The kids are going over to my brother and his girlfriend's house tomorrow morning (which is right next door to my Dad-so lots of available hands on deck to watch kids). My brother is usually pretty laid back (hope he can stay that way with 5 kids, 6 and under). I told him to just let them play. Eat, play, eat, play, eat, bed. Repeat. Today is my last day at home pre-surgery, and my last full pregnant day. We have SOOOOOO much to do! My list includes:
1. Cut boys' hair (they all look like shaggy dogs and its just something I have been meaning to do, but haven't done yet....it WILL be done today).
2. Buy food/snacks for kids for next 4+ days. My kids eat A LOT. Like I don't think anyone can fathom it til they see it. Already made the list for Doug, so *hopefully* Doug can make it through the store somewhat fast.
3. Get all kids sleep stuff ready to go AND over there set up. Twins are sleeping in pack and plays. PLEASE let Rylan start sleeping through the night there, since he hasn't done too well of that here the last couple weeks! Tomorrow morning is going to be too crazy to try to set up things....I want it all ready to go tonight, and my kids can be minimalists here. As long as they have their "kikis" and "mermes" and "ellies", they will survive tonight. Just wondering if I should bring ac, since kids are used to sleeping in subarctic temps....hmmmmmmmm.
4. Move over inflatable pool, bikes, helmets, trailer, cozy coupes, water table and bouncy balls. That way, kids have PLENTY to play with-to keep them busy and keep my brother and his girlfriend somewhat relaxed watching them (easier to watch them while they are busy then when they are bored).
5 Find at least 4 outfits/undies/diapers for each and find a big enough bag for that. Also find bathing suits, swimshirts, and towels for each. And a couple sets of pjs for each kid as well. Thats gonna need to be a GINORMOUS bag....
6. Pick up bug spray, more suncscreen, wipes and replenish our stock of chewy tylenol....the "essentials". Thanks to a friend and the great diaper deal she found, we have plenty of diapers at least.
7. Move over some inside toys (bucket of trains, bucket of cars, and bucket of barbies). Oh and crayons and coloring books. Get new movies from library as well.
8. Pack a hospital bag?? I don't even know what to bring at this point. I am having a hard time focusing on the after, when I am so focused on the "getting through this" part. I figure just getting myself there tomorrow is good enough at the moment. But I should try to throw something together, especially stuff for Doug. Although, can't think of anything he will really want either at this point.
9. Buy a couple 0-3 month summer outfits. My mom just bought over a bag of yellow and green 3-6 month clothes (she still thinks a girl might pop out here). Ansen will not be ready at all for 3-6 month stuff, all my other boys were born in November (so their 0-3 month stuff is winter) and we have bought VERY little this pregnancy at all. I guess when I send Doug to get the kids "essentials", like chewy tylenol, I will have him pick up a couple 0-3 month things.
10. Get the carseat out. Doug FINALLY found it, although I am not sure if he found the base yet.
11. Somewhat clean out car. We are switching cars so that my brother and family can have a car to get out with all the kids. I don't think they would appreciate our mess.....but don't have all day to dedicate to that either....so we will just do what we can.
12. Clean up the house?? Would like to have a clean house to hopefully come home too, but who am I kidding?? Thats the last worry on my list right now. Put that on the very maybe to do list.
13. Go for the biggest ride ever. Rides are our family thing, and I want one BIG, HUGE family ride tonight. I don't want our ride to ever end. I want to go to all our favorite places, and maybe get the kids ice cream and just have it be the best ride ever.
14. Hug and kiss and love my babies. Tell them I love you hundreds of times today.
15. Hug and kiss and love my husband. Tell him how much he rocks...what an awesome dad he is, what an amazing husband he is and how much I love him.
16. Head to last drs. appt. Drink TONS of water so that I can have some good veins tomorrow for all the IVS I will need. Try to remain optimistic today. Try to fully rid myself of this numb feeling I have had this last few days. Picture myself holding Ansen-and the pure joy of that moment after this nightmarish surgery is over. Thank God for my journey. Thank God for my family and friends and my life..and for Ansen. Feel God's presence with me, as well as faith/peace to face tomorrow.
I think that is about it. So much to do, so little time to do it. And Doug is STILL lounging in bed. He has worked hard the last few days, so he certainly deserves it. I most certainly want him well rested to deal with tomorrow. But time is a-wasting....