Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Waiting, waiting, anticipating...
me and the bump (plus cousin) waaay back around 24 weeks
We are on tenterhooks awaiting the arrival of my cousin's baby. Any day now! I'm on speed dial as one of only three rellies in Australia and the only one in Melbourne. My Aunt, Uncle and other cousin -Granny, Granddad and Aunty Katie to the baby- live in England and my cousin's husbands' family all reside in New Zealand. We are a quite the global lot!
I feel very honoured to be at the top of the speed dial when she goes into labour. Caroline has requested I keep a clean pair of knickers in my work bag as the plan is that I'll baby-sit the eldest three while she is in hospital.
I popped around tonight to attempt to help her around the house. She is ready to pop and the weather forecast is predicting a scorching 39 degrees on Thursday. I say that I attempted to help as I really didn't feel like I did much. The kids were crawling all over me as I'm a novelty when I turn up. Managed to get a few things done though. I'm heading back tomorrow night picking up fresh fruit, veg and milk on the way. She is a total girl scout- well prepared with non-perishable food items as she likely won't get out for a few weeks. With baby number four I'll be impressed if all she manages is a shower by the end of the day!
Waiting, waiting...It will be so exciting to welcome the newest addition to our little family; discover if I have a new "nephew" or "niece" (I'm an honorary aunty rather than a real one) and watch the reactions of Aaron, Samuel and Olivia as they become big brothers again, and a big sister for the first time.
The boys told me that they aren't expecting much from the baby other than screaming so we seem to be on fairly realistic ground to start!