November is such a beautiful month. It starts with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, ends with the beginning of Advent. What a glorious time to be Catholic!
If you didn’t see the pictures I posted earlier this week of my Halloween costume, I wore this Jack O’Lantern belly band. Isn’t it adorable? I came into it due to the kindness of a woman at a garage sale a few months ago. I was looking at the maternity clothes she was selling when she asked my due date. When I said late November, she got really excited, ran inside the house and come out with this. She said she’d been hoping to pass it on to a pregnant woman who would have a big belly on Halloween. So she just gave it to me. People at garage sales are just so nice.
Have you ever wondered what it smells like when a twist tie accidentally gets into the microwave and starts to spark on fire? Strangely enough, it smells like incense. I just discovered that this morning (thank goodness my husband was in the kitchen at the time, because my first instinct when I smelled incense was not to look in the microwave to see if something was on fire).
I’ve slowly been buying Christmas presents and am going to start wrapping them today. Is it weird that I plan to pull out Christmas CDs to listen to as I wrap? Even though it’s just barely November? Normally, I don’t turn my focus to Christmas until after Thanksgiving (truth be told, I am slightly sickened to see Christmas displays in stores so early), but I am trying to get as much done as possible before the baby is here. The past couple years, I’ve tended to purchase a large share of gifts online, so I should be fine even if I don’t get it all done before.
On Sunday, I’ll be 37 weeks which means close enough to full term that if I go into labor, baby isn’t going to be stopped from arriving. I know that it is more likely that the baby will come after the due date than before since it’s my first pregnancy, but I should probably make sure we’re ready. Really, there isn’t much more we need to do, except to put the car seat in the car.
Being mentally prepared for the baby is a different story. Is it strange that even with my large belly, a nursery full of baby items, and constantly feeling the baby’s movements, I still can’t fathom that I will have a baby sometime in the next month or so? I try to imagine our family with a little baby in it, but I just can’t visualize what it will be like.
I am very excited about breastfeeding. Does that make me odd? I feel like so many women seem to be nervous or hesitant about breastfeeding, but I’ve been excited for months. We took a breastfeeding class last night and although I had already read most of the information, it was really great to see visuals. Most of the women in the class had experience with friends or family breastfeeding, but since this will be the first baby in the family in almost 20 years and I’m the first of my friends to have children, I have zero experience around nursing mothers. Thank goodness the birth center and pediatrician both have lactation consultants to answer that many questions I’m sure I’ll have.
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