Wednesday, February 3, 2010

excitement, fears and preparations.....OH MY!

Would you get a load of that countdown ticker on the right? 2 more days. As I sit here imagining holding our baby girl in less than 48 hours, I am overcome with joy! I am so blessed. I have an amazing husband, a beautiful little girl, and a baby who is about to bless us with her appearance. Life is good.

I'd be lying if I said it was all joy that I am feeling. I am also feeling a bit fearful. The first time you have a baby it's all about it will change your life, your relationship with your spouse, your routine, your body, etc. This time around I feel as though I haven't thought much about how baby girl's arrival will impact me. Instead, I am 100% focused on Julianne and how bringing a new babe home will affect her. I know that she will eventually be fine and grow to love her sister. My concern is the immediate future. Bringing the baby home and no longer being able to focus 100% of my attention on her and how she will react to that. I'm hoping that daddy having 2 weeks of paternity leave and my parents being here to give her plenty of attention will help. I'm also hoping that if I expect the worse, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised! It doesn't help when people share horror stories about what their kid did when they brought home a new baby. Anyone have any good stories to share? I think I could use some!

I'm also feeling a bit anxious for my surgery. My c-section with Julianne went really smoothly and I had a great recovery so I'm hoping the second time around will go just as well. It's always nerve racking though....getting cut open and all. I'm saying prayers that my nerves will be calmed and I will be able to be in the moment.

I've been nesting like crazy (if that's what you want to call it). I have not been able to relax. Yesterday, I cleaned every baseboard in our house and went back and touched up all the marks I couldn't get off with paint. Crazy? Yes. Right now I'm getting ready to go organize the pantry and refrigerator because I went grocery shopping today and I can't possibly put all these groceries away without rearranging everything (even though it's pretty organized already). I've cleaned out almost every closet in our house. I painted two storage benches that we are going to now use as toy chests in the basement. I started our taxes and am hoping to finish them tomorrow. I booked a place for Julianne's birthday party and ordered the invitations. I started her 2 year slide show. I cleaned out the storage area in the basement and sold a bunch of stuff on ebay and took a few things to the children's consignment shop (we have too much stuff)! After countless days of Shaun telling me to relax and put my feet up, I think he has come to the realization that I don't do relaxing very well and he is wasting his breath. Oh well, I can relax at the hospital since I have to stay in bed for a few days (with leisurely walks around the postpartum floor). I'm hoping to get some sleep in the hospital since I've only been sleeping about 4 hours a night.

Still to do before Friday: pack hospital bag for me and baby, clean house, do all laundry and ironing, finish taxes. That should do it!


Sally said...

You are crazy!! I don't know how you do everything that you do. Can you come rub off on me please????

Seriously, I hope you get everything done that you want to, and I hope that you are feeling calm and confident about your surgery. What time do you go to the hospital on Friday?

Seizing My Day said...

Can I just say it made me laugh to think about a woman 9 mo. pregnant on the floor cleaning baseboards! I am a visual person - sorry~! :) Relax !!! ;) Blessings to you and your new arrival in a couple days~

Jenn Cav said...

OH MY WORD! I am exhausted just reading all that! Please come to my house and help me finish the unpacking and picture hanging for the house we've been in for 7 months now! :) Everything will be great. The first 2 weeks will be a breeze because Julianne will have so much attention. After that, she'll probably be so excited to have a little baby to help take care of. I'll be thinking of you Friday and pray all goes well. But PLEASE do get some rest at the hospital at least!

Amy said...

I totally understand all of your excitement and your worries. I can't tell you that the past three weeks and two days have been perfect, but I can honestly say that Hudson's response hasn't been as dramatic as I anticipated. He's really done pretty well and I feel good about the transition. I try to include him as much as I can (and as much as he wants) and spend time with him everyday. Many people say that girls are even easier because they want to help and mother the baby. So be encouraged! She'll be fine! Now spend tomorrow packing your bag, doing a bit of laundry, and then relax, get some sleep and spend some time with your girl! Your house doesn't have to be spotless! Goodness knows it won't be in a couple weeks (if it's anything like mine!)!!

Good luck! I'll be praying and can't wait to hear that baby girl is here!

Olive Oyl said...

So, so, SO exciting that she will soon be here! I think it would be hard to relax KNOWING that she will arrive on Friday, and knowing that you really do have a deadline to get it all done! I'm the kind of person who totally has nervous energy and can't sit still when I'm anxious or excited about something, so I totally understand.

Good luck! And I can't wait to get home from work tomorrow to check for updates and the news of your precious daughter's arrival! HUGS!

Jessica said...

holy did you pull of doing all that!? geez, wanna come to MY house next? :)

By the way, the countdown says ONE day now! Everything is going to be great!

Unknown said...

I am praying for you!! you will do amazing :)