final stretch

31 wks, 6 days.

when people ask how far along HM is (which happens quite often), my mind has already been programmed to blurt out the exact number of weeks. now that we're within the final 10 weeks, time seems to have flown by.

in the last 6 months we've gone from regular couple to aspiring and expecting parents. that's a big deal. i spoke with HM the other night and talked about how far along the journey has taken us. i told her that there's been so much preparation to become a parent that i haven't even had the chance to think about actually BECOMING a parent!

we've done research on cribs, crib mattresses, and crib sheets. we looked at cars, car seats, and car seat covers. we're moving tv's, couches, books and boxes. getting used to heavy cleaning around the house is a must. all of these things to physically prepare and welcome our little one into this world.

now i've got less than 2 months to THINK about it all in my day to day responsibilities. what am i going to say when i first meet him/her? how will i feel holding the baby in my arms for the first time? will waking up in the middle of the night really suck or will i be so excited to take another look at our creation?

i couldn't ask for anything more so far. we're blessed that everything has gone smoothly and i continually pray each night for the good fortune to continue. HM has been wonderfully glowing and in good spirits throughout the whole process. her excitement and energy continually amaze me. how can i complain about anything when she works 60 hrs/wk on her feet while carrying an extra 20 lbs of somersaulting mass in her stomach? i'm just trying to keep my own gut in check.

i made a list -- i realized that i NEED lists more than i thought i liked making them -- for the final stretch of to do's, purchases, and don't forgets. HM snickers at my detailed creations, but applauds the fact that i get things done. sometimes i get so caught up in checking off my tasks that i don't take time for myself to sit back and just enjoy it all.

until the baby arrives, i'll be one big pile of mess......and i'm fairly certain that it won't stop there. cheers for our last few weeks!


  1. dude, regardless of how much you love your child, getting up in the middle of the night will suck x 1000, especially if you are trudging on from a previous night's lack of sleep. in the end, its all worth it, but come now, don't be unrealistic!

  2. Mark is right. It's way easier to marvel at that beautiful creation when you aren't woken up at 2am to him/her screaming at the top of their lungs. It'll suck. Rewarding as hell, but it'll definitely suck. But it all passes so quickly and will be forgotten. And then your baby will be 5 and you'll miss it all. You're going to be a good daddy. HM and baby are lucky!