Today is June 1st. On the last day of this month (unless she is a plan-spoiler like her older sister,) our new daughter will be born. Of course we look forward to that day with excitement and joy, but I will confess that I always also dread labor day--or at least the six weeks that follow. The last 30 days sends me into a frenzy of to do lists and anxiety.
You see, as much as I adore having a new baby, as much as I weep at the miracle of each new birth, as much as I treasure holding that special little child in my arms, I am a wreck after I have a baby. I am not one of those girls who bounces back, showing up at parties in cute clothes when the baby is a week old. Oh, no. When I have a baby, I lock myself in the house, avoiding contact with everyone except my mother, whom I cling to pathetically, and anyone who brings by a meal. I don't get any projects done for a LONG, LONG time, and don't want my picture taken for a year.
So, knowing that I'll accomplish absolutely nothing except for keeping my children alive in the weeks following her birth, my last 30 days are for scurrying around, trying to cram in everything that I won't get to later. Here's my list:
- Get the girls' closet organized, with a wire organizer and cubbies added for new baby's clothes, blankets, burpcloths, etc.
- Buy the fabric for the new bedskirt and cribskirt (anyone have a Joann's coupon sitting around?)
- Dig out the newborn baby clothes from the garage (which are hiding behind a barricade of my mom's stuff); determine which, if any, can be used for a summer baby. Wash them.
- Take a weekend getaway with my husband. Sleep in. Read a lot. Pay attention to him. Eat out. (scheduled)
- Look for acts of service to perform every or most days for other people.
- Go to the temple two more times. (scheduled)
- Take the kids swimming as much as possible.
- Win free ice cream for a year.
- Have at least two playdates for my kids every week in June at my house.
- Get my ironing pile down to nothing or at least down to the week's Sunday clothes.
- Take my boys to art camp, twilight camp, and swim lessons (scheduled).
- Help my sister with her new baby, coming soon . . .
- Help my mom get settled into her new house, coming soon . . .
- Read the new writing curriculum I bought for next year.
- Research and order a science and Latin curriculum for next year.
- Visit the new homeopathic/holistic pediatrician and make sure he's the right fit for us.
- Post on my blog more often.
- Plan and execute Sharing Time every Sunday in June.
- Stop eating so many sweets--getting down to one a day would be a good start!
- Drop off some stuff at D.I. and the recycling center.
- Finish ancient India and China chapters in history.
- Finish up math curriculum for the year (Henry has one more lesson, Kimball has five.)
- Mail off a package to Scrappy that was mis-addressed at Christmas time and still sits in my bedroom.
- Make more pickles (love this recipe from Prudence Pennywise).
- Get a pedicure.
What are you doing in June?