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It is now less than 1 month to Baby Girl's due date.

We have names picked out! We have a hospital bag mostly packed! (I should really finish that.) We have her bassinet set up! Niko has been practicing how to help a baby sleep! (So cute.) This is going to happen!

...and while, at 36 weeks, it would really be best for baby to stay where she is for another week at least... I have to confess that if she came a bit early, any time after 37 weeks would be okay with me. Because I am done with this whole pregnancy thing. I know that having a newborn is hard, and maybe in a month I will look back at this and laugh at (or curse) myself through a sleep-deprived fog, but I am ready for that kind of hard instead of this kind of hard.

I'm tired. My pelvis is almost constantly sore. I can really only sleep well lying on my left side, which means my left hip ends up especially sore, sometimes enough that I can't get back to sleep after the inevitable get-up-to-pee in the middle of the night. I don't sleep well. Last night I managed to get about 7 hours, which felt amazing compared with the 4 hours the night before! But I woke up at 5 AM and ... well, just forget about going back to sleep.

I guess other than the constant fatigue, I'm feeling pretty good. That's a bit of a "but other than that, how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?" sentiment, though.

Joe is awesome. He has been taking on so much of the parenting work with Niko. It makes me a little sad because I am missing out on good time with my little boy - and he misses me too - but there's just only so much I can do, and that "so much" has gotten a lot less in recent weeks. This morning, I was getting Niko up, which he didn't particularly want to do (I hear ya, kid). He said, "I just need to lie down and close my eyes for a bit. Mommy lie down too!" Even though we were already late, I did... for a few minutes... and it was the best part of my day so far. What a sweet kid.

I'm really lucky in my supportive workplace and manager, too. My pattern most days is now: drop Niko at day care, work in office until about 2, go home and take a nap, work from home, pick Niko up, dinner etc., work from home until bed. The nap is key to surviving the rest.

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