Well, today was the last day of the 2017 PA Farm Show, and although in my area we didn’t get any measurable snow, we DID see snow flurries today, and it snowed earlier in the week in Harrisburg, so the idea of “farm show weather” held true this year.
As typical of most Saturdays, I spent the day working around the house, mostly doing laundry. (There’s one last load waiting for me to put into the dryer tonight after I publish this post.) I did also manage to reinforce the number and council badges on my daughter’s Brownie vest; the glue was no longer working, so I sewed all of the way around the badges to keep them on the vest. I must still sew on at least a dozen patches that she received last year that I put aside. I’ve been too fatigued to take time to put them on her vest. Today I wanted to add them, but housework comes first, so I focused on that. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have time and energy and motivation–I need all 3 at the same time!–to complete that task, or at least to complete some of it.
I also spent time to organize more baby clothes that I had saved, pulling out onesies and socks and cute little hats and putting them all together in a vacuum seal bag under the cradle so that they’re ready for the baby. (I already have outfits in another bag, and blankets in a storage bin.)
Part of me is really eager for the baby to be born, but part of me is anxious–typical mixed emotions. Right now, I’m uncomfortable most of the time, and always tired, but I don’t yet need to worry about feeding, burping, changing, or trying to soothe to sleep a newborn. All of those activities are definitely work, and can be just as exhausting as being pregnant.
Speaking of baby, my older kids want to name the new baby. My daughter has even gone so far as to poll her classmates and fellow Brownies to get their vote on a short list of names. Even one of my sisters gave me a name suggestion. While I appreciate the input, and I think it’s great that my daughter had the initiative to ask others for their input, I keep trying to tell the kids, nicely, that my husband/their daddy and I will choose the baby’s name after the baby is born. I believe that, while parents can take input from others, that it’s really the parents’ decision to name a baby, because there are so many factors to choosing a name. As someone with a gender-neutral name, I prefer to give to my children gender-specific names–definite “boy” or “girl” names–so that there’s no confusion about whether the person with that name is male or female. (I’ve lost count of the number of times that people, especially those for whom English is a second language, have addressed me as “Mister” because they have encountered more males with my name than females, and have assumed that I am also male. Nope!)