Ninety-eight days from now I am due with baby number two. I have heard that going from one to two was so much harder and also that it was easier than going from zero to one. I have had moms share both wonderful and scary stories about all that is about to change. But then isn't that always part of change?
There will definitely be an adjustment period. If this baby comes on its due date, our adjustment period will my daughter's third birthday, school starting, and the return to swim lessons all within a month. Perhaps she will grace us a little early like my first did and allow us all a couple extra weeks transition time. Of course, there is also the small possibility she will snuggle in make her grand entrance right before the festivities.
I am a planner. I love the fluidity of my job within the parameters of my plans. I love that every day as a mom is different and the different activities we can attend within our routine. I even have themes planned for the different weeks of Summer to keep us crafting, learning, and exploring our world as my daughter's mind grows.
I find it both exciting and a little stressful that there is such a big element of our lives changing and I have little ability to plan. I can get the go bags ready and wash the clothes. I can put some finishing touches on the nursery that is still in place from my first daughter. But the actual timeline is out of my control; it is up to my little coconut when she will choose to arrive.
My first daughter came two and a half weeks early, the morning of my last scheduled day of work. I literally realized I was having contractions and went upstairs to do some baby clothes laundry because I had planned to do that during the two weeks I was off before my due date. Surprise! Her arrival was a surprise that was completely worth it, of course.
This pregnancy has gone so fast with the distractions of a toddler running around and our crazy schedule. I'm so grateful this baby is due over summer break! But as the countdown to the end of school gets shorter my excitement and anticipation for our newest addition grows. Ninety-eight days...plus or minus however many days this child prefers.
I'm grateful for the excitement of countdowns. I'm grateful for a good first year of "school" for my daughter and the schedule and routine it provided us. I'm grateful to return to the same school next year both for consistency and for the loving care they provide my child. I'm grateful summer is almost here. I'm grateful and excited for our last camping trip as a family of three. I'm also grateful we will be testing out a small teardrop camper for this trip. I'm grateful for my beautiful family and all the change my first daughter brought into our lives. I'm grateful and excited to see what our next little one has in store for us, her personality, and who she will grow to be.
What countdowns are running in your life? Are there any fun or exciting events you are anticipating?
May today fill us with excitement and anticipation for the future. May we find peace and balance in between what we can control and what we cannot. Have a beautiful day!