As I type, I’m sitting in my classroom, listening to a whole hoard of elementary school children file in the auditorium (above which my classroom sits) and a little irritation rises up inside me.
Don’t they know we have classrooms up here?
Can’t their teachers keep them quieter?
Why are little kids SO loud?
And then it hits me.
My kid is probably going to be the loudest of all someday.
I’m only saying that because I wasn’t a terribly loud kid but The Mister and I can get into some loud conversations about nonsense that sounds like something dramatic but it’s not. On occasion. Nothing earth-shattering or vow-breaking, just… we’re loud sometimes when we’re talking to one another.
Plus there’s that whole “paybacks are a B&$#H!” karma/divine retribution thing.
I can only imagine what our kiddo will pick up from us.
Changing the subject just slightly, we are just about ready to meet this little one. Like I mentioned before, the nursery is done. My DIY project is done (both with much help from my lovelies.) The car seat base is in the car, as is the hospital bag though I keep adding to it. Lip balm anyone? We heard first hand at our last birthing class that having your favorite lip balm handy is a top priority because the hospital-provided balm is crap.
What’s the first thing The Mister grabbed when I texted him last week and told him my midwife thought that my water broke? My lip balm. He’s so good. (P.S. Obviously my water had not broken or I’d have posted Peanut pictures already. False alarm! But The Mister was ready!)
As we creep closer to 38 weeks (seriously, this last month is taking forever to get through!), I’m sad, happy, excited, and nervous all at the same time. The sadness is reserved for my students. I’m sorry to be leaving them next week, three months shy of the end of the year, and six weeks before their AP exam. They’ve been really wonderful and I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to teach AP this year. I may not have this chance again.
At the same time, I’m really excited to meet this little bug that’s been growing inside me for the last 8 months (truly, finding out we were pregnant at roughly four weeks makes for a long pregnancy but so worth it.) I’m also nervous because, well, I’m a first time mom. And I don’t want to be super paranoid first time mom or lax either. I can’t believe the hospital sends brand new babies home with newbie parents!
And because of that whole karma thing, Peanut will probably be late, prolonging my elephant ankles and waddle even more.