9 days until our EDD!... Today I have been thinking about the significance of these last few days in my pregnancy. Mine and Shane's lives are about to change forever; we are about to become parents. We will never again just be 'the two of us'. I really want to take a step back, take a deep breath and appreciate these moments. We are both completely over-the-moon-excited about Peanut's arrival, and we absolutely can't wait to meet him. But we also realise how different everything will be, and how much our lives are about to change.
Last night I babysat our gorgeous nephew Jamie for 4 hours. He was an absolute darling and I loved every bit of it. He only gave a tiny whimper now and then, and I managed to work out what he wanted before it turned into a cry. So I felt quite proud of myself and it was great practise :-) The experience gave me a little taste of things to come- feeding, holding, getting to sleep, changing nappies, changing wet clothing, feeding, getting to sleep, etc etc. It amazed me how much we did in those short 4 hours. I had planned to cook dinner while he was here but it didn't get done. (It didn't matter as Kerry and Sunny came back with delicious Japanese food for me to say thanks :-)).
And I realise this is what it will be like with Peanut, only for 24 hrs/ 7 days a week. It's amazing how much my life is about to change, and even though I've tried to prepare myself for what's to come, even though I have talked with parents and read alot of books on parenting; I know that nothing can really truly prepare us for the job of parenting.I will just have to dive on in and get the job done- just as all of you who are parents out there, have done. And while I know that we may not love every minute, I do know that we are absolutely going to love our new roles as parents.
This weekend Shane and I are going to spend some quality time together. I'm not going to do housework, I'm not going to organise any cupboards and I may not even get any washing done. I'm going to make sure we relax together, watch a movie together, go for a walk, cook and eat a lovely meal together. We will sit and listen to our favourite music together, chat and laugh like we do. And we will appreciate these beautiful moments, and not take them for granted, as this may be one of our last weekends where we can do what we want, when we want, together as just us two.
Sound like a good idea?