Day 4: Sunday Breakfast Conversation

download (1)Paul cooked breakfast. Sunday is becoming our family convo over breakfast day. The kids shared their concerns about having two parents. I asked them “well didn’t you always want a dad in the house?” Their response was “umm NO!” I was a lil shocked. I guess Disney and other media had me tricked into thinking every kid wanted a mom and dad in the house. Lol! Josiah said he did at one point but after getting to know his dad’s personality vs. mine he said he was OK with me being the majority caregiver. Imani said she doesn’t really care either way. Josiah was most concerned about getting different instructions from each parent. We explored that and assured them that Paul and I are on the same page. They don’t have to worry about that. The one thing they were in full agreement on is they don’t want us to argue. They’ve never seen me arguing with anyone and they don’t want to. Growing up I never saw my parents argue, therefore I never argue in front of my kids. Paul and I are in full agreement on that so we assured them that they won’t have to worry about that. The conversation was deep, fun, and productive. I give thanks for the type of people I have groomed them to be and the environment that Paul and I are creating as parents. ‪#‎countdowntobirth‬‪#‎ShellysBelly‬ ‪#‎BabySkylar‬

Day 7: TGIT

day7Thank God for friends who’ll help you look cute in the hospital. TonightKaNikki Jakarta retwisted my locs for me so i don’t have to be in the hospital looking like my hair needs medical attention! We ate Chinese and watched Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. I’m hooked on ABC Thursday nights! My last doctor’s appt. before the c-section is tomorrow. I’m making a list of things to ask the doctor. I want to know how how my insides look! Lol! You’re only supposed to have 3 C-sections but we may want one more child after the wedding. I want to know about the shots the baby will get a after birth, how long I have to stay in the hospital, and the closing procedure she’ll use for the surgery. A FB friend said she dreamed that I was posting pics of the baby on Facebook. It’s crazy bc earlier I was thinking what if I go into my appt. and the doctor says “we’re taking you in now!” I think I’m just anxious. Skylar will come when she’s ready! Who knows? Maybe she’ll be ready before Oct. 2nd. #countdowntobirth #ShellysBelly #BabySkylar

Day 7: The realities of having a sister

download I am more hungry now than I’ve been the past 8 months. I’m not craving anything I’m just hungry every 3-4 hours. I talked to Imani and Josiah today about the realities of having a new lil sister. I asked Imani about not being the only girl. Her only concern is having the darkest skin of her siblings. I had no clue she would say that. We explored that a bit. I asked Josiah how he’d feel now that he isn’t the youngest. He is not concerned about that. His only concern is that Paul never leaves us bc he does not approve of raising kids without fathers around. We explored that a bit. The convo was a loving balance of comedy and concerns. We concluded with the thought that we’re about to have a whole family. We now have a mom, a dad, siblings and a dog. This is new, different, and happy. I want all my children to know how much I love them as individuals. They all mean so much to me. I look forward to being the best mommy I can no matter how old they get. They each deserve to feel their own type of special love. ‪#‎countdowntobirth‬ ‪#‎ShellysBelly‬ ‪#‎BabySkylar‬

Day 9: Can’t touch my toes

IMG_4581 Who needs to touch their toes anyway? NOT ME! Spent the morning cuddling with Paul. Made a list of things we still need. Two of the things I really want are a boppy pillow and a baby book. Yea, we didn’t get a baby book. We have to have that! We don’t have many baby bottles but I don’t plan on bottle feeding for at least a month. I had cool convos with Paul’s mom and my mom today. I’m so sleepy and wishing my nephew would just stay sleep with me. He’s a year old and energetic. Sleeping all day is not happening! I have no clue how people manage having small children while pregnant. I’m slowing down and he’s speeding up. Skylar is snuggled head down at the bottom of my midsection. I can’t walk or stand long without pain. I’m thinking she will be between 7 and 8 pounds. I’m getting anxious! ‪#‎countdowntobirth‬ ‪#‎BabySkylar‬‪#‎ShellysBelly‬

Day 10: Night at the Sleep Center

day-10Day 10: spent last night and all of today with Jo at the Inova Pediatric Sleep Center. He was there for a sleep eval. but it served as much needed Mommy-Josiah time. I am keeping track of Skylar’s movements. She’s moving as she should. I am having major heartburn so she should have a head full of hair. My dad confirmed that he is coming up for my delivery. I am happy that my mom, her mate, my dad, my brother, Paul’s mom and my kids will be at the hospital when I have the baby. Feeling surrounded by love and support means so much to me! As night falls I am feeling thankful, a little nervous, anxious, and optimistic. ‪#‎CountdownToBirth‬‪#‎ShellysBelly‬‪#‎BabySkylar‬

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