I am so close I can taste it. I am down to a mere 8 days of work after today. However, these remaining 8 days are spread out over the rest of the month; I am using up a couple of vacation days during each of the remaining weeks. Friday May 30th will be my last day of work and I am so excited.
Everyone keeps asking me what I’m going to do with all this time off before the baby comes in August. I can sum that answer up in two words: Chill Out. I plan to sleep, rest, lounge, relax, unwind, loosen up, calm down, and take ‘er easy. Of course, there are some things I do want to get done. Namely, I would like to get my house in ship-shape before Maya arrives – get every closet, drawer and cupboard totally organized because who knows when I’ll have another chance to give my house a thorough cleaning again. And it goes without saying that there are tons of baby-preparation things I’ll need to do as well.
But my main plan is to relax. I have a facial and a mani/pedi booked for the first week I’m officially off, just to get in the groove. This is the time to pamper myself, because without a doubt, I will not have another opportunity for a good long while.
Yesterday in the mail, I received a Huggies coupon book which donned a front cover reading, “Congratulations! Your baby is now 3 months old!” At first I thought, oops that’s a typo, my baby is 3 months away from being born. And then I realized. This coupon book was meant for the baby I miscarried. The baby who, yes, would have been 3 months old now. Finding this little gem in my mailbox reminded me once again just how truly, incredibly, amazingly lucky I am. Not that I ever, ever forget.