Today I'm officially 41 weeks and 1 day. I am OVERDUE.
When you find out your due date that date is forever etched in your mind. You see it as an expiration date on food at the grocery store and you get excited, you turn to that week in your planner and you can't believe it's here...then it comes and goes and you are still pregnant. I can't tell you how badly I am aching to meet Aiden, so I have had to distract myself this last week. Here are some things you can do while you wait on your baby to come: (If you are one of us mamas that has to do that!)
-Make sure all your baby's clothes, blankets, burp clothes, etc. are washed, folded and organized
-Clean your house from top to bottom or if you don't feel up to it have your Mom or Mother in law do it!
-Keep working. I have been fortunate enough to continue feeling good well into 41 weeks so I have kept working and it helps A LOT!
-If you are planning on having music on while you are in labor, why not make a delivery play list? I've been listening to mine all week.
-Go on walks. I have walked at least 2 miles every day since Aiden's due date. It helps that the weather has been amazing.
-Pack your hospital bag and load it in the car. Make sure your husband packs one too!
-Make some freezer meals. If this is something you just haven't had time for, what are you waiting for?
-Eat spicy foods! Use this as an excuse to not make dinner and go get something yummy. I'm thinking I need to go back to Bonefish Grill to try a second helping of Bang Bang Shrimp...just in case.
-Since everyone and their uncle will be calling or texting you to see where in the heck this baby is, use this time to catch up with people because you
probably won't have time once baby comes
-Pick up a good book (that is unrelated to baby stuff) and read it to distract yourself! I finished the 5th Harry Potter and am now half way through the 6th.
-If you haven't found a Pediatrician yet, use this time to do some research. They will want to know at the hospital who you have chosen.
-Prepare for any upcoming events you might not have time for. Halloween is this Friday so we went ahead and bought all our Halloween candy, put it in bowls and put up some decorations so we wouldn't be scrambling if Aiden decides to come close to then. My husband would be thrilled if Aiden was a Halloween baby by the way.
-Take naps. At first I was annoyed with people telling me to rest up while I still can, but I know it's true. The last week has been very restful. I've taken more naps this week than I did my entire pregnancy combined.
-Spend time praying for your baby and your upcoming delivery. I've had some really good chats with God this week. Some of them have ended in tears, but most of them have left me reassured. God's timing is perfect in every way and although I'm anxious it is much easier to trust Him. He's got this.
-Go out to eat with your husband. This is another thing that won't be happening as often for a while plus you don't have to cook.
-Plan a fun day date and make it happen. Don't just sit around waiting for baby. Trust me on this.
-Don't compare yourself with other new Moms...in the last week, 3 of my friends (all due after me), have had their babies and one is in labor right now. Your baby will come at the perfect time. Just keep telling yourself that.
I am convinced now that no theory for bringing on labor works, your baby will come when they are ready and when God is finished with them. Trust me...I've tried them ALL minus White Castle. I'm sorry, but I just could not do it. Any other suggestions from you mamas out there that had to wait on your little ones to arrive?