I know. I know. Today is supposed to be my week 37 pregnancy update post. But things got a little wild this past week and SURPRISE! We had a baby!
Over the past two weeks I had some great doctor’s visits and everything was looking fantastic. However, each time the doctor mentioned that she thought we might be on track for an early delivery. Last week my doctor took off for a week of vacation and her last remark was, “Just don’t have that baby til I get back.” So of course, we had that baby while she was gone. I sort of blame her for jinxing us. Just kidding.
With perfect timing, we had our baby shower a week ago Sunday. We filled up the nursery and spent Monday out running errands to get the last few things we thought we might need to get before Baby Dudek arrived. On Wednesday we left to get our car seat installed and on the way we received a call from our hospital. They were calling to confirm our preregistration process. Shortly after while we were getting the car seat installed and learning how to use it, I leaned over to Rock and told him we might need to call the doctor’s office when we got out.
Sure enough, we were in labor! Almost 24 hours later Mary Katherine Dudek arrived. I am happy to say that she is healthy and happy and we are now home and resting as a family.
I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly blessed we feel. From our family, friends and all of my wonderful blogging buddies we have received nothing but amazing support.
It had not been my intention on this blog to do many pregnancy updates. I remember when Rock and I spent so much time wishing to start a family and at times felt so hopeless. It was hard to read blog posts or hear pregnancy announcements. However, I received so much wonderful feedback on this blog over the past few weeks that encouraged me to share our pregnancy journey and in large part about my ability to continue to run and exercise throughout pregnancy.
While I spent the last week not running, I was able to run right up until a week before our delivery. Every doctor, midwife and nurse we met along the way and especially during the labor and delivery process had nothing but awesome things to say about the running. In fact, most everyone believed that my running allowed me to have a very healthy pregnancy and although my labor was a long one, it went really well thanks to this sport.
As I said before I have always wanted to be respectful of everyone’s journey and process to have a family. Running isn’t always for everyone and not all pregnancies are suitable for running. It is important to speak with your doctor and also to do what feels best for you emotionally.
If there is one thing I have learned from all of this, it is patience. Be patient with your body and with each other. Allow your body to take time to get there and trust it to do what it needs to. This not only pertains to running but to just about everything from the process of actually getting pregnant, to dealing with the changes your body goes through on an almost daily basis.
And now I am looking forward to losing my former identity and forever being known as “Mary’s Mom.”