AAAAHHHH, it’s November. You know what could happen in November? A HUMAN. *gulp* stay cooking, Lil’ Critter, it’s not quite time yet (but if you wanna come before the new year, that would be alright, my tiny little tax haven). It feels like crunch time. This is the last full month that I’m willing to spend of preparing. Ideally, I’d be finished with everything by mid-December, so that I can relax and soak up the last few weeks of calm before the storm. Plus, I don’t want to be running around like crazy during the holidays. I’d like to enjoy my family and the season without being too worried that I still have “so much left to do.”
On that note, it’s the holiday season! I can’t figure out how I want to decorate this year. On one hand, I’m a Sowers, therefore a Griswold by nature (my mom had like, four trees up at one point) … on the other, do I want to have to dismantle an entire house full of Christmas either forty weeks pregnant or with a newborn? I wanna be clear — there will be decorating (oh yes, there will be decorating). It just may not be as all-out as it has been in years past. Mommas with holiday babies — how did you do it?
Anywhoodles. Add the Great Christmas Struggle to the following list of things that, so help me, will get finished this month.
Figure out my birth preferences and run it by my doctor.
My doctor is an absolute dream. Seriously, if you’re in Northwest Arkansas, Mendy Mack at Mercy is wonderful (and alliterative, which I love, on a completely irrelevant note). She has listened to any concerns I had and answered them thoughtfully, without making me feel like I’m overbearing or stupid. I asked her in the beginning, since I’m considered “high risk,” if I’d be able to walk around while laboring. Basically, I wanted to hedge my expectations — if I wasn’t going to be allowed to do a lot of the crunchier things because of my risk category, I wanted to know now, so that I could get myself used to it and not be disappointed on the big day. She told me that I was high risk just because of age (#geriatric, yo), and that barring any new, unforeseen issues, I should be able to be as natural and crunchy as I’d like to be.
That said, I’d like to write down any preferences I have and discuss it with her at my next appointment to make sure that everything is possible and not against hospital policy or anything. I’ve chosen to call it preferences because I’ve heard what can happen when you call it a plan 🙂 I’ll definitely share what I’d like to do later (and if any one of y’all tells me “you don’t get a medal for ….,” I’ll throat-punch you).
Veganize three family Thanksgiving recipes.
My family has a cookbook (because we extra), and all of the Thanksgiving recipes are so, so nostalgic for me — especially now in my gushy, feely season, in which I attach sentiment and meaning to everything I do. I know everyone thinks that their momma/granny/aunt makes “THE BEST _____,” but if you’re talking pecan pie and dressing, you’re all wrong because my mom is the queen. Unfortunately, when all of these recipes were developed and perfected, veganism wasn’t really a thing, so I want to try to do my best to make a few things Tyler-friendly. If I succeed at all, I’ll post them.
[completely unrelated pic of me in a flower headband created by Jules Design bc I loved it]
Pack my hospital bag.
I read that it absolutely needed to be finished by 36 weeks, but I’d like to have it finished by the end of the month, which would be 34 weeks. With so much uncertainty, it would be nice to have at least one thing ready to go if I needed it. That said, if you have a must-take item, could you please let me know?
Prep my hustles.
You know what the downfall of being an Enneagram 7 is? All the plans and ideas coupled with a very short attention span. I’m trying to counteract that by making small moves now. My entrepreneur husband (and father) have finally rubbed off on me! I have two great ideas (well, I think they’re great ideas, anyway) for 2020. I’d like to move them into fruition in December, and if I want that to be plausible, I gotta get my ass in gear this month. I’m sorry for being vague — next month’s update will be much clearer in this regard!
Make our legacy drawer.
Dale and I have been take Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University for the last eight weeks. One of the tips that stuck with us is having a legacy drawer. We get copies of all of our insurance policies, retirement accounts, marriage licenses, Social Security cards, passports, CDIB card (for me and Dumplin’ when he/she gets here) … everything that is important, if one or the both of us were to meet our untimely demise. As with many things in life right now, we want to feel as prepared as possible in areas we can control in case something goes awry in an area we can’t control.
Also, I’ll definitely be doing a huge post on our experience with Financial Peace University (and Dave Ramsey in general) later this month. It hasn’t just been the advice (which we could have simply read) — the support and set-aside time has been a huge strength for us as well.
That’s it! Time to drag out at least one box of Christmas decorations and finish a nursery!