Well, 10 days until my due date, but it may well be longer than that since Shea was 10 days late. The baby room is mostly ready – all cute and pink, although I haven’t put anything on the walls yet. I have decals on order that will spell out her name, but I’ll wait until after she’s born to put them up since her name is a secret.
I’ve been having contractions on and off, but nothing major. I found out the Friday before last that the baby was no longer head down, but transverse, so I went in for a version this past Friday and when they did the ultrasound they found that she was head down again, so I didn’t have to do anything – thank God, since versions are supposed to be painful and are only successful 50 percent of the time.
I’m still swimming on Mondays, working Monday afternoons and Wednesdays, tutoring two nights per week, editing one morning per week and taking care of Shea Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday afternoons. Last week we had a lot of fun, and it felt good to spend some quality time playing with Shea. I feel like I’ve been spending too much time dragging him around on errands lately instead of taking him to parks. But Thursday morning we went to the Oakland Zoo (and went on the merry-go-round, too). Thursday afternoon I set up his new kiddie pool and his grandma brought him a beach ball sprinkler and we hung out in the backyard for two hours. It was so nice to do something fun outdoors without driving (or even walking down the street) to a park. I really wish our backyard had some landscaping (the gardens are wild and the deck is about to collapse), but it will happen SOME day! Right now I have a big long list of things I want to do before the baby is born. Friday we went to Live Oak park for our French play group and today we had a BBQ in Tilden with the same group (it was FREEZING in Tilden this afternoon!), and taking care of Shea is so much easier when there are other kids around for him to play with.
As for my to-do list, I’m still sending my book to agents. Three of them have it now, and I queried a fourth today. Three rejections so far – two with very encouraging e-mails telling me that I just need to find the right agent, and the third a form rejection.
I’m writing 15 minutes a day on my new book, which may seem like nothing but is incredibly difficult when a) I have a million other things to do and the days go by incredibly fast (it’s usually 9:30 p.m. and I’m sitting down to watch Mad Men and then think, “I’d better do my 15 min first or I won’t get it done) and b) when I don’t know what the heck to write because the concept of the book is still so fresh/vague in my brain.
Still editing, still doing tutoring prep, still learning Scrivener, still reading blogs about publishing, still planning to get my photo albums done one of these days. Busy busy busy.
Shea is doing great. He’s talking more and more, so much that I can no longer keep up with his list of new words. He’s running a lot, climbing up bars and going down slides, coloring every day, kicking and throwing balls constantly (his favorite pastime), ALWAYS on the move. He seems to like babies and loves the baby girl doll and stroller we bought for him. He put her in the swing today and rocked her back and forth. Let’s hope he’s as gentle with the real one when she arrives!
I haven’t blogged much about this pregnancy because it’s gone by so fast, because it’s been uneventful, because I feel fine and know what to expect this time. I can’t say I’m looking forward to labor and can’t say I was terribly upset when I heard she was transverse and that I may need a C-section. A C-section sounds way less painful than labor without drugs, but I’m happy that everything is okay. I’m looking forward to the birth, but not the hours preceding it.
I’m totally hooked on Mad Men. We’ll probably finish Season One tonight and start Season Two later this week. It’s my only break from work. I’m up past midnight every night, often on my computer, and it’s really nice to take a break every few nights to watch TV. Speaking of which, it’s time I logged off and did that right now.