So here we are. It’s Annabelle’s Due date and she doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo! While I’m definitely nervous about labor and delivery, and have wondered if I can do it a few times now, I’m just so anxious to meet her. Sometimes when I feel the kicks, a rush of emotion comes over me that I’m going to be a mom soon, and I’ll have a daughter. I thought I’d switch up the usual weekly summary today (and hopefully the last time I have to do this!) with a letter.
Today is your due date! That means, in a perfect world, you’d be born today! While I wish I could say with certainty that will happen, the truth is, I’m not sure you’re ever coming out! I definitely thought you’d be early, but mother’s intuition was wrong. I have loved carrying you in my belly for the last 40 weeks. Yes, there were hard times, and over the last few weeks I’ve become “over it” but that’s just because I want you on the outside instead of inside now. God blessed me with a great pregnancy, but now it’s time it comes to an end.
This week you’ve delivered more groin pain, back pain, sleepless nights, and early wake ups. I wouldn’t trade it, though, because that means you’re nice and healthy in there. I won’t lie, there have been a few times I’ve begged you to stop rolling around and kicking me so I could get to sleep! Just as soon as you do, though, I miss feeling those movements.
Your nursery is 100% finished, minus you. As much as daddy and I love you and will never want to let you go, we are planning to put you right in the crib to start sleeping. Things may change when I can’t stand the thought of being more than 5 feet away from you, but for now, that’s the plan. We think everyone will sleep better if we do this, and we won’t have to transition later to the crib.
I finished work last week and now have been eagerly counting down the days until I meet you. I’m hoping you come on your own, but if not, the most I have to wait is 10 days when they induce me. It still seems like forever to go! Grandpa had surgery this past week, but he’s home now and more than ready to hold his granddaughter in his arms! I think you should come now and get on his good side Just kidding, he doesn’t have a bad side!
I get calls and texts daily checking in to see if I’ve had you. You are one loved little girl already! You have many amazing people in your life and I can’t wait for you to meet them all. Your uncle Matt is dying to meet you, but you have just been on the stubborn side, and he hopes you don’t continue being stubborn after you’re born! I’ve tried everything this week to get you out! I’ve bounced endlessly on the exercise ball, walked for hours, eaten spicy food, drank the tea they tell you to drink. I’m just not sure what you’re waiting on! Part of me wonders if maybe I stop and am not active anymore if you will come since I’ve been active throughout pregnancy. You’re just expecting it!
Even your big brother, Benson, is eager to meet you. He’s been walking around the house aimlessly for days and has been such a cuddlebug. I think he knows his role of being the only child is coming to an end so he’s soaking it up. I have no doubt you two will be best buds. He may not like everyone, but I know he will love you! He already loves your nursery!
While you have been busy inside, I’ve been tired on the outside. I know that in a few days our lives will be turned upside down, and our nights will be spent waking up every few hours, but we can’t wait. We dream every night about what you look like, and how much we are going to love you. When daddy watches football, he pretends he’s holding you in his arms already! You’ll definitely be cheering on those Steelers and Penguins!
Alright little girl, time to get the memo. While I’ve loved having you all to myself the past 9+ months, I’m ready to share you with daddy and everyone else who loves you!