Looked up at my ticker and saw 99 days left, and that's what popped into my head. Sometimes I think wonder/think that's what it's going to take to get me through to February!
It's actually not that bad, but there are some days when I wonder. Either way, under 100 days. That's just 3 months (+ a couple days). 14 weeks (and 1 day). Not enough time!!! As the girl child goes on a kicking spree to remind me just how big she's getting. And she is getting big. I used to be able to "wrap" my hands around my belly - it was the size of a small cantaloupe. Now we're looking at a soccer ball. Next will be basketball. And then beach ball - yikes!
The kids have entertained painting my belly for Halloween. Not going to happen. Not only do I not want stuff that will make my belly itch even more than it already does on it, but the thought of all of them crowding around me at once and touching me gives me an anxiety attack just thinking about it! Hopefully it won't take too long after she's here for the "touched out" feeling to go away. My poor kids that want to snuggle a LOT are feeling somewhat neglected. Thankfully that's really only 2 of them, and I can do it in small doses. We've had to go over the proper "give mommy a hug technique". Meaning - let me know you're coming, don't jump on me or hang on me, and let me hug you more than you hug me.
The planning of the things I need to gather for her are coming together in my head. I've got a newborn layette planned - basing off this shirt that I bought and ADORE. I can't wait to put it on her!
I broke down and bought more of the fabric to make some other items to go with it (at 3x what I would normally pay for a knit!). I'm getting some yarn custom dyed to match, and will knit up a sweater and longies/pants to match as well. And then some other longies out of solid colors. The plan is that she'll have 3 gown/rompers, 3-4 shirts, 3-4 pairs of pants, and 3 pairs of longies that will all mix and match. The idea is that it will make it easier for the other people in the house to get her dressed in stuff I'll take her out of the house in!
I started to put together a baby registry at Target. It's hard when you've already had 7 kids. I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to clothing, so never put any cute outfits on there. With what I have, what friends are passing down, and what I plan to make, she should be all set for the first few months. Trying to plan for beyond that is hard - my kids have all grown so differently! Then there are things that I do need, but they're expensive. So I hesitate, but they'll go on with the encouragement of my friends. It just really feels funny making a registry, and basically asking people to buy me things! I'd love maid service even more ;)