Yes, that's right folks. We are in week 41 and Winston is still happy on the inside! My mom jokingly said that W.A.C should now stand for Waiting on Arrival of Cozad and I tend to agree with her! This week has been a full of all sorts of emotions: hopeful on the arrival window, relieved and anxious when it passed and now we look at each day as an gift day where we can enjoy another evening together with the freedoms of not yet having a small human around. Benjamin and I agree that Winston is already fitting into the family without a problem - he knows that we pave our own way and keep the ones we love on their toes!
Monday I was not feeling well, so it was decided I would stay at home. Monday rolled into Tuesday and I worked from home and that rolled into Wednesday and so on. Working from home from the comfort of my couch, bed, kitchen table was an unexpected blessing and I cannot put into words how thankful I am for the people that I work with and for; they have been tops when it comes to encouraging me to concentrate on bringing Winston safe into this world.
Because of the staying at home and keeping off of my feet, I magically lost 4 lbs of fluid weight this week and more importantly, have my ankles back!! Our doctor's appointment on Friday went well and we were encouraged to come home, enjoy the weekend and return for an appointment at the beginning of the week. We were thankful for her willingness to allow us to continue the waiting and not to quicken his arrival since there has been no danger to him or me.
Lubaby is already on her staycation at Mom and Dad's house. She hopped into the car, curled up with her Chewie and never looked back! Because we were uncertain if we'd have to rush out of the house at any moment and because packed bags leaving the doors without Lulu makes her super nervous, we decided the timing was right for her to spend time keeping Jingle company. She will stay there until Winston arrives and then come home to being a great "big sister!" Benjamin and I miss her dearly, but we know that this was the right timing to not rock her little world more than it will already be.
Off and on all week, Winston has been what I will call "practicing" making his entrance into the world as I have been experiencing contractions, just none of them close enough or strong enough to call full labor. He is definitely giving everyone tons of time to cheer him on!
Taking advantage of what we deem will probably be our last weekend without a wee one, we slept in both mornings, lazed around during the days and spent the evenings grubbing on some yummy food with great company! Consistent with our old people ways, we ate dinner early each night so that we could curl up on our couch together. We spent time going through photos of our fourth year of marriage and finished up our marriage book for that year and went onto creating year five. We got a laugh out of looking back over the previous three years prior and reflecting on how God has truly blessed our family - beyond our wildest dreams.
I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has sent texts, emails, and facebook messages asking us about Winston. The thoughtfulness of everyone has been touching and we so appreciate the love, support and prayers that you are giving to us. It is overwhelming to think of how many people are checking on us and looking forward to the arrival of sweet Winston Ace.
Monday we set out early in the morning for the next doctor's visit. I keep reminding myself that each appointment we have brings us closer to meeting our son. This weekend God has been faithful to remind me that His Presence is constant, that his timing is perfect and while trust is need, so is whole heartedly believing that He is in control of all circumstances. It's humbling to know that even before I was born, the Lord knew Winston and had already planned his magnificent day of arrival.
Congrats little guy!, you are already marching to your own groovy beat!