With just over two weeks until Sprout’s due date, things in Casa B are in baby-watching mode. There’s no sign that Sprout will come any time soon. In fact, here’s the report from last doctor’s appointment at 37+2:
- Braxton Hicks contractions increasing daily
- Hips are definitely feeling the pain (and the gain)
- 2 cm dilated
- 50% effaced
- Head down
- “Don’t make any plans or do any traveling”
But … alas … it could go on like this for weeks. Or no time at all. Only time will tell! The anticipation is pretty exciting — I’m finding the guessing game and the surprise to be something to look forward to every day.
I’m certain Sprout has a mind of her own and will come whenever she’s good and ready — and hopefully not one second sooner. Trust me, we know more than anyone that every second she spends developing inside of me is important.
“Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.” ~E.B. White, “Charolotte’s Web”
That doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can to be as prepared as possible — also knowing full well that we’ll never really be ready. Our pre-Sprout checklist is pretty much complete. Well … at least the main things.
- Hospital bags are packed
- Maternity leave plan is in place at work
- Daycare is lined up
- Pediatrician is expecting us
- Car seat is installed
- Diapers — at least enough to get us started — are waiting
- Nursery is all ready
- Co-sleeper is set up
- Pet-sitting instructions for Mom are waiting on the counter
- Pet food is all stocked up
And, of course, the one things that remains on our list every day — and always the most important:
So, no Sprout yet. And, no matter how much people try to get us to slip up, no name yet, either. I promise that we don’t even know. We won’t know until we meet her. We’ve narrowed our list from 30-plus names to about 15. But, we don’t even know if her name is on either of those lists! We’ll know it when we see her. And then, you’ll know it, too.
Keep bakin’ Baby B — Mom and Dad would wait for you forever if we had to. We love you so big!