Friday, January 8, 2010

Down to the Wire

I have that feeling that I used to have when I was facing a 20 page paper due in three days, and I really hadn't even started. I remember parking my car at the library, checking out a lap top from the front desk (I didn't have a computer of my own), and moving myself into a study room for the next 24 hours, or until the library closed. It was a panicky feeling, and it always felt impossible. I would look out the window at all the students walking to class in the fresh air, and I felt like I was trapped inside that room. Most of the time, the paper got done, but there were some close calls. Times that I knew this was the one that wouldn't happen.

Well, here I am, four weeks (?) away from my due date, and there is much to do before I really feel ready for John's arrival. I was ready weeks in advance with Ada, and then I sat around my apartment counting the days until she would finally come. Now, I just feel that same panicked feeling from college. This time, I think, it's not going to happen.

So, today I made a list for the weekend. Guess what is on tonight's agenda--paint, paint, paint. I hope to start next week with John's room in order, everything in it's place, just waiting on his tiny little self to move in. Tonight I will also clean the kitchen, dining room, and living room (which won't take that long because those three things are on my daily housekeeping list), and then I will clean the guest bedroom and bath.

Tomorrow I tackle the master bedroom and bath and the never-ending laundry pile.

And finally, on Sunday, Scott will finish painting a shelf for John's room, I will clean a piece of furniture for Ada's room, we will move the changing table into John's room, and everything should be in place. For now, I plan to buy some plastic drawers to keep in John's closet until I can buy a permanent chest of drawers.

Then next week, I plan to tie up loose ends--closets that need to be organized, floors that need to be mopped, etc. etc. I want to give myself some breathing room just in case he decides to make an early appearance. You just never know. With Ada I hoped for an early arrival; this time I need every day that I can get to be as ready as possible. Can you really ever be ready for something like this though?


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Bethany said...

Obviously, I am not an expert at this, but this sounds like pure nesting to me! My sister made lots of lists like this for Savannah and then BAM! she was born! ;)

As far as the plastic drawers in the closet go, just leave them. I hang most of C's clothes up and then put the rest in two sets of plastic drawers in her closet. It's much easier and takes up less room than a dresser right now. So, don't worry about that. :)

Sara said...

Nest away, LB! I had the same feeling before Jack was born, and (this may not be what you want to hear) it did not all get done before he was born... but that is OKAY! I couldn't even think about those things once I was holding the little man. I can't wait until your's is here too!

laura.murphree said...

Only a month away how exciting! I know you will get everything done and if you dont it will be no big deal! Post pics of the room. It was good to see you at cuz xmas. Once John arrives we will have to let he and Kylie meet!