Saturday, April 27, 2013

3 More Days

It's Saturday morning and that means baby boy -- let's just call him "E" -- will be here in 3 days. We'll actually be heading to the hospital in 2 days, on Monday night, to get this party started. Hard to believe this is our last weekend as a little family of 4!

We're spending most of the day today cleaning as my in-laws have graciously agreed to stay here with LO and Chase during our hospital stay. Gotta have clean baseboards when guests are coming over, am I right?? Plus I love the idea of coming home to a semi/mostly clean house after E's birth, so it makes sense to knock it out this weekend. Plus there's a tiny part of me that's hoping to experience some housework-induced contractions... that's a thing, right?? Guess we'll see. ;)

I've got a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head about this major family change heading our way. Mostly I'm excited to see how LO embraces her role as big sister all over again. Last time, when Chase was born, she was not quite 2-1/2, and didn't have much of a clue about what was going on. This was actually a big blessing to hubs and I because of our relocation to Charleston, Chase's birth, surgery and 5-week hospital stay, etc. She didn't really get the opportunity to do big sister stuff like hold her new baby brother, help give him a bottle, etc. This time around, I can assure you, she's geared up to put her best big sister game face on and be the big helper I'm sure we'll need! She's already helped me with his laundry and "ooohed" and "awwwwed" over his cute little socks, etc. She's talking about holding him, feeding him, and getting him his paci when he needs it. I just know she's gonna do great and I'm so thankful we have such a wonderful, special, sweet, caring little almost 6-year-old girl to help her mommy & daddy adjust to baby #3!!!

Chase, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have much of a clue about how his little world is gonna change. He knows he's gonna be a big brother, and he knows baby brother's name, but that's about it. I think he's gonna be surprised a bit once having a new little one around is part of his routine, but I think he's gonna be a big sweetie to his brother and also a help to mommy -- when he feels like it, of course. ;) I think the biggest thing I'm going to struggle with is the change from Chase being my "baby" to now being my "middle" child. He's been such a focus of our lives for 3-1/2 years, and the biggest miracle and blessing, and part of me is afraid he's gonna get lost in the shuffle as the middle kid. But then I immediately think of just how special that boy is... how much attention he's gonna need from us... and I remember that there's no way he'll get lost. He's our little Rock Star and we are so very grateful for him each and every day. I don't know why I let myself worry about such dumb stuff sometimes. ;)

Whew. I'm so excited for the next few days. I'm so grateful for all God has blessed us with. I can't wait to meet little E, and see how his big sister and big brother adjust to having him here. God is so good!

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