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April beauty

I honestly thought this baby would be born with snow on the ground. We had so much of it, I just figured it would take forever to get warm enough for it all to melt. Never did I imagine we’d have flowers blooming in our yard!

As we’re quickly approaching the (supposedly) last week of pregnancy, I’m finding it difficult to not be anxious about those things of which I have little-to-no control over. When will labor start? What will it feel like? What kind of delivery will I have? Will he be healthy? How quickly will I recover? What kind of baby will he be like? Will nursing be difficult for us? And so much more…

I anticipate that once I’m admitted to the hospital, a lot of my anxiety will be relieved since right now the biggest question for me is: When? After that, most of the questions will be answered within hours. And I’ll find new things to be anxious about. So far, we’re just taking it day-by-day. Every afternoon I send an end-of-day email with every project I’m in the middle of, where to find the documents, and where I’m at with the project. I’m working on school assignments early, to hopefully get some things done before the baby arrives, rather than needing to ask for extensions later. I’ve had several days of feeling “crampy” and thought each time that maybe it was pre-labor so that has kind of motivated me to be on top of things as much as possible, even though these aches have not amounted to anything.

Many people have asked about visiting us in the hospital, etc. We’d like to keep hospital visitors to a minimum for several different reasons and so we ask that only our parents and siblings visit during that time. However, anyone is welcome to come meet the baby once we return home. I’d ask that you call or email us first, so we don’t have a lot of people showing up on the same day, unannounced. This way, we also can let you know if it’s “not a good day” without turning you away on our doorstep. But seriously, come meet the baby. We might have an informal “meet the baby gathering” this summer in Sioux Falls, but I’m not ready to commit to anything at this point.

We’ll post updates, pictures and video of him online (nothing gorey, no worries) so in addition to this blog, I would suggest checking out my Facebook profile, Miles’s profile or the Dear Future Kids page–as well as my Flickr stream and Miles’s Flickr stream or Miles’s Twitter feed. We aren’t making any guarantees on who we’re texting immediately after he’s born, so many of you will probably hear it first through one of those avenues. Unless some interesting new information reveals itself in the next couple weeks, this will probably be the last post before the baby arrives!

For your listening pleasure, there’s a new Dear Future Kids podcast available, DFK 105: Math is Hard.