Well the day is finally here. Today afternoon we will go into the hospital to get ready for the birth of Acacia. I can't believe after 9 long months of waiting this day will really get here. I couldn't sleep just now... well I did sleep for about 2.5 hours... but I had to get up and post a diary before I have the baby.
Everything is in plan now. This morning we will go to the Lord's day meeting as usual and I am sure tons of saints will ask us when... and we will be able to say: "today!!". How exciting!! After the meeting Philip will go to Costco to do some grocery shopping, and I will take the boys to Target to get some last minute things(I also want to buy the toys that "Acacia will give them" when they come to the hospital to see their little sister, but how I am going to hide the toys will be a big challenge!!). Then we will go home and mom will prepare all the day 1 and day 2 postpartum drinks for me so on Monday we will be all ready. Then we need to eat a quick supper and arrive at the hospital by 5pm. Philip plans to take the boys along so they get to see where mommy will be staying for the next 3 days and nights.
I feel so sad leaving the boys at home. I am going to miss them terribly. Hopefully they will get to visit us very often at the hospital and get to know their baby sister before we take her home.
Since about Wednesday I've been having a new external hemorrhoid. It's a Texas size one. It hurts so much I can't imagine what it will become after all the pushing during birthing. I've tried everything... medicated cream from Taiwan, Preparation H, Pads, warm/hot water, pain relieve medicine, and ice packs.. the only thing that work a little are pain medicine and ice packs. I am determined to get rid of these monsters after I have the baby... maybe will have to wait a few months before I can go have them treated. For my 2 previous pregnancies I never had to deal with them until after I had the babies. I guess getting older did something to me this time around.
On Monday morning Cherie will pick up the boys and take them back to her house to play with her girls. So mom can come to the hospital to be with me and watch her granddaughter being born. The boys will have a lot of fun playing with the girls and don't have to sit in the house all day long waiting for mommy to have their little sister. I am glad mom will come watch Acacia being born because it's such a life miracle and she is my last baby.
Yesterday we finally mailed out the application for naturalization to become citizens of the US. We went to several places to get Philip's photo printed and finally found Kinko's the best price. We mailed out the package, then came home later and realized the fee has changed to $330 instead of $320 per person. Oh well. We will just have to wait for the office to ask us to send in more payment I guess. It's neat that if Acacia is born on 7 /24... it will be exactly 5 years since we got our greencards. What a meaningful date for us. And tomorrow our household will have 3 little US citizens. I want to make sure they all know their source though, that we are Chinese in our blood... but the most importantly, they are God's children.
May the Lord bless my labor and delivery and we will have a healthy baby girl to love and hold soon!