts. Maybe that seems unprepared, but what I enjoy about blogging is the real-time factor of it all. I hope to get back to it soon after she is born because it is such a personally fulfilling outlet for me. The posts will probably be more baby-focused for a little while and possibly incoherent (all depending on that sleep thing!), but I’ll be blogging in some form and fashion.
On baby girl being posterior (sunny-side up): It is what it is! I’ve realized there is no sense in blaming myself (did I lean back on the couch too much? Was my posture off?) and she’s pretty comfy staying in that position. Hailey came out sunny side up so hopefully I can do it again!
Koda: My heart aches a little knowing she’s going to be getting even less attention then she already does. I keep telling her that I’ll get back to running as soon as I can!
Breastfeeding: I’m a bit reluctant to get started knowing the issues I had with oversupply and engorgement last time, but I keep reminding myself that after those first couple of weeks, it really does get easier. I’m nervous about soreness and beat up nipples, but if baby girl comes out a good eater, I’ll be so grateful!
Becoming a family of four: I’m ready. I don’t have a clue what it’s going to look like or feel like yet and I’m embracing and loving the fact that I don’t. You can’t ever be ready for such a big life change and so I’m just going to ride it out and see what happens. I’m excited for the burst of expanded love that I can’t even fathom yet. I’m excited to watch Hailey become a big sister and to watch David fall in love with another one of his girls. I can’t wait to hold her and look into her eyes. I’m praying for a healthy baby and a healthy delivery. The rest is just details. I’m riding high on pure excitement!
This will be my last pre-baby post, but I’m sure I’ll be posting updates to instagram, facebook and twitter until I get back on the computer for an official announcement.
Thanks so much for being so supportive and kind through this journey and BEST OF LUCK to all you other awesome mommas to be and new moms!
Catch ya on the flip side!
Best of luck, I’ll be watching for an announcement 🙂
(1) You look gorgeous
(2) I can’t believe there is a full grown baby just chillin inside of you right now.
Good luck girl!! I’ll be thinking of you and can’t wait to see that little nugget!! xoxo
You look so pretty! Praying for a healthy delivery!!!
Good luck!! Can’t wait to hear the news of sweet baby girl’s arrival! Hang in there! And seriously try to rest because that will be non existent with baby #2 – yawn…
It’s going to be great! Everything always goes how it needs to 🙂 we’re six months in to this family of four (daughter is over two and son is six months) and one of the best things in the world is seeing the older sibling love on the younger one 🙂 I can’t wait to hear the news!!
Heather @fitncookies says
I love all of these pictures! Good luck with labor and delivery! I can’t wait to see your baby girl.
Parita @ myinnershakti says
Good luck! And an early congratulations to you and and your family! Can’t wait to read about everything. 🙂
Jaclyn @ BumpSweat says
Can’t wait to see your next post! 🙂 When in your pregnancy did you start seeing a chiropractor and why? I’ve heard good things about regular chiropractic care during these 9 months.
You look great, I’m so happy for you. I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant with our first baby (a girl as well) and anxiously awaiting the chance to meet her. Good luck today and tomorrow, can’t wait to learn the name you chose!!! 🙂
I’m so happy for you! I can’t wait to see y’all’s new baby girl! I am praying for a healthy baby and delivery!
Best of luck to you! I can’t wait to hear about baby girls arrival! I found that everything was so much easier the second time around, hopefully you will feel the same.
You look awesome! I totally have that maternity shirt from Callan and still wear it occasionally. Haha. So excited to see news of her birth! Let me know if you need anything!
Best of luck and in advance Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your next post.
I am so excited for you! I will miss your daily posts, but I know you are so excited to finally meet baby girl. I will be watching for pictures on your IG. Love and prayers for a safe and swift delivery. XO, Marjorie
This blog has quickly become my new favorite blog 🙂 prayers for a safe delivery!
Good luck and Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to read the birth story!
One your greatest posts yet. You can feel your excitement! You’re a very lucky woman! Best wishes with this next chapter for your family.
Good luck on everything!! Can’t wait to see your announcement.
Wishing you the very best!
Wishing you the best!! Such an exciting time and I can see you are embracing it. So nice the whole family will be there too. Life is Good!!
Good luck! I can’t wait to ‘meet’ your baby girl! I’m sure she’ll be gorgeous like her mom and sister. Hope you have a safe and healthy delivery!
Best of luck to you! xo
Go Brittany, go! Hoping for a healthy delivery! And I share pretty much all your feelings on the postpartum perks like my regular clothes (ready to burn all my maternity jeans) and just feeling more like me! And hopefully my like of cooking will return too!
I hear the second induction goes way quicker the second time around – I read a few ‘reports’ on the internet and one was done in like 3 hours; a friend close by had hers done in 5 (which both first time around were more like 10+). So there is that!!
Good luck!! I know it’ll be great!
Katie Harding says
Good Luck with Everything! You are going to do great and before you know it you will have a new baby girl at home, can’t wait to see pics!
Re: posterior baby. There are 4 different pelvic shapes and not all of them can physically accommodate a posterior baby. You’ve already done it once before so you know it’s possible – that’s half the battle! Your best bet for labor and delivery will likely be lots of hands and knees (also, kneeling leaning over a birth ball or the back of the hospital bed, that sort of thing). Should be most comfortable for you and help to work with baby’s position or possibly even encourage rotation into a more favorable position.
Best of luck with bringing your little one earthside!
John J. says
Wonderful pics of a beautiful woman about to give birth, having a wonderful spirit about her! See you tomorrow and looking forward to welcoming baby girl Dixon into our loving family.
Soooo excited for you!
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
Sooo excited for you! Love these pictures too! Koda is such a sweetie girl. I love the one with your arms spread out and her with her back to you looking out at the lake — too cute!
Hilary @ PeanutButterSpoonfuls says
So exciting!! Hope all goes well tomorrow! I was induced with both of mine as well. The first time took 12 hours and the second only took 4 hours. Those second babies really do come more quickly!
Marnie @ SuperSmartMama says
Love your attitude towards induction. I had to be induced and my experience wasn’t all that bad. Can’t wait to meet your newest baby girl!
Briana Lucas says
Good Luck, Can’t wait to read the post about “She’s here!” So funny you say that about breasfeeding. I, too, am pregnant with my second child. I had huge problems the first time around with supply. I barely had anything. I’ve been reading like crazy for this go -around and hope to have oversupply! Too bad we can’t trade a little of my issue with you a little of your issue 🙂
So excited for your family!
These photos of you are GORGEOUS by the way – they look straight up out of a magazine!
Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy says
So excited for you! Almost wine time 😉
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries says
Gorgeous photos! You are beautiful! Loving your thoughts too. I think you have a great mentality and attitude about it all! We’ll be thinking of you these next few days! xoxo
Best of luck Brittany! Can’t wait to see some pics & hear all the details. 🙂
Danica @ It's Progression says
First of all, you look so beautiful!!
And second, I can’t wait to hear when baby girl is here! I hope everything goes well – healthy baby, healthy mama – and that you just soak it all in <3
Kristen @ The Concrete Runner says
I LOVE your attitude about your family expanding! I still feel like I’m trying to figure out how to deal with having one – I can’t even fathom the thought of another! I will be checking my Twitter and Instagram constantly, looking for an update! (Which is actually what I was doing – stalking your twitter – to find this post. I thought it was going to be a “MY WATER BROKE” post. Darn.) Good luck on your induction – I can’t wait to virtually meet her!
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says
Praying for a smooth, healthy delivery for you!! And I’m with you on the excitement and adventure of being a family of four- I can’t quite wrap my head around what that’s going to look like, but I’m looking forward to it!
Kaitlyn (Keeping up with Kaitlyn) says
OH I’m SO excited for you!!
Wishing you and baby girl Dixon a safe delivery!! I have followed your blog since the beginning and I just love how relatable and honest you are. We will all be waiting for your return and don’t mind the baby loaded posts! Thanks for being my favorite blogger!!! 🙂
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables says
I’m so excited for you!! I PRAY this pineapple works! Let me know if I can help you out in any way while you rest and enjoy new baby snuggles! xoxo
Yay!!!! I know I’ve told you this a dozen times before but again I LOVE your blog!! Love it! I haven’t been commenting enough lately b/c I’m on leave with our now 6 week old BOY (time. has. flown.). I am so very happy for you and your family! You are such a great resource and inspiration to us rookies! Thank you! I went to 41weeks 5days and did boot camp until the end…have I been since? NO! Sleep deprivation is no joke! I’ll be sending positive and happy thoughts your way!!!! Big hug from Seattle Brittany!!!!!!!!! Yayyyyyy!!! Come on baby Dixon!!!! I can’t wait to read all about it and find out her name!
Good luck tonight! I’ve been thinking about you and hopefully next time we hear from you it will be to share pics of your new little one!
Mrs FF says
Good luck with everything. I thought of you when I saw the full moon last night in this part of the world. Can’t wait to read your birth story and how everything went. Will be stalking you on IG for news.
Oops, a good reminder I need to write my birth story before it all becomes a blur
Lisa O says
Go Brittany!!!! Wishing you all the good health and love in the world. Your post brought tears to my eyes it was so sweet, filled with joy and excitement. Hope I feel the same way in 3 months time. Can’t wait for the big news xx
Best of luck with the new arrival!!
Annette@ FitnessPerks says
Best of luck!!! <3
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