Hi all - I felt I owed an update! Sorry I haven't posted in so long - I've been so incredibly busy with freelancing that I actually didn't have time to pluck my eyebrows until the bit that aren't meant to be there got as long as the bits that are! Every bath feels like an enormous relief after a huge adventure in some completely unexplored wilderness... It's wonderful to be so "in demand" - it really is, but it's also very unpredictable.
Thankfully I had a lovely letter from the bank regarding my car loan - an offer to skip either my December or January payment, so I gladly accepted the offer: I'm skipping my December payment (Season's Greeting, me!) and using the time to slow down a bit, nest, and probably make a bunch of cloth diapers. Then in January, taxes will pay for the car, so in effect it almost means I get two months of really nice nesting and bonding. Then, in February, it'll be back to normality, but with a baby in a sling on my chest - and really, I'm not anticipating too many problems doing my work and babywearing. I think we'll be just fine, Isobella and I.
Talking of Isobella: she's getting very big, and very active! She's just like her sister in terms of positioning, though actually she went head down at about 27 weeks and has remained that way ever since. I can feel her feet, and now quite regularly her little tush, poking out of the front of the Iso-belly... Good baby, getting into position like that! Actually as I am writing this, she is doing a few stretches and rooting about with her hands and her head. It's nice to know she'll be born in a few weeks: I'm getting very impatient.
Also, the scary dreams have started. Last night I had a dream that we'd lost Isobella too, somehow. Then there I was, looking at her crib, thinking that for a second time, we wouldn't get to use it... Thankfully it was just a nightmare, and hopefully not one that will come true. It does just go to show though - I am, in all of my positivity, not immune from fear regarding my child. I don't fear death myself - but I do for my baby.
So, less than six weeks - most probably just over five. I want to go into the New Year snuggling with my daughter at midnight - and so for that reason, she has until the very end of December (about 38.5 weeks) to come out - though I will most likely be induced right around 38. Christmas Day is the same day her sister came, at 37 weeks, 4 days - so it would be rather uncanny of she made an appearance then: but not really very surprising since so far, she's been so similar to her sister in so many ways.
We'll just have to wait and see...