Lots of pressure....in many facets of my life right now! For starters I am feeling lots of physical pressure in my pelvic area, which is super uncomfortable and really awesome at the same time, because Magic is head down. Woo Hoo! Liam was frank breech (head up, legs up, booty down), which was the initial catalyst for moving us down the C-section pathway.
At the end of September, Magic was settling into the same position. I could palpate that little wobbly head at the top of my belly, and Magic had been planted in that position for several days with no big rotations from what I could tell. I thought that was the end of the road for me, because I tried everything imaginable last time, short of witchcraft, to flip Liam, but to no avail. I started to shed some pregnant tears over it, knowing that every week there was less and less hope of any sort of major position change. Luckily, the day before my appointment, I felt some crazy movement again. The ultrasound confirmed what we were hoping for! We saw Magic's cute little face (top) smooshed against my hip bone. Not even that crazy tentacle-like thing by Magic's face, could steal my joy then. The chances are much higher of that being a piece of the chord than my having an octopus baby, right?
I was also starting to get tons of peer pressure about my boy's appearance. Apparently, not too many people love the mullet anymore (at least stateside they don't). I had developed a crush on my boy's crazy locks, but when his hair started to grow into his eyes.... I had to do some self-evaluation. I was the kind of woman who could love and cultivate a natural mullet, I was not the kind of woman, however, who could hand craft a mullet. It just didn't feel right in my soul. If I was going to cut the front, I also needed to end the party in the back.
So after Liam's photo shoot demonstrating the versatility of the mullet....from grumpy old man to male model on the cat walk.....we got down to business.
With a mason jar full of Christmas M&M's we got to work. I am proud to say I did not cry, but I did feel very sentimental about the whole thing. And I am not ashamed, I saved that mullet. What else are baby books for, but demonstrate a little bit of mom's crazy?
Liam might have been slightly worried about my qualifications, but a quick review of hipster trends and an open discussion about how erratically cut hair will make you more accepted by your peers, I think he felt pretty good about his new look.
Octoberfest 2012 has come and gone. It was amazing, but the post-Ofest recovery was even harder this year because our big fall milestone was my last major distraction separating me from my rapidly approaching due date. 'Nesting' sounds like too sweet of a name for the overwhelming compulsion I am feeling to get stuff done. I have been a much meaner version of myself the last few weeks, but I think I am turning a corner (Adam will be happy to hear that). You know you are wearing your emotions when your toddler son asks you several times an hour, 'you okay mommy, you okay?'
But the drop-in day was such a refreshing punctuation in the craziness that has been our lives the last few months. Hosting Octoberfest at the cabin up the hill from our house totally makes it feel like a vacation rather than a staycation.
The Bray and the Selikoff's made the journey from the Sunshine state to hang with us in the mountains of Vermont. It was much of the same stuff, that never gets old because you are doing it with people you love! One thing that was not the same this year though, was that the gators won. Go Gators! I think the Octoberfest curse is officially broken, and no one had to eat a bag of anything:)
The biggest difference in Octoberfest this year was probably our red neck addition, the four wheeler.....or as Liam likes to call it 'my tractor.'
There were many joy rides and fun photo shoots, but luckily no trips to the emergency department.
I think Magic enjoyed his/her first Octoberfest, as much as you can in utero. And I know Liam did! For several days after everyone left, Liam would say, "I miss weekend, Let's go cabin!" I feel you bud. Me too!
And although I have felt like Liam the last two weeks (wanting to lay down and take a nap when I think about my to-do list), I am starting to get a slight energy peak. Time to start checking things off, because today I am full term! Three weeks and counting to my due date.