Thursday, December 19, 2013
The Calm Before the Storm?
I hate to liken welcoming a new baby into our family as a "storm," but when it comes down to it this is truly the calm before life gets flipped upside down for awhile. There is much I am anticipating, and much I am not sure I am ready to take on quite yet.
Right now things seem to be getting in order at our house. I am almost done with the nursery and love seeing it come together. I may have had more fun putting together a little boy room than either of my girls' rooms! Belle and Evie have both transitioned easily into their new bedrooms--thank goodness! Belle convinced me to put her in the basement bedroom. I was reluctant at first, but she has loved it! I think she likes having a bit more privacy! Evie is still in a crib and we have no plans to move her to a bed anytime soon. She is more than capable of climbing in and out, but so far it hasn't posed a huge issue...so I am crossing my fingers and hoping it lasts!
There is still quite a bit on the "To-Do" list before this little man gets here. It's funny how I have this idea that we have to get the "house in order" before he is here. I had a great reminder yesterday by a mother in our MOPS group who just had a baby. She told me how they didn't even have newborn diapers at their house and had to quick swing by the store on the way home from the hospital. I have to remind myself that very little has to get done before he comes. Yes, I'd like his bedroom finished, but he'll probably sleep in our room a bit to start out. Yes, I'd like the carpet fixed in the basement and our treadmill moved out of the hallway--but it really doesn't matter if this is done before or after the baby comes. I think it is just the nesting mother in me that is trying to dot all my "i's" and cross all my "t's."
Physically, I am feeling great. I am just getting over a cold that I was ironically thankful for having. There is a part of me that feels like if I was sick now I won't possibly be sick in a month, right? I have the normal pregnancy ailments of struggling to bend down, heartburn, being out of breath when I climb the stairs, and a child that kicks me in the bladder. However, none of them bother me too bad right now. I am sure that in a few weeks I'll be over being pregnant, but at this point I am still feeling good.
Emotionally, I am so excited to meet this little man. I can't wait to see who he looks like, smell his sweet little head, and have him fall asleep on my chest. However, I also know the other side of a newborn is sleepless nights, an unpredictable baby, and just basic adjustment to a new member in the family. Right now he is very easy to take care of all snug in my belly. I know once he comes out it is "game on."
I feel much more confident this time around, than when I was pregnant with Evie. Before having Evie I was unsure as to how I was going to care for more than one child. Obviously, I have that figured out. I am not so worried about how to care for a third, but more concerned with how to keep Evie from getting into mischief while I am nursing :-) I am worried about the exhaustion and trying to care for the needs of three children while caring for myself and the house we live in. I know I will find a groove, and it will all become second nature like it all did two years ago when we had Evie.
So, that is where I am at right now. I am certain the next post from me will be to announce the arrival of our new little man. It's crazy to think I could safely have him as early as December 31st, and even crazier that it could be as late as February 4th! I am due on the 21st, but I am thinking a baby around the 14th sounds about perfect!