Just a Few Weeks Away

Egads, my due date’s less than three weeks away.

And I am frazzled.

I had my last sono (one of three) last Thursday.  Daniel’s head down, his back’s turned on my left side, and he is a little less than six pounds.  I gained another two pounds since last week (how I did that, I have no clue), but it’s all good for Daniel, since a baby’s average birth weight should be seven pounds and change.  And I’m hoping to breast-feed this kid, so I figure some of this weight is also preparation for that.

This past weekend was the Family Baby Shower — the guests who attended were mostly Filipino friends of my folks, most of whom I’ve known since I was ten years old.  Lots of “Aunties” and “Uncles”, “Lolos” and “Lolas”, “Nanays” and “Tatays”.  As for actual *names*, it was like my wedding a few years back:

“Hi, Auntie!” I say.

“Who was that?” the Hubby asks, after “Auntie” moves off.

“I have no idea,” I reply, sotto voce.

And, settled down on my parents’ couch, I chatted with friends who were mommies already or, like JG, whose profession is dealing with the education of little ones on a regular basis.

All the while, the last X-Men movie was playing on my parents’ ginormous plasma TV.  Kind of surreal, that was.

Anyway… Daniel got plenty of swag out of it — mostly clothes and blankies.  With one rather generous gift card from the Marmot, I was able to buy the rather spendy stroller/car seat system that I’ve registered for but really wasn’t expecting anybody to get because — good golly, Miz Molly — it really is rather spendy.

Also, changing table’s on the way.  🙂

More preparation to do — like pack my hospital bag and fill out maternity leave forms.  And figure out a “birth plan.”  ::whew::

Somewhere in the mix, I’m still teaching and grading.

It’s almost more than my little mind can handle right now.  But handle I do.

Whoopty-whah!  🙂


About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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3 Responses to Just a Few Weeks Away

  1. Anna says:

    I can totally second what Steph says. When you need help, you need help. Normally people like to help. People usually like to give…:-) Sometimes we need to accept that, us who normally the givers. My sister shamelessly used our stepmom for a week–she came over after the baby was born and took care of her: cooking, cleaning, showing her the ropes with changing, etc…. She said otherwise she’d have been utterly lost.

  2. Steph says:

    I’ll definitely second my sage spouse.

    If I were to birth again, and somebody asked for my birth plan, I’d just say:

    Arrive at hospital
    Grit teeth
    Birth baby
    snuggle, nurse, sleep, snuggle, nurse, sleep, snuggle… well, you get the idea 😉

    I didn’t have babies sleep in the nursery until the twins were born. If you need rest, avail yourself of the nurses’ assistance.

    Rule numero uno of motherhood:
    Let people help you when you need it, and never hesitate to let people know when you are in need. :0)

  3. You’ll do great! Don’t worry too much about the birth plan – every pregnancy is different and likely you’ll get asked again and again (and again) once you’re there.

    And don’t be afraid to change your plan – sometimes it’s not what you expected.

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