Monday, January 12, 2015

Tales of a 41-week pregnant lady

^these boys were over-due and I love them more than life...so there's that. :)

My friend recently posted an article about what happens to a woman's brain when she becomes a mother.  It was a great read, and it made me start thinking about what happens to a woman's brain when she reaches her due date.

I'm not sure if this is how it is with every over-due pregnant lady, but something in my brain just SNAPPED and switched to wonky mode when I hit my due date.  

A few examples:

*I've been on a kick the past week or so about painting my nails and having them perfect for the baby.  It's irrational and weird...but it is what it is.  The other night, I took off my slightly chipped polish, and painted and repainted....and repainted 2 nails different colors until I got the color exactly right.  As I'm typing this, I feel like I need to go freshen the color up...just in case. Because the baby cares so much about what my nails look like.

*My OB recently partnered with another OB practice to help with the deliveries.  Last night, I had a freak out moment, and realized that I might get one of the doctors from the other practice.  I frantically....frantically searched for their website and looked through all their bios...and tried to find out everything about them.  Then I had Noel look at all of them with me, and while doing this realized that I would be in so much pain, it doesn't matter one second who will actually deliver this child.  The anxiety left, and I fell asleep (for about 3 hours and then got up for a middle-of-the-night snack.)

There are a hundred other examples I could give...but I'll just leave it at that.

The thing is...I am so grateful for this pregnancy and for this soon to be baby.  I have felt great up until a few days ago (and I still feel "good"...just gigantic and swollen and heavy).  I've had so many people and experiences that have helped make these past 9 months really wonderful.

Thank you again for all your well wishes, calls, and visits.  They mean so much to me.  

I'm ready for my sweet baby boy to be here!!

22 comments :

Sheryl {BellybuttonsandBows} said...

I couldn't imagine being 41 weeks!! You are one patient momma. I'm 38 wks and starting to go crazy!! I totally get what you mean on needing pretty nails. I've had my toes done for 2 weeks (they still look perfect too, thank you Jamberry!) and will be doing my nails today. You should try Jamberry, I can send you a sample ;) no chipping or fading = no need for constant touch ups ;)

Paige Flamm said...

We switched OB's during my first pregnancy 4 different times (the last time being at 39 weeks!) I was so indecisive with who I wanted to deliver our baby, and then had the same reminder that it doesn't really matter who catches the baby, just as long as they do!

Helene in Between said...

I think it's so interesting how the brain switches during pregnancy- but of course! you're making a life!!! you're amazing. that's all there is to it.

Setarra said...

Dear Ashley: how can you speak about combining two colors to get your nails the perfect color and not post a picture of your nails lol? I'm super curious now :) Also, I don't have much to offer in advice since I've yet to ever be pregnant (charles and I are giving ourselves 3 more years before we start "shooting to win") but you're in my thoughts mama! You got this!

Kayla MKOY said...

I still cannot believe this little guy is still cooking! Come out baby, we want to meet you!!!!!! ;) I love you and your fun pregnant brain. Baby totally cares what color your nails are ;)

Tayler Morrell said...

Hope baby boy come out soon. All my siblings and I were two weeks late. I expected my son to be, too, but due to a scary bleeding incident at 38 weeks, they induced me at 39 weeks to be on the safe side.

Because of Jackie said...

I was the same way about my nails, too! I HAD to have a fresh pedicure, and also showered and did my hair daily JUST IN CASE. I think it is juts something we can control, at a time when we really have none. Or else we really are just CRAZY;)

Ragan said...

woo hoo! Congratulations, Ashley! I can't exactly relate to "pregnancy brain" but I am stocking up on tips and advice for when my turn comes :)

Kimberly said...

I was super concerned that my legs be shaved and my toes be painted. Because I didn't want my Dr to see hairy legs. How dumb???? Hahaha!! But your nails will look great in new born baby pics :)

Because Shanna Said So said...

You are a trooper!! What a stubborn little fella you are going to have on your hands...or a super Momma's boy!!! Been thinking about you and hopefully he wants to make his appearance soon!! Hang in there with pretty nails and all!! xoxo

Cassie said...

I totally did the same thing with both my babies-I wanted my nails to be perfect (and of course they had to be neutral colors because we didn't know the sex of the baby!). I think it was also a way for me to feel good when I was feeling huge:) It seems like every day after due date day is extra long...praying for a safe, easy delivery in the very near future! Bless you and your family Ashley!

Allison said...

I was two weeks overdue before Aiden had to be evicted. Haha. I totally understand this feeling! I had to take clothes out of my nicely packed hospital bag (that I packed at 40 weeks) because I ran out of things to wear. I also wanted my nails to be just right and had gotten a pedicure not long before my due date. I also had gotten my hair cut, etc. to be ready and then I had to wait and wait some more! Hang in there!

Katie said...

This made me laugh so hard, because it is SO true!

rooth said...

I'm ready for him to be here as well and compliment your perfect nails :)

Caroline said...

Awhhh, baby boy hurry and get here and save your momma's sanity! ;) SO, SO excited to meet the little one!!

JP Lord said...

You are an angel! There is no way I would be keeping my cool at 41 weeks! I hope that little man decides to make his grand entrance soon and will pray for a safe delivery for you both! Can't wait to "meet" him! Hang in there girl!
xo

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

I made it to exactly 40 weeks on the dot and was going crazy then! I can't imagine an extra week! And I can totally relate to your nail polish thing. I painted my nails at least twice the week I was due and then ended up removing it because I couldn't get it perfect!

walking dot photography said...

haha! Well, after all that work you better get a good photo of you holding the baby with your beautiful nails showing. :) :)
xox
giedre

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness, I hope he comes soon, I can't wait to see!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Megan said...

I made it to being one day shy of 42 weeks. Then she still had to be removed. :) What I hated was not being able to plan anything or commit to anything because you could have a baby at any minute. I spent my time sleeping, watching Netflix, and doing a puzzle. I was nervous about birth so even though I was ready to meet her, the extra time didn't bother me too much.

Susannah said...

Goodness, I think I would have gone C-A-RAZY if Caleb had been late. I'm happy my little man decided to come a week early. I hope your little guy's here by now. <3

Rebekah @ Living && Learning said...

I am impressed - 41 weeks! I delivered at 39 weeks, 4 days. I have always had dry skin around my nails and struggle with hangnails and cuticles all the time (I'm sure there's some product out there for this issue, just never cared enough to check) but right before baby came I was so worried she would hate my dry hands! Silly pregnancy brain concerns. :)

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