So December 5 has come and gone, and baby Drake is still hanging out in my belly. Anxious barely begins to describe how Floyd and I are feeling in these final days, as we await the time he decides to make his debut. We have so many family and friends who are almost equally anxious—ready to meet our little man!
While I immensely look forward to mommy-hood, and all the joys it will bring, I am also greatly looking forward to the end of mom-to-be advice. There’s been no shortage of it through my pregnancy–which I’m sure many of you moms and other parents-to-be can relate to. And I’m not put off by it for the most part. I think their intentions are good, and I know the tips will keep coming long after Drake is born. And truly, I’m fine with that.
But in the past couple of days, so much of that attention has been centered around–”OK.. Here’s how you can have that baby!” And people proceed to tell you every old wive’s tale in the book: eat spicy foods, walk, have castor oil, be intimate with your partner, rub on pressure points between your fingers and on your ankles, YOU NAME IT! I will admit I’ve tried a few of these so-called remedies–primarily walking. The treadmill has become a new best friend every night. The time walking isn’t strictly aimed at hoping it will help induce labor, but it’s also nice “me time” and is calming and relaxing. Monday morning when I was having contractions, it also helped alleviate some of the physical pain I was experiencing. Unfortunately, the walking hasn’t helped spur the labor process along too much. God’s got a plan, and Drake will be born when the time is just right, regardless of when I or anyone else might *want it* to happen.
The good news is–I can still be optimistic. And a new countdown mode is underway. We’re officially scheduled for induction Monday if our little boy doesn’t decide he can do this ‘enter the world’ thing on his own by that point. And 12/12 would be a pretty cool birthday to have. So even if we have to endure a few more days of advice, and I’m pregnant a little longer than I’d like–I know it will all be WELL worthwhile to hold our little boy, love him like crazy, and teach him to love the Lord.
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This post was written by kmashek on December 6, 2011