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Pregnancy Diary November 9th: To My Due Date… and Beyond!

Wednesday November 9th, 2022

My 40 week appointment went well yesterday! I saw the midwife who helped with Sadie’s delivery and it was fun to bring my little fam along and all talk ­čśŐ

Baby is doing well still and so am I! He’s head down, his heart rate is in the 120s-130s, my belly is measuring on track, and my blood pressure is great.

The midwives said I can continue on with the pregnancy and await spontaneous labor, or I can request an induction at the birth center (they’ve made this offer from 39 weeks on, actually!). That would usually involve using the breast pump and walking, doing a membrane sweep, or even breaking my water.

Jimmy and I both agreed that we are fine with waiting for labor to begin on its own as of now. I’m only one day “past due,” and it seems like baby is comfy and doing well so we don’t want to rock the boat. I’m feeling good and baby is good, so we will see what happens in the coming days!

We said we will wait and see and keep praying for wisdom and a healthy delivery. Something fun I did today was go to acupuncture again! This time the acupuncturist did a few points to support pregnancy and overall health (due to all the sickness going around!).

Acupuncture needles in legs

I was talking to Jimmy about how it doesn’t feel real that our son will be here soon. I remember feeling the same way with Sadie. Like, is there really a baby in there?! I am so excited to meet him! I am also looking forward to sleeping on my stomach again and figuring out what to do about my hernia postpartum. Definitely need to get that fixed! (more…)

Our First Thanksgiving As A Family

Jimmy, Sadie, and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together and it was just as special as I imagined it would be. We didn’t have any big plans for the day, which was perfect for us.

Sadie and Jimmy slept in a little (!), so I used the quiet time in the morning to brew a pot of coffee, hang out with the pets, and get to work on some baking. I made mini pumpkin pies and prepped the turkey.

Mini pumpkin pies

Soon everyone was up and ready for the day so I fed Sadie and then we relaxed in her room and read her a few books.

It was really nice to have Jimmy home in the morning and take things slow. We kept telling Sadie happy Thanksgiving and were imagining her eating turkey next year… crazy!

Girl reading to baby

We spent the day relaxing around the house, cooking, and enjoying each other’s company. I could spend every day just like that and be content.

At one point, I turned to Jimmy and said “Can you believe we’re a family, us three?” and he just smiled as big as I was and said he couldn’t believe it. God has been very, very kind to us and we have so much to be thankful for.

I made jalape├▒o mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, and gravy while Jimmy and Sadie cheered me on from the kitchen table. Our little gal is so observant. She just furrows her brow and watches the world around her.

Soon enough it was time for dinner! We pulled the turkey out of the oven, Jimmy carved it, and I set the table with the china from our wedding.

I need to use our china more often because we love the pattern and it reminds us of the day we made our wedding registry┬á(<–I looked back on that post and why…. why was I wearing a Pikachu shirt in the last picture?! LOL.).

Thanksgiving dinner

After dinner we headed out into the cold weather (Pittsburgh didn’t break 30 degrees the whole day!) and made two trips to see Jimmy’s family.

I had fun dressing Sadie up in a turkey dress and then got sad that it would be the last time she would wear it. Little did I know that I’d be changing her out of it before we finished visiting everyone, lol.

The holidays feel extra special now, and it’s such a joy to see our families with little Sader Tot!┬áBefore we knew it we were back home snuggling on the couch and reminiscing on what a lovely day we had.

It was a great first Thanksgiving as a family and we felt incredibly blessed to have the day together to reflect on all we have to be thankful for!

Tell me about your Thanksgiving!