I am just not ready for baby physically, emotionally, or mentally, yet. I have my Blessingway tomorrow, so I'm hoping that will get me more mentally ready, and a good incentive for getting things together this weekend.... well, Sunday, anyways since we are pretty booked all day Saturday with the boys' soccer games and a wedding.
I just ordered the birth kit and it hasn't come in the mail yet.
The baby's room still has some junk in it that DW hasn't removed.
I still have a couple of craft/art projects to do for her room.
We haven't put together the pack n' play or carseat yet.
I haven't washed (and washed and washed and washed) the diapers yet.
I've organized and put away all the clothes but still need to wash some of them.
We're buying, building and painting the bookshelf this weekend and will put all the books and toys on it.
My Blessingway isn't until 10/10/10.
My birthtub will be delivered on 10/8/10.
So, yeah I'm there with ya. Stressed. I want it all done now. But I still have a little more time than you. I think I'm emotionally prepared to meet our baby, but it's still nice having her tucked safe away inside me.
I hope your Blessingway is wonderful and just what you need right now.
Beth- WOHM -Madly in love with my Wife- SAHMandSophia, born 11/2/10, at home! Expressing love, one ounce at a time!
I'm 35 weeks too, and I still need lots of time to get my head together!!
This weekend we are setting up all the baby stuff and getting our room ready for the birth (we need to move some furniture around to make things more accessible for the midwives). I can't wait to get the practical stuff out of the way so that I can start preparing mentally- which will be much more difficult!
I should add that I am almost 38 weeks and I really need to get this resolved ASAP.
I'm also super nervous about juggling a newborn with everything else (especially homeschooling dd1, it's hard enough entertaining dd3!) so I don't feel ready in that sense.
Naomismom, I still haven't figured out arrangements for the kids, either. I guess I'm just planning on another middle-of-the-night birth where the kids sleep through it... you know, because I have so much control over that! My mom is working constantly and I just don't really want MIL around. If the past is any indication, I won't need much labor support so if the kids are awake, I think they'll be okay with dh, plus we'll have an apprentice mw there (well, if everyone makes it there before actual birth). But I don't want dh to miss anything if one of the kids really needs some alone time, so then I think I should have someone there for them. But I don't want a bunch of extra people around either, as ds3's birth with just dh/me/mw was so lovely. I did at least talk to a mom at school about being emergency pick-up for my boys if I go into labor in the afternoon and need someone to get them when school lets out. Now I just need to get her number written down...
CherryBomb... I think that's also part of why I'm not ready yet, either. I am dreading getting my oldest to school in the mornings with a newborn to take care of, too. We commute, and it's a 15-minute drive one way, and the winter driving especially sucks. I had a really hard time with the commute the winter after ds3 was born.
At least as of this minute I can say my house is nice and clean. No nesting urge (I never seem to get one), but we had a showing on our house so I had to get it done. Of course, it most likely won't stay in this state long, so it'll probably be a disaster again by the time I actually have a baby.
I did order my birth kit tonight, at least. Hey, it's progress.
1) Our older daughter was also an October baby and we're having an early birthday party for her tomorrow with 5 other toddlers/pre-schoolers. Both sets of grandparents are driving up here for the party and I really don't want to go into labor while they're still here because a) my mother smokes and I don't want her handling my newborn b) my husband's parents are likely to say SOMETHING to our older daughter about the baby/breastfeeding/her "big girl" status that will make her feel bad at a time when she's already feeling really insecure.
2) I've been on a super crazy nesting kick for months now and there are still at least 30 things that "have" to get done.
Yeah, so I've been following this community for birth announcements but I've been avoiding actually logging into MDC because I feel like there's no time to "waste online" when I could be cleaning behind the refrigerator or rewashing the windows for the 3rd time... or spending time with my daughter since I still feel pretty guilty about her no longer being "the baby." I'm also really sick of causal acquaintances asking me if I'm impatient, ready, etc. with the expectation that I MUST be because I'm so freaking huge. The physical aspects of this pregnancy have been harder than my first, but pregnancy is still a breeze compared to caring for a newborn.
And so not ready. Eeeep!!!
The house looks marginally better than it did a couple of weeks ago, but it's still a verifiable wreck. I ordered my birth kit 2 weeks ago and it hasn't shown up yet (the midwives have a spare, but still). My car's backseat is too full of clutter to get a carseat in, plus I don't have the infant seat yet. We have AN infant seat, almost new, but it's almost entirely pink and frankly I don't like that much pink even if the baby is a girl, so I've been meaning to pick up a grey one. That has not yet happened. My bag to take to the birth center is mostly done but I'm still not happy with it.
That said, I am starting to feel emotionally ready, and starting to assimilate the idea of a newborn in this house. The plan for tomorrow is that I will be locking myself in the bedroom with the sewing machine and finishing up a load of crafty projects -- like sewing the ribbon trim on some of baby's things and hemming some curtains -- while DH has the run of the rest of the house for organizing his stuff, touching up some paint, moving (and cleaning under) large appliances, etc. I really hope to be "ready" as of Sunday morning.
I'm 38 weeks tomorrow and... nope, still not ready.
The birth supplies arrived today, at least. But I haven't opened up the box yet. I do plan on gathering all my birth stuff together before my mw appt tonight so my mw can at least see I've accomplished something.
Meanwhile, there is too much going on here. The biggest problem is I still have a horrible case of thrush. I've been working with my homeopath, but it's still not licked. I'm waiting to hear about what remedy to try this time, and meanwhile trying very hard not to scratch my breast off. I do NOT want to be dealing with trying to breastfeed a newborn right now.
We FINALLY had a showing on our house, and the dw couldn't make it on that day due to a death in the family. But, the dh saw it and wants her to see it, too, so that's a good sign. We're supposed to be hearing from them about showing the house at the end of this week or the beginning of next, so.... I'd like baby to wait a bit, as I feel like this is our last chance to sell the house before winter, as I will probably not be having showings with a newborn around.
Because of this, I have not gotten out all the newborn stuff to wash and put away, because I'm afraid of being called for a showing while I have it all scattered everywhere. But hey, the baby really just needs diapers (we have a few disposables for the early days) and blankets, right? I figure we can always throw a load of clothes/diapers in the wash after babe is born. Right?
There is a really huge event called ArtPrize going on downtown that I'd like to see more of. I went for a few hours over the weekend, but only saw a small portion of what's out there. There are also a few moms-nights-out planned among my friends coming up, and I'd like to see another game or two of my boys' soccer before babe arrives.
So, there's still lots of cleaning and miscellaneous things on the agenda, but at least we have a start now. Oh, and I'm continuing to work 40-60 hours a week on top of all this (plan to continue work until I go into labor, like last time), which definitely makes it hard to get stuff done, but it'll all turn out fine in the end, I'm sure!!
Also, I have this awful cold...runny nose, headache, etc. Any one going through this too?
Kemi wife to Jeff mommy to Rohan 1/3/09 and Naren(transfer to hospital) 10/22/10. Pregnant with
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