The Night WatchApril 21, 2010 at 7:28 am | Posted in Bun | 26 Comments
In an uncanny coincidence (miracle of nature?), I went into labor at exactly 3:30 a.m. with both Lollipop and Giggles. I think there’s a decent chance this might happen again.
So, lately, every night before I fall asleep, I think, “This could be the night.”
This could be the night my water breaks. My contractions start. My labor begins. Bun arrives.
Making a List …
And if tonight’s the night, are we ready? Yes. And no.
Earlier this week, we reviewed the list of items to take to the hospital. My favorite blanket, check. Camera, check. Toiletries, check. Change for the vending machines so Husband can recharge his coaching batteries with a quick caffeine fix, check. Baby book …
The Tonight Show
If tonight’s the night? We will have no book for the nurse to stamp Bun’s tiny, wrinkly hands and feet into (after all that Apgar stuff, of course).
We will have the hospital admission forms, the chart wherein we must document his first pees and poops, the birth plan. We will have the itsy-bitsy onesies Lollipop and Giggles wore during their first few days. We will have the requisite list of family and friends to e-mail the good news. But we will not have a baby book.
The kid’s not even born yet, and we find ourselves there already. The third-child syndrome. Hand-me-downs and pre-loved stuffed animals. A dearth of photos capturing me pregnant with him. And nothing just for Bun, no little “something” all his own.
Truth or Consequences
Truth be told, our preparation (or lack thereof) doesn’t bother me. He will come when he’s ready. We will be eager to meet, hold, love him. We will find the time to get the things we don’t have, to resolve the lingering questions, to record the experience of celebrating a new life.
If tonight’s the night? We’ll be ready, even though we’re not.
And one day? We’ll buy a baby book.
How did your arrival preparations change with each child? Do you have any uncanny labor coincidences? What’s in your child’s baby book?