Oh, right, I’m counting! Three weeks until my due date…twenty-one days. I’m not going to go into hours or minutes – that would be overkill.
Full term is nice, but a baby in my arms would be nicer. 🙂 I’m getting quite impatient and there is only one way to combat that – stay busy! Forced nesting, novel reading, movie watching, solitaire playing – whatever works. I came up with an idea last week that I hope will work for me – I’m going to give myself two options each day on a weekly to-do list. My options for today are installing the baby carseat or finishing up on our bedroom. Both need to be done before baby gets here and if I have the energy, I’ll actually do both today. I was going to just have one thing to do each day, but then I realized it would be all too easy to feel too tired or overwhelmed by one task and skip it, leaving the whole day wide open. Installing the seat today would be quick and I could do it while the boys sleep this afternoon. It would take a good deal less effort than cleaning my bedroom but is also something that Mike could do, while the bedroom is definitely my job (only because I want it a certain way and it’s mostly my mess, not his – sheepish grin). I got about halfway done last week while Mike was gone (more on that later) and it won’t take too much time but I want to do it thoroughly and not just rush through it. It’s hard to say what I’ll decide on today, but I will have to make up my mind in the next half hour.
So, yes, Mike was gone from Wednesday morning until Friday night. We survived, but just barely. Wednesday offered a bit of time alone while my mother-in-law watched the kids, and then lunch with her and my sister-in-law (and all the kids). That night was smooth and Thursday morning went just fine, too. It all went downhill halfway through naptime on Thursday. The boys woke up and Erik was having a hard time breathing. We’d all had colds for some time so it wasn’t a big surprise, but still a pain. I put the kids down at seven that night and watched a movie to unwind after a rough afternoon. I should have gone to bed. I had just fallen asleep around eleven when Erik woke up for the first time. What followed was a very long night. I was up once an hour with one of the kids – Jenny ended up sleeping with me half the night and throwing up twice in my bed – thankfully she’s old enough to wait for the garbage can to be strategically placed before puking. Elias was only up once to go to the bathroom but then realized that Jenny wasn’t in bed and freaked out. Meanwhile, I developed pain in my head and nose that felt like a sinus infection, which really didn’t help. Erik and Jenny both had their inhalers twice overnight and by morning I felt ready to crawl under my bed and hide until Friday night. We struggled through the day and when Mike pulled in around nine-thirty, I was practically euphoric. The good news is that we got better over the weekend. We stayed busy enough but had a nap both days. We still all have runny noses and I’m still getting a sinus headache now and then, but we are better. The best news is that Erik never had to go into the hospital. I’ve gotten used to taking him in nearly every time he has any sort of cough or cold because his breathing gets so laboured. We just went through that a few weeks ago and I was really not looking forward to it again so soon.
Anyway, now the boys are in bed and I’m fairly certain I’m going to go with carseat installation today. There is also laundry to be done and I’ve had to turn Jenny down for three days in a row when she’s asked to help me fold laundry. If she’ll keep up the colouring long enough for me to get the carseat in, I suppose we’ll probably take the laundry into my room and get that done. It is never ending and there’s no point in letting it pile up for too long – it gets easier to leave it and harder to do when I don’t fold every load or two.