I know that God has a special purpose for this little girl, and that she will come in His time (well...with a little help from a scheduled induction, but I know that even that isn't a coincidence if it is meant to be). I continue to pray for health and a long life for her and most importantly God's blessing over her life. I know that I have to trust that she is in His hands and His care. He has carried me through the worst, and while I know I'm not immune from that happening again, I do my best to continue to trust Him through it all.
I have had a lot of pain this time around. Whew...makes me feel like the almost-30 that I am! haha This will be my 3rd delivery in 4 years. My body is feeling it....oh, definitely feeling it. Walking has been a huge problem over the past 3 weeks. Once I hit 37 weeks and she began dropping, my hips have been all out of whack. With the boys, I didn't do the pregnant waddle. With this little girl, I waddle..shuffle...limp....all at the same time. I pulled a muscle in my belly/upper abdomen, so leaning forward becomes excruciating if I do it too much. Walking is difficult because of all the pain in my hips and joints. Then on top of that, I woke up a week ago with a crick in my neck, and it's still hanging around. BUT....I have welcomed it and endured it all with a smile on my face. If I have to go through this little bit of pain to have a healthy baby, bring it on. I've faced much worse; this is nothing. It is quite humorous, though. People just look at me with such pity these days....and I just keep smiling. :)
The good thing has been that I was able to make it through my first week of school with my students. I'm glad I was able to get to know them and put names with faces. I'm hoping I remember all the names when I get back in October/November! I think I have all of them down with the exception of a few. One of my few talents as a teacher - remember names. I pride myself on knowing all of their names by the end of the first week. Let's see how good my memory is! I have a wonderful sub coming in for me. He is not an English teacher, but he is a retired History teacher - and I've always said that History and Literature go hand-in-hand. He is a bit nervous, but I've assured him that I've left him with solid plans and more than enough work for the students to do. He was my top choice because I know he won't let them get away with anything. So, if nothing else, I will come back to a structured, organized, disciplined class - and that is most important with returning mid-semester.
So...in one more day, I will be sure to post pictures of our little lady. It still isn't real to me. I still have to remind myself that we're about to bring another baby home. What a blessing....a huge, beautiful, awesome blessing. One that I don't, and won't, take for granted for a single second. I can't wait to see what joy Charlotte will bring to our lives. I can't even begin to imagine it! God is good. So, so good.