We’re about a week out from becoming parents again.
Pre-knocked up self had pictured this point in the pregnancy as seeing a glowing and maternal me crocheting blankets and staring blissfully off into the distance imagining the hours of baby bonding that lay ahead once the fourth and final heir to the Happy Hobbit throne had arrived.
House is almost completely baron of newborn gear. It is cleaner than usual. And the kids and Grumpy are all chipping in to keep it that way. That’s something worthy of note.
I have a pack of newborn diapers, some muslins and a breastpump and hand-me-down onesies in a drawer somewhere. This is the sum total of proof there will be a new baby arriving here soon. That is, aside from my large belly that got at least half a dozen complete stranger rubs today. I admit I will miss that. There is something so cool about breaking down barriers between people. I have found, when it comes to strangers, it is mostly Polynesian and Indian women who reach out for a feel. I’ve never had an Asian lady lay a hand on my belly to feel the kick. Someone could do a sociology thesis. Not me. I’m too busy denying the inevitable to embark on a thesis at present.
So yes. Mum of the year all up in here.
While I should be fantasising about the fleeting joys of meeting and greeting a new member of the family, I am actually just dreaming about pulling a full on Dian Fossey and running away to the Rwandan jungle where no children or husband will find me. Hanging quietly in the mist with some chilled out band of gorillas. Oh wait. I suppose now they’d be looking in the Rwandan jungle. Scratch that. I’d have to hatch another plan entirely after mentioning that I suppose.
I have no idea if I should be sharing any of this. And I am in full on white knuckle praying mode wishing that when he arrives something changes and my maternal instincts kick in. I know they are there… Somewhere.
So now, I will attempt to embark on some sleep which will of course be completely denied me for a minimum of 6 weeks starting in the very near future.
Maximum of 8 more nights of relatively uninterrupted sleep… I shall enjoy every single one thoroughly.