But FIRST, a quick note. I went to the doctor's yesterday for a pretty uneventful visit. Had the Group B Strep test done and told doctor about my "newest" changes/feelings in my body (along with the Braxton Hicks contrax the other night) and basically got the "Yup, that's all normal" speech. I'm down to once a week appointments now so next Wednesday I'm back at the doctor's office again. They don't do routine internal exams yet (unless I request one) and I'm partially thinking this is a GOOD thing becuz if I hear I'm dilated/effaced (or NOT) I'll probably just be more impatient!
Also, tonight was the last birthing class for us, and we got the tour of the birthing wing. It was good, for me I know, to see where all the "action" will be taking place. I think it helped to set my mind at ease. Plus I realized today, I seemed to have entered the 'calm before the storm' phase. My nervousness, my anxiousness, my fear...it's all seemed to have melted away. I'm now just focused on the excitement of meeting our little boy!
Still left to-do-List:
1. Okay, Big D rocks and he has put up the closet door in Hunter's room. So now that all is left for this task is for him to finish putting up the last wall's trim and chair rail. And the crown moulding needs to go up, but we have to get D's Uncle Rob over to help with that. Most likely the crown moulding won't be done till after Hunter's birth.
Oh and Big D has put one coat of sealer over the stain he painted on the bench for the nursery so now he is just going to sand it and seal again.
2. Clean out the hallway linen closet. I know this technically has nothing whatsoever to do with the new baby's arrival, however, it's driving me absolutely bonkers. The closet is skinny and tiny and can barely fit all the towels, sheets, blankets, curtains and misc. bathroom supplies in it right now, so every time I open the door, something falls on me. This will not fly for me once baby is here so now is my time to clean it up and reorganize the contents! *ADDITION* Plus now with the bath supplies, towels and face cloths that we got for Hunter at the baby shower, I'd much rather keep them all in our linen closet, then in his nursery closet.
3. Steam-clean the living room and hallway carpets.
4. Pack bag for the hospital. *ADDITION* This is actually a work-in-progress right now. I've got the baby's stuff all together and now I'm working on mine. I'm going to post my list at the bottom of this post so PLEASE tell me if I'm forgetting anything!
5. Call the humane society about dropping off our dog, Daisy, and cat, Bailey. (some of Daisy's story can be read about here and also here). It's so tough and it will be a hard and emotional thing to do, but I have to do what's right for my child and my family.
And regarding my cat, Bailey has still continued to use our couch as a litter box (she pooped on the couch AGAIN last night) so when Daryl pointed it out to me, I immediately burst into tears. It's like the final nail in the coffin, so to speak, and it breaks my heart. But what more can I do??
6. My friend Crystal is dropping off the bassinet this Sunday. Woo hoo!
7. Buy a night light for the nursery.
8. Clean the bathroom!
YAHOO!! I whittled my insanely huge list down to only eight items! I'm so proud of myself AND feeling less stressed/rushed about getting stuff accomplished. Not much else left to do but relax and WAIT for our little one's arrival!
Packing for the Hospital (me):
- pair of comfy socks
- flip flops
- lip balm
- (1) nursing nightgown (although I don't know if I'll wear it, or just the hospital gowns)
- short, thin bathrobe
- nursing bra(s)
- cell phone and charger
- camera & video camera with charger cords
- headband or elastic (to put my hair back during labor)
- going home outfit (comfy loose sweats, a maternity t-shirt and undies)
- copy of my birth plan
Packing for the Hospital (Daryl):
- change of clothing for first night (second night he'll probably run home to shower/change)
- swim trunks (in case I go into shower during labor and need his support)
- toiletries for at least 1st night
- lap top and charger cord
- DVD(s) (not that I foresee him watching any movies but maybe he can while I'm resting?)
Packing for the Hospital (Hunter):
- baby blanket(s) (at least one so Daryl can bring it home for Tucker to sniff with Hunter's scent on it)
- going home outfit (I packed two, one smaller and one slightly bigger)
- hat, onesie and socks
- baby book
- baby's car seat, installed in truck
Okay, is there anything you think I could be forgetting????