The one thing I didn’t take into account was that not only did I excite the baby by offering sugar, I also enticed it to continue to squirm as I tried to settle down in bed that night. Somehow the baby knew enough to take advantage of my need to feel movement as it kicked, and kicked, and kicked -- all night long! I knew I was in trouble when it continued right on into the next day! Two days of intermittent movement were offset by two full days of constant movement. In the end, there I sat, a very relieved, yet extremely worn out by my lack of sleep, pregnant mom. I keep trying to remind myself that Jacob also worried me like that every week between the day he began kicking and the day he was born. For some reason he would seemingly not move a muscle for that entire 24-hour period each week -- always on a Wednesday. Each week I worried terribly. Each Thursday he’d be right back at the kicking game. Perhaps this baby has a similar pattern I’ve not yet determined.
In an attempt to focus on something besides worrying about being pregnant, I took advantage of the few last nice days of fall to dive into mowing our huge lawn. There are nearly four acres of former pasture out there. Fortunately, the “yard” portion is only about an acre and a half of it, but we own only an old push mower. I’m sure I probably looked pretty silly out there, pregnant, waddling, pushing a mower up and down the hill. But, I enjoy yard work and I now have a yard to work in, so I thought I’d give it a go. I took every precaution to safeguard the baby’s health -- frequent breaks and many glasses of water, not to mention stopping altogether when Jacob needed attention or I grew too tired. Still, I found myself constantly concerned about the baby’s well being. Had I gotten too hot? Did I inhale too many exhaust fumes from the mower? Will cutting grass irritate my allergies and cause problems? Well, my goal was to take my mind off worries. I think I’ve determined that the only thing that will do that is actually giving birth. At least it was worth a try!