I lost my planner the first week in January, right after scheduling the rest of my doctor’s appointments for the rest of this baby-growing experience. I spent the next three weeks blissfully unaware of just how crazy my calendar was about to get.
Over the weekend I found it, buried under a stack of LOST dvds, and started catching up on all of the appointments I’d jotted down elsewhere – in my phone, on scraps of paper at work, and a few key dates I magically seem to remember. It felt great having all of our upcoming activities penciled in the little boxes in my planner. I was all caught up! Until I realized…I wasn’t.
Between work trips, baby showers, birthday parties, a bridal brunch, and a few other things, I realized I hadn’t yet scheduled other must-do activities like birth classes, daycare/babysitter visits, pediatrician interviews, and a slew of other baby-related things. Not to mention just finding time to put together a nursery and clean/organize the entire house before the baby arrives. Why a baby cares about organized closets, I have no idea, but they do. Or at least it feels like they do.
I also have baby books I want to read, product reviews to check out, a registry to update, and eventually, I need to figure out what the heck to pack for a hospital bag.
I’ve also decided that I want to purchase and learn to use a fancy DSLR camera. My piss-poor maternity shots just made it all the more apparent that I need a decent camera for taking pictures of the kiddo. I keep having horrible flashbacks to when our dog was just a puppy. We had just returned from our honeymoon, where our camera was stolen, and all of our honeymoon pictures were lost. I was physically depressed over it and couldn’t stomach the thought of having to buy another camera at the time. Then we got a puppy, because puppies make everything better, and it wasn’t until he was already half grown that we finally broke down and replaced our stolen camera. Thus, I don’t have anything more than few crappy, camera phone shots of him during his puppy stage. It’s a travesty really. I mean, I love our dog, but he’ll never be as cute as he was those first few weeks and it makes me so sad that I have a total of three photos to show for it – all of them fuzzy. (No pun intended. Get it? Because he’s fuzzy? Sigh, never mind.)
So now I need to add research, purchase and learn to use DSLR camera to my to-do list.
And while this post may seem like I’m complaining, I’m really not. I could not be more excited about all of these things. I mean, how could I complain about one of the appointments on my calendar being “Prenatal Massage”? I can’t. It’s all wonderful stuff, really. And I’d SO much rather have these things to look forward to than just sit around, waiting for this baby to gestate. To complain about any of this would be like me saying, “Oh fiddlesticks, I just have to go spend money on a fancy new camera so I can take awesome photos of my awesome baby. And wouldn’t you know it, I just have to go to this work thing – in FLORIDA. Oh how I hate Florida and all of its sun and warmth. And oh crud, I have to attend not one, but TWO baby showers? For me? Oh save me now! I just HATE eating cake more than absolutely necessary.”
Yeah, I don’t think so.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’m overwhelmed by the awesomeness that 2012 is shaping up to be. I know not everyone can say that, especially a few close friends of mine who are currently dealing with some pretty rough times right now. And I hate that. I almost feel guilty for being so dang happy when so many people aren’t. But maybe that’s because I know things won’t always be this great, and that I need to enjoy it while it is. Because just like that, it could all change very quickly. That’s just how life goes. And maybe it’s because I just watched Honda’s Ferris Bueller ad, but I find myself repeating this over and over again lately:
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller
And I don’t want to miss a thing.
(Except for the Aerosmith song that just reminded me of. I could stand to miss that.)