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It’s official! We’ve started to eagerly anticipate the birth of the newest member of our family. D has spent the past 6 months hugging and kissing my ever growing belly and telling me how much he loves the baby. Actually, he tells me that he loves the baby MORE than me. But, he’s agreed that might change once the baby actually gets here.
Now that I have hit the 37 week mark, there shouldn’t be any concern over baby’s viability outside the womb. Unfortunately (for me), all the boys have come between the 41 and 42 week mark. So, we might still have another month to go. Or, this one could buck tradition and come a bit earlier.
Before we left Ohio, I gave away a LOT of our baby and toddler stuff. Not knowing if God would bless our family with another child, it just seemed foolish to move and then store items we might never need again. We did keep the crib and pack-n-play as well as some clothes, cloth diapers, and toys. But, there were some ‘big ticket’ items I was dreading having to purchase from savings.
Well, I’ll just say that God has definitely decided to provide for us. Through our landlord, we were given an infant car seat and rather ‘fancy’ baby swing which her neighbor was decluttering as her twins no longer needed them and she didn’t have the space. Then, one of our neighbors with grandkids came by one morning and asked if I had any use for a jogging stroller or highchair. While there’s more baby ‘equipment’ out there, these blessings have truly provided the few pieces we felt would be most needed.
The whole experience has me wanting to do more of my own decluttering to bless others with things we do not need or use. It sure is easier to do this when you know God won’t leave you hanging down the road. And, with less stuff in the house, life seems just a bit simpler in the long run.
Other blessings during this pregnancy include some maternity clothes a local homeschool mom passed onto me (some fit and others I passed along to a different homeschool family in need.) Another local homeschool mom (and fellow TOS Crewmate), Debbie, sent me a beautiful yellow hand knitted cap for the baby on cold winter days. A few friends have offered to have the boys either before or after the baby comes, depending on when I felt I needed the break more.
And, we have a few people who have offered to take the boys when labor starts up. If we were doing another homebirth with this one, childcare wouldn’t have been a real issue. But, given that it’s almost an hour to a hospital that can handle an emergency delivery situation, it just seemed more prudent to have the baby at the hospital. I’ll just be praying that Stephen is able to provide enough ‘support’ for me and keep the meddling to a minimum.
So, now we wait for the new arrival and pray that everything goes well. Daily intentions in the morning continue to be that mom doesn’t have a c-section, that the baby is born healthy and that the boys can get their work done with minimal grumbling. In the meantime, we are not just sitting back and doing nothing. More organization and cleaning is happening. Plus, if the baby comes on the ‘late’ side like his big brothers, we should have almost 12 weeks of school under our belt. Kind of nice to think a THIRD of the school year could be done by then.