Surely there is no better word to describe the final days of pregnancy than "surreal" — in particular for first-time parents with no idea what to expect.
Because I'm carrying multiples who have pretty much been breech (or in other funky positions) the entire time, I always knew I was a likely candidate for a scheduled c-section. (However, I was still fully prepared for the possibility of going into the hospital any day, given I knew my risk for pre-term labor.)
Now here we are at full term, just hours before I'm set to check into the hospital for the big day. Knowing exactly what time your babies are slated to come into the world is a very strange limbo.
Anticipating a Tuesday morning surgery, I knew this past weekend would be my last before babies come. The last Friday, the last Saturday, the last Sunday...tick tick tick. I could almost hear a clock ticking out loud everywhere I went. I felt like we should do something major, something thrilling, something to really take advantage of our last moments as a family of two with proper pomp. Skydiving? Probably out of the question. But at least a last dinner out or grown-up movie in the theater, right?
As it turned out, I wasn't really even up for those things. Physically, I'm super limited now—everything hurts. And my husband also didn't relish the visual picture of racing to the car in a crowded parking structure in a desperate panic after his wife's water broke in the concession line at L.A.'s crazy-packed the Grove shopping mall. (Fair enough—it was a very real possibility.)
Here's a partial summary of our actual (underwhelming) last days as a kid-free couple:
So, did our final countdown before babies turn out to be some big blowout? Hardly. But after a few days like this, I actually sense a new feeling creeping over me, and I like it: I feel like I'm as ready as I'll ever be.
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