Hi there, y’all!
(Yes, a day late)
I’m guessing that a fair number of you have been assuming that I’m home with a new baby since there hasn’t been any posting going on this week.
Alas. This little fella is still warm and snuggly IN his mama’s tummy (stinker).
I had plans of posting Christmas pics of our house and various other things for the first couple of days this week, but I’m honestly glad I didn’t.
For the first time in, well, maybe since we’ve had kids, I really feel like we celebrated the season without screeching right up to the last minute with gift buying and other such nonsense. Too often, the day after Christmas, I feel a little bit unfulfilled. Not because I truly believe that all of the fluff surrounding Christmas is what makes it important or worth celebrating. No, it’s more like I place unrealistic expectations on what we “should” be accomplishing. And when we don’t reach them, I’m disappointed. (Silly? Yup).
This year, my expectations were pretty low. We started early with the Christmas music, made cookies on a whim, decorated what/when we could and didn’t worry about it when we couldn’t, meandered through a neighborhood in our van one night trying to find the “good lights”–hot chocolate in hand–and watched several “classic” (and not-so-classic–I suppose “While You Were Sleeping” isn’t strictly a Christmas movie) movies.
We talked about why Jesus is the reason for the season and kept the radio tuned to our local Christian station that only plays Christmas music starting December 1st.
And through it all, we kept expecting to have all of the festivities interrupted by the best and most authentically Christmas of gifts–a new little baby.
Obviously, that didn’t happen, but I’m pretty okay with that, given the busyness and bustle surrounding this season. I’m grateful that my older kids got to participate in all of the festivities with their Mama waddling along beside instead of needing to run off and nurse every couple of hours.
Now, there’s not much that feels like it needs to be “checked off” before he comes, so now is when the true “hurry up and wait” thing starts to go down.
All you have to do is leave a comment with your best guess for:
1) Day and time of birth
2) Weight and length of Baby #6
…and, once he’s born, I’ll go through and find the closest guess, and that person will win a fun little prize. Sound good?
Okay. Ready, set, go!
P.S. Don’t forget to leave me some way of contacting you so I can let you know if you win!