Baby in Belly – Ready!
I can’t express how ready I am for this baby to arrive. We have approximately 5 days until my Estimated Due Date.
We have had the flu in our house last week (Robbie) and now this week (me, Henry and Charlie). I need to recover quickly from this flu bug. I have never had sore tummy muscles from throwing up! I am feeling better today after lounging around and sleeping all day yesterday. It will take me a little time for the few extra loads of laundry, some disinfecting and getting caught up on sleep. I am thankful this bug arrived before the baby. The week Henry was born Jack, Robbie and Charlie got the flu at the same time and it was horrible.
Since the date of when it would be safe to have this baby at home has come and gone I have increased my activities. We have been taking long walks, hanging clothes on the line, working the garden and planting a few things. I am sweeping, mopping and believe it or not vacuuming more frequently than normal. I also helped Jack and the boys make firewood over the weekend.
I have been entertained lately by many comments from friends and strangers. Every time I go somewhere I can’t wait to hear what people will say as they see my big belly and know that I am getting close.
Last night when we went to vote one of the poll workers made a few comments… “another boy?” And then asked when my due date was. When I told her it was this coming Monday, she said “Thanks for coming to vote!” As if it was a big deal that I made it to the polls a week before my due date. Little did she know I was up all night puking my guts out and making sure two of my boys were puking in the toilet or a bucket.
There are more people in this world than I can count who seem to be more excited than I am for this baby to arrive. Charlie came home from school last week complaining that everyone at school keeps asking him, “Is there a baby yet?”
One friend reminded me that my blog name will have to change. I have forgotten about this! It may take me a while to make a change because I am not creative and “Life with three boys” took me 6 months to come up with.
A couple other friends have told me that they would love to give me their girl clothes, which I would love too. Most of my friends are dying with anticipation on whether this baby is a girl. They of course have at least one girl and know how wonderful it is to have a daughter.
Robbie says he would love another brother and Charlie and Henry want a sister. About 2 or 3 weeks ago Henry was very insistent that “when the next boy comes…” Recently Henry started referring to his baby as a girl and that is about the time he told us, when asked, that he wants a sister. I am unsure he understands genders yet. Because Henry told me yesterday that I am a boy. And when he grows up to be a Mama he is going to grow a big baby in his belly.
To be honest, I am terrified of having a daughter (now isn’t the time for me to go into those reasons). I have come to realize over the last eight years that I can handle/tolerate and love the wildness, the cuteness, the love and the naughtiness boys bring to my life. I don’t have any hope of a sister joining our mix of craziness. So if this baby comes out a boy please don’t tell me how disappointed you are that I have another boy or how you wished that I had a girl!
Recently I had a conversation with Jack’s Grandma Siggie who had four boys. She asked me if I thought this baby was a girl or a boy. I said something to the effect, Do you really think I have a chance at having a girl? Her response was, “No not really. I never expected to have a girl when I was having babies. Anyway, boys are much easier than girls.” Grandma Siggie said a few other things that I can’t remember. Her comments about the benefits of having all boys were all things that I have also thought. It was reassuring to hear similar comments from another mama who I admire of all boys.
Henry and I often talk to this baby and tell him/her to come out soon. A few days ago Henry said to my belly, “NOT NOW! Jane not here to help us!”
Now we are just waiting and ready for this sweet little baby to join our family. I am trying to be patient!