Something major happened inside of me when I hit 30 weeks yesterday. A wave of sheer excitement passed through my spirit, for sure. Do you know that most women have their babies before they hit week 40? That means that I very well, likely could, have my baby in the week of the THIRTIES. That is precisely where I am right now....plus 7, 8, 9 weeks. You get the point.
On another note, something else pretty major happened yesterday in addition to this pregnancy-week-milestone: I finished my last day of real work. And I wrote all about those feelings and what I am anticipating for the future of my photography business, and I wrote about it here, at my NEW little photography blog space.
So what does maternity leave look like for this woman? Well, I've made an official to-do list of things that need to be done before this sweet girl arrives. Things that have to do with organization and setting up the nursery, stuff of that sort. Maternity photos are officially booked for next week (eek!). I also have a million midwife appointments approaching. Starting the 1st, I go every 2 weeks. Hunter and I are starting our birthing classes in May (there will be 5 or 6, we feel like we will be cramming for an exam or something). Family and friends are visiting in May for the baby shower set on the 24th (Still waiting to receive my invitation that my sister had especially designed and printed, whaaaat? This is going the be the shower to end all showers). Our baby moon and anniversary is also in May. Then guess what? My birthday and the baby's birthday is in June. We will see who's comes first :) Then, lots and lots and lots of visitors and guests to meet our, currently, nameless child. Maternity leave will then be filled with adjusting to new life and an abundance of baby cuddles. We are pretty stoked about it. You could say that I'm more than ready to be on leave, and definitely at peace with closing down the biz for a while, if not permanently.
Life is sweet right now and don't think for a second that a smidgeon of it goes unnoticed by us without the realization that God is the giver of that which is good in our lives. So, we may be skipping through, what seems, a perfect little life right now, but we are skipping with gratefulness and humility. We thank you Lord, for all that you do and give us.