Aiming for progress, not perfection.

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

the before-gray's-born to-do list.

don't worry, i'm not going to post it on here. you'd be scrolling for days, believe me.

but i was just having a conversation with landon on gmail chat, and i gave him this explanation for the dreaded before-the-baby-is-born to-do list. he was asking why i thought there was so much that needed to be done as i was lamenting about the list.

"it comes with the pregnancy territory. in reality, there's always so much to be done. but with a baby coming, there's a a deadline of sorts. there's something in a pregnant woman that wants everything she can think of to be done by the time the baby comes so that nothing hinders his occupation of her every attention; so he doesn't enter the world only to immediately find out that his mama is incapable of completing a to-do list. a fact that would obviously be obvious to him, given all of the undone things that have been on the to-do list since two months before he was born."

irrational, i know, because, as we all know, there is no such thing as a completed to-do list. you can cross things off, but new ones just keep appearing at the bottom of the dang thing. that and, in all honesty, the baby probably doesn't know what all you were planning to get done but didn't before he came. but it is true. there is a part of pregnant woman who believes that things will go more smoothly, the baby will be happier, she'll be happier, everyone will be happier if the to-do list is done. in reality, she knows better. but pregnant woman aren't known for their keen sense of reality in most cases.

especially ones who are constantly being kicked in the cervix while also being kicked in the ribcage.

...and are not sleeping.

...and are not busily readying the nursery, 0ver which they are now obsessing, in any form or fashion because it hurts to walk around that much.

...and are not completing the long to-do list.

but that doesn't make it any less frustrating.

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