At the beginning of this journey, my doctor gave me a list of all the appointments I needed to make. It was two pages long, and was full of notes for the types of ultrasounds I’d need, tests I would take, and office appointments I’d have to review each result.
The list stopped at 38 weeks. Under the instructions line, it simply read, “Where are the babies? :)”
I wish I had an answer.
(Okay, I wish I had an answer that didn’t involve two heads between my pelvic bones, but tonight, that’s where we’re sitting.)
Today, my dear friend Juliette and her son Jameson came over to hang out, exchange some last minute baby items, and celebrate my first day as a stay at home mama. Jules is expecting her baby girl on July 19, technically 3 days before my actual 40 week due date of July 22.
Since the morning was cool, we decided to take a short walk. On the way back, we talked about the difficulty of this period of waiting. It’s hard knowing that this major life event could happen spontaneously at any time. Midday. Midnight. Mixing eggs for morning breakfast or bending over to pick up a toddler’s pair of shoes.
I remember feeling this exact same uneasiness waiting for my daughter to arrive. And although my husband planned pregnancy distraction activities for every evening, I still went to bed feeling hollow. Aching to hold my baby. Nervous about how she’d arrive.
It wasn’t until the evening when I physically felt like saying “screw it” to the universe and spent the evening mowing down on pizza with Jason and watching re-runs of Kitchen Nightmares that somehow, magically, my water quietly decided to break.
If these babies don’t come by Thursday, I will need to make a decision about inducing. Again. Preferably on Friday, when all the staff are available for the 10 person show that will be my little girls’ birthday.
Doctors get nervous about twins that overstay their welcome. And I’ll be honest. The last two weeks have been physically exhausting. I am carrying at least thirteen pounds of baby at this point, not to mention everything else. I sleep in 2-3 hour snatches, can’t really get comfortable sitting any more, and have contractions every day.
Honestly, my best moments are now spent on my feet in the morning, or curled around no less than five pillows at night.
But what I want is what’s best for the babies. I want to trust that my body will naturally know that’s it’s time, that my all-knowing Creator has everything perfectly planned, and that the outcome will be two lovely little girls.
I don’t want to decide when they will come – somehow, that feels like overstepping my bounds in this situation. And yet, I might have to. In which case, I want to make the most informed and healthy decision possible for everyone involved.
But in the meantime, we wait. Pray the babies come on their own. The bags are packed, the van is loaded, the room is ready. And my husband, daughter, and I? We are as ready as we can be, given the unique circumstances that are about to overtake our lives.
Bring it girls, bring it.
6 thoughts on “38 weeks: Where are the babies?”
Gosh, this post gave me goosebumps AND made me want to cry. CAN. NOT. WAIT.
Thanks Jackie! What a whirlwind. Plenty of fodder for future writing group material that’s for sure!
Rachel, your blog has been making my emotions go all over the place!!! I can’t wait to meet the girls!!! I will be praying continuously for you and the family. Love you!
Thanks lovey! Join the club – it
s such a crazy process! Can’t wait for the girls to meet auntie Sarah!
I am so happy you’ve been writing all these posts! I’ve read every one each week and it’s just wonderful to get to hear about everything that’s happening. (Writing that makes me realize I should probably comment more….) I’m so excited for you and am hoping for a healthy, healthy, healthy birth and babies! 😀
Thanks dear friend! I’m excited for you as your wedding draws closer! These major life events are so worth the sharing, even from a distance.