Life as Lou

Of Course I’m Scrubbing Toilets At 11pm.

  • February 10, 2009 10:51 pm

I have two pans of oven tacos and two pans of lasagna in the freezer, just waiting to be pulled out and baked. I put so many gallons of milk on the grocery list that when Chris came home from the store he asked me if he had missed the memo on the apocalypse. I made him a double batch of chocolate chip cookies to help use up a few gallons. And then I washed, folded and put away every piece of fabric that may or may not come in contact with my newborn at any point in the next two years, quadruple washing the cloth diapers to up their absorbency. After that, I transformed my bathroom into a baby diapering and bathing haven complete with brand new Burt's Bees baby toiletries.

I have the urge to go roll my husband out of bed, steal the sheets and pop them in the wash too, but I'm just sane enough to wait until morning. It's on the official to do list. Instead, I think I'll go clean the scraproom. That ought to keep me occupied for awhile.

Chris has requested that I go into labor before morning so I can get him out of his chemical warfare training tomorrow. As much as I would love to oblige, I don't think my body is going to help him out. I did go into labor on demand with Maggie, so Chris has reason to hope. That day I was told to go into labor "after 3pm on graduation day and before 6am the next morning before they started him on his new work schedule". It got us a very nice two weeks off for Christmas, but I don't think I can do a repeat performance.

I am sick to death about thinking about labor. You guys must be sick to death of hearing me gripe about it. I mean, really, I'm a whiner-baby who has never carried a baby to term. Shut up already about the labor when you're only 36 weeks and change along, right? I agree. If my body would just ease up and take a break from the constant contractions and other teasing, it would be a lot easier to focus on other important things. Nice things that I can control, time, set expectations for and predict. Like pies. I could bake pies and they would come out very nicely, and I could find solace in pie. If, after my 10:00 doctor appointment tomorrow and cleaning my house all night, I am still awake and twitchy I will bake pies. They get done much faster than babies.]]>


  1. Sabine says:

    < ![CDATA[After a horrible morning with all of my four kids ( sometimes I ask myself why I didnĀ“t stay in bed) your story about hormonbased cleaning made me laugh. Thanks for that!
    Greetings from Germany

  2. Kristina says:

    < ![CDATA[Your posts are priceless. My best wishes for the new baby coming. I had a premature baby and its not fun so 36 weeks is good, its very good. Hang in there and bake some more, as long as you keep that baby in the your oven, you know what I mean, a healthy baby is the goal. I'll be thinking of you
    Kristina, Austria]]>

  3. Sanisi says:

    You rock. I wish I could be there to help out.

  4. Melissa W. says:

    < ![CDATA[Right on mama, bring on the nesting right? Haha, I had an appointment yesterday (at 39 weeks + 1 day) and we officially have an induction scheduled ON our due date, the 16th. I'm up taking pills right now for my wonderful nasty sickness I've managed to catch. I hear ya though... it seems the closer it gets, suddenly the more dirty everything appears...

    Hang in there! We're almost there! :)]]>

  5. Irene Dunne says:

    < ![CDATA[Love reading your thoughts for the day. I can just imagine you sitting up in the hospital bed, journaling away on your laptop, baby by your side.
    We have gone through this pregnancy with you from the very beginning from throwing up to throwing your DH out of bed (well almost) so now you have to keep us all posted, all the way LOL.
    Cheers, Irene :)]]>

  6. Beth W says:

    Loving every minute of it-brings back some very fond memories. My water broke with my 2nd while I was scrubbing the kitchen floor. Not as bright as you-toothbrush on the baseboards! We’re all cheering for you.

  7. < ![CDATA[I truly believe that no one who reads your blog thinks you are whining. You are pregnant for heavens sake. Your tummy makes it hard to breathe, lean over, walk, sleep, need I go on. I do hope you go into labor soon only so that you can be more comfortable and I can see photos of Gabriel. As we all know, the longer the baby is in your tummy, the better for him so I will try to be patient. Don't over do it!
    Hope you have a groovy day!
    Love and God bless,

  8. Sherri Funk says:

    …and pies never hurt no one, lol. I’m amazed that you can actually still lean over to wash floors at 36 weeks with out passing out. Stay sane my girl, it won’t be too much longer!

  9. sharon says:

    nesting a little are ya!…hehehheee

  10. Maggie says:

    Vent away dear Girl!!!!

  11. Amy O. says:

    < ![CDATA[I love reading your posts and looking at all your beautiful cards, scrapbook layouts and everything else you make. Have fun nesting!

    Where did you find a recipe for oven tacos? That sounds yum-o! :)]]>

  12. Regan says:

    I would love the oven taco recipe, too! Good luck!

  13. shaina says:

    It’s tough to wait. Sounds like everything is ready. I go crazy nesting too, when I’m pregnant. Hope everything goes smoothly!!

  14. Erika M says:

    Sounds like you have everything under control!

  15. Michelle says:

    The first 14 weeks and the last 6 weeks of pregnancy are the worst part. I had a bug-free pregnancy until I was at 36 weeks. The next 3 weeks were miserable – I was completely stuffed up on top of not being able to breathe with all the pressure on my lungs. AFAIC, you have a “get out of jail free” pass from now until L & D.

  16. Susana O says:

    I so look forward to reading your posts. I remember doing much of my house work or other “duties” into the late hours of the night when my daughters were very young. I have to laugh at the thought that I am not the only one that did that. I also remember being confined to bed the last months of pregnancy and knowing if I didn’t get it cleaned right away that it was a lost cause. It is always a wonderful thing to have a child, it’s too bad you go through such discomfort getting there.

  17. The nesting thing really fascinates me! You are one busy, clean woman. And I love Burt’s Bees, too : )

  18. I never got sick with my pregnancies and had a blast been pregnant until the last 6 weeks. my last pregnancy (the 3rd one) I went all the way to 42 weeks, had the baby at home and she was a whopping 10 lbs. I understand where you are at…keep cooking and cleaning. Your due date will come. :) the longer baby stays in the oven, the healthier and stronger they are. :) It will be over soon. You will only remember this time when you hear another pregnant woman complain about STILL being pregnant. :)

  19. marianne says:

    Wishing you a speedy delivery! Just wanted to chime in by saying that I told me girls for ages that only the doctor knows how to get the baby out. That’s why he has to go to so much school. You are much more informative then I was willing to be. Or shall I say, more brave =) What is the deal with pluto anyway?

  20. Of course you need to brush your toilet dude :)

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