I originally titled this post “Wow… it’s almost July,” but then didn’t get it finished while the statement was still true. Now it feels even crazier to me– we are only nine days out from my due date! I’ve been so lucky to have amazing weather during the vast majority of this pregnancy. Now I feel like this weekend has been punishment for all the nice days we’ve enjoyed… If you live anywhere between Missouri and North Carolina, I’m pretty sure you’ve experienced this craziness. I’ve never in my life seen the car thermometer read 120 before! Granted, that’s sitting in the sun, but holy cow. No fun for this pregnant lady! Thankfully, I took this photo a couple days before the crazy heat wave:
Mike and I have made lots of progress on getting ready for Simba. The crib is built, clothes are washed, carseat is installed (and inspected! thanks local firefighters!)… now all we need is the little man to use all these great things! Somehow, it’s still so hard for me to imagine a baby in our life. I know he’s almost here, and I can feel him throughout the day, but it just seems… well… so grown-up. I’m going to be a MOM, yet I don’t wear my jeans high as can be, and I don’t carry everything known to man in my purse. I don’t have a low-maintenance haircut, and I don’t know how to soothe a crying baby– yet. I’m hoping I learn that last one before any of those other things on that list come to pass, but we’ll just have to wait and find out.
Also, I’ve been reading this great book that my friend Gail recommended, called Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. I was immediately intrigued, as Mike was born in France. I thought that perhaps this book might have something to offer, and indeed it does! Pamela Druckerman does a great job of sharing her experience of becoming a mother in a foreign country with many cultural differences. I’m particularly fascinated by what she calls “The Pause,” or those instances where your baby begins to cry, and you wait a few moments to see if he or she will self-sooth, or if there is truly a situation at hand. I realize that everyone has their own parenting style, and there are millions of books on the “right” way to do things, but this is such a great (and humble) sharing of one mother’s perspective. I honestly haven’t even finished yet, but am loving it!
Looking at my track record, it seems like I may only blog one more time before this child is born. Although the coming event scares the living daylights out of me, the promise of meeting this little boy is that much more exciting. I really appreciate your prayers/happy thoughts as we get ready for a crazy ride. Oh boy!