20 weeks…panic sets it
I have finally reached the half-way point in pregnancy, and panic is beginning to set in. I have less than 140 days left until our little one makes his big appearance. It may seem like a lot, but it really is not. Especially if you include all the days I’ll need to spend resting, and those last 1-2 months where a burgeoning belly and swollen ankles makes it impossible to accomplish much more than the basics. Not to mention that I am a high-risk pregnancy which means that bed rest is a possibility. Yes indeedy…my feelings of panic are very real.
So much to do!
The nursery: (sighs) Oh the nursery…the most wonderful pain in the butt there is! The nursery is a bit akin to the wedding dress to the bride. It doesn’t compose the Big Event, but it serves as the background for all thoughts and dreams baby-related. I can’t wait to rock my baby to sleep in the cozy, inviting, sweet baby nursery and put him down in his beautiful crib. At the moment, it’s more like: rock the baby on the ugly, un-upholstered granny rocker after removing tons of junk to even get to the thing. There isn’t even a closet organization system at the moment, so there’s nowhere to even put stuff. My dream nursery is a looong way off.
The rest of my to-do list: I still need to interview and choose a pediatrician, find a local lactation consultant, finalize my baby registry, finalize the baby shower guest list, plan the trip south to go to the baby shower, integrate the baby shower gifts into the nursery, finish the baby’s closet, organize the baby’s closet, paint the nursery, put together the furniture, upholster the rocking chair, pick out curtains, design and order the monogrammed crib pillow, register for prenatal/labor classes, attend the classes, tour the maternity ward with C, purchase any necessities not received through gifts, learn to use the baby gear, install the carseat, have the carseat inspected at the fire department, and a whole host of other things I’ll have to do in the next 3 months. All of this must be done while experiencing sleepless nights, necessary naps, eating around the clock for 2, growing pains from a growing belly, nausea and occasional vomiting, pregnancy emotions, placenta brain, swollen ankles, back aches, and doing impressive yoga moves to get baby to stop pushing on my lungs so I can at least breathe.
Ah the joys of pregnancy.