As I'm finishing up my tasks here at work prior to my leave, my heart is full of joyful expectation about the coming Baby CL. Late pregnancy has its miseries, but this sense of anticipation is absolutely wonderful.
So, I've been doing lots of thinking. Is Baby CL a boy or a girl? Well, the answer to that is that I still don't know. :) But I thought I'd make an official prediction. The amusing thing is, my predictions on gender are a whopping: 100% incorrect. Whenever I guess what a friend is having, and what I guessed that Henry was before he was born, I am always wrong, wrong, wrong. Every single time. So I'm interested to see if I'm wrong again this time! I'll be thrilled either way, so it really doesn't matter, but the statistics tracking is a fun and interesting enterprise.
So, here's my prediction - I think that Baby CL is a:
In the next couple of weeks we'll see if I'm correct or not. :)
In the mean time, I've been more introspective this week. I've recently finished up several novenas for specific intentions, and so for the past week have simply been focusing on reciting as much as I can of the rosary each day. I have a new one decade rosary chaplet that I've been using, and it's my absolute favorite of all the rosaries that I own. I don't have a picture of it to upload, but a link to the sold listing for it is here. It was made by the wonderful Carm over at unbreakablerosaries on etsy. It's so light and easy to twirl around in my fingers as I drive or go about other business in my day. The beads are a perfect size too. I'm very picky about my rosaries. :)
I've also whipped out my study Bible and have been reading that each night. I just feel a lot more peaceful of late. I know that I have a big job ahead of me (not just giving birth, but welcoming a new baby and caring for them) and I want to be as spiritually prepared as I am physically and emotionally prepared. I loaded the sorrowful and joyful mysteries of the rosary onto my iPod so that I can listen to them, if I wish, while in labor.
Besides that, I've been knitting and crocheting a lot to pass the waiting time. I do have a blanket for the baby that I'm working on, but it's pretty sophisticated and so I imagine it'll be complete sometime before his or her second birthday. :) I've also knitted some themed dish cloths for friends of late:
These are the Easter cloths. You can't tell from the picture, but each has a pattern stitched into them. I made a couple of eggs, a bunny, a lamb, a cross, a basket, and a chick, all for my friend who received the sacraments this past Easter Vigil. I also made a dessert set for my good friend Karen. AND, the creation I'm most proud of of late, is the amigurumi lamb that I also crocheted for Karen:
I mean, did you ever? His name is "Field." As soon as I saw him on the April 2011 cover of Crochet World, I knew that I had to make him for Karen; he was just calling her name. :)
So, I've been keeping my hands busy. Mike's last exam is less than 24 hours away, and I'm counting the hours. I'll just feel so relieved once we're past that hurdle. The nursery is still a disaster, and there are a million other things I'd ideally like done before the baby comes, but in the end, nothing matters except that my beloved is there with me as our baby is born.
It's funny to think that last time, I didn't feel ready for the baby to come unless:
(1) the crib was assembled with cutsie sheets and matching mobile hanging over top.
(2) matching curtains were hung and matching lamp placed carefully on dresser.
(3) all baby clothes pre-washed in Dreft.
(4) all miscellaneous baby toys and other items cutely arranged around the nursery.
(5) all baby equipment assembled and waiting in the proper rooms.
I mean, I could go on and on. Do you want to know what my standard is this time?
(1) it'd be nice if the bedside bassinette were out of the box.
That's it. Funny how things change with #2, huh?