A friend had her baby yesterday and I am just feeling so excited to meet this little one. I am 29 weeks tomorrow, so only about 11 weeks left, but gosh, that seems like forever.
What are you guys doing to keep yourselves patient?
I totally know what you mean, but i am keeping myself in check by thinking about how not ready i am! I have SO MUCH to do between now and baby time!! even though realistically i could probably get everything i really need ready in a couple weeks or less (birth kit, wash baby clothes, organize all of the things - etc) it still just seems like a ton .. and part of me wonders why i need to be so ahead and on top of everything to feel ready to give birth when its just all going to be messed up as soon as i'm not able to deal with the upkeep - sometimes i feel kind of crazy, i like to have spotless house by about 36-38 wks (last time i was cleaning my bathtubs every 2-3 days for a couple weeks before i went into labor?!) food in the freezer, laundry caught up at all times etc.. i have several projects that need to be completed around the house before i get into mega-cleaning and food preparing mode.. having the holidays thrown in the middle of this is throwing me off too - too many projects!
but after i get all this done, i get to meet my baby!! i'm so excited! and i'm not worried about keeping busy at the end like i usually am.. I will have plenty to do with all my normal stuff (homeschooling, having 3 kids, etc - seems like a lot more than i was doing when i was preparing for my last birth!) plus i can keep baking up until active labor and keep putting extra bread/muffins etc. in the freezer lol! I would love to get a dozen loafs of bread baked, sliced and in the deep freeze! (food allergies) i can't see it actually happening, i'll be thrilled if i can just a little bit ahead.. i've got a 2nd deep freeze coming sometime in the next month then i'll be able to really start with the extra food prep.
i know what you mean! i am so excited! we went to our first birthing class on monday and it was fantastic. we're all due around the same time, and we're all having girls except for 1 couple. it makes everything so real. and to see my husband interact with other dads to be is so awesome. it's really cool to know that we're going to be parents. i can't wait to meet our baby girl!
I'm also using the holidays as a distraction. We will have a lot of family in (basically having 2 weeks of xmas) and we're hosting on the 25h as well. And then in January I'll keep myself busy with all the little baby projects I know I'll still have to do-- making sure I have my birthing supplies, laundry is sorted, car seat is purchased, cloth diaper stash is set, etc.
But yes, I am feeling READY. I'm 29 weeks as of yesterday and if this one goes at 38 weeks like my second, that's really only two more months.
apparently tis the time to be really excited and ready! i remember at this phase w/ all my others i was really prepared too, and preparing myself mentally and emotionally for labor and recovery as well. and this time is no exception. got birth kit ready, got back-up childcare (no family nearby) on call, bought couch and rearranged house so that i can just keep living now and when it goes down i'll be ready.
and this all was in the last week! i met w/ people and husband and gave them all the run down, and am feeling like if baby came tomorrow, all i'd need was dipes and a couple more outfits and we'd be ready to sail!
though making a bunch of food to freeze ahead sounds like a really good idea. i'm the chief cook (gluten-free household), my husband actually does a great job w/ preparing our normal staple meals when i'm down for a week. so baking a bunch of bread ahead would be the best/most useful thing. thanks for the reminder! though my husband doesn't like any other foods reheated, so soups or meals precooked are pretty useless if he's on duty. or me. both of us prefer to cook from scratch at each meal. oh, that explains our kitchen most nights!
so part of me is sooooooooooooooo ready! and part of me knows i need to calm down and just wait for it. 3 months sounds like forever! even though it's not that long...
my two year old screaming at me all day long is keeping me from getting too anxious for another little one right now.. :/
other than that- I haven't started the first baby-prep thing yet, and we have been so busy with birthdays and holidays that I honestly won't even be able to start thinking about baby until January. Then I have about a month to get everything ready, which will be more than enough time.
Hoping DS2 decides to stop being so clingy and screamy in the next few months.. :/
Y'know, I'm actually not feeling anxious which is unusual for me. Normally at this time I'd be *ready*!!! But we've had a lot going on lately, some good, some not so good and I'm very distracted. In my last pregnancy I was obsessive about getting all the baby clothes washed, my homebirth supplies ready, etc.. I think I had most of it done at 20 weeks? Lol.. But right now I'm chill. I have a teething one year old, a very grumpy husband and misbehaving crazy children so maybe that's why I'm happy to have this one inside where it is easier to take care of him/her!
I do need to get started on my freezer meals soon.. Those are absolutely essential to surviving the PP period here.