Tuesday, October 27, 2009

To Whom it May Concern

Dear Amy,

The nice thing about not knowing when the baby is coming is you have to live in a state of readiness. This should be a great growing time for you. For example.

  • The house must be clean at all times.
You never know when the baby is coming, and if someone has to come over and watch Keith suddenly, you don't want to be embarrassed with a dirty house. I mean really, how hard is it to keep clean? It is just you, your husband, and a toddler. Easy peasy!

  • You must have your bag packed and ready to go starting now.
I know you like to procrastinate, but listen, now is the time to get past that habit! You need to have your cd all ready to go (did you make it yet? You know, the one with all your favorite calming songs to play while giving birth.) Do you have enough clothes for the baby in the bag? What about toothpaste, toothbrush, etc? Did you even think about those things? And diapers. She has to wear something, you know.

  • What about the time you need to spend with Keith?
You can't spend all your time getting ready for the new baby, you know. You have a small child who needs a lot of your attention. Are you going to make pumpkin cookies with him? What about pie? What about carving that pumpkin with him? You know he will love pulling out the slimy seeds. And then roasting them. Don't forget your son!

  • Did you get a bed for her yet?
  • What is your family going to eat while you and baby are at the hospital?
  • Are you even close to being ready?
Sincerely worried,
Your Subconscious.

Dear Subconscious,

Thank you for your kind letter of stress. It was just what I need. More stress. But, that is why you are here, always looking out for me. In response to your many queries, I first have to say, you are just plain annoying. Can't you go bother someone else for a while?

I know my house needs to be cleaned. I am working on it. You try keeping things spotless while you are sick (blasted cold that is going around!), taking care of a sick toddler who insists on sharing everything with you (which would account for both of you being sick), and loves to mess up whichever room you are cleaning. It isn't easy. I am working on it! My mom came by last week and like the angel she is, braved the mold growing leftovers in my refrigerator and got it all cleaned out. I like to just open the door and look at it now. It is beautiful and doesn't emit any more foul smells. What a wonderful woman she is!

I plan on getting my house clean today. Completely. But here is the clincher. I have a bad SI bone. It hurts to walk. Really. It hurts to move my leg. So that hampers my cleaning ability. But I am determined to get it done anyways.

See, I have today all planned out. I just finished packing a bag for the hospital... with the baby's things anyway. I am going to get the house cleaned up. The oven is on self cleaning mode right now, which means in three hours I can clean it out. It will take a lot less time this way. While it is cleaning itself out, I am fold and put away the five loads of laundry that have been waiting on my living room floor for the past three days. I just don't like folding and putting away clothes. My goal is to get all the cleaning done while Keith is napping. When he wakes up we are going to make cake mix cookies (he wont know the difference. Really. He just likes to lick the bowl), and then gut that pumpkin!

Now excuse me while I go pretend to dance to Halloween music (see my playlist on the left sidebar)(pretend=can't walk much, remember?) and drink hot chocolate because it is snowing! The first snow fall of the season. Even you can't begrudge me that, oh dear Subconscious.

Happily ignoring you,


Lee said...

Snow!! Cool!!

Familia Morales said...

Amy, you are so awesome! You're such a creative writer. Tell your subconscious to leave you alone while you savor the last few weeks of being pregnant and enjoying your son. Although, packing your bag might be a good thing to do. I packed mine while I was in labor. And if whoever is coming to watch Keith has been pregnant with a toddler in the house, then they won't care if it's not spotless. Take it easy! And enjoy that hot chocolate! Yum.

Tiffany said...

honey, the last few weeks of both pregnancies was spent with feet up and crankiness. Being so close to your due date and having a toddler is no fun. i pretty sure my house was a mess and I finished packing my bag the night before we went to the hospital. Try not to stress--there'll be plenty of that once the baby comes home!

Cecilia said...

Yikes, sounds like you have lots to do. When Bellita was born I didn't even have a bag ready. Big mistake. Ryan went home to get the essentials and came back without half of them.

Bec said...

Wow! Snow, already?
You should take it easy! Do some special things with your little guy... whoever comes to your house will understand a dirty oven & laundry build-up!

Emmy said...

Awesome! I wonder what my subconscious would say to me right now... I usually just try and shut it up ;)

I am sure everything will work out. I know I work well under pressure.. so when you water breaks and it is time to go you will be amazed by what you get done :)

Noodle said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one that talks/writes to herself =)My bag was packed but my house was only semi clean and I had to wake my sitter up at 3am... But it all works out... On the plus side you don't live to far from the hospital so jeffery can make a couple of trips to get the things you need if her has too...=) I had to have my mom bring us diapers the ones at the hospital were to big for her little bum... Oh and my nursing night gown... How did I forget stuff like that in my bag??? Who knows but moms are great for grabing something on there way up =) I'm super excited that you got to get out and play in the leafs... We missed our chance this year =( But maybe it will warm up a little and we can still go play in the fall air... Love the dresser... I have to figure out how to better organise the girls colset right not Allison's stuff is on a bar that I added and Sammys is on the orginal bar... But my girls have to many clothes so I have to figure out how to organise there dresser so I can use that too... Right now its more of a ficture in there room than a functioning object... Love your post you always make me smile and look at the bright side of being a mom... Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you... I needed it right now... If I'm blad in a week I'm blaming it all on the kids... I'm ready to pull my hair out... But it a strange way they bring me joy along with the frustraions...

Shell in your Pocket said...

What a beautiful fun!!!
sandy toe

Erin said...

Sometimes our subconscious can just shove it, right? Ugh. Good luck to you over the next few weeks!

Capt'n Amazing's wife said...

Your first letter reminds me of my mental chaos at times. It is nice to know that someone has the same things going on in their head as I do. You're so clever to write a post like that!
I can't believe it already snowed up there! It is finally cooling down here, but not that much. I had to use the heater for the first time today, but only for about an hour in the morning. I bought a couple of warmer maternity outfits today, we'll see how long I use them for! (Thank goodness most of them double as nursing wear!)

Lisa Anne said...

Ignore it! Shoot you're pregnant. If you're lucky whomever watches your boy may feel bad and just clean your house for you and cook your family dinner. I mean isn't that what family is for. I say leave it all a mess and enjoy someone waiting on you and your family. Take it in, it may be the only shot you've got to have your house cleaned and dinner made. LOL I'm so bad I know.

Chantel said...

EH, don't worry about it. Sorry to tell ya but it's much worse when baby #2's on the outside. I wish I could stuff Avy back in for just a day (or get a pouch like a Kangaroo) so I could just have one hand free for a day. You'll probably be better at two kids than me anyway. I think they're hard. I've pretty much been in a daze for 8 months!! Loved your letters, though. So cute.