I can't believe how quickly time is passing by! I've got a couple of weeks left at work before I go on maternity leave and the due date is about a month after that! I'm really looking forward to meeting my little kick-boxer and I'm so curious to find out what he/she will look like (strangely enough, more than I am about finding out the gender, despite the fact that I was so anxious to find out when we went for the 2nd scan). Will he/she look more like me or hubby, or a mix of both, or like somebody else in the family (grandparents, etc)? And since both hubby and I are mixed race, what sort of "blend" will the little one be born with. Of course, the most important thing is that everything goes well and baby is good and healthy, but that goes without saying.
When it comes to labour itself, I'm doing the coward thing and pretending is not going to happen... I can't even imagine what the pain must be like and how I will react when it all starts, but I'm hoping I will just be brave and calm and breathe through it all (yeah, right... knowing myself, this is unlikely :D ). So, in the meantime, I'll just go on pretending it's not going to happen... I'll just wake up one day and my gorgeous little baby will be in my arms :D
Ideally I would like to take the most natural approach to the birth, including breastfeeding and I will try my very best so that it happens in that way, but if it doesn't go entirely that way, I will not beat myself about it. At the end of the day, the best outcome is for mum and baby to be healthy and happy.
On the practical side, although I have nothing else to buy, there's a lot to do and organise for the baby's arrival, which I'm hoping to get sorted as soon as possible (so I can - hopefully! - chill out a bit while I'm on maternity leave and before the baby's born):
- Wash and iron all the baby's clothes, bedding, towels, etc (well, anything baby-related that can go in the washing machine :P)
- Pack the hospital bags - probably one with enough things for the shortest possible stay (i.e. best case scenario) and another one with extra things, in case we're staying in hospital longer than expected (and this will stay in the car boot, so hubby can fetch it, should it be required).
- Assemble cot (and the little carry cot which comes with the travel system we bought, since I imagine we might want the baby to sleep in it downstairs during the day, while we're doing chores, etc)
- Install baby car seat
- Cook and freeze some healthy meals, so hubs and I have one less thing to worry about once we get home from the hospital
- Leave house clean and organised (well, as much as possible, since we don't know exactly when labour may start). Again, this is to try to minimise the number of things we would have to worry about once we're home with the baby (I suspect we might have a lot of other things on our plate!).
So, once all this is done, it's just a matter of waiting for baby to join us! :) Hubs is taking a couple of weeks paternity leave and we're both looking forward to coming home with the little one and just being a little family of three. We can't wait until our family and friends meet the baby, but we have asked them to start visiting only after those few initial weeks, simply because we would like that time and those first moments to be just ours. Like any first-time parents, we don't really know what to expect in that time, I mean, emotionally, and we would like to experience it all in privacy, until we're ready to introduce the little one to the world.
Until then, I will do my best to overlook the tiredness and all the things that come with the last weeks of pregnancy, and enjoy our current life, which is about to change. Oh, and I will try to make the most of the lovely Spring weather we've got at the moment!