I wish I had some kind of 24-hr, on-call nurse/midwife in my entourage to aid me in my pregnancy. Even better, she could temporarily live with us until after the baby is born and we feel comfortable enough to go it alone. I would call her at any hour to answer my stupid questions, like “My hips are aching all the time now, and I’ve been feeling the baby move down low more. Do you think he’s dropped?” Or, “The Doctor says I am measuring small, what do you think? Is he going to be big? Is he small? Does that mean I’ll go into labor sooner or later?” Anytime I felt like I wanted to be checked out between Doctor’s visits, I would call her to come over and give me thorough exam, and then have her paint my toe nails and do my dishes for me. And pick Deven up from school. I wonder if I could find some downtrodden Guatemalan immigrant who acted as her village’s Midwife to come and live with us as a nanny/maid/personal alternative health care provider. If I were rich and still dumb enough to keep getting pregnant, I would totally hire her.
If my mom were still here, I am sure she would act as my personal nurse/mw, and do as much as she could to help out with Deven and my housework. It still stings a bit to hear about other women bonding with their mothers during their pregnancies, while I don’t even get to talk to mine.
I want the baby to get here before I hit forty weeks because I don’t think I could take another 5 1/2 weeks of this. Another 3, maybe, but not another 5. At the same time, we are about to begin our potty training adventure, and having the baby hold out for as long as possible might be best until we build up Deven’s potty confidence. Today I decided to give Deven a head start, because tomorrow he is going to be thrown into it head first, whether he likes it or not, with a whole other set of adults. He was fine for the first half of the day with his underpants, and would sit on the potty for stickers. He had one accident while he sat in time out, and we cleaned it up and gave him a new pair of undies. Then after nap, he discovered he needed to take a shit, and I had already taken his pull-up away from him. He wouldn’t sit on the potty for the most lavish bribe in the world, nor would he wear his underpants. He threw massive banshee screaming fits because I wouldn’t give him a pull-up. Finally, Vance came home from his camping trip and I told him that he could do whatever he wanted while I was at work, because nothing is changing tomorrow, and he is still starting potty training. So you can kind of guess what a tired, achy, smelly Vance decided to do.
Today was such a fail. These next two weeks are going to pwn us. So maybe the baby should stay in there for another 5 weeks…