5 Days LEFT….. Come on little one….

After a long day yesterday, and little to no sleep last night… I awoke to find that we have 5 short days left until our second due date.  I did not think that I would be counting down this far… but the fact remains that we are now here.  After making it thought the work day in a VERY zombie like state (I do not think that I said anything that would have been improper today… I get like that when I am tired), I am now home to take care of some things.  I NEED to get caught up on homework, I am going to (hopefully) be able to mentor a good friend of mine on his Ice Breaker speech for Toastmaster, I need to write and practice my eighth speech and I am sure that there are a zillion other things to get done tonight.  Nothing major to report on my darling wife’s progress… starting to take bets on the ACTUAL date…. I have told her that she needs to force herself to walk around more… and I know that she is tired and in pain… but she is doing so well.  I am continually amazed with the ability that my wife has to deal with all of this stuff; the pain, discomfort, pressure, worry, and all of the other physical stuff while being tired, taking care of our brilliant border collie and being a damn good wife.  Perhaps there will be more news tomorrow…. Let’s all hope so for my wife’s sake.

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind, and I think that my wife and I are so tired that we will spend the rest of the week (yes it IS Monday) saying nonsensical things and laughing.

6 days left…. REALLY need to get caught up on the photo-a-day thing

Well… sometime around 4:30 this morning the wife woke up due to pressure.  We spend the majority of the day waking around, she was squeezing in some sleep when she could.  I drew a couple of baths for her, cleaned the house, made a few runs to the store, started the laundry, etc.  After a VERY long day…. Still no baby.  We are certain that she is ALMOST ready to grace us with her presence.  On the Easter side of things, we were able to dye some eggs and THE Bunny brought my wife some chocolate… she needs it right?.  Now, a VERY long day behind us, I am going to try to go to sleep.  I am so ready for my little one to get here… I know my wife is as well.  In fact, I even told my little one when my wife was trying to get some sleep “come on little one…. We are ready when you are.” Good night tumblrland.

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind… and I wonder if a trampoline would help…

7 Days…… and….. still waiting

So, today was the first Saturday that I have not HAD to work in a long time.  This does not mean that it was a day filed of eating chocolates and watching TV, though I did spend some time thinking about neverland………….  Instead I cleaned the cars… even the Jeep, to get the amazing thick coat of yellow pollen that we have been graces with, took care of some shopping…. And finally figured out that we are going to try to fix the Jeep.  First step… was figuring out all that was wrong with it.  So… tomorrow I will be starting by replacing the head gasket.  Yep, that is right, on Easter… head under the hood… fixing the first of a few issues.  I also looked into replacing the exhaust and that looks like that will be will an upcoming weekend project.  Then… that will leave me with the suspension.  I think that that will be a bit of a get-together weekend with some beer and food…. A few friends… and a lift kit…. Yeahhhhh….

We ARE still waiting…. There are still some moments of pressure that she is feeling… but no contractions as of yet….. so.. today on silent Saturday… we have been waiting… and on Easter Sunday… we will still be waiting…. Or will we.  There is some religious irony with all of this wait at this time of year… lol.  Happy Passover to my Jewish brothers and sisters…. Happy Easter!

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind… and I am still a greaser sometimes… and I cannot wait to show my daughter how to do this stuff.

8 Days… Single Digits!!

It has been a long and crazy week.  In an attempt to catch up a bit….

Work is going well. There are so many things to get done, and that are getting done.  There has been a late night already, as well as a ton of stuff that we will call “homework”.  All-in-all, this transition was like the shot that I think I was in desperate need of…. Oh.. and who is teaching PHP to themselves?  Oh yeah… me.

We had our weekly appt and much to our surprise my amazing wife was dilated 2cm!  We are certain that it will be anytime now.  Still just coasting into this storm…. Perhaps it is the lack of sleep, perhaps it is my head being crammed full of stuff at work…. Who knows… I am just doing what I can to take this in stride.

Sorry that I have been so off this week…. Perhaps, just perhaps…. I can get back into things soon.

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind, and I suppose it is okay to suck at keeping up with things already………………..

13 Days… and my queue is caught up!

Well, it is nice to see that my queue FINALLY caught up…lol.  Today was my first official day working in my new position.  I would like to say that I was over productive, accomplished all of my tasks, and exceeded the expectations of my superiors…. But… not so much.  I was able to get a lot done.  But not at much as I would have liked.  It was different not being n the call center today.  I do miss some of the folks over there… but my new location has provided me the ability to work in a more focused way.  We are nearly into single digits for this countdown.  My amazing wife spent the day mending stuff, and making wipes.  I love how creative she is.  I know that she is getting to the point that she is uncomfortable, but she is a trooper.  Well, tomorrow proves to be another day… tons more to get done at work.  Good Night Tumblrland.

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind… and I am really getting into this tired groove early……. Awesome.

14 days…. whhhhaaaattttt?

We got a little bit of a chance to sleep in today… much needed and long overdue.  There was just something more awesome about waking up and seeing the bassinet at the foot of our bed.  I sat there for  a little and just took it in.  Then we got ourselves together… the wife did something that I cannot recall her doing even before she was pregnant… she was ready to go in 10 min… from bed to door…. Now, I must say that my amazing bride is not one to take FOREVER getting ready, it was just awesome and impressive that as a woman who is as pregnant as she is, that she could do that.  Where were we going? To go watch my fellow toastmasters compete in the district competition.  Both of the speakers from our club did an amazing job… so well that they BOTH won.  Yeah, our club rocks!  Then it was off to work for a few hours.  I had to give some recipes to a good friend who had his last day, deliver some gumbo to a dear friend that was not there on Friday, and try to get ahead on my work for next week.  The operative word was try in that statement.  Some of the stuff that I needed, the data that I had to uses… was not populating.  What does that mean… Monday morning is going to suck.  I was able to get some of the stuff changed for the compliance changes for the first (which was the main reason I had to go in).  I would love to take pictures of some of the stuff that I do.. but thanks to HIPPA… probably not the best idea…. I will see what I can come up with.  Now, it is late and tomorrow is going to be full of getting homework done, going over the taxes, cleaning the house, perhaps taking our brilliant border collie for a much needed walk, and Lord knows what else.  Good night tumblrland.  (Oh… and I see that my queue is FINALLY catching up….lol…. perhaps I should do the picture-a-day thing to fill it up again).

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind, and as things come together… the reality sets in… an is surprisingly weightless on my shoulders.

15 Days…. I cannot express

Interesting day today.  So, I am now officially Data Control Clerk working within the IT department.  It has been a long and hard road to get there.  MANY late nights, meetings, toiling over ideas in the middle of the night, learning stuff on my own, tons of research and 3 years (next month) to get to this point.  I do know that through the tutelage that have received from my amazing friend and boss (CET) that I have gained such a clearer knowledge of operations and flow methods that will help me in many ways.  I have enjoyed my time working as an operations representative, and now it is on to Data Control.  After work tonight I met up with my (now) old boss for a couple of drinks and some good conversation.  It was an awesome and good time.  I look forward to continuing to do that… need decent and good adult types to hang out with from time to time… and he is the one that got me into Brazilian jiu-jitsu (sooo looking forward to getting back into that as well… trust me… ask my wife…).  Then, my little brother showed up for a little bit tonight… and he delivered the bassinet!  I know that I have posted some photos… but I had to take some more. 

Even these pictures are not doing it justice.  My father did such an amazing job building this for us… and I will be forever thankful… and ecstatic.  I mean look at it!

Handmade,  fantastic, beautiful, hdfklasdfho kaef!!!!!!  Yes, there is even a cameo from our brilliant border collie, Salem. 

Oh my darling little one… your grandfather has made the place that you will sleep at night, warm, sturdy, and beautiful.  With the hands that held me as a child, and took care of me as I grew up to become the man that is your father, he built this for you.  I am so excited to see you, to hold you with my hands, to take care of you that grow up and watch you become a beautiful woman (but you can totally take your time).

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind, and this… was an amazing day.

16 Days… and TiReD

Another long day here.  I cannot believe that we are down the 16 days… I had to stay late to get some things taken care of before my transition at work tomorrow.  I am exhausted, ready for the day… and still need to make sure my amazing wife gets he nightly bubble bath.  Sorry so short, more tomorrow.

I Did want to take a moment and prep for when the little one comes…. close friends and family… IF you have skype…. PLEASE add me (michael.n.von.bank)

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind, and yeahhhhh… I am beat.

17 Days – Busy, busy, busy

My oh my, the time is flying.  I do not think that my queue will ever get caught up… might just have to send a blast out this weekend to get it all taken care of… but it kind of gives me a buffer in-case I get behind.  Lol.  Who knows.  Today was a good day, we had another appointment.  It seems that the little one has decided to sit posterior… this means that my beautiful wife is going to have to do some more yoga-esque moves.  I have also just finished making 2 different batches of Gumbo.  One is a recipe that I am very fond of.  I am making this one to take into work on Friday.  It is one of the last days for one of my fellow employees, as well as the day that I am moving over to my new department…. Figured it was a good time. 

The other batch is a new recipe… that I am trying… I am sure that my wife and I will suffer through it and see how it is.  As for now, it is after midnight (so I guess that I truly only have 16 more days… blahhh).  I cannot wait to see my little one, to hold her in my arms… but I trust that God has already picked the time and day… and will wait until this time comes.

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind, and I am ready and waiting… that storm is nearly here.

18 Days – Contest… what contest?

Tuesday is Toastmasters Day for me.  I cannot help it… I just flat out have a great time there.  We had our speech competitions tonight.  Though I did not win, the completion was fun, and the speeches were amazing.  One of my fellow toastmasters and I decided to give opposing viewpoint speeches.  It was interesting and his speech was awesome.  I think it is something that was worth attempting.  Busy day today, so it will be short.  We are counting the days… and I have a feeling that our little one is too.

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD,  I am scared out of my mind and I know that one day I will have to give a toast at my daughter’s wedding… and I am getting ready…now.