Well, Miss Lucy has decided that she is quite cozy in her home and she doesn't seem to have any intention of coming out soon. Yesterday was her due date, but I've known this whole time that it was just an estimate, that it could be off by days or even weeks, and that she would come when she needed to come.

I say she's overdue, but I know Lucy will be right on time.

Now that I've taken time away from work projects in anticipation of our girl's arrival, this week has been lovely and slow. Leaves are falling everywhere and there's a constant breeze, sweeping the smell of firewood and pine into the air, and I'm content. I have moments of impatience and our loved ones are certainly excited for the big phone call, but I've been able to read, relax, sleep, and pray...all much-needed in light of the transformation our little family is about to undergo. Everything is ready for Lucy (except the slipcover for the chair in her nursery, which I just found out will be delivered tomorrow via FedEx...maybe that's what Lucy's been waiting on?) and I bounce back and forth between thinking every twinge and creak in my body is a contraction and completely brushing it all off. It's my first time. I don't really know what to expect. I'm sure I'll figure it out fairly quickly when it's time. But, for the moment, that time is not now.

I had one last appointment with my midwife today and we scheduled a time for me to visit with Dr. Bootstaylor at See Baby next week for an ultrasound. If Lucy hasn't come before then, they'll want to check my amniotic fluid and make sure she has enough room in there and that her size will not be a problem for delivery. We'll talk about induction options but for now that's not a concern. As long as there are no issues with the ultrasound, I'll be able to go to 42 weeks without an induction. I have an ideal plan in my head, but I honestly don't feel too concerned about it all anymore. Lucy will arrive in the best way possible, and I know our midwives and Dr. Bootstaylor will see to that. More than anything, I trust that God designed this pregnancy long before it happened and He knows exactly how Lucy should be brought into this world.

Hopefully the next time I write it will be to announce that we've finally met our baby girl. I'm so excited to share her with the world!

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