Here's the thing. If you knew the exact day and time you were having a baby, what would you do in the days leading up to it? It's a lot of pressure. Shop, certainly. Baby things galore, groceries, etc. Make sure things are in order - laundry, bills, and so on. Clean the house - it's a nice idea but not practical due to extreme discomfort and awkwardness. Catch up on things - email, blog posts, projects, thank-you notes, small unfinished piles around the house.
I've been doing a little of everything. Last week my friend came over, armed with her 3-month-old baby, two bottles of nail polish, and a lasagna, and shooed me out the door for two glorious hours out by myself. I shopped at TJ Maxx and got a pedicure (with the freaking most awesome massaging chairs!) I came home to a still-in-one-piece friend, two painted daughters gleefully reading to the baby, and the smell of lasagna wafting from my oven. (Note: This is always the right thing to do for a 9-month-pregnant woman.)
In March I cashed in a gift certificate to Let's Dish that I had gotten for Christmas, and stocked my freezer with ready-to-go meals. Also took my visiting teacher up on the offer to come clean with me for a few hours. (Note: Always take everyone up on every offer they make. No room for pride these days.) Finally took down the outside Christmas lights and some other important jobs. Ed and I stripped and stained the deck. (Mostly Ed but I did help some.) I knocked out about 3/4 of Ginger's baby book and at this point there's only a little formatting and a few more photos to put in. I also got the ball rolling on some continuing ed credits I need to keep my speech-language pathologist credentials current.
More recently we finally got the baby a dresser two weeks ago and set it up over the weekend. Which then meant I could wash, fold and organize the baby blankets, clothes, burp cloths, etc. Check! Still need to set up the bed, though.
Today I stayed home with Ginger - she had been up much of the night with allergy problems so we were both exhausted. Washed some baby things, organized the office a little. Balanced the money. Baked a cake which we then took to my cousin's house for dinner. Tonight I did some normal laundry and folded it with Ed while we flipped between basketball games. I don't care about basketball but I don't mind it either. Lately if I watch anything remotely intense before bed it keeps me up so basketball was perfect. The other night I watched a home reno show where the neighbors compete, and I was awake much of the night reliving the tension. Ridiculous.
I know I still have the Easter Basket Exchange follow-up post to write, and it will get done...eventually...probably. But this week live the countdown with me. I have much of the week planned out but not all of it. And it's pretty normal stuff. Seriously. If you knew when it was coming, what would you do?