Cleared for Takeoff!

Dec 12, 2007 | Full Time Family, On Motherhood | 13 comments

Tomorrow is the day.  Joel will be done with his “own” jobs for December (pray for some January business for us!) and from there on out he can work for his brother which would allow him to simply walk off the job should he get “the call.”

“The call” feels right around the corner.  I can not get up and walk across the room without having the most intense Braxton Hicks contractions – yo!  They don’t “hurt” but I have had to stop mid-walk and let them pass a few times.
In the last few days my heartburn has gone bonkers and it’s about time to call it Heart Hades it hurts so bad I find myself gasping for breath.  I am assuming that is because Le Deuxieme has sprouted some more in size.  Midwife Sarah puts “him” at 6.5 pounds – last week that is.  She says I will deliver a 8-8.5 pound baby.  So much for enjoying those teeny weeny clothes for a few weeks.  Putting little clothes away, never to be worn again makes me sob when I do laundry.  It can be a 3 month old Onsie or 24 month old overalls.  Time goes too fast.
Heaven forbid someone call my newborn a “big boy” or “big girl.”  I ripped off a lot of heads when Aidan was a baby.  I never understood the need to verbally rush their growing up.  I have years to call Aidan a “big boy.”  He was…IS my BABY!
I am already getting the talks about “are you sure you want more than two?”  and I suppose with all the bitching I have done in the last sixty days that could be considered a valid questions but my goodness… I want memories of cramming a car full of kids to go to church and the farm, I want to open my arms and have them fill with little beings that I can nurture and I want grandchildren!!!  What are the odds of having lots of grandkids if you only have two children?  It never fails, you pop one out and people want to know when you are going to or IF you are going to have another one.  But let’s stick with the plan here for now – the Bible says you are blessed if your “quiver is full” and two doesn’t sounds very full.  Joel and I would like to believe we will go wherever God takes us.  I have always said, “at least three.”
In the meantime.  Things are a changing “down there”…I hate to even say something like that – watch now I will go another  2 weeks – but hey – that would put me right on schedule wouldn’t it???
I have all my gear in the room – sheets, towels, the tri-pod.  We are very excited about trying for another Home Birth and Sarah says she thinks everything will go great.  I hated the doctor we had at the house the last time and she is convinced that is half the reason I took so long (17 hours at home, 28 hours total!)  Anyways, I have a few more loads of laundry to do and Domestic Diva Aunt Ruth is coming to help me clean tomorrow (which on account of the Braxtons is VERY WELCOME now that I have set my pride aside…if you saw her clean/organized house you would understand the pride thing).  Mom came again on Monday and helped me make 100 trips up and down the hallway putting the last of the stragglers away from the move back into the big room (photos coming)…
This Saturday sounds good to me.


  1. Farmgirl Cyn

    Ang…it will be over all too soon, and there might even come a day when you will wish the new baby was back in the womb! Personally, with the 5 kids we have, I was not even sure our quiver was full. Pete was, tho! And now, that we are older and in the midst of raising (for a season, at least) our grandson, I think that, perhaps he was right. Thinking of you guys often, and praying for a safe delivery and a healthy baby! Keep the faith, girl, and stay in the Word! He is our only hope!!!
    PS check my blog for the bestest and easiest European bread recipe ever. I kid you not!!!

  2. Life in the 'Burbs

    At MOPS, there are tons of moms whose oldest is a 3 year old, with one in the middle, and one on the way. The newborns in the room are endless, as are the pregnant tummies. It often makes me feel not only “old”, but makes me fondly look back on the days of babies and toddlers. Not that I’m that far out of it all, but I’m far out of diapers, and the “firsts” are few and far between. I’m glad you are savoring every moment with Aidan, as you will with the next baby. It truly all goes waaaay too fast!!

  3. Linda

    My daughter in law has three, ages 6, 3 and almost 2 and has one more on the way. I don’t know how she does it but what a bunch of happy kids.

  4. HomemakerAng

    I don’t know about back in the womb???

    My quiver is not full… When I am 82 I will never say, “wow, I wish I didn’t have all these children!”

    WOW a homebirth girl! Good for you! I will be praying for you! How exciting! Can’t wait to hear the great news!

    It makes me want ANOTHER ONE! it never gets old… 🙂

  5. LauraS

    Hello! I am a regular reader on your Mom’s blog and have been following your story with interest and praying for you, as I am a Mom of four (the oldest being eight!) who has also recently just had a home birth. I hope that yours goes smoothly!

    It is wonderful to see how you spend so much quality time with your Aidan. The baby will be blessed with such a family!

    Accept all the help you can at this time! You may as well enjoy a small bit of relaxation before you become a busy Mom of two!! Best wishes!

  6. vonlafin

    Good luck! I envy you the chance to have a home birth. I will praying for you and your family.

  7. HomemakerAng

    this was the day i took off… 10 days before the date… i will be checking in constantly and praying each and every day, if not more than once, for you!

  8. HomemakerAng

    12:18 pm, Saturday the 22nd PRAYING for you!

  9. paris parfait

    Wishing everything goes smoothly and you can enjoy a wonderful family Christmas!

  10. Julee Ann

    Praying for you! Let us know when you start to taxi down the runway!


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