Thankfully my husband and I spent a good portion of our Thanksgiving weekend getting things ready for the new arrival. So now, should I wake some random morning at 4 am with contractions, we at least have a clean and ready to install car seat and a cradle set up and ready to go for when we bring her home.
That at least has me feeling a little better about the whole thing.
In general our friends and family do not expect me to make it until the 27th. The full moon is the 17th although I have a few people making bets as early as this coming weekend.
Most of me wants to let this little one cook as long as possible and this coming weekend is definitely too early. Add to that, my sister flies in from Germany on Dec 22nd and is really excited about being able to go to the hospital with us for the birth. But, a part of me is just about ready. Not quite ready, but mostly. I think if something happened next week, say Thursday or so, that would be ok. I've started handing things off at work and my days at my desk are getting quieter.
There are a few things left to be done. All of Baby A's clothes from when she was first born are still in bins. They're all clean and sorted, but nothing is hung up in the closet or put away in drawers. There are still a few boxes of odd items on the floor in her room. I have finished the bumpers and bed skirt for the crib, but have to make and put the ties on the bumper so that they can be attached to the crib. They look so good too. I'm super excited about them. Which is dumb, because they're bumpers, for a baby crib, that will then be donated once she's too old for them. But still, I made them and they're pretty.
I have a few small Christmas things left to do. I need to get the group present for Mama T, like literally just go pick it up. I need to do Baby A's stocking and I need to wrap my husbands presents which are currently hidden at work in my office, because if they are anywhere in the house, he will find them. Every. Single. Time. Seriously.
The house is decorated, although minimally, I didn't want to have massive amounts of un-decorating to do with a newborn in tow. We are getting a tree this weekend and my sister in law is coming down for a visit to hang out with Baby A and to help me finish up the things that need to happen before #2 comes along. I'm happy to have her here. It's nice to have someone around to help entertain Baby A these days. It's so much harder for me to do much of anything. I can get down on the floor to play and color with her, but getting back up is tricky, and kind of painful. With SIL here, we'll be able to get the closet organized, do a little shopping and have a babysitter on hand for my husbands company Christmas party Saturday night. I'm having a hard time looking forward to that outing. I am 37 weeks pregnant and pretty much tired all the time. It sounds like a cocktail party type of setting, not a sit down dinner, which makes me a little nervous that I won't have a chair. Which starts off sounding a little stupid, but if you saw me right now, you'd be telling me to sit also.
I have started to gain a little more weight, which was kind of expected as I have had to stop walking due to the varicose veins. I did reach a point during my pregnancy with Baby A where I had to stop also because it was making me dizzy. This time around I actually made it further along before having to stop, but I really think being able to walk, even just one short walk a day, makes such a big difference. So, I think I'm at 26 lbs gained, which is still not bad. I gained 45 with Baby A so overall I'm very happy and I'm hoping not to put too much more on over the next few weeks.