I've passed the 37 week mark and find myself marveling at the thought that I'm going to be a mother of five before I've even hit thirty years of age. In so many ways, I still feel like a child myself.
These last weeks have been spent preparing for the labor, birth, and ultimate arrival of our sweet little Molly Jo. We are all very excited and eager, except for maybe little Evangeline who has no clue that her little world is about to be turned upside down as she moves out of the baby of the family stage and into her big sister role. Hopefully that goes well!
I have my birth kit ready and waiting in the bathroom, Molly Jo's blankets, diapers, and first little outfits washed and ready to go, and the birthing pool is now in my possession, awaiting it's moment of glory. I've organized all of Molly's clothing, diapers, and baby things (as well as Evangeline's, since we had to shift Evie's stuff out and Molly's stuff in), prepared around 20 meal-starters (currently hanging out in the freezer), and tried to clean and organize as much of the house as I can without wearing myself out (of course, this sort of thing never stays done in a household of six).
My friends threw me a wonderful baby shower Sunday, where I was showered with some great gifts, like the HAVA sling created by my friends at Nurtured Family. The HAVA sling is my favorite baby-wearing "device" ever... and I'm really not a sling sort of gal. Ever since my friend Rebecca gave me one (last year), I haven't used any other sort of baby-wearing thingamajig. I was super excited to receive another one from Rebecca this year (see picture above), and had to try it on. Ah, so comfy, even with Evangeline resting on my very pregnant belly!
My friend's teenage daughter made a gorgeous cake. She's very, very talented, as you can see:
I was feeling rather creative and crafty last week, so I put together this "raggedy quilt". The raw edges are on the outside, snipped every centimeter or so, and washes so they fray and ruffle. I have yet to wash it though.
Earlier this week I came home from running errands to find a box of brand-spankin'-new Sbish (sustainable babyish) Multi's on my doorstep. Free. A dozen. Free. Sbish! If you aren't squealing or jealous it's because you don't know anything about Sbish. *smile* Many thanks to my sweet friend for thinking of me!
Ah, soft and squishy fluff. I really enjoy cloth diapering!
The pregnancy is going well, although I have definitely hit that point of exhaustion. This is the first pregnancy in which I felt like I had loads of energy. With all the others, I was tired and worn out from the very beginning, but only in the last week or two have I actually felt weary enough to want a nap. I am definitely slowing down these last weeks of pregnancy! It's really been a wonderful time, and I have rather enjoyed being pregnant. With the first three, I was very, very sick and could hardly function. Evangeline's pregnancy was alright- no all-day-sickness, but I did tire easily... likely because we had so much going on with Merikalyn's brain surgery and the news that Evangeline's heart was not complete (praise the Lord for complete healing!). This has really been the ideal pregnancy! Such a great gift and blessing from God!
The kids and I (especially Merika) have really had a fun time going through little Molly's clothing and putting her things away. Look at some of the adorable tiny outfits we picked out!
(I bought Evie a matching set of onesies. I love being able to match my girls!)