Tuesday, April 8, 2008

now, when is she due?


The title of this post is probably the question I get asked most these days, "Now, when is she due?" And to that, my friends, I have no good answer. Well, I have an answer, but it takes a little while to explain. So, here's the explanation: When Aaron and I found out we were pregnant, we did the math and checked many of those online "due date detector-things" and figured out that my due date should be April 12th. Neat, my sister's birthday. Cool.
Okay, now my first every OB/GYN appointment was when I was about 5 weeks along. While there, my doctor did an internal sonogram to see what my due date would be. We were told April 22nd. Ok. fine.

Fast forward to our real true sonogram that we had around 20 weeks. The sonographer told us that the date the baby was measuring was April 14th, and almost always the doctor will change the due date according to what the baby measures (that's what she told us). And, it made sense, according to Team Wood's calculations. Great.
Well, folks, our doctor never "officially" changed our date like the sonographer said she would. As she said, "The baby will come when the baby is ready to come." Which, yes, I agree (mostly). So, we are due either the 14th or the 22nd. Take your pick.


Let's talk. My mom & lucky Lizzy (it will be her spring break) are coming on the 14th. Cool, fun, great! Hopefully, just in time to see this baby come and help me figure out how to do the "mom" thang. But, guess when the dr. said she'd induce me (if we came to that)??---April 29th. What?! (insert sigh here). Yeah. So, I have no idea what to expect anymore.

Hence, why I am writing this post at 5:20 a.m.

People always say, "You will never feel ready"---and I think I am believing that more and more each day. I am all mixed up in the "emotional" department. Don't get me wrong, I am not a blubbering mess and have been the most "emotionally stable" during this pregnancy than I ever have been (true story, ask Aaron). It is such a weird time right now. On the one hand, I am SoooOOoo uncomfortable (at night especially) and am SoooOOOoo excited for her to come and play and really see what she looks like, how she'll act, etc. So, in those moments, I want her to be here in two minutes!
But, on the other hand, I am petrified. I keep thinking "Who were we kidding?" and "how naive were we to think we were ready for this?" and "Me? a mom? Can I get a what? what?"--- I mean, we really have been wanting this for such a long time and it definitely was something we have been planning and preparing for... but to be a REAL TRUE LIFE MOM is... well... what's the word? overwhelming.

Deep breath. There, I said it. I know that I am not crazy in my thinking. I am sure most of you moms out there relate. I know it will be the greatest thing ever to have her here, but I worry. I totally blame my mom for that trait. CONFESSION: I am a worrier. But, yeah, most of you knew that.

This blog thing is funny. I mean, I know people are going to be reading my thoughts. Part of me cares and wants to "put on a happy face" (which, in all reality, I am truly thrilled about this baby) but then the other part of me wonders if it is okay, in this venue, to write down some of my "not so exciting and fun" thoughts. Get my drift, folks?

So, there it is. My jumble of thoughts. Take it or leave it. hA! So, ask me what date I am rooting for? I will tell you this, it just depends on actual hour of the day. Sorry. But, probably, in my heart of hearts, I am really wanting it to be sooner than later. I am DYING to see this little darling.

I am a walking contradiction---WhAa! (that was me, pretending that you are a baby, get it?) Good. It's settled. We'll let you know.

Oh, and I've posted some pictures of yours truly when she was a babe in arms. And a few of Aaron face too. Now the real question is, do you know who is who?? :)
Too many words can be tedious, don't you agree? And, who doesn't love to look at cute baby pictures? duh!

22 comments:

Hannah said...

Well...I hope she comes sooner than later. Those last weeks are hard!

Jordan & Jandee said...

I'm so excited to see pictures and of and meet baby Wood that I hope she makes her debut soon too....try for thursday thats Jordan's birthday :) j/k

The Tarin Family said...

Congratulations on the soon to be arrival of your baby. I promise, being a mom is the best thing in the world! It has it's hard moments, but they are worth it! Love your belly while you have it, because when you have her in your arms, you'll still kind of miss her in your belly. Good luck with everything, you'll do great! Once you have her you'll forget any pains or discomforts you ever had... and then you get pregnant with baby #2 and it all come rushing back! Ha! But good luck, and congratulations again!

The Bohmans said...

I hope for your sake she comes on the 14th or sooner and I pray you don't have to be induced!!! I wish with all my big big heart that I didn't have to do that. It's like insta-labor and oh so not much fun. Start drinking raspberry tea, eating mangoes, and jumping off of speed bumps! Lots of luck to you!!! P.S. All those thoughts are tota normal!

LINDSAY said...

Hang in there! It's the greatest feeling right after you have the baby to not have a huge belly anymore! If you are really anxious to get her here--try running on a treadmill :) That's what I did adn I went into labor that night. I don't know if you can call it runnign though--huffing and puffing for 2 minutes and then walking...
Anyways, good luck with it all!
Also, I decided to go private on my blog. I didn't have your email, but if you want an invite, will you just email me...geilmans@gmail.com.

THanks!

The Starr's said...

melissa--
I have just one word for you...AMEN!!! everything you wrote was completely validated and i know exactally how you are feeling...exactlly, I could picture stressing as you were writing because you can't find the right words to express your self and you want to be truthful but don't want to send the wrong message. Call me anytime you want, even if it is just to talk out loud. I am sorry you are so uncomfortable. And also, let me just say, fear/bewilderment/excitement/anxiousness/every emotion in the book ran through my body when I was at my last check up and the doctor said, why dont you drive over to the hospital right now and we will deliver this baby...HA!

Cairen said...

that is so hard when you have family coming into town. I hope she comes as soon as she is ready! I think everyone has mixed feelings when it comes to the baby really coming out. But I wish you the best of luck and can not wait to see what you baby girl looks like. Have fun!

Landon and Kelsi said...

Ha ha! This sounds exactly like my situation! We thought Jack's due date was going to be March 17th, the doctor said March 24th, and the sonogram guy said March 22nd so we went with March 22nd. Well, Jack didn't come until March 29th! Hopefully your baby will come earlier though! Good luck with everything!

marc, michelle and Jackson said...

I hope that she does come sooner father than later! Its not fun to retain water, have sleepless nights, and feel ready to bust at the seams! :) Those last few weeks are not the most comfortable time in life, but I guess no one ever said it would be! :) Good Luck and keep us posted on this little darling. Can't wait to hear her name and see what she looks like.

marc, michelle and Jackson said...

in the above post forgive my type-os...father....should be rather (it just makes sense that way, doesn't it?!)

Jared and Kelly said...

You're going to be great. I can't remember the last time I've been so excited about some one else's baby - and just think of how many pregos we know....
I really mean it- you will be marvelous.
And hey - go ahead and revel in the anxiety. I still get scared every time.

Tyler and Erin said...

The last weeks are the worst but before you know it you will be holding her.... then she will by 1...in just a blink of an eye. As for the Tutu-- Lyssa gave me the instructions. All you do is take 1/2" elastic and sew it to fit whatever size waist. Then you buy whatever color tool you want and cut it into 3" and 5" widths. For the length... I just cut from the fold down. Does that make sense? You then just tie on the strips with a square knot in the middle...so out of one strip comes two strands. make sense? When I finished tying 4-5 yds of tool I trimmed it to Peyton's length and cut some shorter so there were long and short layers. I did end up sewing the tool to the waistband above the knots just so they'd stay in place and not twist. Hope this makes sense and it won't be long until your girl is begging you to make them for her. :-) P.S. Yup that was me in high school sewing that got the needle in the eye. Joyous times.

kimmy girl said...

contradictions are expected love. so turns out your normal!

bryce & sarah said...

Hey doll face! Or baby face, I should say. I'm TOTALLY rooting for the EARLIEST day possible! Yes, agreed, motherhood is overwhelming at times (especially at first). But once you see her little face you'll think, WHAT WERE WE WAITING FOR!? (well.. SOME days you'll think, "Can you just crawl back inside me so I can get a few hours of shut eye?" :)
HERE SHE COMES!! I can't wait to see her.

BETH said...

Wow only 20 days maximum though- you could totally make a paper chain.

Elizabeth said...

o my word i am ssssssssooooooooo excited to come you don't even know!!!um let's hope people can tell if it is you or aaron ha ha if you were mistaken for a boy ha ha. Yeah i probably want her to come as soon as you do (no joke.)well ta ta for now

Love (almost REALLY SOON,REALLY EXCITED) AUNT LIZZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. sister grimmer is really excited too.

Elizabeth said...

oh yeah one more thing you kknow how you "blame mom" i was laughing and mom was like what is sssoooo funny? and i said that you blame her and she was like GOLL!!!!

Tim, Melissa & Dylan said...

I hope she comes sooner than later too! I can't wait to meet this little darling! You will be amazing parents...and she'll be coming whether you feel ready or not. :)

elements: overexposed said...

My guess is that Aaron is the one photographed in the cute little dress! Am I right? Well best of luck, I can only imagine the anxiety...

My favorite part was "I mean what were we thinking!" Love it!

koryandkatie said...

Hang in there. Believe it or not, I've felt the same way while I've been pregnant with all three boys . . . "I can't have a baby, I can't have 2 kids, I can't have 3 kids" . . . so, you're not alone. You will be a wonderful mom! Good luck.

Lyssa said...

Let's see...i'll probably repeat advice that someone has already given you but what you're feeling is NORMAL! You are going to be a great mom! The torn emotions are normal and it will be easier than you think. Just take one day or hour at a time when she comes. I know the struggles of the due date! We had to bear through that with Kate (1 week late and then induced) But looking back it was fine. Hopefully your mom can manage that long trip :)
No worries though, you'll be a awesome mom...but just Pray constantly :) Loves!
Lyssa

Becky said...

Out of the mouth of Rasty, "you want sooner rather than later? Do you remember the sleepless nights? The yucky poos? just keep that kid in there as long as you can!!" Whatever Ras man! I am right there with ya Melissa! I am being induced the 29th too...yeah exciting! You can only take so much kicking and poking these last few weeks! Hang in there! It's wonderful so get get excited!

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