Spring Training is a time to work out the kinks, get back in to game shape, and get back into the groove of being a team.
In less than two days, if all goes according to plan which it rarely does, the newest addition to our little tribe will be in our midst. I would like to think that we’re all set and prepped for Opening Day; unfortunately, since we know when he’s planned to arrive, certain items haven’t been completed or are still in a state of limbo. We could maybe use another week of Spring Training.
When Ed was on the verge of joining us on the outside all we had to go by was the due date. We knew that there was the potential of him coming early which put us on our toes a couple weeks in advance “just in case.” And as luck would have it, he arrived on his due date, and even with all the preparation, I had left the laptop, Kate’s overnight bag, the camera… EVERYTHING at home in the excitement of it all.
For some reason, having a planned C-Section makes it feel like he won’t come early because we have an appointment. He’ll arrive on Tuesday, and that will be that… ultimately, I hope that is the case, not that one day will throw too big of a wrench into things, but certain items are already in place to accommodate his arrival on Tuesday; so why mess with plans, right?
But as the big day draws near, Kate gets antsy. She sees things around the house that she feels need to be addressed before Charlie’s arrival. I’m not too surprised as this is her nature, sometimes it is a good thing, but other times, not so much. This would be one of those times… since we are so close to the birth day; she needs to take it easy to prevent things from being accelerated. And keeping her low key is proving more and more difficult the closer the big day gets. Thankfully, she has been listening to my pleas for her to take it easy and relax. I’m more than able to do as much of the heavy lifting as necessary until she is healed up and ready to retake her position as my teammate in this game of parenting and housekeeping.
This time I feel we are more ready, Kate has her bag packed, and laundry is finishing up as I type this. Mothers and Mother-In-Laws have their Ed assignments for the week and so long as Charlie cooperates, we should be good to go.
Bring on the baby lotion, tiny clothes, and car seat. When the “first pitch” is thrown on Tuesday, this team will be ready to play ball.