Well. Here we are.
No baby yet. But, early signs of labor have appeared. Everyone thought she’d have arrived by now, but hey – babies are surprises! Truth be told I’m relieved she hasn’t appeared yet, even though I’m dying to meet her. She’s 38+6 today and it would be wonderful for her well-being to make it to 39 weeks or longer.
Additionally, she may just know it’s best to stay right where she is for a few more days as we have not quite wrapped up all the craziness around here. It was a way WAY crazier summer than we expected, and it’s still kind of a tornado in here. (Also why the blog has been asleep all summer despite my best efforts.)
We’ve spent our vacation days teaching yoga/mindfulness type camps to preschoolers and kinders, we’ve had crazy bad sicknesses going around, we’ve had some emergency family situations pop up, and we have had four surprise foster kids come through at a time when we were not planning to take any placements because of all the baby prep and resting we wanted to do! (For the record, we are not martyrs and we don’t want to encourage other foster homes to push beyond their limits as we know that’s not sustainable and not in the best interests of families and children. We also said no to two placements. And we put clear time limits and conditions on the placements we did accept. We had private but good reasons for accepting who we did. But that didn’t make it easy!)
So anyway, right now:
Birth mom is downstairs, still living in my basement office, resting and watching for more labor signs.
Two littles are still with us until Tuesday morning. Polar Bear has them and Big Son at the park right now, while I am “resting”, writing, and cooking a big pot of soup.
The goal is to manage the kids over the weekend, and disinfect the house (or at least the bed sheets and the bathroom!) as we are all pretty much over our whole-house sinus/throat/yuk viruses now. (Told you baby is doing well staying where she is!). Bonus would be if Polar Bear and I could wrap up just a couple little pieces of undone work that people are waiting for.
But, we’re pretty much ready to get in the car and go to the hospital at any moment….