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Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)
TITLE: New & Scary
By Karen Petty
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Last night at the basketball game, I told my two closest friends that I’m expecting. Their squealing overpowered the pep band, for just a moment. None of the couples that we hang out with have taken this particular endeavor on, just yet. I can’t believe this is happening. My emotions are all jumbled. One moment I’m excited and the next, I’m freaking out. I know I’ll settle into a balance. However, this baby is about to change everything I know to be familiar. I’m good at singing, drawing, & laughing with my husband. Will I be good at being a mommy?
Our families seem awfully excited about the upcoming addition to the family. Maybe I can talk with some of the women and get an idea of what to expect. Is everyone this apprehensive when they learn that they about to receive one of the coolest gifts that God ever passes out? Oh, my sister-in-law put a congratulatory note on our windshield today. I think I’ll save it to paste into a baby book. It’s all beginning to feel real!
A friend dropped me off at the store today, as my husband & I share a car. There is so much stuff here that I don’t know where to start. What do infants need, anyway? Ah, here are some bottles with cool decals on the side. Which do I choose, pink or blue? Wow. I haven’t even thought of that. Will we want to know the sex of the baby, when the time comes to peek, or do we wait to be surprised? I’ll put that decision on my to-do list (which seems to be growing longer everyday). There are aisles & aisles of cribs, bedding, and décor. I think I like that bunny family print with the white eyelet trim. That can go either way, for a boy or girl. I head to the register with a soft bunny-covered comforter. College students don’t make that much money & we’re no exception. So, this one purchase will have to be the beginnings of an “add as we go” nursery.
Back here, in our apartment, I have homework to do. My lap is covered with paper, but I can’t seem to concentrate on my assignment. Right now, my days are filled with early classes, scattered hostess shifts and seeing my friends whenever I can fit it in. My husband and I stay up late together & fall into bed around midnight. I wonder how different things will be in seven months.
My husband just left to go back to class. He brought me a large cookie that says “I love my pregnant wife”. I think he may be just as overwhelmed as I am. I showed him the new blanket. He seemed to like it, I guess. Neither of us have stopped talking or smiling when we are together. Soon, this comforter will be wrapped around a whole new little person. I don’t yet know who this precious person will be, or how to be all the things to them that a mommy should be. But, I will learn. And I will love this baby. I think I already do!
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