Tuesday, October 14, 2008

And so it begins...

I have been nappy free for the past six months but alas it is soon to come to an end. I had started stocking up on newborn nappies but after reading Lisa's post, I am ready to convert.......... well just half and half to begin with. Half disposable, half bumgenius and see how I go. I actually enjoy laundry (don't roll your eyes siblings :)) so maybe it won't take long to fully convert.

These gorgeous little Bonds suits and singlets are from Oma. Thankyou so much. I could not live without these little suits. They are so practical and my babies live in them for the first three to six months. Plus they are just so darn cuddly in them.

At the moment with just over 3 wks to go I am swinging on a pendulum from utter exhaustion to almost manic energy. I am sure my RS counsellors think I am going crazy as I try to fit in board meetings, presidency meetings and other things before D-Day.

I have an ante-natal to-do list that Toni would be so proud of. Here are some of the things I have done or plan to do before Nov7.

1. clean windows inside and out. See that sounds sane enough except I found myself cleaning the aluminium frames with an old toothbrush.

2. upgrade life insurance - preparing for the worst case scenario during child birth - no I decided I wanted to be worth a bit more. :)

3. re-evaluate food storage - just incase the world comes to an end after Nov 7

4. get a full leg wax, haircut and Sarra to paint my toe nails - don't want to scare the midwife anymore than is necessary.

And the list goes on.

The other thing I have planned is that I have invited my sisters to the birth. I consulted Simon and he said, 'why not, it's the last one might as well make it a party". Some of you may be horrified that I would have other people there but after going to Mel's birth back in Feb, I thought I would at least give my sisters the option if they wanted to.

Now as the organiser freak of the family, I have already allocated jobs for them.

1. Simon - is my guardian angel who never leaves my side, holds my hand and gives me sips of water. It is his eyes I turn to when I can't cope anymore and in them I draw the strength I need to go on. I could never do this without him and in the end as long as he is with me, that is all that matters.

2. Lisa - time keeper. I am a clock watcher during labour. I remember when contractions start, what time they speed up, when pushing starts and so on and for some reason, it helps me get through.

3. Collette - half-time entertainment. Collettie reckons she might faint. Have you heard the story of how she went with a friend to give blood and she fainted and the blood nurse asked how long ago she had given blood and she replied, "I haven't, I'm just here with my friend". Her humour will keep us all laughing - or it might be my sisters have stolen the gas.... !!

4. Jessica - photographer. Not of me of course, I am strictly a restricted area but of everyone else doing their jobs and so I can journal it all later.

5. Last but not least - Mum. - liasion officer. When I was having Oliver, Mum was very calm and helped the midwife talk the doctor into giving me an epidural (I think using her teacher voice helped) so thumbs-up for Mum.

Oh and no changing jobs around on me either. I will try and stay home as long as possible to get most of the hard yards out of the way. The girls were straight forward but Oliver was long, long, long so we'll see.

Oh and we can't forget that once the baby makes his appearance I have asked blogger queen Lisa to enter stage right to take pictures on her SLR as we all agree how awesome she is at taking shots and I have not one photo of any of the others right after birth. (and because we know Lisa sits around all day doing absolutely nothing right!! :) (only if it is convenient though Lisa - I will put an order in for a day birth on a Sat - that way we can get good car parks too). Last but certainly not least, when it is all over, the kids can make an appearance to meet their new brother. Oh the midwives are gonna love me!!

Ah the best laid plans of mice and men..... it will be interesting to see what actually happens as opposed to the plan.


13 comments:

make it perfect said...

very inspiring. you know a good list really makes me happy!! can't wait to hear how labour goes and if your girls do all of their jobs correctly...might be a good time to have a yell at them and let them know exactly what is on your mind if you feel the urge too!! sending happy, speedy labour vibes your way...

melandpeter said...

Hey Simone, loved reading your delegations to the family. What a great idea. I cracked up when you said Collette was half time entertainment. YUP!

xo

The Kings said...

Ha ha ha - Simone - you crack me up!!!! Tell that baby to arrive at a good time so the papparrazzi can come up ASAP without 4 boys in tow! :)

Anna Cullis said...

Good luck with your list Simone!

Elissa said...

I had Esther in when i had seth. I think your sisters SHOULD go see it and it is wonderful you are giving them the chance. It is the most amazing thing to see ever...i imagine, i have only ever been up one end :)

Essie said...

Haha...that's awesome Simone! Oooh it's getting exciting! How cool is it that you are having a 2008 baby...hehe. Yeah, good luck with Collette being there... I remember that day giving blood very clearly... where's Collette gone? Oh, she's over there trying not to pass out!

Collette said...

thanks simone you make me sound like the family clown...should i bring my clubs to juggle? it's okay someone in the family needs to have the sense of humour...hence why i was chosen for the job...
Note to all: I've never actually fainted but coming close in that blood bank was the WORST feeling ever!! I scored a free milkshake tho!!
does the labour ward have milkshakes?

Penny Bingham said...

I can't believe you only have 3 weeks to go. The bumgenius diapers are only $17 each here. We should have had Mum ake a stack home for you. I think I'm going to give them a try too!

Love the list. I'm always making lists. If you lived here a lot of the doctors would let you schedule a day to be induced so you could plan around it!

Paige said...

Best laid labour plans I've ever seen! Unlike you, I'm hoping for a night delivery. My night labours have always been short, then I get to go back to bed. It's always a nice surprise for the kids to wake up to the next morning.

Country/City Boy said...

Sure sounds like a family affair, it's nice how you think of Simon :) Guess thats what a hubby's for hey.

I saw a pic of you from the footy match today, your starting to look huge Simone.

Country/City Boy said...

Umm I've been told by my two sisters not to call a woman huge, even though it was a compliment. So Your looking fantastic Simone, never better :) Hows that for trying to dig myself out of trouble? haha

Anonymous said...

well done simone...great to have that family support.... who has put their hand up to look after the rest of the kids while all this is happening????...guess that being RS President means you can call in a few favors right???? i am good at taking care of the kids just ask Chels...last and final offer!!!!...good luck for a short and easy birth...love annette

Launceston East Ward Relief Society said...

Ah.....just wondering if anyone has prepped the staff at the hospital for this stage show. Can't wait to see the blog headlines in November. You go girl. Best wishes. Luv Carol x