It's hard to believe we're in countdown mode for our new baby to arrive and we're counting in DAYS instead of WEEKS!
But, that's where we are. And, I have no idea how it happened so quickly.
Twelve days from today (I think I hear Drummers drumming?...) and I'll be holding our little bundle of pink or blue sweetness. Here's a little hodgepodge of what's happening in our house and life as we wait on baby.
1. I'm tired. I'm big. And, I feel like I'm carrying the prize-winning watermelon at the State Fair. I have resorted to stealing my husband's t-shirts because nothing I own will really cover my belly anymore. You should see the wide-eyed stares and whispers that follow me around in public and not-so-secretly bellow, "SHE'S GONNA BLOW!" Hello, last days of pregnancy.
2. That being said, I still feel great. I have enjoyed a complication-free pregnancy, and the joys of moving here to the South, being near my sister, summer days at the pool, moving into our new house, and having my husband home all day have made these months with my squiggly little one quite wonderful. I am thankful. Truly thankful.
3. Speaking of our house, I have yet to update you on the finished kitchen. For the most part, it's finished, but since having the countertops installed, we need to have the painters come back and patch a few places where the old countertops left big ol' spots on the walls. As soon as that's finished, I'll post pictures of our remodeled kitchen. (BTW, I LOVE IT!)
4. I love my 60/40 sink. It's one of my favorite parts of the kitchen.
5. I have headed off to the hospital three times to give birth to my babies, and yet i still never know what to pack in a bag. It's like I get paralyzed by it. What do I need? What will I want? What will I be able to wear for those last couple of days there? What does baby need? In reality, I guess it doesn't really matter because we'll be taken care of at the hospital, but some things sure do make life more comfortable while there.
6. Maybe I should make a list. *GASP*
7. We need to buy a new carseat this weekend. Ours had expired. And, since we've been parents since 2004 - a lifetime in what retailers will tell you that you simply *must* have to effectively raise a child - our baby gear is older and used and worn and holey and tells a thousand stories. We haven't purchased anything new for this new baby other than the few new outfits that I shared with you. But, somehow, getting a brand new carseat makes me feel spoiled and like I'm a first time Momma, again. Our new carseat is a gift from my husband's family, and I feel really blessed by it.
8. My sister got me this wrap. I've never been able to use our Baby Bjorn. It just never fit me right and my baby was always flopping around in it.
I love this wrap and have heard great things about it. There is a DVD (yes, a DVD!) that came with it that I need to watch because I have no idea on earth how to turn this large piece of fabric into something that can hold our baby close to me. I sure am excited to try it out, though.
9. The boys' excitement about this baby is one of the most precious things I have witnessed since becoming a mother. My whole pregnancy has been just as much about them as it's been about me or the baby. They love this baby - boy or girl. They ask almost every day if it's time for the baby to come yet. As for their thoughts: Jack says girl. Max says boy. Lincoln says, "No-no, baby." Oh, boy!
10. Lincoln might have a bit of difficulty adjusting. But, as my very wise great-great grandmother would say, "Don't borrow trouble." SO, I'm heading into delivery prepared to comfort him, love him, include him, teach him, and do all I can to make the transition as easy as possible for him. But, I'm hopeful that he will surprise us with a smooth adjustment to "big brother".
11. Boy or girl? Well, according to that sidebar poll over there, 70% of you think we're having a girl. My husband thinks girl, too. And, me? I have no idea whatsoever. No inkling. No premonition. And, I don't have a preference. I'm so grateful and thankful and excited and a bit nervous and joyful at finally meeting who God has picked out for our family!
12. As we wait, prepare, love on the boys, wash tiny little clothes, set up the nursery, and soak up these last days as a family of five, we are so thankful to God for blessing us with another child to raise. And, as I spend these last twelve days carrying this little one, I am so utterly grateful for the privilege of having carried another little life to hold and love and mother.