Dear Baby Avery,
You are 38 weeks today! Yay! Never mind that my ankles are now swollen, I’m cramping, I get up every 2 hours in the middle of the night to pee, and your play hour is most definitely 5:45 am. Go ahead and take your sweet time, this is fun! Is it too early to introduce you to sarcasm, baby girl? Your “Auntie” Kara and I are hiking Torrey Pines today, otherwise known as labor hill. And then I am going to get my nails done. You know, so my feet look nice when I can finally see them again. If you don’t come tomorrow night, please try to come soon after Thursday, when I get my hair done. No, I’m not being sarcastic :)
My friend Leland told me that her cousin, who has almost our same due date, delivered last week. I immediately went into nesting overdrive. This went beyond cleaning.
- took off the old contact paper in all the bathrooms and most of the kitchen, disinfected the drawers, and put in new contact paper.
- organized all the bathroom drawers twice.
- disinfected the bathrooms.
- cleaned out and sorted out the closet for the millionth time.
- cleaned down the laundry room and did all the laundry. Seriously, a miracle in and of itself!
- dusted all the window frames.
- washed all the bedding from mattress protector to duvet.
- vacuumed the entire house repeatedly. I almost wish Patch was a hairless dog.
- bought and froze some Trader Joe meals so that we don’t starve – ever.
Your dad is LOVING this part of pregnancy. Well, except for when he tries to do silly things like impose logic. He’ll ask, “Now, why can’t we put X,Y,Z over there?” My response is usually along the lines of, “Why do you have to be annoying?” Poor dad! Doesn’t he know that in any game of Logic vs. Hormones, Hormones will always win?
I panicked at the last minute that we weren’t ready for your arrival! So, I employed GAFAP and bought you more clothes, which I promptly washed, folded, and tucked away in your dresser. Also, I was packing your diaper bag and my hospital bag when I realized that I really didn’t know what all I needed. Luckily, Jenna has a great list! Now we are all set and ready to go!
This was a definitely a learning experience. I had to admit that I do, in fact, have time to clean the entire house. It takes all day, but it can be done. A few months ago, your dad suggested a good money-saving tactic would be to stop the bi-weekly cleaning ladies visits. I countered that we would save a lot more money if he gave up his bi-weekly golf outings! He quickly dropped the subject. I’m really counting on you to make this whole cleaning ladies thing necessity clear.
I also came to a the realization that I am a spontaneous purchaser of particular items:
Yes, those are 9 bottles of hand sanitizer. Notice that hardly any of them have been used. Apparently, I feel the need to buy hand sanitizer, but not to actually sanitize my hands.
4 bottles of almost the exact same shade of O.P.I. light pink nail polish. This doesn’t include the 2 bottles I threw away because the paint had separated.
I really branched out there with the 2 hot pinks and reds! I’m pretty sure the purple is from New Year’s ’08. I kept it just because I think it adds diversity to my collection.
I really feel like you should come before I start this crazy nesting process all over again. I have a feeling the hormone thing is going to get to your dad at a certain point and Patch is a little worried I am going to come at him with the lint remover!
I love you,