Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Nesting- kinda/sorta

So my due date is officially two months from today- August 2nd. Barring a repeat of toxemia, I can hold this baby even longer. We have a bunch of August birthdays in the first two weeks, so I need to pick a day that will belong only to this child. Anyway...

I feel like I should be nesting, but I am still somewhat in denial that I will bring another family member into our spacious home, so I haven't done much (anything) about getting the house ready for the baby. I'm not even sure where we will put the child in the long run. I know he/she will spend a few weeks in the bassinet, so we'll worry about that later. This house was our two-year plan. We will hit five years at the end of the month. Another story for another time...

My version of nesting seems to be more like a mother squirrel hoarding nuts rather than a mother bird feathering her nest for the newest chick. I have been obsessing about weird things- Do we have enough toilet paper in the house to get us through the summer? Do we have enough hair detangler to get us through the summer? After those two necessities, we can get by with whatever else is on hand. I've also been frantically teaching Tim to braid and do other hair-do's that work on each child. He watches and goes "Uhh, ok." He doesn't share my sense of urgency on that one.

I am also pondering preparing a note book of maps and schedules since all three girls will start preschool/school within 1-2 weeks of the baby's birth. We were caught off guard with Lydia's early arrival last time and I hate dumping my life on my helpers without some preparation. Yes, I do worry about strange things, why do you ask?

Since we thought we were done having children after Lydia's birth 3 years ago, we got rid of most things baby. Luckily my sister was using our crib for her baby, so it survived the purge. A kind neighbor lent us a baby car seat. I have a few crib sheets that made the cut since they were on the toddler bed. That's about it. In an effort to be a less-than awful mother, I have been buying a few random things to have on hand for the baby. Today my big purchase was a bottle of baby powder. I know, monumental. Did I mention I'm in denial that the child will come home with us? I feel like my job is to give the baby a physical body, and I'm not convinced what will happen from there. That's a whole other story that I probably won't ever tell...

I did clean the top of the stove quite thoroughly this morning and we deep-cleaned Jenna & Aubrey's room on Saturday. I hope that counts for something. That's nesting, right? Maybe not. I guess that's just housekeeping, but we'll take what we can get!

I have also been neglecting my blog. As you might have noticed (if anyone is still reading this), my thoughts are quite scattered and rambling is a big problem these days. Poor Tim gets sporadic phone calls throughout the day about things that have little relevance to my life and ZERO relevance to his. What a sweet, patient man! What a blessing he is in my life!

Anyway, if you come to my house, please look past the piles of coloring books and crayons. Step around the library books that were dumped out of the bag (hey- points for taking them to the library at all) brush the crumbs off the chair and have a seat. Enjoy a Diet Coke with me and I'm sure I've got some chocolate hiding in a cupboard that the kids can't reach. There's plenty of time for housework and nesting next week.

Maybe I'm not a mother bird or squirrel; maybe I'm the grasshopper thinking that winter will never come...

5 comments:

Becky said...

Hey Corrine, I hope and pray that you get to take home a healthy baby! If you need to borrow things when the baby comes let me know. We have tons of stuff! You are such an example to me and I love and admire you tons!

Aimi said...

Don't worry about boy stuff I've got plenty, oh wait that's all I've got:) And by the way you are super funny!

Hillary said...

Darn nesting INSECTS!!! :) I'm sure you'll be ready by the time the baby comes, you'll have to be right? For now, just sit back and relax, everything will fall into place in the end. Enjoy your last summer as a mom of 3, etc, etc...and hey, maybe your baby won't be born the first week of August, maybe it'll be born the last week of JULY!!! :)

The Gibbys said...

very clever writing! it is just as important, if not more important, to make sure there is enough toilet paper, then where the baby will sleep. So I think your nesting instincts are right on the money! and since we are having a boy, I have plenty of girl stuff i can send your way if needed. I thought I had gone trough everything, but found another tote FULL of girlie things.

Jennifer said...

My Dear Corrine, no one ever said that it had to be bird nesting... collecting the things you know you'll need in the house is nesting too. Maybe the whole nesting thing is different with each baby like cravings are different with each one. So, do all the gathering you need to! And make those maps and schedules for the girls...it will ease your mind and give you something to do! :) (I freak out over schedules & maps every time we go on vacation without the boys I also write them a letter and make sure they have a picture of us it's weird)You know I'll come at the drop of a hat, JUST CALL. The offer stands for any time. So, now just relax you're both going to be fine. Take a deep breath, think of Dori, and sing her song..."Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming" rub your tummy while you do this baby might like it! Love you, it's going to be fine. Jen

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