Our journey recently took a very surprising turn, but it really doesn't have anything to do with us :) It turns out our Lil' Shrimp is going to have a local cousin show up on the scene in June. We're so excited for Aaron and Sarah and that they will quickly be joining us as parents.
My parents are both from Midland. For many of my childhood years, most of my cousins lived up in the Midland area (about 2 hours away from here.) We only got to see our cousins (and grandparents) a few times each year, and I have to admit that I was always a little jealous of my cousins who got to see each other (and grandpa's and grandma's) on a more regular basis.
Knowing that our baby will have at least one cousin to grow up with, and that neither set of grandparents lives more than an hour away, really does make the situation all that much more warm and fuzzy.
We've only got about 11 weeks left, give or take a day or two. The reality of Lil' Shrimp's imminent arrival is starting to hit me harder...when I get time to think about it. Work's still been crazy busy and I sometimes feel like that's distracting from our journey, and not in a positive way. Working 50 and 60 hour weeks isn't something I'm doing by choice. The work's there and it needs to get done, but my feelings about that are about to hang a hard left. I've been chanting a mantra in my head that once Lil' Shrimp gets here, all the extra hours are over. If my company won't hire enough people to make sure the work is done well, then I guess they'll just have to deal with it not being done well. We do have a new person who will be starting (not sure when) but experience tells me that even their addition won't be enough to bring our ability to provide quality service up to what I believe to be a realistic level. The hard part for me is that that seems to be perfectly acceptable in the education industry.
Back to the task at hand, sorry about the tangent...we really haven't done much around the house to prepare for Lil' Shrimp's arrival. Sara isn't going to be going back to work after Christmas, so I'm sure that will start to change soon. It's a good thing babies aren't very independently mobile for the first 6 months. I think it's going to take us that long to really get our house in order and prepared for a mobile child!
We had another doctors appointment today and the old adage that no news is good news applies. Things seem to be progressing very normally at this point, which is great. It's hard to believe that by the time we get through the holiday rush we'll be down to 2 months. Enjoy the holiday season and have a Merry Christmas, I know we're going to try to!