Monday, December 6, 2010

Countdown to Graham: 4 Days

We are going in to the hospital for a planned c-section this Friday at 7:30, so after a few weeks of wondering when, we are finally in the last days of the countdown! As I was thinking about the four days we have until his birthday, I realized I wanted to spend them intentionally. Not to say that I want to plan every second of every day, or even that I need to have many plans at all. But I do want to spend them, not just looking forward to Friday, but celebrating the last days I have with Marianna and Adrienne as my two girls, before we transition to two girls and a boy.

I know that baby time always throws a little tumult into any family dynamics, so I want to do everything I can this week to focus on how special each girl is to this family. It may be impossible to completely eliminate insecurities on their part, but as much as I can I want to show them how the baby in no way eclipses their role in this family, but instead, it enhances it. I'm not sure exactly what we'll do, but whatever it is, I hope it all works toward that goal.

In the meantime, there are some practical details to attend to. I would love for Christmas presents to be wrapped and under the tree, a final grocery trip to be made, work stuff needs to be completed, Marianna has practice almost every night for the Christmas program this weekend, and we would love to squeeze in a play date too. It will be busy, and normal, and completely unlike my past experiences leading up to a baby.

Gearing up for Graham without any known crisis on the horizon is uncharted waters for us. I am so grateful for that, but I also feel strangely less prepared. More on that tomorrow. For now, happy Monday! Enjoy the cold weather and the Christmas feel all around!


Mel said...

I was just thinking about you last night and wondering when the date was! 12.10.10 is a great date! Bryant's birthday is on the 11th. Hope you have a nice week with your girls!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Praying that God' grace fills your heart this week as you prepare to meet Graham!!! What a wonderful time for you and your precious family.

Praying that you see God's fingerprints...throughout this week.

Ashley McWhorter said...

We are a family of two girls and a baby boy. He turned 2, December 1st. Your girls are going to LOVE him! I love, love, love him. He will be babied and doted on by those two girls more than you can ever imagine. I love it. It always brings a smile to my face to see my 2 girls love their baby brother so, so much. I prays that it stay this way. Oh, and the bond between a momma and her boy, is indescribable, too! Congratulations on your sweet, precious Graham. :)

Laurie in Ca. said...

Happy Monday to you too Angie. I am so excited for these days leading up to Grahams arrival. May they be everything your heart desires as you make room for a boy to join you all. How special and blessed this time must be in your heart. Soak it in and feel the joy. Love you.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Anonymous said...

Hi! I know you have mentioned before that you do some homeschooling with Marianna. Do you follow a certain curriculum? Did you order it from somewhere? I want to start some preschooling with my 3 year old, and don't even know where to begin looking for curriculum. I know you have a ton going on these days..... but I thought if you have a second to answer that'd be great. If not, that's okay too- all the best as you prepare to meet Graham!!