Lucky Number Seven
Today marks exactly one week from our due date. Seven days. One hundred and sixty-eight hours until Victor is "estimated" to arrive. I've found it funny that in many of the e-mails I've received and websites I've visited lately they all seem to drive home the concept of the "estimated due date" (EDD) - making sure that you know only 4% of women ever deliver on their due date. It's like they're all trying to tell me to "be patient!" Ha.
So many women I've talked to lately give me their stories of impatience during their pregnancies, and everyone has a "trick" that made their baby finally come. I've heard mineral oil, evening primrose oil, licorice, acupressure, acupuncture, raspberry leaf tea, sex, nipple stimulation, you name it, and I've heard it works. Of course I did go out and buy a pack of licorice yesterday to try something to move things along...but no dice. Perhaps I should just heed the advice of those websites and be patient.
I can't blame people for getting impatient at this point. It's hard to move around, impossible to sleep, difficult to sit still, and I think I chose the toughest part of the year to go through all of these physical changes. It's hot, I'm itchy, I'm puffy...But then again, would it be any easier if I were slipping on the ice every time I tried to walk around? I'll take heat over a constant fear of falling any day.
My best friend is making plans to come visit in August. She's in the process of starting up her own photography business, taking pictures of babies. She sent her portfolio the other day with pictures of some of the kids she nannies for - they were just amazing photos! She bonds so well with children and seems to have their trust and attention right off the bat - you can really see it in her photos. I'll try to get a hold of a few examples to post here so you can see what I'm talking about. I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures she takes of Victor when he's (and she's) here!
I'm really excited for all of the visitors making plans to come see us over the next month or so. Babies bring people together...and I'm really looking forward to it. Having my parents in town (they can't come often, as Mom is a teacher and is on a pretty set schedule during the year) as well as my brother and sister (and sister's husband) will be like a mini-reunion for the family! Billy and I haven't had our families together in the same city (or county, for that matter) since we were all in Hawaii for our wedding. I can't wait to see everyone reacting to Victor, and to watch him react to his family. I'm excited to see my mom with her first grandchild, and to see Billy's mom (who has lots of grandma experience with her 3 grandchildren (one is 18!)) leading my mom through it.
I know my sister is excited to meet the baby, too - and I'm excited to see her with him. She and her husband have decided not to have children of their own, but rather to spoil ours (which I am totally okay with!). My sister is a band teacher and phenomenal musician, and I'm excited to see and hear what she teaches him. Uncle Cody (my sister's husband) is a real outdoorsman, making tons of fishing and hunting trips around the Northwest throughout the year, and he is ready to teach little Vic how to cast a line and bring home his first deer. I'm just so thrilled to see what sorts of fun our whole family can help bring to Victor's life.On a completely different note, I just saw on the Today show that Hoda and Kathy Lee were talking about Nicole Kidman's weight-loss after having given birth 2 weeks ago. The story headline was "Kidman Bounces Back After Baby" and they showed a picture of Nicole Kidman coming out of a yoga class just days ago looking incredibly svelte, and they made note of her having given birth only two weeks ago saying, "That's amazing!" I'm going to volunteer my two-cents here and say, "That's not appropriate." Too often, we see celebrities and their "after-baby-bodies" just weeks after giving birth, red-carpet-ready. How many women actually lose weight that quickly after having their babies? I should rephrase that - how many REAL women lose weight that quickly after having their babies? These are not good goals for women to set for themselves, and it's unfortunate that society glamorizes it to the point where these unrealistic goals are even considered. Hmmph.
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