I still have not gone to the hospital for delivery yet. In light of that, it’s time to blog again.
Books have been coming in, as you can see. Behold!!!
I have been treating myself once every two weeks or so to a visit to our Friends of the Library book store in town, hence the older hardcovers that you have begun to see coming through. Most of those are older, good condition library editions. It’s a good way to feed my growing Newbery collection, and since I am two blocks away from the library at my clinic several times a week… Well, you can see what’s happening.
Coping mechanisms for the win!
ARCs have also been coming through. It’s that season when they start to flow in for next year. I’m starting to see April and May releases, which is crazy to me. This year my reading really got away from me and I am still struggling. Audio books are amazing things, though, particularly downloadable ones through the Overdrive app (highly recommend!). This week, I finished both The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman and Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, both retreads for me. I wasn’t as keen on the narrator for Hush, Hush, but it was enjoyable to hear it. I loved it when I read it several years ago and it was pretty much as I remembered it being. We’ll see if the following ones continue to work for me. They have the same woman narrating them throughout and I’m unsure if her voice will grate on me after that long. I want to (finally) finish the series, though, so this seems like a good way to do it. I never did read book four.
I am still reading The Raven Boys, book one. I really do love it, but I have reached the hibernating-bear-in-winter exhaustion stage of pregnancy and unless I am up doing things, I almost always fall asleep when settled. This is why the audio books have been working for me. I can listen to one while cooking dinner or cleaning up, while doing chores, while driving to work, bathing, what-have-you. However, as soon as I sit down anywhere, I conk out. So, that is what keeps happening with Maggie Stiefvater, and I am really loving actually reading it, but I am an oh-so-sleepy beast of burden. Maybe if I cannot progress, I will download the audio, but I am hoping not to have to. It’s such a lovely read.
I am officially 37 weeks. This means, actually, that I could now go at any time. I am in the stages deemed early term and if I went into labour tonight, the baby would not be considered premature, nor have to spend any time in the NICU. I am okay with all of this. With my due date looming (Oct. 22) and the fact that I will likely be induced the week before, it’s all coming a little too fast for me to comprehend. I am ready for the complications to be over. And the planning. And the what-ifs? I know this is likely to continue throughout a kid’s lifetime, but I am ready for those issues to be at an end within this stage of life. I’d also LOVE to have my body (somewhat) back to normal.
I have the date of October 17th fixed firmly in my mind. We’ll see if that ends up being d-day. I also know what sex I believe the baby to be. We are not finding out and, well, soon enough we will know. I know what I want and what I think it is. We’ll see if intuition is a thing or not. Any bets on a date or a gender? Let’s see who ends up being the closest. Maybe I’ll send you a present if you get everything right. 😉
So, with that in mind, I am off. Fare thee well, gentle readers. If I get another chance to blog, I will, but I don’t know if I would count on it between now and then (eep!).
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