I know I can’t pick the day I go into labor, but I can’t help thinking how special it would be if the baby is born on November, 22 - St. Cecilia’s Feast Day. I chose St. Cecilia as my confirmation Saint years ago, in part because my grandmother’s name is Cecilia and she inherited a gorgeous painting of the Saint that hung in her bedroom. I always felt drawn to the beauty of the painting and the holiness it depicted.
The baby’s due date, November 27, would also be an amazing day to be born because it is the first day of Advent! Obviously, it wouldn’t be the first day of Advent every year, but it would make a nice story to tell him/her that she arrive on the first day of Advent and I would think about it every year as Advent began. My mom always loves to tell me (and I love to hear) about how the day she brought me home from the hospital was the first day of spring.
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Obviously, the baby will come when he/she wants to, and I’m beginning to think that it’s going to be soon. The past few days I’ve been overwhelmingly tired and achy, perhaps it’s my body telling me to rest up for labor? Either that or maybe I’m getting the flu…
I have almost all the Christmas presents for my family, but have none for my husband’s family (other than for the kids – they are so easy and fun to shop for). I don’t know my in-laws well enough to pick really personal gifts for them and my husband has absolutely no ideas. I had really wanted to have all my Christmas shopping done before the baby got here, but I just can’t think of anything to get for them. Any ideas of nice, inexpensive gifts for the in-laws?
I have been worrying for a while about what to do for Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to go without making some kind of dinner if the baby isn’t here yet. If the baby did come early, we probably would be so absorbed with our new little one that we wouldn’t really notice missing out on dinner. But without knowing if we would have the baby yet, I wasn’t sure if I should be buying the necessary Thanksgiving meal foods or starting to prepare them early. Well, it turns out I didn’t need to worry after all. My husband’s advisor invited the grad students that would be staying in town (which turns out to be just my husband and one other guy) to her house for dinner! And an extra bonus… my husband is excited he’ll finally be able to meet her husband after four years – none of the current grad students have ever met him and were beginning to think he was imaginary.
Wednesday, it was 80 degrees here in Raleigh. Yesterday, the high was 50. This highly variable weather isn’t new to me because Colorado is even worse (it was all over the news a few weeks ago that it went from 80 degrees one day to 30 degrees and a blizzard the next day), but I never can get used to it.
I don’t have my bag packed yet for the birth center, any advice about what I should bring?
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