First babies tend to make you wait.
This is the general experience many have been sharing with Greg and I in the last few days.
But just a few months ago, nearly every woman I spoke to reported the exact opposite… their firstborns had come early, by up to four weeks!
As was natural I think, hearing story after story of early arrivals whipped up quite the fervor within me. I just knew our little lady would find a way to sneak into March. And I was determined to be ready when she did.
In between weeks of work, I stationed myself at the sewing machine, piecing together the crib skirt, sheets, changing pad cover, and burp clothes. The sewing machine was then set aside in favor of scissors and the hot glue gun. Greg (willingly!) cut out felt circle after felt circle after felt circle (repeat waay too many times) while I glued them to Styrofoam balls (aka: mobile-making). Art was hung, books displayed, clothes washed, drawers organized, car seat installed. It was intense, but we were finally ready for our early arriver.
But it seems our little lady had no intention of coming early at all. She did not surprise us in March and has now surpassed her due date. She is, apparently, perfectly content with life on the inside.
Which has left us parents-to-be with unexpected time. Time we thought would be spent not sleeping, caring for a newborn, but is now just extra… wide open. Put me in almost any other situation and I would LOVE to have so much spare time. But when you’re waiting for your life to change dramatically, spare time passes so slowly and seems impossible to fill.
These are the time-fillers we’ve come up with so far:
- Catch up on BBC’s Planet Earth (we’ll be wrapping up Wild China tonight)
- Go on walks… stop frequently because that hill is Just. So. Steep.
- Reorganize baby clothes
- Clean the apartment
- Attempt to finish knitting that scarf I started fourteen months ago
- Organize favorite recipes
- Host a game day with friends (because a night just wasn’t long enough)
- Fill the freezer… seriously, the contents of our tiny freezer-above-the-fridge now includes:
16 egg rolls
60 Swedish meatballs
8 hot ham and cheese sandwiches
1 lb prepped Mongolian beef
4 chicken breasts with mushroom / artichoke sauce
2 chicken cordon bleu casseroles
2 sour cream noodle bakes
2 lbs shredded pork
1 lb cooked ham chunks
1.5 lbs browned ground beef
2 lbs browned ground sausage
11 salmon fillets
6 raw chicken breasts
- Catch up on Disney movies (Toy Story 3 and Frozen thus far)
- Bake bread
- Think about organizing the wedding book purchased two years ago
- Double check Skype connection with out-of-state grandparents
- Replace wiper blades
- Air up tires
- Check out local second-hand kids clothing store
- Reply to excited inquiries: no, she has not arrived yet
- Write blog post about waiting for baby
If you have any other suggestions, do share. We’re running out of ideas here