Looking on the Bright Side

by This is Carrie on November 21, 2010

In an effort to become Zen with the fact that this new baby will come when he comes (now 6 days late), I have decided to take on Christine’s challenge to declare and celebrate gratitude for good things that have happened since the baby has NOT come.

I was able to make a bunch of things for the baby that I wasn’t sure I was going to have time to make.

I’ve talked to almost every single one of my close friends in the last week.

Todd has been home more these last 4 days than he has in the past 3 months.

Because Todd’s been home, we’ve had lots of nice family time.

I’ve also had time to get a new pedicure (two-tone blue polka-dots).

I’ve now watched every single episode of Law & Order ever made since I cannot sleep through the night.

I found a little reflexology place in Koreatown that gives a fantastic massage for only $20/per hour.

I made delicious apple crisp.

I went on a fun, three hour thrift store shopping trip with Princess.

My cleaning lady comes again tomorrow so the house will be sparkly clean (once again) for the baby.

I got a huge amount of my Christmas shopping/making done.

Last week, the kids were not feeling well and now it looks like everyone is on the mend.

Todd and I got to start a fun bike refashioning project together.

I didn’t miss the Nordstroms Rack Groupon.

Since I’m still cooking a baby, I’m the only one that’s never cold in the house since the temperature dropped last week.

I scheduled and made it to my yearly eye appointment and now I have fresh contacts.

I had an enormous, ugly zit on my cheek last week. This week it’ll be hardly noticeable in post-birth pictures.

Life has slowed down to a surprisingly enjoyable pace because I uncommitted myself from just about everything in preparation for the baby to come.  While I’ve always loved being out and about, jumping from one adventure to the next, I have come to really love the days when we stay home all day.

May God grant me the patience to make it through this next week, the courage to push out a ten pound baby and the wisdom to recognize the blessings our family receives while we wait.


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KP November 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

LOVE IT~ way to make lemonade out of lemons! This little guy will be so worth the wait of course, but he is so smart already, teaching his mom patience. He is in complete control and knows that you needed this week. :)

I keep checkin the twitter thing. New for me. So keep postin.


tricia mumby November 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

sounds like a perfect week! Maybe this is exactly what your body needed and it created the time for you. Good Luck! Can’t be much longer!


Boston Mamas
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November 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

LOVE this Carrie! What an amazing amount of awesomeness you’ve been able to enjoy during the wait! Thanks for sharing.


Stephanie November 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I made apple crisp this past week too! It’s one of the best fall desserts, especially served warm and topped with a mound of homemade vanilla ice cream.

Also – hooray for cleaning ladies! They are worth every penny.


erin November 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I’ve been feeling the same way this past week (number three is now four days late for me!). I’ve lived each day like it was my last and been so much more productive, and had so much more fun, than I would have with a new baby :)


Laurel November 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I’m right there with you, waiting around for my baby girl to come! We have had some nice laid back days too and I’ve gotten to have a nap every day while my two little ones are napping. We’ve done a lot more preparations for the baby than I thought I could get to and my little girl’s room is all ready for its second occupant.


soybeanlover November 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm

So nice to be able to see the good in the wait. I’ve had to wait for the first two(and likely for number 3 next month too). What a great lesson in gratitude. Thanks!


This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie
November 22, 2010 at 6:17 am

Good to hear I’m not the only one out there that’s waiting! Good luck to everyone (and I am really trying hard not to wish that I go first!).


vanessa November 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I am crossing my fingers for you!!!


mommymita November 23, 2010 at 6:24 am

Oh there is nothing like being unbearably overdue to drive a mother crazy – I hit my crazy at 11 days overdue and resorted to castor oil. Keep the positive vibe coming and this precious baby will be in your arms before you know it. Also, I’ve noticed my labor and delivery with the overdue babies were among the quickest and easiest – good luck, I’m rootin’ for you!


Lynn November 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Congrats and blessings on the arrival of the new baby boy! Just wanted to tell you I’ve really your enjoyed site and tutorials. Thanks for sharing your talents.


Amy November 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Congrats on such a big healthy bundle of joy! I’ve always gone a couple of days over myself with my other babies. This one’s coming earlier due to my body not coping well, but I’m going to be ready with all the cute stuff I’ve made. Thanks to your inspiration and tutorials of course!I love the t-shirt baby gowns! I think those are going to be next on my list to make. It’s also nice to know I’m not the only one with a serious thrift store addiction. We’re a military family and the post thrift store is right behind our house. Since it’s only open three days a week, I am there every day it’s open just about. I have found patterns, fabric (20+ yards of waverly yellow and blue toile for $18), great furniture and so much more for so little cash. It’s great!


gretchen December 9, 2010 at 11:53 am

When I read the law and order part of your gratitudes I had to comment. One of my memories from being pg with my now almost 11yo son was sitting up watching law and order at 2:00 a.m. For some reason that seemed to be the time of night when my heartburn would kick in and thre I would be on the couch watching L and O–Even now I love that show. Its always there for me when I need something to watch in the wee hours.


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