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My mom and dad are here, and we’ve just been hanging out, mostly. Saw Cars 2 yesterday (loved, although not as much as UP or some others, but still was very good and had LOTS of great visual jokes. I can’t wait to see it on DVD, since I know I missed at least half).

This picture of me in the bikini was taken on my due date last Tuesday. Maybe we’ll try to take another one this Tuesday if I’m still preggo (a good possibility at this rate) to compare.

The nursery is now done and looks awesome. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to share pictures, since Caring Bridge’s picture capabilities are somewhat limited and I don’t want to use a site that requires people to log in separately. I might end up linking it to my Blogger site, which I haven’t updated in a LONG time. Stay tuned!

In other news, within the past few days, I feel like I’ve really turned a corner on this whole “birth/baby” thing. I finally feel ready (or as ready as I can). I’m fantasizing about holding her in my arms (instead of just enjoying watching her kicks), I’m trying to imagine what she might look like as an actual person (if she takes after her mama as a newborn, she will look like a boxer after a really hard fight!), and I’ve also gone back to reading my books on natural childbirth as a very real option.

My energy level is MUCH, MUCH higher now, and very likely back to where it would have been if I hadn’t had surgeries up the wazoo. The one day I was very tired, both of my parents were exhausted too, so it wasn’t just me. Granted, I’m still not exactly raring to go for long expeditions or really wanting to do much at all, but I think that’s more because I’m 40 weeks and 5 days pregnant 🙂

This all makes me think that a natural birth is more of an option every day, and has also made me rethink a little bit the plan for induction on July 1st. I think my OB would let me go until July 5th, and given the unpleasantness I’ve heard about pitocin (the drug they use to induce labor), I would MUCH rather avoid that if at all possible, even if I would rather have the baby earlier. But, as is the case with this whole journey, we’ll just take it as it goes and see what seems best as we go!

We’ll keep everyone updated for sure!