I kept trying to have the nursery tidy and ready, but June Apple, the toddler tornado, had other plans.
On Saturday, September 16, my contractions had become more regular, but were not strong enough to stop me in my tracks. It was a beautiful day and we went to the farmers market and I soaked in our family of three, excited that it was soon to be four! We ran into several friends and I was excited knowing that the next time I saw them, I would have our baby boy with us!
I spent the afternoon reading my go-to birthing books, filled with lovely birth stories to get me in the right frame of mind. Many women talk about turning inward in the days leading up to child birth. I found myself feeling quieter, reserved, calm, peaceful. The anticipation of the previous days and weeks seemed to drift away, and I felt ready to receive.
In keeping with tradition, I decided to share a meal with my good friend, Angela. You might remember that I ate dinner at Angela's house the night I went into labor with June Apple, so I thought, I'd keep that good thing going. We ate at an awesome Cuban restaurant. I ordered a spicy, garlicky dish and spent some time carrying June Apple around, hoping that the extra exercise might move things along. Contractions were present, but not stronger than they had been that morning and I went to sleep, hoping for a good nights rest, feeling like the next day would be a busy one.