Well, folks, it’s finally here: the date our giant Costco ketchup from the summer was supposed to expire. (We already finished it.)
Also, baby boy’s due date! :)
Many of you know we’ve had a wave of sickness in the Psiaki household to close out the month of November. While Linnea’s poor stomach bug was much sadder and scarier, she was over it in a flash compared to this cold of mine. I haven’t been sleeping much because of the cough, and Tim ran the household in every respect during his 4-day vacation over the holiday. He took such great care of Linnea and me that I am truly thankful for the timing, even if a little sad we couldn’t all-out enjoy our family time together. (We did have a few fun highlights together though, including a morning in downtown Seattle to ride the monorail and see the electric train exhibit, as well as meeting friends for the Kirkland tree lighting).
But this cold has been dragging on and on, and for the last 5 nights I’ve been able to snag only a few hours of sleep each. I finally got some meds prescribed on Saturday night, but wouldn’t you know it, the antibiotic I took in case of bacterial infection gave me hives at bedtime last night. The cough suppressant wore off just in time for the Benadryl to kick in, and before I knew it another night of tossing and turning and gargling salt water to no avail had gone by.
BUT! Things are looking up. I may still look like a leper (and scratch like one), but things seemed to have taken a distinct turn for the better. I have better instructions for taking my remaining meds and can actually walk around feeling like a normal person today. And, I had my 40-week appointment this morning and now we have a plan for baby (rather than just hoping he would come soon, then praying he would wait so I could get better).
Dr. would have done a short in-office procedure today to get things moving had I not been sick, so we rescheduled that for Friday morning. Which is actually perfect timing, giving Tim time to put in a few more good days at work before taking off, and me time to heal up and get back into the swing of things with Linnea, who I’ve really been missing since taking such a back seat in all affairs at home. Hopefully labor will get kick-started on Friday morning and Linnea will have her baby brother out and ready to be squeezed by her anxious 2-year-old fingers sometime this weekend.
(If not, we have an induction schedule for Dec 7, which I can postpone until the 11th if I want, but no later since he has to be out by 42 weeks!)
You all know I had been hoping for a November rather than a December birthday for this little one. But, I trust God’s timing and really am glad to wait a few more days, even through the change of the calendar. Anyone who’s seen me wrinkle my nose at the Christmas stuff laid out in stores on November 1 knows I like to celebrate one thing at a time, and I think it is just perfect for baby brother’s birthday to fall neatly (if not evenly – I AM ready to be done with pregnancy, folks!) between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I do believe it’s special for babies to be born on holidays but I guess I just never really liked to share. So baby will likely be a little Christmas season goose rather than the Thanksgiving turkey I had been expecting; and honestly, I’ve nearly had my fill! (Except for the aahhhmazing turkey soup Tim concocted over the weekend – quite the chef, that one).
And, it seems fitting that baby boy would be a Christmas goose since that is our favorite nickname for Linnea. Or maybe he’s the gander. Either way, don’t ask Linnea his name, because she will probably tell you, and that is still supposed to be a surprise! She randomly starting saying it (put together with our last name, like it was a done deal) on Thanksgiving night even though we never told her! It is so sweet to hear his name coming out of her little mouth!
Thanks for your prayers for continued healing and baby’s health. If you could please pray that we could avoid a hospitalized induction like last time AND be at peace with God’s timing for his arrival, I would really appreciate it!
Counting down the days…