No, the earthquake didn’t send me into labor. I thought maybe, with a shift in the earth… But I guess since I didn’t feel anything, Baby didn’t feel anything either. My sister felt it (in the same house as me), my husband felt it at work, my neighbors had stuff falling off shelves, and my family up in Massachusetts felt the tremors. But me? I totally missed it. So Baby missed it too. Baby missed the full moon clues last week too! My midwife said all the other women due in early September have already delivered. Isn’t that nice?
I could be jealous and say, “Lucky them,” but I’m not so sure I’m ready for Baby yet! Of course whenever Baby comes I’ll be thrilled, but, I don’t even have my hospital bag packed yet! I should get a move on, huh? And Baby’s bed isn’t set up, and I haven’t scrubbed down every square inch of my room. (I decided the rest of the house was impossible!) But my kitchen cupboards ARE clean! Thanks to my sister, the angel, my hero.
Oh, and I’d really, really like to get some baby belly photos. I had a pregnancy photo shoot done with my first four kids, and I know I’ll be sad if I don’t have belly pictures of Baby #5. Like, I would cry! Maybe that’s the main thing holding my body back from going into labor, this need-to-happen photo shoot.
Some days I even forget that Baby is due next Saturday! Yes — NEXT SATURDAY! (When I do remember, I get super excited!) Life is just SOOOO busy around these parts. I started school with Kbug and Cboy this week. CJ begs to do school too. I know I should capitalize on his eagerness, but I usually say, “No, you can’t do school right now. Go play in the basement.” (I know. cringe. Bad Mommy!) I have NO idea what homeschooling with a new baby will be like, but I’m expecting chaotic days and lots of tears. I’m not sure we’ll even be finished at a decent time of late May or early June next spring…
On the futuristic days when I share these tears, somebody please remind me that instilling a love of learning in my kids is more important than checking off catagories on my academic checklist!
And somebody remind me that God’s strength is available, and is made perfect in my weakness. I mean for real, is there any mom out there who has 5 small children, homeschools, cooks healthy meals, keeps her house clean, keeps her husband and kids happy (and well-behaved), and does it all perfectly? (If you do know someone like this, please don’t tell me their name.)
Sleepless nights are coming too, along with the chaotic days. I’m just excited that NBC has such great evening shows lined up for this fall. Like, for example, a third season of “PARENTHOOD!” Yes!!! “Excited” doesn’t even justly describe my feelings about watching more Braverman drama.
Speaking of chaos and drama, I think I hear a child screaming. Wait. That’s the teakettle. I’ve started to drown myself in red raspberry leaf tea, hoping to speed labor up and slow the after-labor pains down. I have a midwife appointment tomorrow, and I’m anxious to hear Rosie’s theories on what my body’s doing and what baby feels like right now. Last week, Rosie said that Baby felt like another big baby. Sigh… so much for my wish for at least one teeny-tiny newborn! Baby must be trying to beat Moosies’ record of 9lbs, 3oz.
Oh, you know what I forget more than Baby’s near arrival? My oldest daughter’s birthday! Kbug turns 7 next Saturday, Septemeber 3rd. Yes, same day that Baby is due. Kbug says she wants the baby to be born on her birthday, but I think if I had my ‘druthers, I’d choose for all my kids to have their own special birthday. No sharing.
I still have to do more birthday shopping for Kbug, and plan a special party for her… And once again, may I point out that my life is never quiet and dull. Happy chaos reigns here!