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
--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...)