10 Days and Counting!

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I’ve been hesitant to blog lately. As we get closer and closer to Owen’s arrival, the pregnancy hormones are definitely kicking in and I find myself panicking about the weeks to come. I’ve been afraid that if I started typing, a whole can of pregnant-crazy would be opened. But, things around the house are almost ready and, well, the 15th will be here whether we’re ready or not, so I might as well bite the bullet and write a post.

This pregnancy has been like Max’s in some ways, but totally different in others. As with Max, I never really had any morning sickness, which was great. This was a medication-free pregnancy (no hormone shots for the first 14 weeks, like last time), so it was much less involved. I have had more aches and pains here and there (Jon will tell you it’s from doing more than I should, and he’s probably right), but things have been much less stressful. No ER visits (for me, at least) like last time.

Owen has been much more active than Max was. We’ve put on many “belly shows” for Daddy, with him break-dancing, doing gymnastics, or generally just kicking various places to see if he can find a quicker way out. Most of his shenanigans seem to occur at night after Max has gone to bed. Let’s hope that he mellows a little once he’s out!

My biggest concern/thought this time around has actually been Max. He’s been the center of our universe for almost 2 years now, and I’ve worried how he will react to sharing the spotlight with his little brother. He’s so far seemed really excited about Owen, and babies in general. We just hope that his behavior continues when he realizes that Owen is an actual person, and not just that big round “thing” in mommy’s tummy.

I’m dreading the time in the hospital while I’m away from Max and Jon. I’ll admit that I’m codependent where my men (big and little) are concerned. They’re my world and I can’t imagine time spent away from them. We’re lucky that Mimi, Pappaw, and Nan will be taking care of Max the first few days, but I’ll still have Jon coming home and setting up the webcam, so I can see Max as much as possible (when I’m not demanding that someone bring him to the hospital so I can hug him in person).

It’s slowly sinking in that we’re going to be a family of four in a few short days. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have such a wonderful little family. Jon is truly the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful and helpful husband. I know he’ll make this transition much easier. Max, as Jon’s previous video post shows, is just a shining gift from God. He may be entering the cranky phase of toddlerdom, but when he’s showing his cute side, he is just irresistible. You can’t help but smile at him.

I managed to clean myself up pretty well today, so I had Jon take a few pictures to show off my big ole’ belly, in case we can’t get one before Owen’s arrival. We even managed to get Max in a few of them.

It’s big, but doesn’t look too bad, if you ask me!

From the front, you can hardly tell (yeah right!)

Max, showing Mommy some love!

And showing Owen some love!

My new favorite picture.

Have a great long weekend, everyone! We’ll check in again next week sometime. 🙂

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