With less than a month to go until the due date (Jan. 25th), I am starting to really stress about what is to come. A few nights ago, I went to bed and our house was a MESS. I couldn't fall asleep because I kept thinking, what if I went into labor tonight and someone had to come stay with Eli... and our house looked like this?? I would have been so embarrassed. Thankfully we were having Ben's cousin Jamie, husband Phil and his parents over for dinner the next day, so we spent the afternoon cleaning and getting ready for them to see our place. Now it's back to being just slightly messy :)
Though there is one exception to that - Ben started painting the baby's room on Saturday. The prep and first coat took all day, and then he did another coat on the walls last night. He still has the doors and trim left, so it will probably be another couple of days, but it will be fun to post the before and after pictures when he is finished! (the room was an awful, bright yellow before, and now it will be a light green) At the moment though, the baby's room is kind of a disaster area since everything is in the middle of the room and covered with plastic.
I have been busy trying to put together a book for Eli's first year. It has taken a long time to just go through one entire year of pictures and decide which ones to use... as you may guess, I take a LOT of pictures!! I think I've narrowed it down to using about 750 and am organizing them into a book through MyPublisher (an online book printing service). I had grand aspirations of putting his book together w/ fancier digital scrapbooking methods, but I've scaled back a little and am trying to be more realistic with my time.
Overall though, I can't complain too much - I feel fine most of the time. It's definitely harder to turn over in bed, bend down to pick things up, and carry Eli around. But this is all normal stuff for this stage in the pregnancy. I'm still staying up way too late, finishing up freelance projects, and trying to enjoy the last few weeks of one-on-one time with Eli.
I'm excited for the arrival of this baby but am really dreading the labor. I'm nervous about how attempting a VBAC will go. I had such a miserable experience recovering from the c-section that I'm just hoping this time isn't as bad. I had the emergency c-section the first time because Eli was posterior (facing up instead of down) and had fetal distress during labor - the combination of the two made it necessary to get him out quickly. I'm anxious about being away from Eli while I'm in the hospital, but am glad we have family close by and lots of great friends around to help.
Mostly though, I think I'm still in a tiny bit of denial that things are about to completely change! I don't think it will feel real until after the baby is here...