Monday, March 16, 2009

Baby Gap

It is one thing to be prepared, but a totally different thing to be Eric & Laura Skates. We are known to over-plan, over-worry, over-spend & above all, over-pack!

“As soon as you guys relax” says Janice, my mother, in a tone that echoes years of experience of a woman way beyond her years… “and are unprepared, it will happen... He wants to surprise you!”

Laura and I have been so surprised at how slow this process of, the end, seems to be! Why won’t he come? Why? We have heard it all… patience.. he will come when he comes.. blah, blah, blah…

Okay that is good and all, but hurry it up, lil’ man! We are ready to see you…

“Thanks mom,” I reply with a hint of annoyance. “But, it… I.. okay, fine...”

For some reason parents tend to be correct, no matter how much you don’t want them to be, but soon I will be one of “those” parents, so I guess I can cut my parents, and in-laws, some slack, huh?

This past weekend, my wife Laura and I went out to do some last minute shopping… you know to better prepare Mauldin for his arrival into this world. We figured one more pair of socks would do the trick.

“You know,” said Laura, “if he waits just a few more days he can be an Aries, like his daddy!” She says this with a bright-eyed smile across her face all the while sliding hangers around a for sale rack in Baby Gap.

“Can you handle that?” I replied.

“Ohh… well, I guess we’ll see!” she quickly replied.

“Well, if he comes this week, on the 17th, he will be a lucky baby!” I interjected. Tuesday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day… the day Laura picked in the Mauldin Baby Pool!

“Yah, and I would be right again.” Said Laura, turning around and pointing at herself with a resolute finger. “That means I would be right! Again!”

“Yes dear.” I said in a hesitant agreement. Laura and I are both competitive individuals and so one of us always is right… guess which one that is…

“He just has a few more days,” I said while holding up my hand counting on my fingers. “A few more days and he will be a Pisces!” Baby Gap has astrology onesies and it would be just our luck we buy the one we think he will be and will end up having to return it for the other…

Soon, lil’ man, soon… we keep sayin’… he has heard about how bad the economy is and doesn’t wanna come out! We got your stimulus package!!!!!!! LOL!

12 comments:

The Panic Room said...

seems like watching too much CNN or CNBC would stress anyone into labor. Stay away from the TV.

All the luck to you three.

Anonymous said...

You 2 are to much. I keep waiting to get "THE CALL" I have my camera, video camera and mom even has a bag packed to put in the car. Sherrie is ready and waiting to pick up Everett at any time. All we need is "THE CALL"

Mandy

Terri said...

He'll be a lucky baby anyways because he has super cool parents! But it would be super cool if he did surprise you tomorrow :-)

DCUrbanDad said...

Rookies ;) Good luck and keep us posted. Ya'll will be great.

Anonymous said...

Don't neglect to prepare for how you'll handle things when the "newness" wears off...like day 5! Baby blues and postpardum are real things and hit even the most excited and prepared mommies (and daddies). Be ready to love your wife and take care of her when she can't take care of herself.

James said...

I still have April fools day, but I'm sure you don't want to hear that right now. LOL! I hope I'm wrong for both your sake.

Laura said...

I'm moving my day to April 8th. I'm guessing he will never want to come out and we will have to evict him.

Anonymous said...

He's just happy and comfortable where he is right now. Laura has made his current home too comfy : ) Food on tap, warm and cosy... who can blame him? : )

Melly

iVegasFamily said...

I agree with your mom :)

Anonymous said...

You all know how guys can be - in no hurry to show up for anything, including their birth! When you're up, walking the floors late at night, with a baby who likes to sleep days and be awake at nights, you'll wish for this time back. You'll probably call them "the good ole days". LOL! Try to enjoy these last days of just Laura and Eric. Billie

Anonymous said...

I'm still down with March 28th (but don't tell Laura I said that. ;) ) Hang in there.
Sharon

Eric said...

@Panic- Don't I know it... thanks!

@Mandy- We will be excited when we can give you "the call!"

@Terri- No surprises yet...

@DC- HA! Will do chief!

@James- The rate we are going you will be right!

@Laura- well if that happens and you have long labor.. he and I might share April 9th!

@Melly- True.. true... he's got it easy!

@iVegas- thanks... ;)

@Billie- Hey - i'm always right on time... maybe he is waiting for March 27th and he will be right on the dot!

@Sharon- she reads this so no need for ME to tell her :)