Making tentative plans

I’ve given up waiting for baby to arrive. I am now officially overdue (the ‘due date’ was yesterday). Clearly she’s going to come out some point but, since there aren’t any signs that this is particularly imminent, I think the best way to deal with it is to not sit around waiting. In a sense it is quite nice having got the countdown to the due date out of the way – as if any further build up is needed! Might as well just get on with things…

Husband and I went out for a walk this morning (nice to be out in the sunshine but not a particularly comfortable experience!) and he is now cooking a roast dinner so Sunday is shaping up pretty well so far. I’m going to do a bit of plotting this afternoon about what to do this week. I’ve been doing some very odd ‘shops’ over the last couple of weeks, picking up bits and bobs here and there every day or two. This isn’t the way I’d usually do things (it certainly isn’t very budget friendly) but the countdown was on and I didn’t really feel like making any plans. However, we’ve got quite a few things tucked in the fridge and in the cupboards that can be used (or actively need to be used up) so I’m going to make a meal plan for the rest of the week. If it all has to go out of the window then so be it! I don’t mind still picking things up day by day for the rest of the week, so long as there is a plan so I’m only buying what we need. While I’ve hardly been going crazy with the cash since I’ve been on maternity leave I haven’t exactly been keeping a very strict eye on it either. My maternity allowance has still not shown up yet and my wages have now run out so keeping an eye on the pennies and the pounds is definitely the order of the day!

Fortunately my (tentative) plans for the week are of a suitably low-key, shoestring variety. There will be eating and cooking (minimal expense and clearly a necessary one!), cracking open my books saved for a reading based emergency (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is first on the list), hanging out with my parents in their garden and keeping back a couple of DVDs for the evenings. I could also probably do with slipping a bit of housework in each day again – might as well try to stay ahead of the game while I still can!!

On that note, I’m heading off to the kitchen with a notepad and pen to see what needs using up…

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8 thoughts on “Making tentative plans

  1. Catriona

    Oh good luck! My first baby was 2 weeks late (due mid-June, she finally showed up early July, following an induction), so I feel for you at this time of year.

    I had my second baby in November (he was only a week late) but the morning I went into spontaneous labour I thought it might be digestive, and went back to bed after breakfast with “The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest”, and continued reading it voraciously for 2 hours before having to admit that it really was baby, not digestive, and finally had to put the book down. I then got to the hospital to “endure” 1 hour and 6 minutes of labour, and was able to finish the book that night, my one night of peace in hospital, as little boy is an angel sleeper and feeder!

    I found the last few days before baby arrival really magical, special time with husband – although the discomfort and feeling of just wanting the baby to be here was all pervading. However, nothing you can do, just enjoy your last few days of being a twosome, before it gets all fabulous and familyish!!

    • shoestringalley

      Funnily enough I’m reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest at the moment!

  2. if you get to two weeks they induce you anyway, so you won’t have more than a fortnight! thinking of you!!

    • shoestringalley

      Yes, they keep doing checks and trying various things. Just hoping it doesn’t come down to an induction because it really doesn’t sound a lot of fun…

  3. Such an exciting time – good luck playing the waiting game and choosing suitably ‘distracting’ activities.

    • shoestringalley

      At least the weather has been mostly good. Hanging around is much nicer when you can sit outside or at least see a bit of sun outside the window!

  4. Awww, you must be sooooooooooo excited!!! Just make sure you enjoy the last few moments of calm before the madness begins 🙂

    Everything crossed – can’t wait to hear for the “she’s here!” update! 🙂


    • shoestringalley

      I’m looking forward to being able to write it too! x

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