Sunday, July 6, 2008

Two Months Left?

Yesterday, my husband and I attended our first "Birthing For Dummies" class. Okay, no, that's not what it's really called, but it kind of felt like that. M says it's because I am more educated about pregnancy and childbirth than most first-time-moms. Okay, that's probably true, but there is still a ton that I don't know. I was really hoping for some new information. Instead, I felt as if it was all stuff that I could have read about in any of my pregnancy books. I guess I am just going to have to wait and see for myself what it's all about. The best thing about the class was that we got to sign up for our hospital tour and will be doing that in a couple of weeks.

Today marks the beginning of my 32nd week of pregnancy. I simply cannot wrap my arms around the concept that we only have about two months to go before he is here. I feel as if I am glad for those two months, because we still have a lot of work to do. The nursery progress has kind of stalled because neither of us like to paint. In fact, in the five years we have lived in this house, we have painted one wall. Granted, it was a big wall, but it took us forever and scared us away from ever wanting to paint again.

We finally went and bought the paint today, choosing a pretty light blue color called "spa." I was torn between yellow and blue, but I figured, what the heck? Boys should have lots of blue. I also had purchased these really neat cloud decals a few weeks back and they would have looked rather odd on a yellow "sky."

I was going to work on taping off the nursery this week and then M was going to paint next weekend. I say "was" because our neighbor (who has painted every wall in her house. Twice.) came over as we were getting back from buying the paint and offered her services. She is going to come over on Tuesday night and paint the nursery for us. She said that she actually finds painting relaxing and wants to help. This is incredibly sweet and giving of her and we are offering babysitting services in exchange.

So, if all goes according to plan, the nursery should be painted Tuesday and then hopefully, M will be able to put the crib together this week as well. After that, it's mostly a matter of getting everything arranged as we want it, hanging curtains, and things for the walls. But it will feel so good to get things really started. Thank goodness for our kind neighbor!

13 comments:

waitinginline said...

Can you send your dear neighbor my way? I have a lot of "relaxing" she can do in my house!

I can't believe you're already at 32 weeks...Wow! It seems like only yesterday...

K @ ourboxofrain said...

Wow -- that's a really generous neighbor! What an amazing offer! Good luck getting the nursery set up.

Jen said...

Wow, nice neighbor! Painting isn't my thing. I plan to never paint anything in this house.

Geohde said...

I have to confess I skipped each and every class offered to me.

Hope it don't bite me in the butt :)

J

Fertilized said...

i found most of the class info very nondescript and helpful. Good Luck with the nursery - you have great neighbors

Joy said...

What a grand neighbor to save the day!!! I love painting! I just painted my family room, our master bedroom, both of my daughters' rooms, and I'm about to paint my stairway.

And I want to tell you, from a painter's perspective, that she is not and will not expect ANYTHING in return. She's doing it because she loves it, and obviously wants to help you out! Just bring her lots of water and a CD player and she'll be more than content!

Now I cannot wait to see pics after you get it all set up!!!

And don't worry about the Baby Basics class. We've all yawned our way through it, watching us hubbies try to diaper dolls. There are just some things they cannot teach you and we'll all be more than willing to give you info that's a lot more helpful!

Samantha said...

Despite owning a house for 5 years, we have managed to avoid painting much of anything. The only thing I've done is paint the two rear doors, which I found to be a tedious and brutal job, and when done, didn't even look that great. I want your neighbor too! (She is obviously in high demand!)

Ally said...

32 weeks and counting!! How wonderful! I'm sorry your birthing class is such a drag, though. I am sure there are good birthing classes out there, but I haven't met anyone yet who had one.

Good luck with your progress on the nursery. I'm sure it will be lovely!

Tracy said...

What a GREAT neighbor! And a relief to the both of you, eh? It will all fall into place after that, I'm sure.

I agree with you on the L&D classes, but every once in awhile I get some information that is new. Plus, our class is taught by one of the L&D nurses, and that gives me insight into their "philosophy" on childbirth and what I can expect when we do go to deliver. It's been assuring to me. Even though largely I feel like these classes are a waste of my time, I figure it can't hurt to cover the info again...

Deborah said...

I too avoid painting like the plague. We've been in our house almost five years and all the rooms remain the vibrant color of heather aka the builders neutral off white. What a great neighbor to offer her assistance.

Good luck with the nursery.

La La said...

What an awesome neighbor! Where can I sign up for one of those!? ;)

Ms. J said...

A good guy friend of mine painted our nursery (80% of it) as his gift to us. He said that after being b*tched at all day by his boss and clients, he finds it soothing. Plus, I kept him well-stocked in beer and munchies all the while. I am glad you are getting a similar gift ;o)

Can't wait to see photos!

Amy said...

That's what Josh and I did....we actually left halfway thru our birthing class to get sushi and never came back! LOL! I mean, really, the big day is NOT going to be the way you think it will be....it's all up to the BIG MAN upstairs you know what i'm sayin? Let it ride, you will be great and all will be perfect, birthing class or not! LOVE YOU!