For the first time in my life, I already have most of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving! Andrew and I already bought (and I am currently using) our gift to each other--a beautiful iMac. Penny also got her big gift early, a doll, since I wanted to help teach her about babies and being gentle. She has affectionately named her Mimi. Don't be surprised if you come by our house in the next few days and see Christmas decorations up... Normally, I do not approve of anything Christmas before Thanksgiving, but this year I have gone a little crazy! I will be full term the week before Christmas which I believe has fooled me into thinking I can make it come faster by decorating sooner!
Update: Since I started writing this post, I have started decorating for Christmas and made gingerbread houses with some of my friends.
Last night I stupidly told Andrew that this pregnancy has been much easier than the last. I had forgotten how the hard the last few weeks are. I slept uncomfortably and woke up feeling anxious. Anxious about everything that crossed my mind. The days go by slowly but the weeks seem to be slipping past me. Part of me is panicking and the other part is shaking with excitement. There is nothing I can do to stop it or speed it up. I am grasping at any part I can control.
For now, my focus is on Penny. All too soon, she will have to share my attention with a little sister. Next month we are going to take mommy and me swim lessons one last time. When she is in bed, I break out all of my sewing and crocheting projects and picture how our life will change when our family grows.