(That’s your daddy’s newest nickname for you and I think it’s one that might actually follow you out of my uterus. So far all his nicknames for you are in Spanish, as I’m pretty sure he hasn’t quite yet reasoned out that you won’t actually be 50% latin. It’s becoming quite clear that he was paying even LESS attention than I was in Ms. Mueller’s 8th grade biology class because I have at least pieced together that one part English/Check + one part German/Welsh/Scottish does not equal Latin genes. I guess we’ll let him wait til you arrive to figure it out.)
With your impending arrival around the corner, things have started to change a little around our house. First, it’s messier and dirtier but that’s just because your momma is getting more and more lazy and wiped out the bigger you grow. Hopefully that is not a permanent change. Conversations are changing and words like “stroller frame” and “hotslings” and brands like “Chicco” have made an entrance into their vocabulary. There is the addition of a little bassinet in their second bedroom that looks strangely out of place so far. There is also this new collection of books starting to stack up, the likes of which this home has never had any prior use for:
(Of course your mom and dad haven’t quite got around to reading any of them just yet. They’re not that prepared. But they figure the books are there, ready for the first emergency.)
Though your mom and dad haven’t spent a ton of time figuring out what to do with you once you enter this world, they are spending a fair amount of time getting ready to help you enter as smoothly and easily as possible. They just got back from an orientation meeting for parents who plan to use the Alternative Birthing Center. They just might have been standing in the very room you will first breathe air in. They looked at the bed and the tub and the birthing balls … and the room where we’ll spend our first few hours together as a family.
On Sundays they spend time at birthing class with a really great instructor/doula who impresses them with having way more information about birth than they ever thought possible. So far they’ve learned a lot of things that they want to avoid: back labor, pro domo labor, labor that lasts from Thursday until Monday (there was someone experiencing this just last week), episiotomy, and more. But they’ve also learned some really great techniques for helping you change position and ways that your dad plans to help your mom get through this. (A lot of the ways your dad can help involve lots of arm strength so those nightly push-ups he started on in December are going to come in handy!) Mostly they are hoping that your birth is a fun experience, but are starting to be ready for you to come either way!