Apr 26, 2015

It's time

So here we are. Almost 41 weeks pregnant. As excited as Ben and I have been about this journey I don't know that either of us pictured getting this far!

I am being induced tonight/into tomorrow - my doctors won't let me go past 41 weeks because of health risks and while being induced wouldn't have been my first choice as to how to have this baby, we trust our doctors and each other, and that's how it's happening.

Being overdue can be really, really, frustrating and emotional. People check in which is sweet, but also a little stifling when you spend your day uttering the phrases, yes I'm still pregnant, no I haven't had the baby yet, over and over again. People say things they think are funny, except they're not (I've only heard that joke from ten other people in the past hour), and suggest "try spicy food," or "go walk," because they've heard those things help. (Again, that might be true but I'm almost 41 weeks pregnant - we've tried everything and obviously it's not doing a lot of good).

The other day I was thinking about how I have such a flexible birth plan (as in, my plan is to roll with it), but being induced was never a part of that. Then I laughed because when has anything Ben and I have tried to plan for starting a family gone the way we hoped. I mean...really!

But...it's time. In the next day or so, we will be meeting our son. And yes, I may have just cried a little typing that.

I'm nervous for the unknown of labor, and the potential pain that's headed my way, but I know it's a means to an end and I want that ending - that healthy baby boy - so badly, and I'm a warrior - I can do this.

I will do a quick post once Lemon is here, but I wanted to take a minute to say thank you. Some of you have been reading this blog for a few weeks, and others have been here since the beginning - either way, thank you.

The journey has been almost five years in the making, and you all have been the most incredible cheerleaders. 

Thank you for your comments, your emails, and all the love and encouragement you've sent our way in various forms. This next part (motherhood - woah!) I know will be challenging, but there have been so many times I never thought we'd get here.

But we're here.

It's finally time.


Nicole said...

YAY! So exciting!!!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Eeks, I am so excited for you guys! You ARE a warrior and you are going to do great tonight/tomorrow! And your reward at the end will be so worth all of the pain!

When I got to church last night, I said some extra prayers about you guys. And then I thought back on how long I've been praying for this outcome. I thought about lighting a candle at the Notre Dame, and how I dedicated a mile to you guys during the Des Moines marathon in 2012. So many of us have wished, hoped, and prayed for this dream to come true and I am so glad that our prayers were answered! I can't wait to meet Lemon!!!!

Stephany said...

I always wonder about those "tricks" for inducing labor. Do they REALLY work? Or is it just... the baby was ready no matter what and that's just what they were doing or did right beforehand? Obviously, I am no expert, but makes me wonder! ;)

I am over-the-moon thrilled for you guys. I know induction wasn't in your plans, but I can't believe LEMON WILL BE HERE soon! You will be holding your son! I am getting teary just thinking about it; thinking what a long journey this has been for the two of you and it culiminates in this happy ending. Hugs, hugs, hugs! I hope everything goes smoothly and I will be thinking about/praying for you guys and baby Lemon!

Unknown said...

So excited and happy for you! I can't wait to see pics and hear all about Lemon! :)

Amy said...

The average first time mom goes into labor at 41 weeks 1 day so put any thought of your body not doing what it's supposed to out of your head. We just live in a country that's impatient! :) your body is working perfectly and will work perfectly to bring your rainbow healthy and perfect into the world. Many prayers and wishes for a safe and fast delivery!

Emily Ward said...

We're praying for a healthy and smooth labor and delivery!

Amber said...

Been thinking of you guys NON STOP today. So excited and happy for you! Lemon is one lucky little guy to have the two of you as parents!

Katelin said...

Eeee so so excited for you guys! Thinking all sorts of wonderful thoughts and cannot wait for Lemon to make his arrival.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

So, I'm obviously backing into this post, since I already know about the GORGEOUS little Parker David (squeezeable!). But, I showed a photo of him to Sweets, who proceeded to ask me if you were induced. And I had no freaking idea. Then, I stumble upon this blog post and now I know. I'll have to update him tonight. ha.

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