Tuesday, January 27, 2015

All Nested Up

I remember one of my last posts before Louisa was born: I commented that my urge to nest was no indication that my sweet baby was coming soon, because I'd been nesting since I was born. When I wrote that in April 2011, I was 37.5 weeks. Today I'm 38.5 weeks and I feel the same way. I still love to "nest" and I'm running out of things to do. It's true that I only have 2 lasagnas and 2 dozen pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in the freezer, but our freezer isn't actually that big. Oh, and this weekend, Nate added 10 calzones to the stash. I also added to my short list of things to do, including clearing out the files from office at DreamWorks. Sad news came Thursday night: they're closing their Redwood City location, where I've worked once each week since Cora was born.

Other preparation activities taken care of: Cora has officially moved into Louisa's room, although she still naps in her old crib for it's quietness and darkness. But at night they are sharing a room, which has created two giggly sisters. Closets are organized and the baby has tons of wonderful hand-me-down clothes from my sister, Sarah and friend Amanda, who both had two boys and feel fairly certain that two kids is plenty!

Cora enjoys her new "bunk crib"

Move over Lou...here comes your sister

Sock baskets, which get taken down daily for "dress up", especially by Cora

Silly pose by Louisa, showing off the baby's room, which doubles as our guest and storage room
On Friday I took the girls to Marshall's so they each could pick a present for the new baby. Cora had an easy time picking a superhero monkey, but Louisa was much more contemplative. She picked a couple of pink dolls and I struggled with how to say that boys don't usually like pink dolls as much as girls do. In hindsight, maybe I shouldn't have cared? Next she picked pacifiers, which I said was a great idea, so she popped them in the cart and said but that's not a toy so I'll find a toy for him too. I explained that she only got to pick one gift for the baby, and it didn't have to be a toy. The pacifiers went back on the shelf and she considered a blue bunny blanket before putting that back and finally settling on the pacifiers. She definitely gets her indecisive shopping from me!

Today I bought little gifts for Peter to give to the girls and a "zero" candle so we can all have a little birthday celebration together at the hospital. Speaking of celebrations and preparations, Nate and I had a wonderful double date with our friends Brad and Karen on Friday night and then on Saturday night, my friend Tina hosted a "pre-baby girls' night" for me. There were six of us and it just so happened that five were pregnant. The only non-pregnant one was gracious in letting us talk about pregnancy and birth before and after watching and laughing at a pregnancy-centered romantic comedy, Away We Go.

We're ready for you, littlest one!

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