Four Weeks to Go

It’s hard to believe that, in approximately one month, there will be a screaming infant in our home. Until now, the dog’s incessant barking (at shadows, leaves, other dogs, and everything in between) has been enough noise, but not even his vocalizations can prepare me for midnight feedings and crying – so much crying.

But, that’s par for the course, especially for the first couple of weeks.

Last week, my fiancé and I started prenatal classes, through Alberta Health Services, and the first class discussed the early signs of labour. I’m quite used to Braxton-Hicks contractions, as they started a few weeks ago, but I’m a bit terrified about REAL contractions. Will I know that I’m having a contraction, or will I just dismiss it as some kind of bizarre indigestion?

This week also marks my last week of work, before I vanish for maternity leave. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks training the colleague, who will take over my role for the following year. It’s bittersweet, of course. It’s been tough to focus, but it’s going to be tougher to relinquish control of my responsibilities. I’m a bit of a control freak, but passing the torch is part of this adventure, and it will prove to be an exercise in professional and personal development. Besides, I’ll visit, so I can spy on her. Minus the spying and plus eating any cookies our producers have brought to the office.

I also found an online program to help repair my diastastis recti and restore my pelvic floor. Of course, I’m hoping to get my bottom in gear and take daily walks. The weather should cooperate, and Dog needs the exercise. Our veterinarian said he’s a bit chunky. SOMEBODY keeps feeding him table scraps (cough…fiancé).

Am I being ambitious? Totally. It’s a bad habit – I get super excited about something, and I make a whole bunch of lists and plans, and ultimately, I end up binge-watching Netflix and eating cookies. Only time will tell.

Do you have any go-to postpartum and baby hacks that worked well? Share them in the comments!

 

  • bthequeen

    1. Do what feels right to you with no apologies to anyone else
    2. Keep a journal. So, when everything feels wrong and never-ending, you’ll be able to see how much has gone so right, so consistently.
    3. Don’t accept any outside judgement as valid, reject shame, and don’t apologize for your parenting choices (that’s worth repeating).
    4. Dispense grace and forgiveness to yourself (and finance) at every opportunity – there will be many opportunities, so practice early and often. In the lea side of absolution, you can find an awful lot of capacity to keep moving forward…even on 90+ nights of short sleep.