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Ready for my spring arrival

What a difference a week makes.  I'm still carrying around my little tater tot and she still seems cozy.  I had scheduled an induction for last Sunday/Monday but cancelled it.  It just didn't feel like the right thing to do at that time.  Instead of stressing about it that weekend I enjoyed time with extended family and finally wrapped up the school year working.

Today's appointment gave me a final peek at baby girl before she arrives.  She's doing great and apparently has gotten the message about the Chicken Parmesan because she has plumped up to 8lbs. 9oz. this week.  Although, this isn't my first rodeo with an ultrasound and weight so I'm not getting worked up about any of that nonsense, but the vain mommy in me is glad that my scale hasn't changed but her measurements have.  That's just the way I like it.  I've decided to evict her the first day of Spring, this Friday.  I feel it is time and I'm favorable to respond well to an induction.  I had a wonderfully smooth induction with Cameron (Pork Chop) last time and I'm thinking the same will happen this time and even might be under the 16 hour labor mark.  I'm just so thankful for feeling so well this far along and ready to get this family of 5 underway. 

Hopefully I'll be blogging more too now that I'm done with work until August!  Wahoo!

I just want to keep perspective too.  Unfortunately a couple people I know have had horrible things occur this week and definitely are in my prayers and thoughts.


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