Wow! Game day is tomorrow! I'm excited, anxious, and about to pop! Keep us in your prayers!
The day to day life of our family...no major excitement but full of love and joy.
We are now down to the last few days of peace before our little pink bundle arrives! We are to arrive at Baptist Women's Hospital Friday morning at 5:30am. The surgery is at 7:30 and will take a little longer since it's my second c-section. So hopefully I'll be done by 9am and then I'll be in recovery for a couple of hours before I'm moved to my actual room. I'll be on the second floor for the surgery and 4th floor once she is born. So, afternoon will probably be when I'll be up to having visitors come by. If they keep me as long as they did when Collin was born, I'll be heading home Monday morning. I'll be posting pictures sometime next week hopefully. Please keep us in your prayers!
Garner picked up two metal cars from Kroger yesterday for Collin. Pretty cool looking ones and they are the kind that you pull back on and they speed off on their own. Well, Collin fell in love with these cars. He would not put them down. He refused to eat dinner at his regular time, when he acts like he's dying of starvation, so he could keep playing with these cars. He even threw his beloved teddy bear aside to sleep with his metal cars. When I went in to his room to get him ready this morning, he was still holding on to his cars. I could not pry them from his hands. He took them to Mrs. Jackie's with him too! I've mentioned before how much he likes playing with cars, but this proves his devotion! I hope he does not want to be a race car driver when he's grown up!
Collin is such an entertaining child! He picks up a new word everyday, although he's not much of a talker. Probably his favorite word right now is "No!". Even when he probably means "yes", he still yells out "no" and it makes us laugh. He plays quietly with himself most nights and just watching him running his cars along the couch and fireplace is the coolest thing. He loves cars! Good thing I picked the "CARS" theme for his room! We are teaching him the ABC song and he sings along although most of what he is singing is unrecognizable. He loves reading books, and I hope that continues throughout his years. He is a big eater although he's still a bit picky. He wakes up every morning expecting to go straight to his chair for breakfast. If you walk past the kitchen, he's an angry little boy. Garner has not totally caught on to this yet. The one day a week he is off, he gets Collin up, grabs his cup of milk, and tries to get him to hang out in our bed with him for a little while. This is not cool with Collin. He just pitches a hungry fit! He usually eats a bowl of cheerios and some fruit or a piece of toast at our house. Then at Jackies, she serves breakfast at 9 and he eats again. They have lunch between 11 and 12 and then snack at about 3. Then when we get home about 4:30 or 4:45 he goes straight to the refrigerator for something to munch. Then I usually have him some dinner ready between 5 and 6. He eats all day and is still "underweight" for his age! He'll be two April 8th and he's only about 25 pounds. He's still 90th percentile on height. Guess who he's like...Daddy! As for knowing if his life is about to change, I think he knows something is going on, but not really. We ask him where the baby is and he pats my stomach, or lifts up my shirt and rubs my belly. It's so cute! We had pictures done at Sears and we actually got him to kiss my belly...adorable!! He is such a playful and fun little guy! I think he will be a great big brother. He is so tender...well, except for when it comes to Peaches' tail. He gives me a great big hug every morning after I finish getting him dressed and more hugs and kisses when I drop him off at Mrs. Jackie's house. That little boy has completely stolen my heart!
I had another Doctor's visit yesterday afternoon. It looks like I will probably be having another c-section. It's not the end of the world...I had just hoped to experience "true" labor even though it's painful. My body has not started preparing for labor at all at this point. I'm not dialated or thinned out in the least bit. So the doctor said more than likely at this point, I won't, but she's not saying it's impossible. I'll be 38 weeks Monday. We scheduled a c-section for March 30th so if I go on my own, great, if not, well, happy birthday to Addison on the 30th! We have to be at the hospital at 5:30am with the c-section scheduled for 7:30am. Same drill as with Collin. Even though it's probably not going to happen like I had hoped, I'm still really excited! At least I know there is an end in sight to this daily growing belly!
It's my birthday today. Nothing special happening. Garner and I went to dinner at Applebee's (I know most people don't like it, but I love it, chicken fajita rollup...yum!) last night, then to a hospital tour. My life is so...old. I'm very blessed and I do enjoy my life, but it's rarely exciting. Any excitement I do get comes from Collin or the occasional girl's night out. Yes, Addison's upcoming arrival has me excited, but you know what I mean. I guess that's just life though. Especially in my case anyway...starting a family so early in life. Garner and I will enjoy more excitement when the kids are older and eventually grown. We might be missing out on some "young fun" now, but we won't be approaching 60 and still raising our kids either. It's funny how people always think the grass is greener on the other side. Some of our friends have stated their jealousy over our blooming family life and we think we might be missing out on some of that freedom that comes without kids. The truth is, life is what you make it, what you allow God to make it. I try to always remember that. So no matter how dull I might think my days are, I try to cherish each one. Like last night. Collin would not go to sleep. He would start to cry every time I left the room. So, even though I was tried and my feet were extremely swollen, I went back and cradled Collin like a baby and rocked and sang him to sleep. How many more times will I be able to do that and how much will I miss it when I can't anymore? They grow up so fast, it's just unbelievable! So, it's my birthday, it's not exciting, but it is certainly full of wonderful family and friends, and that I am thankful for.
I am now 37 weeks along and seeing the doctor every Thursday afternoon. I have not dilated any yet, so hopefully something has happened by the time I see the Doc this Thursday. I am hoping to have a natural delivery instead of a c-section this time, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. The Doc will not induce me because of my previous c-section so the closer I get to my due date with no progress, the more likely I will have to have the c-section. I am probably going to schedule a c-section for March 30th so that if I have not delivered by then, we will just move forward. Collin's birthday party is April 7th, so we just want to go ahead and move forward on the 30th so I'll have time to recover some before his party. Anyway, she is estimated at 6 pounds, 2 ounces as of last Thursday. I think the tech said 20 inches, but I can't remember for sure. I'm guessing she will be another long, skinny baby like Collin. She is head down and low which is good. I'm not too terribly uncomfortable, but I hope she does come soon. I just can't wait to hold her! I'm really excited about having a girl!