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I have been working with the assumption that I will go into labor at the absolute most inconvenient moment possible. That is why I booked something for Mia and I to do every single day this week, certain that doing so would cause me to go into labor in the wee small hours of Monday morning and have to try to deliver a baby while figuring out how to get ahold of everybody and cancel a week's worth of plans. Clearly, not so much. So when my friend Laura asked if I could watch her two girls this morning, I was thrilled. Obviously if I didn't go into labor in the middle of last night, thereby ruining Laura's day, it would happen when I was the sole adult responsible for three children. Again, not so much.

On the plus side, I survived a morning with three children. In fact, it was easy. So easy it got me thinking hey, I should have another baby! Very convenient. The fact is that Laura's girls are so good that my only real reason for being here was to dispense snacks and I could have spent the rest of the time snoozing on the couch to no ill-effect. (Laura, I didn't do that, I promise.) The only hitch was that I gave the youngest some banana slices and she had a great time rubbing them all over her pants and then spit a mouthful of milk on her own shirt moments before her mother got back and I was so mortified by the layer of filth covering the child that I seriously considered hiding her in the closet and trying to convince Laura that no, really, she only had one daughter, I was positive.

It really is getting to be time for this baby to come out though, as I have even finished nesting. Seriously, the hospital bag is packed, the laundry is done, the presents for and from the baby are wrapped, I vacuumed the upstairs for the first time in a month, and I sewed up the hole in the chair cushion that has been there for at least two years. I've made a $500 trip to Costco, and spent at least that much again at both Target and the grocery store, because apparently when I have no need to buy baby clothes I replace it with the need to buy a 12 month supply of toothpaste, toilet paper, and frozen waffles. My house is reasonably clean and Chris has been fully instructed on what Mia is to wear to the hospital to meet the baby and what she is to wear when we bring him home. If I don't go into labor soon, I'm going to have to get a hobby.

(Yeah, I know my cookies aren't cookie-ing. Working on it.)

Comments (26)

You can come over and clean my house if it will make you happy.

Oh well for crying out loud, if you wanted to go into labor you shouldn't have packed your hospital bag or done laundry. Duh Beth, I could have told you that!

Plus, you won't be going into labor until tomorrow, Feb. 1. Remember? Or maybe I didn't cast my vote, in which case: Feb 1, sometime in the evening, boy, 8 pounds 3 ounces. 20 1/2 inches.

My Mom loves to tell the story of how she wallpapered the kitchen the day before I was born because I had finally dropped enough for her to breathe. 10 hours later, her water broke. I think the Cactus-Fish baby is just about ready to make his appearance! Good luck!

I'm SOOO glad you mentioned what Mia can wear to the hospital. I didn't think of that for Little Bear and Kangaroo. I need to make another list.

I'm planning on a major shopping trip for heat and eat foods to carry us over for the first month of twins, but I think I have a few more weeks before I do that. I'm desperate for hubby to drag a suitcase out of the attic, but keep forgetting to make the request. Instead I panic about it at 3:00 a.m.

You're so right about coming at the most inconvenient time. You just haven't hit that state of maximum inconvenience yet, it seems.

My first daughter came two weeks early on the Friday morning that we were planning to drive down to D.C. for a black tie event at which I was being given an award. Scratch the event, eat the tux rental cost, yadda yadda.

My 2nd daughter gave my wife a scare the morning of my new company's semi-formal Christmas party. We ended up not going because the Dr. told her to go on bedrest (she ended up going in for a c-section 36 hours later), but at least this time we didn't spend money on any clothing for the event that got scratched!

First, I love the new look -- too cute!

And second, my fingers are crossed for Wally to get evicted ASAP...but my hunch is that he is hanging on until that magical scheduled date. Dang cervix...first it won't let out the kid, now it's going to force you to develop a hobby (although for the record I do think shopping counts as a hobby)

Nothing wrong with planning for big sister meeting the new little brother photo ops. They have to look their best, no? :-)

Hey, two kids is a lot! You need that 12 month supply because you're going to be a little busy for awhile and besides, do you really want to depend on Chris to get the right kind of toothpaste while you're up to your elbows in poopy diapers? No way! No girl needs that kind of added stress.

I am glad I wasnt the only one who went nuts with the "stocking up." I have enough deodorant, paper towels, toilet paper, frozen foods (even bought a deep freezer lol), and baby wipes to open a disaster relief center. Hey maybe we will get a hurricane in February (BITE MY TONGUE...). Didnt realize it was part of nesting..thought I just has some neurological psychosis going on. I am almost wanting to be on your "call list" when Wally comes!! I check everyday in anticipation...Love Ya Lots!

I am feeling remiss in my own nesting activities for not having considered the Older Child's Outfit. You're saying it should be, like, relatively filth-free and maybe even put on right side out? Damn, I've got some work to do around here.

Good thing that you've instructed Chris on what Mia should wear. When I had my second child, my husband brought our daughter to the hospital in her oldest, most horrible "play" clothes. They practically screamed, "I live in a van down by the river with my jobless parents." It's eleven years later and I still don't know how he managed to put that outfit together. He would have had to dig real deep into her closet to find that getup.

Hee. Love that you've picked out Mia's outfits. You really have thought of everything. Do men just not have that part of the brain that allows us to coordinate children's clothing?

I bought so much toilet paper before Henry was born, we only just finished it off last month.

I think the problem is that when you plan for what you think will be the most inconvenient moment, the fetus KNOWS that's not actually the most inconvenient time anymore.

Tricky little buggers, fetuses. (That sounds like it should be fetii or something, but it's not. I looked it up.)

hoping the little guy comes soon! i'm so excited for you two. i'm sure mia will be a huge help :)

Okay, like I was 3 1/2 weeks late with Amanda and 2 weeks late with Katie, (honest to God!) so when I was pregnant I just figured that this was the way I was going to spend the rest of my life. Once I started to accept the Buddha Belly, then the kid popped out.

You could go bowling like our friend did - ON HER DUE DATE.

I'm sure he's on his way! ;-) Hopefully close to the time I guessed he would haha.

You know what this means, don't you? Now that your house is clean, the laundry is done and you have tons of food and toothpaste, etc, you will not be going into labor until hour house is dirty, there is a huge pile of laundry, no food in the house and mia has squeezed toothpaste all over that cushion you just repaired.

PS.. Take change for the vending machines at the hospital! Very important! Hungry and grumpy husbands are no fun when you're trying to give birth!

I adopted my two kids so I didnt really do the whole nesting thing. I think its so cute!

Please feel free to come to my place and finish my nesting for me! I am way behind. You're impressive.

Sending you lots of labor vibes!

Its gonna happen over this weekend...its gonna happen over this weekend....trust me....i can totally feel it.

This is so sweet about my girls that it makes me want to paste it into their baby books or something :) I'm so glad they were pleasant to wrangle for the morning. It certainly was a huge help to me not to drag them to preschools...

Maybe the problem here is that Chris hasn't scheduled enough meetings. I know he -says- he's busy but clearly not with enough things that would be a total pain to cancel. Maybe he can work on that this afternoon? Really book up the first part of next week, see if it has any effect...

Ah, nesting. Those were the days. 'Cause after the baby gets here, it all goes to pot again...says she who just folded all the laundry from the whole week this morning and whose floors may not be vacuumed or mopped again until the baby is crawling...*sigh*

Tell Chris's boss to give him a huge project, keeping him at work until the wee hours. Both of my older 2 were born after my DH had to work basically all night the night before. :)

My goodness, even I feel ready to have a baby after reading everything you've accomplished! This baby better make his appearance soon or you might start washing the neighbor's windows!

Wishing you a speedy and painfree labor! And soon!

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