Luckily for friends and family I haven't turned into the impatient monster I became when waiting for Booboo's arrival. I am pretty relaxed this time because every night of uninterrupted, uncomfortable sleep is to be savoured. I was so mean at the end of Booboo's pregnancy and people stayed away because I lost any filter I've ever had that prevented me from snapping heads off. One week overdue I started throwing money at the situation. As a closet lover of the alternative and homeopathic I sought help at the local 'clinic'. A reflexologist promised me that my foot massage with the help of the good fairies and energy that surrounded me would have this baby in my arms in 24 hours for £40. Two acupuncturists reassured me with their success stories that contractions would start within 12 to 24 hours of their needles being inserted for the total cost of £120 plus travel fees to London on one occasion. Day 11 post due date and I desperately went back to an acupuncturist who told me to drop my bad attitude and accept that you cannot control labour and that I should just deal with the fact that induction was likely and before she had even put a needle in me I had my first contraction. So if anyone wants to come over and have a go at me, I will pay you for that service if it results in a baby but I am not paying upfront again.
Realistically, I am resigned to going 2 weeks over. Whenever this baby arrives I will be ready but I am still in the dark as to how Booboo will react. I think she now knows something is up, she has started being really loving, whereas usually she uses a cuddle to get close enough to my face to poke me in the eye she now cuddles me saying 'my mummy'. So cute but I worry she is already feeling the difference the imminent arrival will have on her life. Booboo doesn't know how to; or why she should, wait and she is going to have to learn that all of her needs cannot be catered for at supersonic speed very soon. I am quite teary lately at the thought of the changes Booboo will go through when this new baby arrives and I really do not want her to feel like a big girl because she is still my baby too.
Other than a gorgeous new baby who smells like vanilla milk, I am also waiting for a glass of cold fizzy wine, ideally this English one, a brie and grape sandwich from M&S and to be able to cough without having to cross everything to stop me from weeing myself. What did you look forward to most after giving birth? I would love to add a few more treats to my hospital bag!