37 Weeks…WHAT?!

So I am officially 37 weeks along.  This little girl could literally make her appearance any day now (though I’m kind of hoping she hangs out a bit longer).

Her room is all set up and ready for her (minus her “name art”, which I’m planning to finish in the next few days- it’s almost done, I PROMISE!).  We have clothes and burp cloths and bottles and a car seat and everything else we could need to get her settled in at home.

The only thing that’s weighing on my mind still is… Ian.  Not concern over how he’ll react; I’m sure he’ll be fine.  But what to actually DO with the toddler monster when this baby girl decides she’s ready to get the show started.  With no family nearby (10 hour drive), no regular babysitter (seriously, we have never used a babysitter before), and our close friends/coworkers (who I’m sure would be more than happy to watch Ian) being 45 minutes in the WRONG direction, I’m starting to get just a tad nervous about the uncertainty of this whole birth thing.  So, I’ve been soliciting babysitter recommendations and looking up drop in daycare and even debated looking into care.com to find a reliable on-call nanny.  I’m sure we’ll figure SOMETHING out, but since I don’t have a plan in place just yet, I’m really not too anxious for this baby to get here before May 9…

Here’s a recap of my pregnancy experience/feelings over the last few weeks:
– Still getting occassional heartburn, though my Pepcid AC and my diy Young Living Essential Oil rub (which I shared in this previous post) have both been saving my bacon!
– Having issues sleeping at night… getting comfortable seems to be the main problem.  Normally, once I’m asleep, I’m good- it’s just getting to sleep that is tricky.  Again, my Young Living Lavender Oil seems to be helping with this…when I don’t apply a drop to my wrists and inhale before bed, I really notice a difference.
– I feel like I live in the bathroom.  Seriously, this kid must be snuggling up close with my bladder. No real remedy for that other than to continue to make bathroom trips…
– Lower back pain comes and goes.  Sometimes my back is fine, other times it feels like I need to be stretched and massaged and pulled to get my back to feel better.  I’ve been rubbing some of my Young Living Joy Oil on my lower back, though I’m not sure if that’s really made a huge difference.  I also mixed up an ache oil with Young Living PanAway and Valor oil, but I haven’t had a chance to really use that yet.  So, in the meantime, I’m just dealing.

Other than that, this baby girl is still kicking and moving like crazy, and I continue to feel as if I’m growing exponentially.  But considering all the problems I could be experiencing, I’m counting my blessings and am very thankful that (on the whole) this has been another easy pregnancy.  And, in 3-ish weeks it will all be over (which is surprisingly bittersweet), so there’s always that to keep things in perspective.  Oh gosh, we are excited, anxious, nervous….we’ll be seeing you soon, baby girl!

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