Monday, November 8, 2010

Nesting...and Trying Not to Panic

Baby #4's "due date" is a mere six days away.

Now, I have never gone into labor any earlier than a week-and-a-half past my due date. If I stay true to pattern, I'll be birthing this baby on Thanksgiving Day...

...However...I have suddenly been hit with the uneasy feeling that this baby may not come nearly as late as I expect...

...and I'm not ready.

I've recently been asked how I "do it all". I have to laugh because the answer is, "I don't". I have to make choices and set priorities just like everyone else does. Frankly, sometimes I do a lousy job of it. Time management is one of my biggest weaknesses.

Nevertheless, ready or not, here baby comes!

I take a great amount of peace in knowing that God is sovereign over my pregnancy, my labor, my birth, and my baby. He knows when baby will be ready to be born, and he will give me what I need to deal with what comes when it happens. I've blogged about this before. It is a truth that becomes more real and necessary to me as the calendar moves forward.

As I get ready for baby to come, my presence on this blog may be a bit more...well...erratic. My guess is that I'll be writing a lot over the next week or so, and then, I may suddenly disappear for a while. God has been teaching me so much lately, and I have so much that I want to say! On the other hand, I need to balance my work here with my responsibilities here at home, coupled with a healthy dose of rest before the "marathon". (I learned last time, after going into labor in the late afternoon of a busy day, that I should always leave some energy in reserve during these last weeks.)

Anyway, I'm still looking for a couple of guest contributors to this blog for during my "maternity leave". If you don't know how to contact me directly (I prefer not to put my email address directly into posts), just leave a comment and I will contact you. Topics may include Christ-centered homeschooling, child discipleship, and biblical womanhood.

Oh, and last but not least, "God Made, Home Grown" has been nominated in two categories in the HSBA 2010 Homeschool Blog Awards! I am pleasantly surprised and honored! Thank-you all for reading and for your nominations! Click on the link below to cast your vote!:

This blog has been nominated in the "Best Homeschool Mom" category and the "Best Encourager" category.

While you're at it, you can also cast a vote for On the Company Porch, the blog I contribute to on Monday afternoons, in the "Best Group/Family Blog" category. Thanks in advance!

Voting is going on right now, and ends on November 18th.

The only question now is, will I have a baby by then?

Stay tuned...


Jill S said...

I hear ya, Tiana! I have a c-section scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving - perfect timing in every way. On Friday, though, I started to show a first sign of preeclampsia which I've had with both of my kids. I am now in the same boat with you. I feel the need to scramble to be ready yet it's the scrambling that may only cause Baby to need to come early. Praying we can both rest in body and mind and that both little ones will arrive in God's perfect timing (and with a miraculously small amount of pain:)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear the news!!!

Tiana said...

Wow, Jill! I'll be praying for you! I hope you and your baby stay comfy and healthy, and that you get at least a little while longer to get ready.

I had a lot of braxton hicks last night, but this morning, nothing, so we'll see what happens.

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