Friday, September 03, 2010
Loaves and Fishes
September is here already! Asia is starting kindergarten and my son will be in grade four! I will be walking to the school with a two year old and a new baby three times a day! If that doesn't help get some baby weight off I don't know what else will. It will be challenging but I am looking forward to it and trying to clear my plate of everything else until I can get into some kind of routine. The gradual entry program at our local school seems way too gradual for me but perhaps it will be a good thing if we don't even get there until the third week when the full days start. It seems like a minute ago it was only half way through summer! I have been feeling so fortunate to be home on maternity leave early and spend so much time with my three healthy, happy, energetic, sometimes annoying, exhausting, beautiful children! As I anticipate the birth of our fourth and final child I find myself desperately trying to get as much done as possible before we are all consumed by sleep deprivation and the wonder of a newborn baby. Some would call it nesting but that seems a little out of reach. I am almost packed to go to the hospital when it's time but so far the baby only has a hat and a blanket to go home in. Also a clean with the cover and canopy repaired carseat thanks to my mom. Finally today I was able to find my zero to three months clothes! Marvin helped me get down into the storage unit and find the right bin. I have been busy cleaning out the girls drawers, taking all the clothes that are too small out and packing them away for whoever they will fit next. I will be in big trouble or buying a lot of boxes of blue dye if this baby turns out to be a boy. Also I we have been getting all my son's warm clothes and school supplies ready, organized and labelled or repaired. Whew what a relieve! I kept imagining being in labour and Marvin going to school with ripped jeans and only a backpack and a pencil in hand on the first day. Patrick reminded me that he was perfectly capable of purchasing them and spent all day Monday running from store to store gathering what he needed and getting tons of groceries in case we wouldn't have a chance later. Also he has been baking banana and zucchini breads like a fiend and putting it in the freezer. The children say it's his new hobby and he can barely keep up with them wolfing it down baking and baking and baking. I wish I had the energy to do that! Yesterday he went to Steveston and got 5 huge salmons and spent the evening beheading and gutting and filleting and chopping them so we'll have a freezer full of fish to eat. So that is what we will be eating once the baby comes I guess, loaves and fishes.