Tuesday, December 9, 2008

merrily down the stream

And by that I mean the big river in Egypt.

The due date is in less than four weeks and I have three big work projects to finish and I haven't talked to HR about taking leave. I haven't even figured out exactly where the hospital is located. At some level, I clearly don't believe that this is actually going to happen.

40 comments:

-c said...

Man, that would totally stress me out.

Hopefully things clear up really easily and it's smooth sailing on your river.

Antigone said...

Is that seat next to you taken?

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Cara said...

Or, you are trading one kind of stress for another. Planning, scheduling, working and making phone calls is a cake walk compared to the emotional stress of being four weeks. I remember well.

thordora said...

You best be asking. it's a comin. :)

I wish I could be there.

Magpie said...

I can well imagine the sense of unreality that you are feeling. Walking around in your everyday clothes, unburdened by heartburn and swollen ankles, it must be so "other".

Work will sort itself out, you'll find the hospital, but have you done anything about stuff for the babe once you get him home?

Julia said...

Google maps is your friend. That and a printer will get you to the hospital.

Work projects? I always back myself into a corner on those, and I always manage to get it done. Nothing like a brick wall for a motivator...

niobe said...

Magpie: Um....nope. Don't have anything; haven't bought anything; haven't done anything.

Does thinking about buying things count?

diana said...

There's always online. And, believe it or not, in a month you'll be sleep deprived!

Maggie said...

The good news is that being ready or not has nothing to do when the littlest man shows up. And I'm willing to bet that it will all work out from there...

Bon said...

laughing - warmly - at you and Antigone. hoping with all my heart that the boat seating you both docks soon at the intended - but, i know, impossible to imagine - destination.

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

It IS going to happen and I can't wait to hear the good news. Thinking of you all. ((HUGS))

Tash said...

I'm sorry, Leave for what, now? Hospital? Are you ok?

Aurelia said...

Been there, done that, I get it.

Now--can you ask that very nice boss to talk to HR for you and explain the tentativeness and why you maybe can't discuss it?

Like, "Hey you know that thing I said might happen in January, well, can you talk to HR, about it, cause I'm busy, and ummm...."

You can buy the stuff, and a cab will find the hospital, but work might wonder where the heck you have disappeared to.

Not to mention, what if it sooner than 4 weeks.

Rosepetal said...

thinking of you. You can do all that stuff after, you know. Just maybe take a look at a car seat or at least know someone you could borrow one from. Clothes and stuff will come dropping from the sky.

Aunt Becky said...

Like you, I operate on the Whatever Gets Me Through The Night (or Day) philosophy of life. No worries. You'll be fine without preparing. Seriously.

ewe are here said...

When it happens, you'll be ready. You will.

debbie said...

I love the fact that no matter how much antiplanning you do, Kyrie could go into labor at just about any second. How awesome is that? SO exciting!

Furrow said...

You know my recent smart-alecky remark about a dresser drawer and a towel? That would work okay. Your bed would work fine, too. Car seat is a must. Order it online. Today. Everything else is optional or can be done last minute.

I can see that talking to HR would be really hard.

Lisa b said...

I'm a big fan of that river. It will all work out.

Hannah said...

It's okay that I'm laughing, right? Because I'm having a hearty chuckle.

You'd best hope that wee one doesn't come early. You won't need to worrying about the stream in Egypt - you'll be more concerned with shit creek and your relative position in it. ;)

Eva said...

It'll all work out. It's going to be great.

CLC said...

There will be plenty of time to buy stuff after the fact.

And I think I just passed you on that stream.

ms. G said...

I have been there. Anytime my leave came up, I would try to change the subject because I just couldn't imagine it.

k@lakly said...

I'm still waiting for someone to shove me back on the boat and tell me it was all a mistake and I have to go back....sigh

Sam said...

I'm thinking you should bottle and sell that kind of denial-it is AMAZING. I think you are my idol.

thirtysomething said...

Might want to get on top of those directions! Hehe.

beagle said...

Start rowing! We need to get you off that river!

:-)

OK, that's my assvice allotment for the day. I just want to say that it will be OK if you stay on the Nile. My son is 5 months old and his "nursery" is still a work in progress . . . but you know . . . he does not care.

christina(apronstrings) said...

all you need is a carseat and diapers. all of which you can buy on the way to the hospital. i can't really put myself in your shoes, but i *think* i would be doing exatly what you are.

Anna said...

I totally understand. I spent the first few weeks of Sam's life in shock because I just didn't really believe he'd show up.

You will have time to buy stuff after the fact, but you'll also be kind of busy and it can be nice to have some things ready. Do you have a friend you'd trust to go out with your credit card, buy some essentials, and store them until you come home?

Kami said...

Heck, I had been in labor for more than 12 hours and still didn't believe it. I think it was finally real for me the moment she was born.

I am so excited for you.

Anonymous said...

I remember that river's journey so well....

You know it was amazing how very little he needed. Diapers. Milk. slept in bed with us. Car seat someone gave us. two tee shirts, two sleepers, blankie. Really, one 40 minute trip to our area's Walmart equivalent. When the time came, the trimmings mattered so little. It was really only the baby I wanted.

painted maypole said...

but you've done all that by NOW right? no? then do it TODAY.

B said...

I remember watching Kami go through that.

I am sure it will all change the second he squints at you in wonder!

B said...

Did you tell your dad?

niobe said...

B: Nope.

niobe said...

Painted Maypole: Um... well, I did look up directions to the hospital.

Christine said...

i believe.

Caro said...

I've heard that river is lovely but you will have to leave eventually.

docgrumbles said...

While I certainly relate (I still shudder when buying anything or using the selected name)... it looks an awful lot like it is going to happen. Time to plan!

Best of luck with it all!