Well, that escalated quickly. Week 32. 8 to go. holy shit bags!
So much has happened in the last 3 weeks that 1 blog post just wont do it justice but here we go let’s try.
We moved into our house….finally. It has taken some time and caused a lot of stress but we are in! This was the photo that I got from Nikki to announce that she had the keys. I don’t think any other photo can demonstrate happiness as much as this…
She did also ask me to carry her over the threshold as has been the tradition since Roman times apparently. Well, I may get gym membership through work but come on, 30 weeks pregnant! I mean I’m not a muscle man. She didn’t seem too keen on that as an answer so I agreed instead to pose awkwardly for a photo instead.
We celebrated the only way a pregnant couple can, with unnecessarily expensive sparkling water from M&S and a dominos.
Moving in was relatively painless thanks to the herculean efforts of family and friends, though the hardest part was Keeping Nikki out-of-the-way and not carrying things. She didn’t seem to like the idea of sitting in amongst piles of boxes on a camping chair drinking (decaf) tea. The hardest part, and it really is a 1st world problem, was waiting 3 weeks for the internet. I know. I bet you assumed that I just used my phone. Wrong. I know. archaic. I was lost, what are you meant to do without internet! it’s scandalous. I’d like to say that it brought Nikki and I together more and that we sat up at night talking about how lucky we were or how much in love we are but we didn’t. Nikki is asleep by 9 these days as she gets so exhausted so instead I just spent hours playing on Jelly splash on my phone in bed pretending it was Star Wars Battlefront cursing Sky.
We, well Nikki, has had the baby shower which seemed to involve 15 hormonal women screaming like banshees in our new kitchen whilst I hid upstairs building things from our Ikea order. It also meant that due to the huge generosity of our friends that we are well on our way to filling Beans rooms with stuff. We now have the bare minimums though. Somewhere for bean to sleep, something for bean to travel around in and shed loads of things for bean to wear. We even braved a bit of Black Friday and got this little beauty in Mammas & Pappas which normally falls into the “How F%@king Much?!” category:
We also attended the first part of our NCT course on Saturday too which was interesting. I was actually really nervous to attend as group hugging type things have never really done it for me but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It was a whole day affair lasting from 9.30am to 5pm at our local community centre. My fears were immediately relaxed at the site of 5 other slightly uncomfortable looking dads sat with their partners. Amy the course instructor was really good and throughout the day we learnt about everything from pain relief options to water birthing benefits. It wasn’t cheap but I can highly recommend the course already and we are less than half way through with an evening breast-feeding class to attend on Thursday and part 2 on Saturday. It has already made me feel more confident with what I’m supposed to be doing and saying when the big day comes – other than shitting myself and probably crying in the corner of the room. After next week I am hoping that we will both be happier when faced with the business end of an angry nappy.
These blogs don’t seem to be complete without at least 1 reference to Star Wars so this week I have 3, well 2 and half.
Firstly we are only now 3 days away from the new film coming out and the nerd inside me is excited to the point of nausea! Me and a friend are going to the midnight showing on Wednesday which I can only assume will contain a cinema full of geeks virgins and the occasional sith lord!
Secondly Nikki pulled it out of the bag this year and did the nerd equivalent of Fluffing by getting me a Star Wars Lego advent calendar. Just when you think Christmas can’t get any better they pull something like that out of nowhere. Now admittedly I’m 33 so probably shouldn’t be impressed by such a thing but check this out…
That’s right. A god damn Star Destroyer made from 12 pieces of Lego. I feel like a kid everyday at the moment and on the box is a fricken AT-AT….
Lastly on the Star Wars front was the arrival of Battlefront in the post, a delightful gift of my older, equally geeky, brother. Thanks Steve! I talked about it before but my word its good. Let’s leave it at that.
What I learned this week
- I am responsible for a lot of things that when the big day comes that extend past just getting the three of us to the hospital
- I am a nerd.
- Black Friday can be a calm and useful affair