I had visions of lots of blogs while I've been pregnant.
I thought I'd really DOCUMENT this one.
I Don't know who I was kidding.
She'll probably be lucky if she ever gets her picture taken.
Between daycare kids 40 hours a week and Alena's homework that practically requires a degree and breaking up cage matches over which Calliou episode to watch, I haven't had a moment to breathe.
Unless I look down, I sometimes forget I'm pregnant.
It's led to seven months that have flown by and an upcoming baby that I currently feel totally unprepared for.
I have ten weeks to go and whenever I think about how soon it's all happening, I almost have a mini stroke.
By baby four I'd imagine this is usually the case, though.
At least that's what I tell myself to feel better.
I remember with Alena I was on constant red alert.
I read all the books.
It all had to be perfect.
Clean clothes at all times.
If her pacifier dropped for a split second, I would pull out a pot and boil it immediately.
If I was in public, I'd buy a new one.
By the time Tessa came around 10 years later,
as long as it wasn't covered in dog hair, I'd just lick it off and shove it back in her mouth and just keep right on going.
I didn't even blink.
As long as the stains on the clothes were clearly not poop or blood, we were all good.
Oh how things change....
I guess with natural progression, that means this one will get the pacifier back regardless of the dog hair situation.
She may be mistaken for an under-bridge dweller.
Maybe I should have a onesie printed that reads,
"No need to call CPS. I'm baby number four."
I guess it's normal that I still don't have any bottles or pacifiers or actual necessities.
Please tell me I'm right.
She'll probably come home wrapped in one of Justin's hoodies.
Her diaper fashioned from a sandwich baggie with holes for legs.
Car seat? Nah. We've got bungees in the trunk we use for camping.
I have not bought one solitary item for her.
When I see first time moms now, I just sit and smile at the neurosis.
It's the same knowing smile I give when a first timer says, "I plan on delivering naturally."
Uh huh. Sure you do, Hon.
I see the panic over every noise and gurgle.
The concern over dry skin patches and mystery bumps.
The bags packed to the nines with everything short of an emergency flare.
In my mind, the only things you ever really need for a baby are:
Something wet - be it wipe or rag with water or rag with Mother's spit
and a pacifier. Oh thank GOD for pacifiers.
And possibly some duct tape.
Anything else you need can be fashioned from a combination of these items.
We over complicate it.
I feel lost sometimes when I browse the isles of Target and see some of the stuff they have for babies.
The same babies who would rather eat cat food than sweet potato puffs.
The same ones who would rather play in toilet water than with their $70 Baby Einstein mat.
When Alena was an infant, her very favorite thing in the whole wide world was a quilted watermelon patterned place-mat my odd aunt gave as a Christmas gift.
It went everywhere with us.
We'd be leaving the house and ask each other, before the door was latched,
"Did you grab the place-mat?" People overhearing probably thought it was code for something.
My friend Beth and I laughed the other day over how we'd morphed.
Both of us currently have 3 kids.
We'd come from late nights listening to rap music and being out late dancing to late nights walking the floor with feverish toddlers in just a few years.
We talked about how it is taking our nervous Nelly husbands a little while to catch up with us on the concept of just relaxing with the helicopter parenting a bit.
She said the other day her husband came home to find her on the couch watching TV with not a kid in sight.
He said, "Where are all the kids?"
To which she answered,
"I don't know. They're SOMEWHERE in the house. I'm pretty sure I locked all the doors."
I told her that sometimes Justin will say,
"Aren't you going to check on them?! I hear Chloe screaming."
After which I tell him,
"Chloe is ALWAYS screaming. It's practically her regular speaking voice. If I got up every time someone was screaming, I'd never rest. If they're bleeding I'll check. And not just bleeding the microscopic amounts that they say needs a Hello Kitty band-aid. I mean REAL bleeding. Tourniquet style."
I guess I've just mellowed out.
If we don't have the bassinet set up by the time the baby is born, she can just sleep in Justin's spot.
That dude's practically Narcoleptic already. It doesn't matter where you put him.
I can only imagine how it'll be come February.
Me, shooting bitter glares in his direction in the dark room as he snores while I hold Paige for hours wishing for just a 10 minute stretch of rest.
If he falls asleep on the couch after dinner, I'll just leave him there instead of calling his name 8 times and shaking the couch to get him to come to bed.
What has happened to our culture as parents?
No wonder so many mothers are on anti-anxiety meds.
We're told we need ridiculous things like these:
I mean - WHAT THE HECK?!
For when the 60 squares of toilet paper your toddler pulls from the roll just aren't quite enough.
Or how about this:
Because, frankly, who has ALL that TIME it takes to labor over cutting up a frank?
Because we'd rather people think that our child had a life threatening condition than that they EVER get a bruise on that precious little head.
Just see how many play dates you get invited to when you bring THAT thing.
You're losing it.
And that's saying a lot coming from me.