Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Maternity Leave: Beginning Week 2

Okay. I think I could really get into this. Granted, I don't actually have a baby to look after yet. But once I got past the guilt of being at home, and finished my giant To Do list, I actually started to relax a bit. And I tell you, I haven't felt this good in years! (Aside from not being able to bend over or get up off the couch myself).

Also, after only one week of my undivided attention, my neurotic cats, who used to yell and demand my attention whenever I was home, have turned into pretty contented felines. I'm around all day to let them out, and let them back in 10 minutes later, then let them out a half hour later, then let them back in for a snack in 20 minutes…you get the picture. And since they are no longer sleeping the day away without us there, they don't try to wake me up at 5 a.m. to play anymore either. Seriously. My one cat used to get up on my night table, knock one item onto the floor, then come really close to my face to see if that woke me up. If not, he would go back and knock one more thing off, then check, until I finally moved and then he would let out an excited meowl and start running for the door. Sometimes he would bring toys for me to throw, or the harness we put on him to go outside. But now, he sleeps the whole night with us. If only it was that easy to train a baby that well, my life would be set…

Speaking of baby, she has not yet arrived. I've been having lots of cramps and some contractions, and today my doctor said I'm 1 cm dilated, so delivery day is probably not far off. Yaayy!!! Who'd of thought I'd be this anxious to get to what will likely be the most pain-filled of my entire life?


Anonymous said...

Ooooohhh.... it sounds like you're getting close. It could still be another week though. I know you don't want to hear that. What was your due date again? I loved the taking naps part of the pre-delivery-at-home-alone stage! They were so restful...

Your cats sound like they have quite the personalities! I would love it if my cat was still so playful, but I guess when you're a cat and 12 years old you have earned the right to sleep all day and night and pretty much do what you want.


Mom101 said...

I remember (because I was 10 days late, not to scare you) having all that pre-baby maternity leave and how restless I got. Seems like you're handling it way better than I am. Enjoy the time off, the nesting, the down time, the cat time for now.

But know, your life is about to be richer than you ever could have imagined.

Cindy said...

I am so excited for you, I can't imagine how badly you want this to be over already and just have little Gracie to play with. I cannot wait to have my body back and be able to get up off the floor without needing assistance.

Anonymous said...

Hey Denice,

ENJOY the time off! I took a good part of my summer off this year, for the first time in a long long time, and it was fantastic. You deserve the time off. You work too hard (and so does your hubby - I hope he manages to quit smoking).

I wish you both well as you make the transition to parenthood. I can't believe it!

Erin O.