Monday, May 6, 2013

The End is Near

So way back when, I said I wouldn't turn this into a blog about being pregnant. And I haven't. But now I'm going to take the time to share. Because I can. Because it's my blog and I'll post whatever I want. Thankyouverymuch.

Okay, so I'm mostly doing this as a kind of photo diary for myself. I'm sure there's probably an app out there somewhere that could do this for me, but who has time to sift through a thousand apps to find exactly what I'm looking for?

Because I know you're just dying of curiosity, this is my most recent photo. I apologize for all the yellow in my bathroom. I think the one I'm wearing is a maternity tank from Old Navy, but I have pretty much lived in Old Navy tanks for the last eight months. Not alone, obviously, because it was winter in Illinois. But they did a nice job of covering the whole bump when my other top couldn't. Like when I wasn't ready to give up regular tops.

But pants! Oh maternity pants, how I will miss you and all your elastic-y wonderfulness. I actually had decent work pants this time. Mostly because I was a bit smaller when I was last pregnant five years ago and I got to buy new ones.. I got some new jeans, also Old Navy, that were pretty wonderful. I swear ON is not sponsoring this post. They just have the most affordable maternity clothes I could find.

Anyway, moving on...

As this is baby number three, there was a lot of baby gear we already had. Since carseats have expiration dates, that was one big item we were going to need. Plus, the one we had was rather large compared to the newer models and The Farmer was dead set against buying a new car (even though I would have preferred that route). So we have a new, smaller carrier and three kids in the backseat of the Equinox. For now.

We also needed a new playpen. I don't know why they are all called pack and plays now, but whatever. Last big item was a stroller. We live on a gravel road, but my maternity leave lines up nicely with summer break. I have big plans for morning walks through the streets of the nearby town. I went with a regular, lightweight, plain jane stroller, though, because I can't guarantee it will see a lot of use. And no, I didn't get the matching set. It was cheaper this way.

The biggest obstacle we faced was space. When we moved in to this house nine years ago, we thought this house was pretty big. Now it feels like it shrunk. We have a decent upstairs, but our kids are five and seven and very reluctant to sleep up there. I can't even get the seven year old to sleep in his own bed. So there are two twin beds and a crib in the second bedroom. Lucky for us, they fit rather nicely.

The changing table that we may or may not even use is in our bedroom. It will eventually be joined by a cradle...though its exact location has not yet been decided. Can you see my homemade clothes hamper? It was a Pinterest thing. A pillow case and an embroidery hoop. Whoda thunk it?! Simple genius.

Back to the kids thing our house does have is decent sized closets. But again, three kids and one closet. I did some rearranging and maneuvering. Probably everything would've fit, but my mom had a nice armoire thing she was willing to part with. That is between the two beds and houses baby's first round of clothes. Next size is in the closet.

So, for the most part, I think we're ready. I mean, as far as the stuff goes. Mentally, I'm not so sure :-) It doesn't feel like 8 months have passed. Those first few were killer, too. The past few have been pretty easy. Now I just can't sleep because I'm either getting up to pee or trying to find a comfortable position. It's great. But pretty soon I won't be sleeping at all, so I might as well get used to it.