Harvest has officially started for Yoder Farms. This has been a time anxiously awaited (more so than normal) for Andrew and I this year because we know that we could be having to stop to have a baby, or we’ll just finish in time to have a baby. Either way, the clock is ticking and we’re racing to try and get ahead of things.
It seems as though things have been extra busy on the farm this year. Andrew has been running 150 miles an hour to try to get to this place in time, and now that it’s here I’m starting to freak out a little bit. I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant at the beginning of October, which means if I happen to go just 11 days early, we could have a baby this month. Now, no one really knows if you take after your mother in your labors/pregnancies, but if you do then there is a good chance I will be having this baby early. My mother went early with all 3 of us kids… so if that truly means anything, Andrew and I are pretty much prepared for this baby to come anytime in that last week in October. Better to be prepared than completely shocked!
Andrew hopes that I don’t go early and that I go late so that he can either be done with harvesting, or be pretty darn close… but he’s not the one carrying a little person that is constantly jabbing your ribs, giving you heartburn, or getting you up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Let’s just say, I’m ready for this little turkey to make it’s arrival earlier rather than later.
So, I have 6 weeks left until my due date and here are some of my thoughts that usually cross my mind a couple times a day.
- When is this baby going to come?
- How is labor going to go?
- Are we going to be done harvesting?
- How will I know what to do?
- I hope I do the whole breastfeeding thing right…
- My back hurts.
- I wish I didn’t have to keep popping tums.
- I wonder if I will ever stop being exhausted (unlikely!)
- I just peed an hour ago, how do I have to go again already?
- Who is the little baby going to be?
- When is the baby going to come…
Until this baby comes, I am now what you would consider a pregnant, harvest widow. I will be spending some nights eating supper alone, and going to bed alone. Does this scare me as we get closer to delivering…. yes, a little. Will I get through it- most likely with the help of Netflix, hot chocolate and Facebook.
I’m continuing to work until the baby comes, however I currently commute 1 hour to work one way. My Dr. gave me strict orders that I need to stop driving up to work 2 weeks before my due date, so I will be working from home at that point. Which is a life saver because I’m really starting to have issues getting in and out of my car… and off my couch.. and out of bed… because let’s face it. When your belly gets to a certain size, you become like a turtle and kind of have to roll around and gain some momentum when trying to get off your bum.
I’ll try and keep you all updated as we progress these last couple weeks- but no promises. Sometimes, it’s nice to just be lazy at this point- because I know that isn’t going to happen as soon as the mini-us arrives.
Love to all-Nicole