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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


This pregnancy is quickly approaching 37 weeks and nesting is in full swing. I've spent the last couple of days washing loads and loads of pink and flowery clothes. Hugh was helping me sort through it yesterday and as I'd point out a butterfly or a flower on a little dress or shirt, I'd say "look how cute", which then made him say over and over in his high-pitched yet still raspy voice "cute!"

Today I finished getting all the clothes organized and either ready to be worn right away or carefully boxed away for the coming months and years of anticipated use. It feels good to have that all done.

I also have my hospital bag packed, hoping that I've included things that I'll want and need and wondering if there is anything major that I'm forgetting. The big thing I remember really wishing I had while recovering from Hugh's birth was ear plugs. It was torture to be unable to sleep in the middle of the night because of the screaming woman in labor next door. The nurse offered me cotton, but that just didn't do the trick.

I've packed the basics - toiletries, lotion, chapstick, bath robe, fluffy towel, baby clothes and other baby necessities. Then there's the items that I'll pack last minute - cell phone, ipod, laptop, chargers, etc. Am I forgetting anything? Is there anything you would never go to the hospital without?

These nesting urges also had me cleaning the bathrooms this morning and making a mental list of all the little chores to do between now and baby girl's arrival. I would add them to my actual written list, except that there's already enough on that list to keep me busy and semi-overwhelmed. I've just decided that I'll do what I can in the time I have and make sure the most important things are taken care of, and let everything else go. It really isn't a big deal if I don't get the cereal cupboard organized by box size and brand. Joking here. But, I know there are some things on my list that are just about as ridiculous as that.

Overall, the nesting has me feeling extra grateful for my blessings - knowing there is a little girl on her way to our home and knowing I am so completely undeserving, by any merits of my own, of this and all my other blessings. Somehow, some way, I hope to live my life in a way that reflects how deeply grateful I feel for all that I've been given.


Erica said...

body spray to cover the stank that comes from having a baby and staying in a hospital.

and flip flops or cheap slippers so your feet never have to touch the filthy unsanitary hospital floor. it gives me anxiety.

Tim, Annie, Jack said...

Love you. 37 weeks! Crazy. Time is flying by for me since I only goot to see you tiny and then definitely pregnant looking, and now you are about to have her! This baby girl is so lucky to have such a beautiful family to come to and such an AMAZING MOMMA who is more deserving of such an awesome blessing than anyone I know! Can't wait!!!

Inkling said...

I am getting so excited for you. It will be fun to come here one day soon and see the news that you have a new little bundle to hold!

I remember taking a whole backpack with my Bible, a devotional book, my journal, some music, and a few other things. I thought I'd really find it my favorite thing. But truth be told, between learning how to nurse and trying to sleep (how I wish I'd thought of earplugs too!!!!), I don't think that bag got opened at all. Oops. But I'm glad we did take our camera to capture at least a few photos from the first day. It's incredible how quickly they change in those first few days and weeks!

I'll be praying for you. I hope your birth is so amazing and wonderful and that everything goes smoothly. How precious it will be to hear that sweet tiny cry for the first time!

Allred Mom said...

So excited for your family! I can't wait to meet your newest addition! Love and hugs to you!