2 months to panic

by Ginger on June 19, 2009

in Oh Baby!

Um, did anyone else realize that it’s almost the end of June? Which for me means I’m officially about 2 months away from my due date? Which means I might officially start panicking?

I mean, I knew it was getting closer–you know what with the swollen feet, and the clothes not fitting, and the waddling (seriously, I waddle already. It’s sad). I just didn’t realize quite HOW close it was getting until I started working on a project for work that has a timeline, and I was able to see, in stark black and white, just how soon that date is approaching. It’s a project that I will start, but won’t be able to see through to completion. That was a big, giant wake-up call.

This big wake-up call may be why I suddenly feel the need to go ahead and DO a lot of the things on my to-do list. For the longest time, I felt like I could say “oh we have plenty of time.”  I don’t quite feel that way anymore–we have two months, yes, but knowing how we both procrastinate, I know those two months could easily slip by with little getting accomplished other than freak outs.

That’s not to say that we haven’t done anything. On the contrary, we’ve done a fair amount, including:

  • scheduling childbirth classes
  • starting registries
  • researching a 529
  • ordering the crib bedding (we’re having it made for a fraction of the cost of buying one)
  • priming the nursery (it was brown before…bleh)
  • saving for my maternity leave
  • buying a crib & changing table, and moving our dresser into the nurser
  • deciding on at least some cloth diapering

But we still have a lot left to do, like:

  • choosing a pediatrician or family care doctor
  • finishing up the registries (I feel like we’re missing a lot–any mommies want to check ours out and give me feedback?)
  • painting the nursery
  • picking a name
  • researching and deciding on all the biggie issues: circumcision, vaccinations, daycare.
  • finalizing all my maternity leave paperwork with HR
  • putting together my maternity leave plan for work, including all the marketing plans for the three months I’ll be gone
  • decorating the nursery
  • actually buying all the baby stuff (we’re using the registries just as much for ourselves as for anyone else, if we’re honest)

There’s more little stuff, but those are the ones weighing on my mind. I know, in the end, we’ll get it all done–and if not, babies have been born into this world without every single thing being in place beforehand, so we’ll survive. And the kiddo will never know if everything’s not “perfect” before he arrives. It’s more for my peace of mind (obviously). It’s just that all of a sudden, it seems like it’s right around the corner, and I’m not ready yet.

But really, are you ever REALLY ready for the change that a new baby brings?

Ali June 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Sounds like you’re in pretty good shape! Do not worry, everything will work out in the end.

And a baby! How exciting. You’ll have to keep us posted!

Katherine June 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Just spin the globe and put your finger on a random spot…there’s your baby name. I’m pretty sure that’s how the celebrities do it.

Chrissy June 20, 2009 at 11:25 am

I would love to check out your registries if you want. And I would tell you to sit back and enjoy your freedom for the next two months but I know you won’t so I won’t waste my time telling you! Send me your registry info and I will look at it!! Love you tons!!


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