I often LOVE travel. It seems each time I come home from a little getaway, I put away my "Elizabeth" Vera Bradley bag (yes, I still have an old pattern from the 90s), I think to myself, I wonder when I can get away again. Our job is designed in that because of state licensing laws we are required to take away one weekend a month. Usually that means just time away for J and I personally or mini outings for the day. . . .rarely it is an actual trip away. This spring however we traveled of course to California, then took the kids to Gatlinburg, and I had a mini-trip to Birmingham to visit with college friends. It was nice to get away and travel. I absolutely love traveling. I promise I have a point.
Today, however, I pulled that bag back out, cleaned out the leftover contents, ponytail holders, old shampoo bottles, etc. and packed it neatly for my next trip which will be to the hospital!!! I neatly selected several gowns for Ann Claire to wear while we are there and a few for myself. I also washed and hung her "coming home" outfit.
I am only in my 35th week, but little M. E. surprised us all when she arrived at 35 weeks and S and J both came at 37 weeks to the day (even weighed the same amount and on the same day of the week!) So. . . after having several more Braxton Hicks contractions last night at a meeting for our school's campaign drive, I decided I had better have a bag packed just in case. I guess this time my travel will only be across town to hospital, but maybe 2 nights in a quiet hospital room won't be so bad. I did find it interesting when I pre-registered at the hospital that the fee for my "room" is $500 a night. Whew, I don't even think the Ritz is that much. It better be quiet in there, AND since Ann Claire is my 4th, she is sleeping in the nursery with the nurses at night, and I DON'T feel guilty. I of course will keep everyone posted on the big event. This week I must concentrate on the kids' final exams, the last week of school, and M's graduation from high school. LOTS to do, but at least my bag is packed!