-1-It just hit me this week that I'm going to have a baby in a MONTH. It's not like there's much to get ready....I pretty much know what I'm doing by now, and we already have all the "baby stuff" - it's just a matter of dragging it all up from the basement (a job for my husband, and not me). But I'm not sure that I've really mentally prepared for it.
-2-Tom is scheduled to go on a business trip less than two weeks before my due date (!). It's something he *could* get out of, but it's potentially useful for his career that he go. We've been discussing the pros and cons. My other two kids were born a little early - seven days and five days, respectively. Still, the chances of this baby being farther ahead of schedule seem rather slim....
On the other hand, if I did go into labor while Tom was gone, it would be a pretty big deal. To be honest, I don't think I'd mind too much about my husband missing the birth (at least I'll still have my doula with me!). It's that I would have to deal with all the arrangements completely by myself - having contractions at home (hopefully at home, and not out somewhere!) while making frantic phone calls, trying to find someone willing to pick up and entertain my kids for the day (or night?) as well as a ride to the hospital for myself. Usually, Tom handles all that stuff, because while I'm in labor, I'm just not in the right state of mind to deal with all that crap.
We still haven't made the final decision about what he's going to do....but I think we're leaning towards him going. Yikes!
-3-Earlier this week, I watched Milo and Otis for the first time since I was really young. Oh. my. goodness. First of all, I felt like the whole premise of the film was: "let's have Milo and Otis encounter any and every type of creature we can get ahold of - whether or not it makes sense for that species to appear in this particular landscape - and just see what they do with each other." Did you know that lobsters and crabs live on farms? Neither did I. It really strained credibility to see the combinations of animals that supposedly lived together in this imaginary country.
But mostly, I was seriously disturbed the entire time by all the risky situations they put those poor animals into. Was it really necessary to send the cat down a waterfall in a wooden box, or have the dog fight with a bear? There is NO WAY some animals weren't killed or seriously injured during the filming. I checked Wikipedia, and it seems that many others have had the same concerns...
-4-It seems like all the cool bloggers are going to the Edel Gathering this summer. It sounds like a really great event, but unfortunately, I won't be there. Not only would it be difficult to swing financially, but....having to bring a four-month old baby would just make it a lot less enjoyable, I have to be honest! I'll try not to feel jealous of the opportunity to meet so many interesting Catholic ladies.
-5-I've been starting to think about Lent (which starts March 5th this year!), how I should observe it, and what to give up. I'm afraid the whole season will get rather overshadowed by all the stressful (but exciting) things we have going on these next two months: signing on the house, fixing up some stuff in the house prior to move-in, giving birth, planning a baptism, moving day... (ideally in this order, but the "having a baby" part I don't really have any control over!).
-6-I'm thinking I should definitely reduce my internet use during Lent, since it can get out-of-control at times. And I don't even own a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or any of that stuff. Very intentionally, we have only a desktop computer. And that is temptation enough for me, believe me. A practice I think would be good, yet challenging, is to not allow myself to use the internet except when the kids are in bed - for naps or the night. So many times during the day, I pop into the room just to "check my e-mail", and it turns into twenty minutes of browsing Facebook or reading random articles people post about "23 things you'll only remember if you were born in the 80s" or something else stupid like that. It's unnecessary, and it takes time away from my family.
Kendra has some great ideas for Lent that I will have to look over again.
-7-Aaaaand, because I'm running out of ideas, I'll share a few recent quotes from my little man.
Listening to a song with the lyric, "there he knelt down on the floor."
Sly: "That song just said 'meltdown on the floor' - Stella does that!!"
Sly, to Tom, as soon as he walked in the door after work: "Mommy said I can't have a snack because I lied. What's up with that?!"
Sly and I were waiting forever for Stella to climb up the stairs.
Me: "What's taking her so long?"
Sly: "Probably gravity."
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