Saturday, February 5, 2011

Almost There...

Pregnancy has been far different than what I anticipated it would be. Morning sickness was worse, but bearable. Being large bellied is something I often forget about, until I knock something over with it or can't squeeze myself through a tight space...or roll over in bed. Actually, rolling over in bed has been one of the hardest things for me about pregnancy, and it's certainly nothing to complain about.

I'm 33 weeks now, and the countdown is on! I'm due next month! Next month, we will have our little boat baby here to cuddle and comfort. Knowing that we are *so* close now, time has come to a standstill. I try to keep myself busy - I've been working a lot (yay money), handwashing cloth diapers (they need to be pre-washed to get fluffier), spending quality time with Justin, watching movies, and reading/preparing for childbirth. And yet, time stands still. I'm actually thrilled that I have to go to see the doctor once a week, because each visit reminds me that another week has passed.

And still, I'm 33 weeks! I still remember so distinctly being 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 20 weeks, 30 weeks...and now 33. Time IS passing. We have our last Bradley class on Monday. We meet with our doula on Saturday. Most of our "to do" list has been crossed off. I've started packing for the hospital even! People always say that the 1st and 3rd trimesters creep by, and I completely understand. I was so sick the 1st trimester that I really thought it would never end, but the 2nd was far more enjoyable and full of so many firsts. I even went into the 3rd trimester with hope that it would go by just as quickly as the last, but 30 weeks hit and the standstill had begun.

I imagine labor will be the same way, especially if it is long. One of the big things that I keep thinking about my labor is- how will I pass the time?


  1. Hey guys! Been a while since I checked in -- looks like yer surviving a fun winter... I'm aboard down on Long Island, doin' fine. Are you still planning to live aboard once the baby arrives?

  2. Ben, thanks for checking in! All is well here, although I am anxiously awaiting spring now.

    We will certainly be living aboard with the baby, and I, for one, cannot wait until she is here. I am getting tired, round, and irritable.


  3. Jenny you crack me up. The thing about a labour is that it is hard work and you won't notice the time passing. For me, it was like time did not exist.

    You're in the hardest part of the pregnancy in my opinion. The twilight before the baby comes. Sleep as much as possible! Read, spend time with your man and remember, remember this quiet time before baby. For me, it only got better.

    Love reading your impatience as my little one is strapped to my chest, snuffling.

  4. Amanda,

    I am glad to hear that time is irrelevant during labor. Sounds good to me!

    The boat is a bit more prepared every day for the baby's arrival. I feel so lucky to be having a spring baby. Soon after her arrival, we'll be taking off the shrink wrap! So exciting.

  5. Hey guys

    my name is ryan, im 22 years old and very interested in living aboard a sailboat sometime in october/november! im learning how to sail this summer :)

    the only problem is, how will i be able to afford a boat :( i dont have much saved up! and i want to convince my gf to come along, so i definitely want room for two!

    i'd love to chat with you guys more about this, and how you did it! please email me at thanks so much guys

  6. Well, you posted this on the 5th, so MORE time has passed. You're getting very close now! Can't wait to hear all about the birth!

  7. On the homestretch! If you don't have enough unsolicited advice...Take naps (I know, you hear that all the time), putter, watch movies. Unless you're family is known for super quick labors, don't get too excited with every contraction in early labor. With the second, I kept telling myself, "No woman has (naturally) slept through her baby's birth." Thinking of you!