As of today I have identified 3 surprise monsters who are hiding away in the closet of life … the big unknowns of my pregnancy.

  1. If our baby will be a boy or girl – I do have some control over this one, but I’m sticking to my guns and going the old-fashioned route and waiting until the little one emerges. I’m a shopper at heart so are you really that worried that I won’t end up with a enough boy or girl clothes?
  2. When the little one will be born – I am under the strictest belief that a due date is hodge-podge. Rarely are babies born on their due date and if I live my life by the due date I will then believe that my baby is either born too early or born too late. 80% of babies are born between 38 and 42 weeks (http://www.mothering.com/) … that is normal … I have a whole month of due dates! Hence, I believe I will have a Harvest Baby (AKA … born sometime when you can get ears of corn fresh from the market).
  3. Work – will I come back after the baby is born … full-time, part-time, or no-time? This I do not know and wish I did. I really don’t feel I can do well at both. I don’t think I can give 100% to Dominic, home, and motherhood without making a sacrifice. On the flip side, I know I can’t give 100% to work if I am trying to juggle family things at the same time. And knowing me, I will be a COMPLETE BASKETCASE if I try to balance both. If I have learned anything in my short, 23 years it is that there are only 24 hours in the day no matter how much you pray for 25. If it were a simple choice I would have already made it, but it isn’t. I enjoy my job, I enjoy the benefits, and I see a future here. Then those little blue lines show up on a stick and suddenly my life gets re-prioritized. Throw in the complications of unpaid maternity leave (the U.S. is way behind modern times in this category … in Canada you get 25 weeks paid, Mexico/12, Britain/18, and Japan/14 … more here) and breastfeeding and I’m in a conundrum. We’ll see where God leads … until then, I think I’m just along for the ride and right now, that’s a good place for me to be.
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  1. says

    First of all, I LOVE reading your posts! I so wish I had done better at journaling, etc. when I was pregnant with Zoe! Then by the time Teagan and Harper came along, it's amazing I even kept my blog going!I went back to work full-time (4 10's) when Zoe was 3mo and breastfed. It was a juggling act for sure but we managed. I was lucky that I could come home 2 days a week at my lunch to nurse and she nursed the shortest time (9 months. Teagan was almost 18m and Harper won't even attempt a bottle!) but that is partially her temperment too. After we moved, I only worked 20hrs. while pregnant with Teagan and was soooooo lucky that she could come to work with me as an infant. Now, with 3 kid-o's I'm at home and think God is amazing at how he had a plan all along and knew what I was capable of doing. I don't think I could work full-time and manage hubby, kids and home the way I want it or how it should be. I'll be praying for peace of mind and clarity for you! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see you as a mother!! It seems like yesterday that I was baby-sitting you!!

  2. says

    It's so encouraging to hear from someone who has managed the full-time, part-time, and SAHM schedule … you're a wonder woman!Thanks for your prayers :)

  3. says

    and it seems like only yesterday that I was certain you would become the first president of the united states! love your blog gretchen!