Today, we are at 19 weeks 5 days of our pregnancy. Since our OB won’t let Annie go past 38 weeks (C-section scheduled for 38 weeks 2 days), we are over our half way point.
A question I get asked a lot: “Have you bought anything yet?” meaning to prepare for the babies’ arrival. The answer is, No.
I will be flying over to attend the anatomy scan on Thursday. Bob has a new job which doesn’t allow him to be off any time during the month of May. Fortunately he got to witness the mini-anatomy scan at the last ultrasound, so hopefully he isn’t going to miss a whole lot.
I don’t know why, but I have a difficult time letting myself buy anything before the 20-week scan. In fact, planning anything related to the babies has been hard for me. Maybe a part of me still doesn’t believe that the babies are coming. Maybe that part of me thinks that if I prepare for anything, I’d be more devastated if things don’t work out in the end. But whether or not I am in denial, the babies are growing and in less than 19 weeks, we’ll get to see them face-to-face.
It freaks me out at times that maybe I don’t have time to get ready for them. Four months will pass very quickly and I will be responsible for these lives. What if I am not ready by then? My to-do list in my head was growing longer and longer so I eventually typed it up on my Google tasks. I want to do window treatment for the whole house especially for the babies’ room. We need to move all the junk out of our second bedroom so we can set up the nursery. We need to start looking into a new car. My sister-in-law asked me about the baby shower so I have to give her a date. With the baby shower date comes the need to start a baby registry. And how does one begin to have a baby registry for twins? And what about classes to learn about how to take care of babies especially twins? In person classes or online classes? We also have to decide on how to bring the babies home. Road trip that will take a few days assuming that we’ll have to stop every two hours? Or a two-hour plane ride with newborns? I need to book a photographer soon if I want to do a maternity photo shoot. And what about birth photography? Do we do both or just one? When do we do the maternity shoot and how to do it? Do we fly home and do newborn photos back home or do we do it there? We’ll make an announcement on Fac.ebook and I will also announce at work. Is it going to be scary to let everyone around us know? Where do I find a person to cover for me for my maternity leave? Someone who speaks my native language so he/she can see all of my clients? And how do I tell the parents of my existing clients about surrogacy and maternity leave? Do we have to find a pediatrician soon?
So many things. My head spins.
I know not to get ahead of myself, but sometimes my mind just goes and it doesn’t stop. So I need to focus on one to two things at a time. So window treatment and photographer it is. But even with just two things, I feel overwhelmed contacting people while working a full-time job.
The one positive spin of not carrying the babies is that I have all the energy in the world to get ready for them since I don’t have to fight back pain, pelvic pressure, or frequent bathroom visits. It is still overwhelming but I know I can get all the things done. I guess I need lots of deep breaths and yoga to get everything done the next few months. If pregnant women can do it, I can too.
(By the way, my previous post was my 400th post. It took almost four years to write this many posts but I’m very glad I continue to blog. I wonder what will happen after the twins are born. I hope I will still have the time and the drive to blog.)