Sunday, January 4, 2009

The home stretch

I survived Christmas! I thought it was so funny that I wasn't allowed to travel, since it meant I had to do most of the work of hosting my 11 family members at home. But it was really fun, and my mom and Kirk were a ton of help with the cooking, baking and overall preparations.

My brother Craig and brother-in-law Scott were also awesome helping us set up the nursery (essentially the mudroom connected to the laundry room). We're using Melinda's furniture, which is incredibly special, and the yet-to-arrive fabulous glider. I've decided to go with chocolate brown and soft blue no matter what gender. This way, I don't have to paint, and I also found cute fabric that matches the room. (I am telling myself I will NOT fall for "everything has to be pink for girls!" Remind me of this later!)

I have now done my first load of baby laundry. Everyone says I'll be doing so much (which makes my nursery placement connected to the laundry room PERFECT!), but I honestly can't imagine, since the clothes are so TINY! I had no idea of the etiquitte of giving Christmas gifts to babies not born yet, but my family has overwhelmed us with the most wonderful things to celebrate the arrival. We've also been blessed with amazing hand-me-downs from Melinda and my high school friend Debbie's sons. If it's a boy, we're SET! And if it's a girl, well, we SHOP! Either way, we're good!!

The craziest thing happening right now is the baby moving. I say moving, because it's much bigger than a kick now. It happens all over my tummy, and it's indescribably and undeniably a baby in there. So it's definitely getting more real. I keep telling Kirk this baby is going to rock our world in ways we can't even predict. I can't wait - I think Kirk's heart is just going to open right up when he sees that baby.

The other crazy thing is thinking of going back to work tomorrow. Really? They expect people in their ninth month to actually work? Huh. What's that about? :)

I packed my bag for the hospital today, and so I'm theoretically "ready" (HA!) should the baby make its appearance. The last thing I still need is a car seat, which I'm getting from my friend Lisa on the 10th. Hopefully she'll help us install the base too! Other than that, we have diapers and paci's, and really, what else could little Baby Wright need?

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