People said it would be good to get some rest. People said I'd be able to use the time to prepare for the baby. I didn't really listen. Now that the time is here, though, I'm actually kind of glad that I've got the time before the baby. Next week is Chinese New Year, for which we get a week off of school. Not only will I start my leave, but I'll also be able to enjoy my family at home with me for one week. Then, when everyone goes back to school, I'll be able to enjoy putting Buddy and Ella on the bus in the morning and taking time to read, go for coffee, knit...and, oh yeah, get ready for the baby!
It turns out I've got quite a to do list in front of me. I've been nesting like crazy these last few days - just yesterday I moved all my shoes. Those of you who have visited us here know that space is limited. We have to think creatively about storage solutions and we've always got a bag on the go for the Salvation Army. Long gone are the days when we'd put things in the basement to think about later - we've really learned to live with less. And I like that.
So here are just a few things on my list...
- First and foremost, we have to get the baby's room ready. This doesn't mean a paint job for Joey as it did in the past - I haven't been fiddling with a decision about colors, etc. It involves something much bigger. We have to move Ella into Buddy's room. This means, we need to get rid of clutter - which I have been doing - and sort out sleeping arrangements. We think we may get bunk beds so the kids don't lose valuable floor - and playing - space. Overall, the two kids are excited about this move. We'll see how the sleeping actually goes when it all happens. Buddy has a new night light - Mr. Blue - because he was getting up in the night again. So far, we love Mr. Blue. He's been very helpful.
- Next on the list is no small task either. We have to wean Ella off her pink pyer. We've been down to one for several months now after the other pyer tore. When that happened, we showed Ella that we had to throw it away because it didn't work. She had been very frustrated that it wouldn't stay in her mouth when she sucked. We also told her that when the last one broke, she'd have to throw that away too. And, there are no pink pyer shops in Hong Kong. We've also been asking her if she'll give it up when the baby comes as she will be a big sister. She's been very agreeable. We only ever give it to her at naptime and nighttime. Just last week, I discovered a small tear. The baby will be here in only a few weeks. Does any one have any ideas???
- Dig out Ella and Buddy's baby clothes - the onesies, the layettes, the receiving blankets...and whatever else is in the hallway closet. My friends Sylvia and Meredith threw me a lovely baby shower where I received some new little things for the baby also. Along with some sweet clothes and hand-me-downs from Sylvia and Miles, this baby will be well outfitted. Once I dig them out, I'll need to wash them and put them in the drawers that are currently Ella's - oh, I'll have to empty those out first.
- Buy nappies, wipes, and some other things on the list for my stay in the hospital. It's a public hospital, so we'll have to provide some of these things ourselves. Oh, and some mesh pants for me...fun. And then I have to pack a bag. Keep the camera charged, etc. The doctor said today that I am officially full term today. If I feel any labor symptoms, I should come in - and fast!
- Put together a list of email addresses to give to Joey so that he can send word and pictures as soon as this bubba decides to come.
- Finish knitting the little orange pixie hat for baby #3. I'm enjoying it, but this may be a tall order.
In addition to these things, we have to keep doing what we normally do, which today included taking Ella to the doctor. Poor little girl woke up at midnight last night with a raging temperature and some congestion. Just before our alarm clock went off, she vomitted in our bed. Now, there's one way to prevent hitting snooze. Joey and I got right out of bed.
I also had my own doctor's appointment today - complete with ultrasound - to check the baby's size. Last week, the doctor thought the baby seemed small. This week, they took some measurements, and while the thigh bone is small, everything else is normal. Given the fact that Joey and I were small babies, the doctor felt confident that all was well. We may just have a little peanut of a baby. The scan showed the umbilical cord is also around the baby's neck, but I was assured this was no cause for alarm.
Yep. Two weeks before the due date will be good.