No baby yet! I am currently five days “overdue” and trying to be very patient as we wait to meet our little one. At least as I write this on Thursday evening, there are no signs of labor starting.
When we moved here, several others from my husband’s lab group moved here as well, including another couple who was expecting. The wife was due the day before me (Saturday) and she went into labor on her due date! The baby wasn’t born until Monday morning after a long labor and David and I were able to go visit the new baby Tuesday night. It was so bittersweet holding their little boy! He was so adorable and made me even more anxious to meet our own baby, especially when watching my husband hold him. I can’t wait to see my husband tenderly hold his own child!
David and I went to a penance service at our church on Monday. I had been wanting to go to confession before I went into labor just in case, and it’s been too long anyway. It was really nice to see the church filled with people who were wanting to go to confession and many priests there to hear them. I’ve heard a lot of sad statistics about how few Catholics take advantage of the sacrament; I wonder if penance services were offered more often, would more people go to confession? Perhaps the communal aspect would help assuage some of the fears that people have about going?
I bought the baby’s Christmas present yesterday! I really wasn’t going to get the baby anything (Does that sound bad? He/she doesn’t need anything and there are so many people that are just waiting to spoil him/her.) but there was a really great deal on this children’s nativity set and I just couldn’t pass it up. I love the idea of a nativity scene that kids can actually play with even if my little one won’t be able to play with it until next year.
I am two more presents closer to finishing my Christmas shopping. I am particularly excited about the crucifix we bought for my brother-in-law and his fiancée (it was my husband’s idea!). I’m not done buying all the gifts like I had wanted to be before the baby is born (perhaps that’s why he/she isn’t here yet?) but in reality, I still haven’t completed even half of my before baby goals, but I’m surprisingly okay with that. I’m sure everything that needs to get done will get done, and if things don’t get completed, maybe they weren’t that important to begin with.
My husband finally finished the fellowship application he’s been working on for months! He’s been working so hard on it and if you ask me, I think he’s very deserving of it (although I might be a little partial). He’s just waiting for one last support letter from a professor he would work with if he received the fellowship. He’s been asking her for it for weeks and has yet to receive it and we’re both starting to get really nervous. It’s due on Monday and he really needs to upload it, especially since we may have to head off to the birth center at any time if I go into labor. I find it very frustrating when people in a professional setting fail to complete their obligations in a timely manner. If she wasn’t able to do it within the time constraints, she should have told him so!
I won a box of Godiva chocolates in a giveaway earlier this week! It is supposed to arrive in the mail today. So if my baby doesn’t arrive today, at least I have another delivery to look forward to!
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