20 August 2008

no babies yet.

but while we wait
here are some beauties
we snapped on another
idaho roadtrip.



am learning to love the beauty in the open lands. am learning the art of the roadtrip. am learning to snap shots out the window. am learning to love the tetons like dan does. am learning the virtue in patience. and am learning to keep busy. last night i learned how to bowl the wii. though the four year old still beat us. am learning to make new friends. am learning to be social and not go into hiding just because i feel/am mammoth. am learning to literally make more of each moment. am learning to just relax while i can.

am learning to take it all in. am learning to drink a lot of water to prepare for this upcoming athletic event. i've decided waiting for childbirth is like signing up for a surprise marathon, you don't know the date or the time. you don't know if it will be mid day or mid night. you know nothing. all you have is your bib number pinned to your shirt. people will pity you when they see you still waiting in the wings to run your heart out. they know you are anxious and excited and ready to go for the gold. but no one can do anything about it. it comes when it comes. and you just have to be ready. at your peak; prepared, focused, on. hydration is key. therefore frozen fruit bars have become my new training regimen, a cross between an indulgent + healthy habit. i told dan we had to buy them because my book says they are great for hydrating while in pre-labor. am hoping we still have some when pre-labor hits.

18 comments:

My Three Sons Designs said...

Marta, you have the BEST attitude about this process of any first time mom I've ever met! Way to go hanging in there waiting for little man to arrive. And eat a million fruit bars if you want to....better than DQ blizzards by the handful!

Megan W. said...

You really are amazing marta. I hope i am half as positive as you when i have a baby!

erin said...

That last week is killer. I remember waking up for the last four days and thinking, "today is the day".

Good luck. I am so excited for you guys, it is such an amazingly, spiritual experience welcoming new life into a home. Cherish every moment.

Julia R. said...

You are SO upbeat i LOVE IT. As a newly wed who is genuinely scared of the pain associated with birth, I must beg you to give us an honest account of the feelings associated with the birth. Not just that "it was the most beautiful time" of your life....etc...=/

Champagnewednesdays said...

I lvoe the marathon metaphor - except your runners' high will last a lifetime. All this energy in the world from your excited readers is such a welcome for a new baby.

chelle said...

so excited for you and I swear a good attitude is half the battle before/during the baby marathon...and afterwards, oh afterwards you will be so over the moon in love you will hardly notice that you've just run the most rigorous marathon of your life.

God bless, bless, bless you and your little family of three.

amber said...

i'm so glad you're sharing these sweet insights to your waiting. they make me teary and excited for the day i'll be there.

Julia said...

I really like the marathon analogy.

When I had my second I had just moved to a new town. And I started meeting people, as a 9 month pregnant woman. I had my little girl, stayed home my customary time and when I went back out into society, I had to reintroduce myself all over again. Everyone kept saying, oh, you were the one who was pregnant ... you look so different. Which I concluded was a good thing :)

amy said...

oh man. i'm already scared for childbirth. you are so brave! but of course you are--you're marta!

you know I love those open prairie lands. they are so so gorgeous. thanks for sharing them.

Sarah said...

Eeeek! Marta Im so excited for you :)

Linds said...

Hi marta! I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I am so excited for you! And I read your list below of things to remember when you're a mom and I would say besides the bubble gum you're on the right track! Good luck!

crystal said...
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crystal said...

Enjoy these memories you are about to make. Although each child is special there is nothing like your first baby. This week I waved my oldest baby goodbye as he traveled away to first grade. With six years of mommy days under my belt I am no longer considered a new mom. My youngest is two and I can't believe I have out grown Babies R Us, bottles and burp rags. This week as I packed his first lunch and spent our first whole day until three 0'clock without him I have become a new mom all over again. When the first baby takes a first breath or step his mother takes one too. She has never had her own real live breathing baby. And years later as he waves for the first time from the bus window until he can't see her anymore she waves back for the first time. She has never had a full time schoolboy. Looking to his future I realize that I have many firsts ahead of me and therefore will be a new mom a lot longer than I thought.
Enjoy your very first firsts!

Buby + Bleu said...

frozen fruit bars, YES. i ate them every day at the end of my pregnancies... which both were over 40 weeks. so i know about waiting. and meeting new peeps... we moved here when i was 7 months pregnant with my first. you seem to be in an AWESOME state of mind. your analogy made me laugh out loud! enjoy this time.

Ms. Ed. said...

Good luck, Marta! These days filled with anticipation will melt into nothing once your little one is here!

I am so thinking about you!

Pina said...

Isn't it amazing that it is also us, who can't wait for your baby to be born? :)
I am so glad you share your thoughts with us, I think that there is so much we learn from you.

love.boxes said...

Can't wait to see the little guy. Hope and pray that all goes really well.

have a lovely said...

precious post by one wise mommy.in.waiting! I say go ahead and enjoy the whole box...you can snatch up another one on the way! :)

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