Monday, January 23, 2012

Hello 2012

We're 23 days into the new year and I finally feel like I've found my footing after the holidays.

Our Christmas break was a bit brutal as our household got slammed with sickness that left us housebound for the first week of 2012. Ear aches, flu, strep throat, pink eye - you name it, someone had it. Even the cats were sick, each of them making a trip to the vet for mysterious ailments. Good grief.

We were in survival mode, but fortunately Danny was home to pick up the slack, make pharmacy runs, administer the pills to the cats, and the eye drops to the kids. The man is a keeper.

On top of everything, I turned the corner into my third trimester, and with that milestone came a bundle of classic side effects. I'll spare you those details, save to say they spurred me into action. We have reason to believe this little girl may come earlier than intended (I'm 33 weeks now), so over the last few weeks I've given full rein to my nesting compulsions and preparations for baby are well underway.

There's a handmade cradle by my bed now, looking so inviting that both boys insisted they could still fit in it and would have tried, had I let them. A dresser drawer holds a handful of white infant garments, a few unisex items I saved from the boys. There's now a shelf just for baby in the bathroom, with some of my favorite baby skin care products from Graham Gardens, and teeny newborn diapers.

Despite being housebound and hoarse, Danny and I teamed up in the kitchen to get some meals in the freezer. While the snow fell, we sliced and diced our way to build a little storehouse of lasagna, lamb & lentil stew, chicken soup, coconut chicken curry, chili and more meals for those early weeks with baby.

Just knowing little things like that are in place give me peace of mind. Let this tiny one come early; we can't wait to meet her.

Oh and 2012? I'm ready for you too.


Julie said...

SO exciting! Congratulations again - this is going to be a great year!

Emily @ Random Recycling said...

Best wishes to you in the coming weeks! I'm going to miss your posts during maternity leave on Simple Bites.

RecipeGirl said...

You're so cute!! What a fun year it will be for your family!

Amber | Bluebonnets and Brownies said...

Oh Aimee, you are seriously the cutest pregnant woman on the planet. I'm excited for you to meet your baby girl and become a family of 5. What an adventure it will be! I'm glad everyone is finally on the mend. 2012 hasn't been so brilliant thus far.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

You are so stinkin' cute!!

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Glo McNeill said...

I've just discovered your blog and read every word, going back to the first. Just love you and your family. Pictures of those birthday parties and all the work you and your family put into everything brought a tear to my eye, you took me back 40+ years to when I had 3 little children and tried to time things so they smelled the bread baking when they came home from school...... please don't stop blogging.

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AnneMo said...

Indeed with the activities you have done, you are ready with year 2012. I hope you can still update us if what really happens to you during this year. By the way, the coconut milk chicken curry looks really delicious.

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This was a terribly uplifting post. Makes me dream of the day I have a baby girl - or boy. Soon now...maybe right after college.

Mike@Black Card said...

This is exactly the kind of blog I am trying to encourage my sister to start writing...very nice layout and actually kind of engaging. As in, I would come back and read about updates and that kind of thing.

Endowment Policy said...

Y'know; I never really thought I'd like baby corn in my soup; but the pic up above looks delicious. All that's missing is steak and rice lol.

Samuel said...

Hard to imagine that 2012 is nearing a conclusion. In the next 3 months! This year may very well be the fastest I'v ever experienced, subjectively. Hope all is well.

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