by Karla ° Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Knowing that Nate will be born shortly after 1:30 pm this Friday is one of the strangest feelings, but at the same time, having some control over this birth has been extremely comforting after the tragedy of Ava’s arrival, and admittedly, it’s kind of fun having a countdown. And since I am about as spontaneous as a slug, it’s been absolutely wicked being able to plan the logistics of Nate’s arrival.

Since I have no family or friends nearby, it’s nice to be able to plan around making sure my 80 lb canine and two 15 lb feline fur balls will continue to survive under the continued care of humans with opposable thumbs capable of dispensing their kibble. Also, because Mark commutes into work, the idea of going into labour alone again with no one to take me to the hospital is a non issue.

Both of our parents have graciously agreed to each spend a night and take care of our household farm of animals while we are in the hospital. We did consider a doggy camp for Samson, but holy highway robbery, during the Christmas season there is a minimum 10 night stay and the daily rate is $40. I can’t justify $400 for a dog who insists on shredding and then eating his own bedding and drinking out of the toilet bowl, especially when my parents will dogsit for pizza and wings. Despite my insistence that his
letter of instructions sounds arrogant and pretentious, Samson insists that it is left on the fridge for his replacement human caregivers to study.

Mark's parents are spending the night at our house on the 22nd and mine will be here on the 23rd. On Christmas Eve, Mark gets to come home and sleep with the dog, and I get to spend a night with Nate all to myself. The plan is to come home on the 25th one big happy family with a healthy baby in tow.

My awesome friend
Julia has so kindly offered to update my blog on the 22nd with news of Nate’s arrival. If you are still around that close to Christmas, stop by and say hello. I’d love to hear from you while I’m stuck in the hospital mending a stomach wound held together with surgical tape and figuring out how to transform my breasts into a talented food source.

"Dad, can I use the fact that I only have one eye to ensure lots of sympathy attention and love when the diaper factory gets rolling in a few days?"

"So if Mom will be in the hospital, does that mean she won’t be using the oven anymore?" Say’s the dog who now runs and hides under the futon whenever I open the oven door.


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I am truly, truly very excited for you. What a wonderful holiday gift. I plan to keep abreast of your news! Can't wait to hear all the details.
Posted by Blogger Kate :  December 19, 2006

How special that you get to come home on Christmas to be a family!

Will definitely be stopping by to check on your news!!
Posted by Anonymous donna :  December 19, 2006

What a beautiful Christmas you will have with your new bundle of joy! I will be checking in to see pictures.


Me too! Me here in the DEEP SOUTH will also be checkin in ! Many prayers your way today and always!
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 19, 2006

I'll be thinking of you, Karla. All I want for Christmas is to check your site to see that you and Nate are healthy and happy!
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 19, 2006

I'm very excited for you. What a wonderful Christmas gift. I pray that everything goes well with you and little Nate. And, although I won't be home for the holidays, I will definitely be checking back to hear all the news! Good luck & Happy Holidays!

I will without a doubt be checking in on you and your new little baby boy. I can't wait to hear all about his arrival into this world and into your lives. I couldn't think of anything better for Christmas then a healthy baby boy and a mommy & daddy that have more love to give then anything in this world! In my thoughts you are and will be.
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 19, 2006

I'm excited about this so I will be here on the 22nd to hear the news..

karla! just spoke to you and forgot to tell you how ABSOLUTELY STUNNING you look. positively radiant. pregnancy becomes you, as will motherhood. thinking of you fondly now and on fri. great big bear hug from tim & nina xo
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 19, 2006

I can't believe it's almost time! You better believe I will be refreshing your site every 10 minutes on Friday to check for updates while at work :)
Posted by Anonymous Ashley :  December 19, 2006

Lots of luck and best wishes to all of you.

I didn't realize it was going to be THIS Friday! Gosh.. how exciting. I can't wait to see first pictures of your first darling son.

Posted by Anonymous Robyn :  December 19, 2006

I'm glad that you know when he's coming and you don't have the worries of labor. I know it's not all that easy, but I'm just so excited for you, and you sound so much better now that it's a week away! I can't wait to see the pics, and I'll definitely be stalking your blog awaiting Nate news :-)
Posted by Blogger Arlene :  December 20, 2006

It's just SO Christmas-y!

Waiting for a boy to be born.

Enjoy the next two nights of quiet rest.
Posted by Blogger Judy :  December 20, 2006

I too will be checking your site Friday!! And probably every day after that till christmas so I can know how everything went! I'm definantly keeping you in my prayers. Can't wait!
Posted by Blogger Amber :  December 20, 2006

I am happy that you have made plans for someone to update your blog. I was afraid I'd have to wait for news until after Christmas. I will be checking your blog regularly.
Posted by Blogger Linda :  December 20, 2006


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