Waiting is not something I’m good at. Blame it on my Type A or just simply that I’m not a person overflowing with patience. I hate being late. In school I was always the student who finished their projects or papers long before they were due. If I plan on being somewhere I’m not at peace unless I’m at least 10 minutes early. I drive my family crazy with this need to be on time. And truthfully I drive myself a bit nutty too.
Now that I’m officially overdue and heading into my 42nd week, you can only imagine what this is doing to my level of patience. Doesn’t this kid know he was suppose to be here way back in June?
What does one do to pass the time when waiting around for baby to show up?
It’s getting bit difficult to maneuver this body of mine around. It’s not like I can go for long walks in 90 degree weather or sit in a car for a long ride. I’m an overdue pregnant momma and I can assure you that it’s not exactly comfy.
After trying all the various and endless methods of encouraging a baby to arrive it’s then time to relax and try to divert your mind onto other matters. For me there are three things I’ve found helpful: puzzles, games, and books.
Puzzles are a great way to focus on something that doesn’t require too much thinking. At this point in the pregnancy the brain is pretty much mush. My husband and I are currently working our way through a second puzzle. I wonder how many we’ll put together before Jr. decides to arrive?!
Games are also an excellent distraction. I have a few games on my iPhone that I’ve been mindlessly playing, but even better are the games that my husband, mother-in-law, and I play every night. My personal favorite is SKIP BO, because it mostly requires luck which allows me some chance of beating my super brainy husband!
Books of course never fail to pass the time away. Right now I’m reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, a perfect book for a momma about to give birth. I’m especially in love with it seeing that my midwife’s name is Dina, the same as the main character in the book. If you need some female inspiration then I highly suggest you pick up a copy, it’s one of my all time favorite books.