Thursday, September 29, 2011

Waiting game

Have a lot of interesting topics brewing in my head, but haven't been able to get fingers to keyboard for more than a few lines. So I'll just focus on what is REALLY on my mind these days!

Things I will miss:
* waking up to singing toddler heard through the monitor. such bliss not to wake up to screaming/crying! And its impossible to be grumpy in the morning when you wake up to "winkle winkle wittle tar. mamamama whachu are"
* being able to do bathtime/bedtime together, all 3 of us. We are going to have to tag-team it from now on, at least until the littlest one can go in the big tub.
* eating dinner together. Despite pickiness, food-throwing, screaming, and temper tantrums, the idea of eating as a family just feels RIGHT. I think we'll be eating in shifts again for a while.

Still waiting for any signs of labor. It is like a flip literally switched in me last Friday & I went from hoping the baby wouldn't come early to suddenly wanting it out immediately. I'm currently 3 days away from my official due date. Just had (hopefully) my last OB appointment. After months of being harangued about my (excessive) weight gain, my total gain has come in at...32 lbs. Right in range (25-35 recommended if you are normal weight starting off). There are some...changes...but since I'm not having contractions I consider them meaningless. They asked me to schedule an appointment and non-stress test for next week, which I grudgingly did, all the while telling the receptionist that I had no intention of coming in so she could make it whatever time she wanted! (I know! I'm usually such a pessimist, so this is uncharacteristically hopeful for me)

I submitted all that I need to for my grant on Friday. Still waiting on the review by sponsored projects & for someone (who?) to add my mentors to the system so I can add their biosketches. It was supposed to take 48 hours. Its been 8 days. Its frustrating me because I timed MY submission so I'd have this week to make any necessary changes before I left. Now, if there is an issue, I'll be likely dealing with it whilst in the full midst of newborn chaos. Ugh.

The good news/bad news of being uber-prepared...I'm kind of done with all my urgent work. I've spent the week obsessively re-checking over my grant documents, and half-assedly writing a paper that I hadn't planned to work on until December. The rest of the time I've been flitting about the internet & reading and commenting on a lot of blogs.

I have a date tonight with my husband (my parents are here to watch little guy), dinner at a place I've been wanting to try out. Only problem, its set for 8:30 PM---that was the only reservation we could get. It'll be my second dinner, no way I can hold out that late, we generally eat at 6:30! Also the late timing means no real break from the usual post-work chores (dog-walking, kid-feeding/bathing/bedtime). I'll be exhausted by the time we get there!

Huh. I can't believe that I am posting all this minutiae about my life. I considered just not writing today, but I want to stay in the habit of writing at least twice a week. Hopefully at least one of those will be ABOUT something.


  1. Here's crossing my fingers that you have the baby this weekend. I hope I will be as prepared as you are when I finally give birth, but I have a feeling that I'll be frantically trying to get things done when I'm at the stage you're at right now.

    Have a great date!

    Incidentally, I found out about another house cleaner. She is very reliable and cheap I hear (Something like $15/hr???), and one of my mentors used to use her before he moved to another institution in a different city. Only downside is that she speaks Spanish only, which won't work for me. If you want the reference, let me know.

  2. I'd love the reference; our last lady only spoke Spanish but we managed (she actually spoke more English than she let on). Though $15/hour sounds WAY too cheap, completely out of the range of anyone else I've ever heard of in the area. If she can clean my house for <$100 I'd be really really happy.
    Dos Funny Frogs is QUITE expensive, even more than our last lady charged, and I thought SHE was expensive! We wanted to find someone cheaper so we could get our place cleaned q2 weeks instead of q3 weeks; with a sticky toddler and a shed-dy dog, we really need it.