**UPDATE: Contest is closed, because BABY IS HERE!**
Elanora Sophia was born at 9:53 this morning, Aug 19!
I will post some photos and the winner will be chosen in the morning after we’ve all rested a bit.
See “Welcoming Elanora Sophia“
Okay, so I’m really getting impatient here to meet our new little one. I’ve done just about every project in the house that sounds remotely possible in this heat. Things are relatively clean, (actually, remarkably clean for what is usual around here!)
The birth kit is ready. The baby clothes are washed and set out. The teeny-tiny little newborn cloth diapers are all sitting in a cute little stack (miniature fluff! *squee!*) The co-sleeper is set up and ready for a tiny little swaddled “burrito baby” (assuming this baby is more cooperative about swaddling than my last little munchkin was!)
My freezer is stuffed to bursting with meals for the weeks after delivery, (I’m actually starting to dive into this stash already…who wants to cook anything in 100+ degree weather when you’re monstrously pregnant?!)
Our bedroom carpet is even shampooed and the dust ruffle for our bed has been washed, ironed and put back on finally after sitting stuffed in a cupboard somewhere for months ’cause I didn’t want to mess with it.
The nesting definitely hit full force, and I’M DONE. I’m ready for this baby to arrive!
In an attempt to keep me amused and away from the brink of insanity while I wait, I have decided to run a little guessing game here.
We don’t know who this baby is. Yup, we’re old fashioned. Yup, you could never do it. You’re too much of a control freak or you just need to be able to plan ahead. (We’ve heard it all, LOL.)
It seems to be amazingly rare now to not take a peek at the gender of your baby. I’ll admit, I have been super tempted. I’m really starting to go nuts not knowing who this little person is.
But I love that moment of discovery at the end of labor. The anticipation and excitement do a lot to help me welcome labor and get through the long hours of work to get our children on the outside and into our arms.
So, I’m asking you to take a guess. Will this third child of ours be a boy or a girl? Are we going to have three precious little girls or is a little brother going to get tossed into the mix here?
First, a little history:
What about this pregnancy?!
Gender: This time, I am still going with my gut feeling of BOY. I would say that I am about 85% sure this time around that we’re about to welcome a little man into the house.
I base this feeling partly on minor differences in the pregnancy: I felt much sicker at the beginning than I did with the girls, and the baby has been incredibly active from very early on, (even now, at almost 40 weeks, is almost ridiculously so.)
Another thing that has me leaning towards boy: on my side of the family, we have only had granddaughters/nieces up until this year. After 4 girls, both of the babies born into our “clan” this year so far have been boys. I’m thinkin’ they could use another little boy cousin to help them keep from being too outnumbered.
Almost everyone I know or have met that make a guess at who is in there, simply based on how I am carrying, have said it’s a boy for sure. I have no idea whether to put any stock in this method of prediction…seems a little far-fetched to me, but who knows?!
If you base your predicitions on how a woman carries, I have provided the above profile for you to determine our fate. This photo was taken yesterday, Wednesday, Aug 15, at 39 weeks, 2 days gestation.
(Also, if that belly pops out *any* farther, I’m pretty sure I will not be able to walk without falling over.)
Birthday: My due date is Sunday, August 19th. At this point, I am putting my guess on going into labor late Friday night and having the baby sometime on Saturday, (Aug 18.) Mostly because this would be super convenient for almost everyone involved. Both of my previous births have at least started on a weekend, which comes in handy for having the hubby around. I’ve never had to decide if it was “the real thing” to determine if he should come home from work…since he was already home!
Also, August 18th sounds like a nice birthday. I like even numbers.
I have had irregular contractions come and go for the past two weeks, (ever since I held my brand-new, uber-adorable nephew!) and today I asked my midwife to check things. Baby is nice and low at 0 station, settled in a comfortable and ready-to-go LOA position, and I’m 2.5 cm dilated.
This was pretty encouraging to me, since especially in the last few days I have had some pretty painful contractions that felt like they should be going somewhere or doing something. Apparently, they have! With my previous two pregnancies, I never had any noticeable contractions until the actual day of delivery, and it took me a good 3-5 hours of definite labor to get that far dilated. My midwife has me scheduled for another appointment on Tuesday, but is fairly certain I won’t make it until then – I certainly don’t plan to.
So, there you have it!
Are you ready to make a guess?
If you’re right, this lovely sight will appear in your inbox soon!
Remember…even if you don’t have fortune-telling powers, you still have a chance to make out on this game…one completely random person is going to get a $10 gift card, just for playing along!