Sunday, October 07, 2007

Nesting again

Whew! It's been a whirlwind of activity around here as we are in the last few days before Grace arrives!

Top item: New van has arrived! Let's all shout a huge PRAISE GOD for that one! I am thankful to have it, but now I have to learn how to drive this monstrous machine I get to shuttle my children around in. I took a few practice runs around town -- not too bad, as long as I don't have to actually STOP anywhere. There is NO WAY I can park a 15-passenger van in a parking space without hitting every car in my immediate vicinity. If anyone would like to send me some pointers (such as you, Suburban Cowgirl), I would greatly appreciate it.

Next item: Medical "crisis" averted. Won't go into details on this one, but I was a basket case. Trust me. The doctor (God bless him!) took pity on me and prescribed medicine for my kids as a preventative measure. He has surely taken many years off of Purgatory for that one!

Marie finally moved into the girls' room. Yet another HUGE PRAISE GOD for that. She is having a blast being in there with her big sisters, and they really seem to enjoy taking care of her. We're thrilled to finally be back in our bedroom, so it looks like everyone wins on this one!

Other items taken care of:
Baby items taken out of the attic: check

Swing, bouncy seat, crib, etc. in pieces on the floor at this moment: check

Attic cleaned out (by sweet dh) in an effort to get everything organized: check

Girls' clothes gone through, sorted, and prepared for fall: check

Baby clothes/crib stuff washed: check

Most of the girl baby clothes MISSING: check
(don't ask me... seriously. I have absolutely NO IDEA where all of my newborn girl sleepers are. As this is girl #4, we've accumulated quite a bit. It is NOT in the attic, and I didn't loan them out to anyone that I can recall. Needless to say, I am NOT happy over the prospect of buying new sleepers, but there it is... unless St. Anthony intercedes and we find them.)

Still to do:
--go through boys' stuff
--get rid of the millions of shoes that don't fit anyone anymore
--put together the above-mentioned baby items
--get ready for my parents, who are coming in Tuesday morning
--panic (eek!)
--finish paperwork on van, get insurance, etc
--get some fun books to read in the hospital
--panic some more

And the list goes on.

It's amazing that someone so small can require so much in the way of "prep time"!

Still, I am thankful for the chance to do it all again, and if all goes well (God willing!) I will be sitting in my hospital bed on Thursday night, singing "Happy Birthday" to a sweet little newborn -- counting fingers and toes, getting to know her face, her cry, and her smell -- and thanking the Lord for yet another blessing to our family.

(We won't dwell too much on what's going to happen Friday, though. That won't be fun... the initial getting out of bed, trying to walk without hurting myself too badly, etc. I hate that part. *grin* Perhaps that will be a mighty good time to start offering up prayers for others who are suffering...)


Matilda said...

I am so excited for you and amazed at your energy! Can't wait to meet your new little one!

Muddy Mama said...

So much going on! So much excitement! It's amazing how much we get done when we are nesting.

Hurray for the new van! Don't worry about the size. Before too long you'll be parking like a pro. Either that or your guardian angel will hold open several parking spaces to give you the room you need to maneuver into one of them.

I will be praying for you on Thursday AND friday! ;)God bless!!!

suburbancowgirl said...

Yea Ouiz!
(I thought I had missed the blessed event!)

So, you found (God sent) a 15 passenger van, eh? Brand? How does dh like it? Got those car seats and boosters strapped in yet? Did you attempt to park in that 'excuse' of a parking lot at your church?

My pointers. Hmmmm. I have to think and remember the parking situation in your town. Lots of parallel parking downtown as I recall. Grocery store, doctor's office are better.

I *don't* parallel park Shamu (yep, ours has a name) UNLESS I can be in the front of the line and can just pull out or at the end and can back up a bit and then pull around. I still am learning that there is hardly anything in the front of van (i.e the hood and stuff in front of the driver). That area is extremely short especially compared to the hood length on our Suburban. So, you can turn a lot 'later' into a parking space.

Anyhow, I'm SO glad that you have a family size transport vehicle!

God Bless!

Beth said...

Thursday?!! Wow that is SOON!! :)

Can't wait to see pictures and hear all about her. It's just so exciting! I think I'm ready to do it again soon :)

Good luck and God bless you - you're in our prayers this week!

Ouiz said...

Thank you all!

Thank you for the van pointers. Driving around isn't really scary, but parking... well, I think I'm either just sticking to parking in East Cupcake (outer reaches of the lot) and shlepping the kids to the store, or (eeek) taking up more than one space for a few weeks (again, in the outer reaches of the parking lot) to make SURE that no one parks near me. I'd hate that route, but I'd also hate to be trapped in a space 'cause I can't get out! *grin*

Amy said...

Hmmm...this all sounds sooo familiar! LOL

God bless you Ouiz and we'll be praying for a wonderful birth and quick recovery!!

SuzanneG said...

Sounds like everything is falling into place! Congrats on the van and Marie and averted-medical-crisis! LOL!

We are so excited for you! Hugs from across the country!

Love2Learn Mom said...

I sympathize with you on the parking thing. I generally park farther away from things and into pull-through spots.

I have found this extremely helpful for backing up, though: