It’s super late, and I should be going to bed, but I just wanted to post a quick update. Like speed-walking, but since I’m walking sl-ow-ly these days, it’s speed-blogging instead. ;-) Here are this week’s “Six Things for Sunday”…
Thing #1: She’s gonna blow!
I know I’ve already gotten on my soapbox about late-pregnancy comments, but I gotta step on it again. In my previous pregnancies, I don’t really remember having so many comments. With my second pregnancy no-one could believe I was full-term because I was “so small.” So maybe it’s because this is all so new to me that I’m over-reacting a little bit. People probably think they’re giving a compliment when they say, “It looks like it’s all baby,” but this seriously better not be a 50 lb baby.
Today my husband and I were asked to pray before and after the Sunday school lesson at church. The woman who asked us announced that my husband would give the closing prayer, adding, “He is likely to be a new father before next Sunday” because I appeared like I was “going to have a baby any minute!” I kind of wanted to shout, “I’m not actually due until January!” This was just one of many comments today, and I get them pretty much any time I venture into public. I told my husband that I feel like I’m a walking time-bomb, and when people see me all they can think is, “Watch out, she’s gonna blow!!!” I also told him I kind of want to walk around wearing a giant baggy trench coat so I can hide my prominent protuberance from the world.
People who tell me I look beautiful or fantastic or that I’m glowing… you are my favorite. ‘Cause most of the time all I hear is how huge and uncomfortable I look.
Thing #2: Soap
Guys, I’m kind of a little bit obsessed with making soap lately. So far we’ve made three different batches with various mixtures of essential oils, herbs, oatmeal, lemon peels, etc). I had always been intimidated by the prospect of handling lye and concocting kettles of bubbly potions. But it turns out that the process is way easier than I had imagined. It kind of does feel like making magic though as you witness the chemical reactions that turn pots full of fat into lathery goodness. After curing and cutting and stamping, I sometimes like to just sit and stare at them. Isn’t she pretty?
Thing #3: Meditation
I’m happy to report that I’ve been meditating for the past few days! I forgot how good it feels to sit and be present and breathe. I forgot how much I love mantras. Also… having a belly that sticks out really far provides the perfect little resting spot for prayer pose. ;-)
Thing #4: Spiritual Gifts
I get to teach the Young Women at church again this coming Sunday. I’m super excited about the lesson ’cause I am planning to introduce the girls to several strong women in the scriptures and from church history who exemplified various spiritual gifts. My friend/co-author Heather blogs at Women in the Scriptures, and I will forever be grateful to her for introducing me to many of these women who aren’t often talked about but are, nonetheless, real and right there “hiding” in plain sight in the scriptures. I’m excited to show the girls that spiritual gifts such as prophecy and healing could be theirs (they’re by no means only for men). I’m excited to encourage the girls to discover and develop their own unique spiritual gifts.
Thing #5: Mother Blessing
So it’s finally happening. For the first time in my crunchy mama career, I’m having a real-life “Mother Blessing.” Ages ago, maybe even before I was pregnant, my sweet friend Brittney offered to host one for me. So later this week, it’s happening. I can’t wait to spend a relaxing evening with a few close friends, get henna on my belly, and hear their words of encouragement. I told my friend Cherise, the henna artist, that I’m thinking I want a phoenix design. Something like this…
If you want to “participate” virtually, feel free to send blessings, wishes, prayers, poems, songs, or other uplifting messages to my email at askbusca at gmail dot com. The celebration will be this coming Thursday evening. Can’t wait!
Thing #6: Logistical Birth Prep
So after experiencing what felt suspiciously like crampy back labor last night for quite a while, I decided it was probably a good idea to pack a bag with the stuff I want to bring to the birthing center. It’s got some comfy birthing clothes, comfy postpartum clothes, essential oils, diffuser, a bracelet gifted to me by my co-authors, snacks (including dates), coconut water, and some other stuff I’m probably forgetting. Earlier today my husband helped me get most of the songs I wanted on my birthing playlist loaded into my phone. We also have the diaper bag all loaded up with newborn gear and blankets.
Last week I met with our new family doctor for the first time. I was relieved to discover how kind and uncondescending he was. There really are considerate and respectful medical professionals out there, as much as I often feel otherwise. Plus he’s only five minutes away from our new house! So we’re set to bring the baby in within 24 to 48 hours of birth for newborn screen, pulse-ox, etc.
Also, another sweet friend organize a meal sign-up starting the week before my baby is due and going a month+ afterward. With all this support, I feel hopeful that my postpartum experience will go much more smoothly than I have feared.
P.S. After a relaxing hot bath with Dead Sea magnesium salts, that crampy “back labor” totally disappeared. Magnesium for the win! #tooearly #keepcookingbaby