I can not believe that I am already halfway through my 37th week. I really feel like this third trimester has flown by. At the same time, each day that passes gets a little harder. I'm not moving as quick as I was, I feel bigger and bigger, I am having more trouble sleeping through the night... you get the picture. While I have been lucky enough to not suffer through heartburn, indigestion, swollen feet and legs (my fingers occasionally swell)... I feel generally how I thought I would this late in the game. Mainly tired. Luckily for me, I have a wonderful husband who has been doing his best to be my biggest supporter during this time and making me laugh through all the fun and not so fun experiences pregnancy brings.
Thebump.com tells me that I have 16 days left until my due date. 16 days. Physically I am ready for this to be over. I'm sure I will miss the kicks and movements I have been feeling for months but I can not wait to be able to normally get up out of bed and not have to roll off the side. Mentally however, I've been feeling more and more nervous as the count gets shorter. There is a constant to-do list of things I would like to accomplish before our life gets turned upside down and as excited as I am to meet this little guy who we have already fallen in love with, I feel it's only normal to be a little scared of the unknown.
I haven't really shared a whole lot of my daily flying adventures with you this year. Between being pregnant and just plain ole sick, how I bid for trips drastically changed. No longer did I seek out exciting long overnights but instead shorter days and comfy hotel beds. On top of that I switched to part time flying in September and this month, my doctors took me out at 36 weeks. In reality, I haven't stepped foot on an airplane since late October. This isn't going to change anytime soon either. My company has a very generous leave for new parents and I will be out for about a year. While I know what a complete blessing this is that we have this option and we are able to afford for me to stay at home for that long, it's also a little scary for me to think about. For the past 6 years I have been a flight attendant at two different airlines with the freedom to come and go as I please. To say this is a life changing event is an understatement. Not only are we adding a baby to our family, but my role in life and our marriage is completely changing. Anyways, as nervous as I am... I am twice as excited to meet our baby for the first time!
So for the next 16 days (or however long I have until he is here) I will be doing my best to enjoy this time in my life when I have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to... both the known and unknown.