If you've been following newlywed Jill Duggar's pregnancy—and let's be honest, a lot of people have—you know she's getting very close now to that midwife-assisted home birth she hopes to have, with husband Derick Dillard as labor coach.
She's juuuuuust shy of that full-term 40-week mark now, and her family members are making every last preparatory detail easy for us all to follow, thanks to their continually updated social media feeds.
Hubby Derick recently posted an Instagram collage of photos showing the parents-to-be getting excited, captioning the images: "Happy 9 monthiversary @JillMDillard !!! A LOT has happened since June 21! I am blessed beyond measure and every day is even better with you baby! You're my best friend, and I love you with all my heart! #newlyweds #newdad."
Brother-in-law Ben Seewald posted also a photo over the weekend that showed he and wife Jessa Duggar having dinner with the expecting pair.
As I reached those final days before my scheduled c-section last year, I too was carefully photographing and documenting that big pregnancy belly. And like the Duggars, I was gathering amid friends and family for casual dinners—even getting those paper plates ready for the crazier days ahead, just like Ben's photo shows!
Looking back on that surreal leadup period, I think I did a pretty good job of getting set for D-day; I was well prepared, and don't have too many regrets. (I wrote a lot about that here.) But watching Jill's pregnancy countdown has brought back poignant memories of that time, and has me thinking about even a few more things I could have added to my list to ease and honor the transition:
What did you do —or what are you planning to do — in the last days of your pregnancy?
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