We went for an appointment yesterday, and they told us that the baby looks great and is doing everything he is supposed to be doing except coming out! The ultrasound technician said he looks way too snugly and comfortable in there. :) They will let me go up to 42 weeks, and we feel so blessed to have midwives who are helping us to avoid an induction for as long as possible.
In the meantime, we are continuing to wait. It's fitting that this period of waiting falls during the time of Advent. I constantly hear this verse resound in my head:
"Be still and know that I am God."
And that is exactly what I am trying to do with these days. Simply being rather than doing. I know this is a really unique time in life, and I will probably not have a period of waiting for a baby in just this way again. Now that I'm finished with fieldwork, my days are filled with time to just be still. If God does bless us with more children in the future, I'll most likely be working up until the day those babies are born, and we'll also be busy taking care of the other kids. I'm savoring this sweet time to just be with God.
Usually my Advent season begins with exams, and then there's the quick hustle and bustle to get ready for Christmas in the two weeks that follow. This is the first year we got all of our Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving, and we got our tree the day after Thanksgiving since there was a chance the baby would arrive early. With all of that done, there's even more time to spend waiting and enjoying the peace, and it's made for a relaxing, simple Advent.
I'm taking advantage of this time to prepare my heart for Christmas and for our baby's arrival. I've been blessed to have the time to go to morning masses and to finally start reading several books I've been wanting to read for a while (Mere Christianity, Man's Search for Meaning, The Lamb's Supper, and The Screwtape Letters). I've had time to bake, cook, and sew to my heart's content. I am so thankful for my relaxing days at home and my evenings with my husband. We've had multiple "false alarms" that got us overly excited thinking the baby was coming, but we're still here waiting. We have been continuing to fill our time together with walks, board games, drinking homemade hot chocolate and chatting on the couch, and doing our Advent reflections together. I feel so thankful for a such a good and faithful man who will be such a wonderful dad to our baby.
Even though I can't help but want this baby to come sooner rather than later (especially upon finding out he's about 8lbs 7 oz!!), I feel content and will savor this period of waiting. I know God's timing is perfect and the baby will arrive when he's ready. We will continue to enjoy this peaceful time, filled with gratitude for the time to relax and rejuvenate before the upcoming days ahead of taking care of a newborn.