If you've read my blog for awhile, you might know I have a thing for "the day before" an event.
It's not the anticipation, though--it's not knowing it was going to be the day before something big or life changing.
And if you know that about me, you probably also know that I was past my "due date" with Elizabeth one year ago. (You can read about that if you click here or over on the right hand side the link that says "Number 9". You'll need to scroll down a bit, but it's only a few posts down.)
LittleBit's birthday is tomorrow so today marks her Day Before.
I wrote down some of the texts I sent Dennis in the days leading up to her birth.
Dec. 7 Me: Why won't this baby be born?
Him: It will
Me: That was a good answer.
and a bit later that morning
I just wanna shut myself in my room and not come out all day.
(I didn't do it, though, just so you know.)
Dec. 8 Clothespins on my pinky toes don't even hurt.
(I had done some research on google about pressure points for labor; clamping clothespins on your pinky toes was one suggestion. If I tried it now, it would hurt like the dickens; days away from delivery it felt kind of good actually.)
Dec. 10 Thanks for letting me sleep.
(That message was written at 9:21 am; the latest I have slept since I was 15.)
and later that evening
I would like the option to stay home from church tomorrow, depending on how I feel.
Dec. 11 I'm not going to church but I have kids all ready. Baby feels so low down. I'm just not up to facing all the people.
Dennis and the kids went to church and I was home ALL ALONE and loving it. I can count on one hand the times that I have been all alone in my own house--and I wouldn't use all my fingers.
Moments after they arrived at church, he sent me this:
You just wanted ME to have all the questions, didn't you!
To which I replied
You caught me
I chomp ice incessantly in the last months of pregnancy. I had asked Dennis to bring me some from town on their way home from church.
Worried that he'd forget, I texted him this, hoping I'd catch him in time in case he had indeed forgotten.
Did you get ice?
Did you have a baby?
Both questions had the same answer.
I had spent those precious two hours alone listening to a sermon on the radio and trying to catch up on some Christmas gifts I was making. I couldn't sit long at the sewing machine, though, as my feet and legs kept swelling and going numb.
I made dinner for them all once they returned and spent the rest of the day trying to keep working on those gifts. I think I took a nap later on, and then all the regular work of laundry, supper, bath time and putting kids to bed.
I experienced a lot of insomnia the last several weeks, and to tell the truth, I sort of looked forward to being awake in the dark and quiet while everyone else was asleep. They were the most peaceful hours of my "days". I sat with the Christmas tree lit, read a ton of stuff online, read books, had snacks all to myself...not sleeping had it's benefits.
Because she wasn't born until the evening of the next day, her birth day is almost like a Day Before in and of itself.
That morning, as was our agreement with my midwife, since I hadn't had the baby by Monday morning that I was to call her and talk it over, I dutifully called...but I waited until afternoon. I'm spunky and defiant that way.
She asked us to be there by 3:00 and we were pretty close to that time. You can read that story here.
So there you have it--Elizabeth's Day(s) Before.
And tomorrow, I hope to post some pictures of my birthday girl who will be 12 months old on 12-12-12!!