Today is October 25th. EEEKK!!!!
The winter holidays are a stressful and busy time for us under normal circumstances. But this year, it is even moreso considering the fact that I'm DUE to have a BABY the day AFTER Christmas.
The tricky thing about babies is you have NO idea when they are going to come. I'll be term (37 weeks) on December 5th, so anytime after that is fine by me! Although, I really would like her to come in the year 2010. You know, tax breaks and all. Nothing to do with the fact that the idea of going overdue is less than appealing....
Actually, I don't want her to come ON Christmas either. Let's face it, you can't compete with Jesus' birthday, no matter how cute you are.
I do fear, though, that she will come on say December 23rd and we'll still be in the hospital on Christmas! Given that I have two little boys at home eagerly awaiting the jolly old elf already, that would be very disappointing! But fear not - I do have a back-up plan. IF Isla comes with such comedic timing, then I will have Carter send an "emergency" letter to Santa telling him to come back the next available day. Yeah...that's the best I've got!
So, my goal for Christmas shopping is to have it all done and wrapped BY Thanksgiving this year. To accomplish that goal, I think Ace and I will just have to schedule a "date" night and go to Toys R Us and hit them up in one trip and take it all back to his office for a wrapping spree.
But what about Christmas cards? I'm thinking I'll just skip that this year. Its just too complicated. If I send one out with just a picture of the two boys and then Isla does come before Christmas, then I'll feel badly she wasn't included. Besides, I'll be turning around and sending out birth announcements shortly thereafter. Maybe I can make the announcement dual-purpose...
And should I buy her a Christmas dress "just in case"?? I know - everyone is saying I won't want to bother with dressing up a newborn. But what about the photo op????
Ok, now my head is spinning. It's too much. I think my ultimate goal is to give birth, survive, make sure my kids have a magical Christmas, and if anything else gets done on top of that - bonus. So, if you don't get a Christmas-Card-Birth-Announcement from me with a picture of my three kids in coordinating outfits, you'll know I'm just surviving. And that should be enough holiday cheer - don't you think?