I remember, shortly before Spencer was born, getting a little anxious and nervous. As a first time mom, I didn't know what to expect. I tried not to worry and dwell on it too much, seeing as how it wouldn't make a difference, and I think, overall, I kept myself pretty calm about the upcoming labor and delivery of our first born child.
On Sunday, I will be 37 weeks pregnant. Spencer was born the day before his due date (as a result of induction). If Bo follows suit, I have about three weeks left. Of course, there's no real way to count on that, so I am trying to keep myself mentally prepared to become a mother again at any time now.
It's nerve-wracking. Again. Still. It's the same, but it's different. I think I might be more nervous this time, actually. It doesn't make a ton of sense to me, but at the same time, here I am, day in and day out, thinking about what's coming up really soon.
Why am I nervous? Well, I know that each and every birth is different, just like every pregnancy. While I was induced with Spencer because he was assumed to be "large" at full term, he was 8 pounds 2 ounces at birth. That's not... that large. I haven't been great about taking photos this pregnancy, because Spencer keeps me pretty occupied, more than anything, but I managed to take a snap a photo last week at the mall. Below, we have Spencer v. Bo. It looks as if Bo is even bigger than Spencer. I haven't gained much as far as poundage goes (I really didn't with Spencer either, both times, I lost, then started to gain it back, and was only a few pounds over pre-pregnancy weight with Spencer, right where I am now with Bo).
Seeing that I appear larger this time makes me nervous. Will it be harder this time? Will Bo be bigger, really? Or is it all just an illusion. I don't want a cesarean if I can help it, which is why they induced last time. Will I end up with one this time?
I know I shouldn't worry about it, because worrying really makes no difference, but I wonder anyway.
I had an epidural last time. I am hoping to avoid one this time, for no reason other than the thought of injection in the spinal column is creepy. I dealt with it last time, because once I was about 5cm dialated or so, I was having intense back labor. Well, my placenta this time is right near my spine. Does that mean I'll have intense back labor again? If so, I'll probably give in and get an epidural. I know it's nothing to be ashamed of, but they still make me nervous, even if I had one last time.
And then there's the worry I had last time: Will Jake make it in time? He works on the road again with this job. Last time, we were lucky in that we scheduled to induce so he was there. But, had I gone early, would he have been last time? Will he be this time? I am terrified to think that second labors often go more quickly, and if I didn't realize I was in labor right away, would it give him enough time to get to the hospital? I can't imagine him missing the birth of our child.
Then, of course, there's post birth nerves: Will Spencer adjust? Will he love or hate the new addition? Will I be a good mom to two? Sometimes I feel like a cruddy mom to just one!
I know in the end, it will all work out according to God's plan and I shouldn't worry as much as I do. But, it sure does come naturally.