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Yeah, it's all coming up pretty quick, isn't it? My EDD is mid-month so I've had it in mind that baby will come in...December. DH and I set the goal of being baby-ready by the end of November, which still seems ok. We need to get the baby stuff out of the garage, wash things, install the carseat, that kind of thing. I've got a couple more baby purchases to make, and a few administrative details to work on like maternity leave paperwork and that sort of thing. Overall, I'm feeling pretty organized. Whatever doesn't get done before she arrives will just have to wait or go un-done.
La, la, la, everything's great...then yesterday it hit me...
Between now and the first week of January -- in addition to, oh, you know, BIRTH -- our family also celebrates Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, four Sundays of Advent, Solstice, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, NYE, New Years Day, and Reyes Magos; as well as three five family birthdays (not counting baby's...EDIT: and see, I just completely forgot two people), and a dear friend's graduation. Oh, and a couple of local holidays that we may or may not observe.
All along, knowing my EDD, DH and I figured we'd keep the winter holidays low-key. But by low-key I didn't mean completely neglect them all together. I'm feeling a little pinched to make plans, prepare what I can ahead of time, and figure out which holiday-related things I can delegate to the family/friends who will be with us around the time DD is born. It was a relief to realize that I can ask someone else to be in charge of stockings or whatever, and enlist other people to plan/execute the holiday meals. Yesterday I let go of the idea of handmade gifts. I felt kind of sad about that until it occurred to me that, this being our first winter in the UK, we can give people local things that will be quite novel. So it's tea towels for everyone this year!
Sending you each strength, energy, perseverance, and patience as we make our way though these last few weeks of preparations :)