familyvalues: picture of cake from our wedding shower - three parent fish, one baby fish (fish)
A Pinch of Patience by jbelluch
A Pinch of Patience a photo by jbelluch on Flickr.

This preparing for baby thing has gotten me so much better at just plugging through work than I used to be. I'm tired now from the dog park and working in my room today, sorting/tidying, but I'm just plugging on through. Still stuff to do but none of it crucial *before* he comes, just making things a little easier/better. I'm somewhat naturally a slob, but having Audrey's mom come help us get things mostly clean and organized is making it easier for me to keep it that way, and helps me see how much easier life is when I am so.

I still need to work out a get-things-done/get-enough-rest balance, but I'm definitely already better at staying on task.

In the tidying I found my camera cable, so now it's charging so I can take baby pics in the hospital (oh yeah, kidlet seems to have inherited his father's tendency to tardiness, and is not here yet, today's his due date -- but he's a firstie, so statistically he isn't late at all).

We are all coping, just sort of ... waiting. Audrey's baking a lot, Casey finished repairing the drywall in the bathroom and has been wallowing in video games. I've finished some little tasks like setting up the diaper changing zone, and making sure the dogs have plenty of exercise and love.

I just realized I should probably make sure I have a couple of days worth of *my* stuff -- my meds, clean underpants, charging cables, whatever -- in a daypack, at least in the car, so I don't have to come rushing back home for stuff in the middle of this process. The hospital our obstetrician works at is 15 miles away. So that's on the to-do list. But otherwise, we're set -- diaper changing stuff set up, Audrey's bag packed. The car seat is in the car. We need to bring the swing in from the garage and put it in the living room but if we don't get that done until we're home with the baby, we'll survive.

I'm not going to announce the moment she's in labor, except to the folks, mostly family, who already know I'll be calling/texting them. I will post the birth announcement here, in facebook and flickr (will probably just link that here), and on twitter, and at that point -- whenever that ends up being -- feel free to spread the word (preferably by linking to the post here on dreamwidth, but whatever). It won't be a secret.

Originally uploaded by ljellis
This is all of us, and there are more pictures.

Last week, our friend Lisa invited us into her home, with its beautiful afternoon light, for a portrait session.

I love how happy we look. We are so happy, and so anticipatory. This baby can't come soon enough, and yet at the same time, we are so not ready. The reality of raising a child won't sink in for awhile yet, I think -- perhaps not until after he's passed through each stage. This is a good thing, it keeps people procreating.

We had an obstetrics appointment today. As usual, the doctor was happy to see all of us, and when she's done asking Audrey if she's fine, she moves on to both Casey and me: "Do either of you have any concerns or questions?" I am very happy, so far, with our medical care.

And so far, all signs point to a relatively easy birth within the next two weeks, as he's mostly dropped - but closer to the end of that time than the beginning. Probably.

Right now, Audrey's baking bread, Casey's at work, I'm about to run errands and do some grocery shopping. It feels so right and domestic, and I'm quite sure that the three of us will coparent relatively well -- perhaps surprisingly, for people who assume polyamorous parenting is a drama waiting to happen.

So much love is pouring in for us from all sides, including homemade gifts from people we have never met. (And I don't mean "not met face to face," I have long-time friends online I've never met face to face. These are from people we don't really know at all, friends of friends who wish us well.)

So. Much. Love. I can't even express it really.

I bought a scrapbook, and will make him a book so that later, he can know how loved he was before he was even born. (If you'd like to leave him notes in comments here, in fact, I'll print them for the book.)

I'm already tired, but the house is mostly decluttered, laundry is washed, sorted into his dresser. Car seat needs to be installed still. We're not making it a permanent fixture because we have dogs and things to haul, too, but we still want to get it installed and know we know how to do it, before we have to.

We're taking care of fussy little things we'll be too distracted for later.

I had intended to make meals for us to store, but our freezer isn't massive, and I'm just not that much of an urban homesteader, I guess. Fortunately, with three of us we can take turns cooking and cleaning, and I have no doubt Kimberly will cook us up some no-tomato meatless lasagna. ;)

I've got a long, philosophical post started in notepad, and will probably post it tomorrow, unless he shows up in the meantime!

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