Less than a month to go!

I’ll be 36 weeks tomorrow, but I had my check up yesterday. I was surprised to find out I’m already a centimeter dilated! That was a bit alarming, as I won’t even be full term until a week from tomorrow! Some women dilate early and it doesn’t mean labor is near, but I’m nervous now! We have a lot going on, and Cindy and Rick are in Greece on a cruise, so we really need this baby to stay put until at least November!

Amy and Heather threw me a great baby shower two weekends ago. It was really sweet of them, they did a cowboy theme and went all out! Amy made cute decorations and Heather made pulled pork, coleslaw, cornbread, and other good stuff. They got me a great cake from a bakery that probably cost a ton of money! We ate, played games, had cake and opened presents. I’m so lucky to have found such a great group of friends here. Not only do the playdates keep me and Virginia busy, but I really like these women! It’s nice to have friends! Amy has made it very clear, if I go into labor before Cindy gets here, she will go pick up Joe if he is at work, and she will keep Virginia when we go to the hospital.

I’ve been going over lists in my head, trying to get everything ready before baby boy arrives. I’ve got food stocked up, household items stocked, I booked a cleaning service to come give the condo a good deep clean, I’ve cleaned and put away all the baby clothes, even cleaned out and packed the old diaper bag that I will have to use once I have two kids in diapers to take out! I’m making sure we have plenty of gas in the car, and I need to put the infant seat base in there. I’ve got our bags packed, and I’m going to make a bag in case Virginia has to go to Amy’s.

My parents bought plane tickets to come stay with us the first week of December. I was worried they wouldn’t be able to, because the tickets cost a bunch and mom has work and Lillian to take care of. They worked it all out and I’m so excited they’ll be coming up here! Hopefully the weather isn’t too yucky and we’ll be able to do some sightseeing while they are here!

I booked the nanny service for someone to come watch Virginia for a few hours this Friday, I plan on getting out by myself to try and do some early Christmas shopping. Hopefully Virginia doesn’t have a meltdown when I try and leave, she’s a bit clingy these days! She knows baby brother is coming soon, and she is very excited, but she obviously doesn’t really know what is going on. We have a birthday party on Saturday, Tuesday night Joe and I are going to see Florence and the Machine in Seattle, and Friday I am taking Virginia trick or treating at a retirement home with the moms club, and that afternoon we’ll go to Bungie’s Halloween party (for families). Cindy and Rick are on a Greek island cruise and won’t even be back in the states until Oct. 29th or so. Baby boy really needs to stay put until closer to his due date!

This pregnancy has really flown by, I’ve been exhausted and I’m getting to the point were I am sore all the time, but it is so worth it! Joe and I are so excited to see our little boy! I’m nervous he is going to be big, I’ve gained 30 pounds as of yesterday! This time around I’m not so worried about getting through labor, no matter what happens I’ll be okay! I’m just praying that baby boy doesn’t have the same breathing issues when he is born that Virginia did. It will break my heart if he has to go to the NICU like Virginia. That is all I have for now! Hopefully I’ll get in another entry or two before he makes his entrance!

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