Trying My Best To Stay CALM.

I remembered while unsuccessfully searching for several of NikkiZ’s birth photos on flickr, that I didn’t use flickr yet when NikkiZ was born. How did I survive without flickr? Who knows. Either way – I thought I’d upload a few more as I think back to the day she was born, looking for some sort of reference for tomorrow. Then I realized that everyone would think they were pictures of AndyZ so I made them “private” until AFTER AndyZ gets here. Then, we can compare the two when we finally post some of her brother. Who will be here TOMORROW. HOLY SHIT.

When I went in for my last cervix check yesterday (Still closed! AndyZ is going to be in for a surprise tomorrow!) Dr. SoNice said, “So…want anything done to your tubes while I’m in there?” I thought about asking for a little sprucing up, add some ribbons or glitter or something. But, since we had considered getting them tied up for awhile, I figured that was probably more of what he was referring to. So I politely declined any modifications and just said, “No thank you.” I mean, it was nice of him to offer.

Today is the last day to get my pre-baby prep done. I dropped our comforter off at the dry-cleaners and ran to the bank yesterday. Today I have to take LilZ to get his haircut and pack NikkiZ to spend 3 nights at her Mimi and Dampaw’s house. I feel the same thing I’ve felt with my other two kids: HOW IN THE HELL AM I READY FOR THIS? And since I don’t think there’s anything I can do to actually get ready, I’m going to busy myself with the mundane. Maybe if I vacuum ONE MORE TIME, then I’ll feel ready to add another kid to my brood. Right? It does work that way…Right?

No? Oh well. Then I guess I’ll just veg out with a bag of chips and the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. If I can’t prepare, I might as well take advantage of my last few hours of slovenly living before this other human demands to be sustained. Am I right?

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90 Responses

  1. Cass says:

    I can’t believe that TOMORROW you’ll have a brand new baby – I totally remember the day you told us like it was last Wednesday.

    To fuel my own crazy do you have your getting ready for baby list in electronic format? I’d really love to see what I’m not doing but totally should be doing while I wait….impatiently.

    I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow!

  2. Erin says:

    I agree with Cass. I can’t believe it’s time already. I wasn’t actually jealous until now. It’s been almost two years since I was in your shoes- and that was number 2 not 3! I wish you and AndyZ all the best tomorrow. Also, take it from me, a planned C is so much different than an emergency one. I was scared to death but it wasn’t the same at all. Be sure to take tons of pictures.

  3. Jamie says:

    I’m a big fat lurker, but I had to come out to say congratulations and I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to see pictures and hear AndyZ’s story. :)

  4. jessica says:

    I hope this dosen’t sound TOO stalker crazy – but OMG, Zoot – I’m so totally excited for you guys!!!! TOMORROW! Wow! It’s gone by so fast – at least from this side fo the computer :)

    My last WEEK before The GIrl! got her, I laid on the safe and napped. and ate RIDONK amounts of pudding. Of course, I did not have anyone else to care for, but I still HIGHLY reccomend the napping.

  5. Stacey says:

    When you have been quiet for a few days I have been wondering if AndyZ decided to suprise YOU! ;) I say do the few errands that you HAVE to do, then yes sit down with something that you really really love and spend some time with it. Not your family, we know you love your family and you spend lots of time with them. But yeah, a book, or magazine, tivo…whatever, just so you get a little YOU time because after tomorrow you won’t get much of that.

    speaking of Tivo…you did watch HIMYM didn’t you??? OH MY!

  6. Little Dutch Girl says:

    You are so right! Put up your feet, and do nothing all day, this will be the last possibility for quite a while.
    These planned C-sections are weird, it would be strange to sit there and wait to go to the hospital. Good luck tomorrow, I hope everything goes really well, and I look forward to seeing AndyZ

  7. Sofia says:

    I agree with Erin and Cass, time has passed so fast! Although maybe not so much for you.
    Anyway, best wishes for tomorrow :) I’ll be checking in regularly to welcome AndyZ.
    You are going to have a baby! In a few hours! YAY!

  8. Steff says:

    Yay! Thrilled for you!

  9. Liana says:

    Yes, you’re right! Take it easy as much as you can. I hope everything goes beautifully for you all tomorrow :)

  10. secha says:

    Ehh!! I can’t believe AndyZ will be with us tomorrow!! This is so exciting, Zoot. =) I just want to wish you and your family the best of luck!! I hope you have a fantastic day today, and I hope everything goes well tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll be getting updates as the day goes on, but just incase for some reason we can’t. *Big hugs to you!*

  11. Mom24 says:

    Definitely go with the slovenly living. This is number 3, you need to pamper yourself! Good luck, I’ll be thinking of you.

  12. Tasha says:

    I’ve commented here and there, but not all the time..and I hope you don’t think that I’m a stalker or crazy or anything, but I am SO EXCITED for you…I hope for the best for you and your family and I cannot wait to meet the new little guy. I am pregnant and due in August and our daughters are about the same age, so in a way I feel connected to you sometimes…(I know crazy talk), so I got a little emotional for you today in your excitement, fear, and just how awesome its going to be to have a new addition in your home. Good Luck Zoot family. All my love and prayers

  13. katie says:

    I’m so excited for you!! It’s so hard to believe how quickly this has gone by – it seems like just yesterday you were hoping and praying to conceive, and now he’s HERE!! :D

    Best of luck with everything…you seem like the calmest mama ever (or maybe you are just good at sounding relaxed in your writing!) You’ll be in my thoughts tomorrow!!

  14. amy says:

    Good luck with Andy Z

  15. Elizabeth says:

    I’m so excited for you guys! I hope it all goes smoothly and that you can post lots of pics while he’s sleeping. Good luck!

  16. Fraulein N says:

    TOMORROW?! Tomorrow! For now, veg out while you can. Good luck!

  17. *pixie* says:

    Good Luck! I’m sure you’ll be amazing!

  18. Yes to all of the above! Best wishes for tomorrow and PUT YER FEET UP! Can’t wait to hear all about it…

  19. BJaxon says:

    Congratulations & good luck. I’m sure everything will go smoothly. :)

  20. Sam says:

    It does seem to have crept up on us quickly – but I’m so excited for you! You have been SUCH a trooper – I can’t believe you CAMPED OUT the weekend before having a baby. Will send LOTS of good thoughts tomorrow and can’t wait to see AndyZ!

  21. Emily says:

    Okay, I KNOW you’ve been saying “This is the last Friday” and such for days now, but when you said “tomorrow” in this post it was almost a shock.

    OH MY GOSH!!! It’s tomorrow!! I am so excited for you.

  22. gabrielle says:

    Long time, no comment (though I read you every day!) Just wanted to say best of luck to you tomorrow! I’m sure everything will go very smoothly. I can’t wait to see pictures. :) I hope I don’t sound like a stalker, but I just love reading about you and your family. I have a 5 year old boy and it’s so neat to get a peek into what I have to look forward to in the future (I hope he turns out as awesome as your older son!) Congratulations on your new addition!

  23. nonsoccermom says:

    Good luck! The day before is a weird day, isn’t it? That’s how I felt the day before my induction in December. Kind of at loose ends…

    Anyway, I can’t wait to see pics of AndyZ. Wishing all the best for you and your family.

  24. Tara says:

    A friend introduced me to your blog about a year ago, and well…i’ve been addicted ever since! it’s so crazy that you can feel like you know a person you’ve never met, just through cyberspace!

    anyway, this is the first time i’ve commented — what better time than the day before AndyZ gets here!

    Congrats to you and the whole family! can’t wait to see pics of the little guy!

  25. Heather says:

    Omigosh! I mean, I knew it was tomorrow, but IT’S TOMORROW! lol. Wow! So exciting :D I’ll be thinking of ya, and I’m sure you’re gonna do just great! *HUG*

    *hug* for Nikki and Andy ;) (LilZ might just think I’m weird…maybe a high five? heh)

  26. SQUEE!!!!!!!!!! :) Wow, didn’t you JUST get pregnant?? I guess not, huh? :) Can’t wait to ‘meet’ the newest Z! :)

  27. wordnerd says:

    Dude! Tomorrow. May seem like a long time for you, but this pregnancy has been incredibly easy on me!!! ;) To quote the eloquent commenters above, because there is truly not a better word in the blogworld, SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

  28. Emily says:

    I can’t believe it’s time already! As a first time expectant mother, I got incredibly nervous just reading this post! Good luck with everything tomorrow…I’m so excited for you and your family!

  29. Megan says:

    Wow, tomorrow! I’m so looking forward to meeting AndyZ! Well, internet-meeting him, anyway! Have a happy birth day!

  30. Sarah says:


    And, seriously, since we’re in town, if you guys need ANYTHING, please let me know.

  31. shokufeh says:

    I’m so excited for you, I’m tearing up a bit. Enjoy your last night of being a mom-of-two-outside-the-womb. And live it up in the hospital: it’s not every day we can press a button and someone appears to fulfill our wish.

  32. Hannah says:

    Tomorrow!!!!! Wooohhhhhooooooo!!!!!! (I would spin round on my chair or something but I might get some weird looks around the office!!

    It’s all go this week – me and my oh might be moving house, my cousin has his birthday and a job interview, he’s also moving back from uni at some point, his girlfriend starts (or continues i can’t remember) her exams which are the difference between uni and not.

    Excited-ness – ok tomorrow i can’t drink cola i’m on like my 3rd can of diet coke now- NOT good!

  33. lynne says:

    Now is definately is the time to be puting your feet up and eating those chips/crisps. Years from now LilZ will be telling stories about his mom being such a good sport she went camping a few days before his baby brother was born.

    Good luck for tomorrow xxxx

  34. Christina says:

    Whatever you end up doing I hope you enjoy your last day! You will be in my thoughts tomorrow, I hope all goes perfectly. Cant wait for the photos!

  35. Tamara says:

    I know you might be too excited to sleep, but if you feel the need for a nap, take advantage of it now! Definitely veg as much as possible! :) I am so excited for you and your family. Best wishes for a happy, healthy safe birth and baby! Oh, and I love the sibling and baby pics, so make sure your hubby takes lots of those!!!

  36. Nienuh says:

    You’re absolutely right. Enjoy it while you can. Can’t wait for the photo’s of AndyZ. My baby is gone (7,5 months as of today) already so I desperately want to look at a frumpy little baby again!

    Good Luck and hoping for a fast, uneventful delivery!

  37. Christin says:

    just wanted to say good luck!!!!!

  38. Michelle says:

    Holy crap you sounds calm. I hope tomorrow goes incredibly well! Good luck!

  39. SarahK says:

    I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited for you!!!!!!!!!!

  40. supertiff says:

    i can’t believe we’re here already.
    yes, i say ‘we.’
    because ‘we’ are all super excited. maybe not quite as excited as you, but excited none-the-less.

    you and the fam will for sure be in my thoughts tomorrow.
    i can’t wait to see his sweet little face!

  41. robin says:

    You are right! Take it easy..but coming from someone in the same boat, I know it’s easier said than done. At this point I’ so uncomfortable sitting still is harder than doing other stuff.

    Good luck and I can’t wait to see your lil man!

  42. liz says:

    wow…i can’t believe tomorrow’s the day.

    i say kick back, put your feet up, get some bon bons, and read trashy magazines ALL. DAY. LONG.

    good luck tomorrow, can’t wait to meet AndyZ

  43. Sandy says:

    Can’t wait to hear about AndyZ’s birth! I first started reading your blog when NikkiZ was born. That was so neat how you blogged through the whole deal. I know it will be different this time with it being a C-Section, but I hope you still blog a bunch!

  44. I know I don’t know you personally, but I just said a prayer for you that everything goes well tomorrow!

    Enjoy your last day to relax, read magazines, and eat an entire tub of ice cream! You deserve it!

  45. ladybug says:

    Tomorrow! TOMORROW! You mean like, the day after TODAY! OMG! I’M not ready for this! I am so excited for you! And NikkiZ! And the rest of the Zoots! I’ll say a prayer that all goes well tomorrow.

  46. Jen says:

    I am so excited i have GOOSEBUMPS!!! Really!

  47. Shari says:

    Good luck!! You will do great!!

  48. Maria says:


    I vote for vegetating in front of the television.

    You have to dry clean your comforter?

  49. Anne says:

    Awww, I can’t believe AndyZ is finally almost here! My baby was due April 1 and was born March 29.. I remember reading your blog when I was pregnant and thinking that your c-section date seemed like ages away.. now my daughter is 7 weeks old and your day is almost here! YAY!!!

  50. Angela says:

    Tomorrow. TOMORROW! The best of luck to you and your family! I’ll be thinking about you guys!

  51. Katy says:

    I seriously can’t believe that its tomorrow. I mean, where has that time gone at all? Good luck and I’ll be checking your blog WAY too much tomorrow even though you’ll probably be too doped up to even turn on the computer!

  52. miuzi says:

    Just adding another “Whoa! Tomorrow!” to the bunch! Good luck tomorrow!

  53. BD says:

    Many, many congratulations. Will be stalker like in checking your site for any potential updates.

  54. kobri says:

    Enjoy your last day as a mom of two! I recommend copious amounts of relaxation and eating junk (AndyZ needs his strength for the big show tomorrow!) I’m so happy for you guys, this is such a wonderful thing ( a little jealous, but mostly just happy). It will be interesting for you to see the interaction between the kids now (LilZ with a brother, NikkiZ and AndyZ with a sibling close to their own age). He will bring a whole new dynamic to things. LilZ will probably be glad to have someone to distract NikkiZ when he needs some alone time! Best of luck tomorrow and congratulations to the whole fam!

  55. Jennifer says:

    I have be a lurker for a year but had to come out of hiding to send you best wishes. I thought of you this morning when I woke up and can’t wait for the millions of pictures of this new baby! You inspire me daily. Wishing you a good night’s sleep and easy delivery!

  56. VICKI says:

    Good luck tomorrow!! I cannot wait to see little AndyZ. Take today and just relax and let it be all about you.

  57. blogversary says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Happy day!

  58. Linda says:

    Hey Zoot – wishing you and your family, present and future, all the best! I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow.

  59. junkie says:

    my girl, i so cannot believe you’re going to be mommy all over again tomorrow…and i’m going to be aunt again!

    i love it so much…….for you guys and us! i so cannot wait to hear all about it, see all the pix, and finally….hold my sweet boy in my arms!

    i love you so much!

  60. dee says:

    Just wanted to wish you good luck for tomorrow. I can’t believe AndyZ is going to be here already. It seems like just yesterday you were announcing your pregnancy. Can’t wait to see the newest addition to the Zoot family!

  61. Michelle V. says:

    Best wishes, babycakes! I’m sending you a huge blast of good vibes from the 35803.


  62. B says:

    Sending you loads of luck for tomorrow (and the oncoming days).

  63. ~Dianne in Cali~ says:

    I am also not a stalker, but I read all the time but do not post often. You and AndyZ will be on my mind tomorrow and I wish you the best! I just might possibly (I know I will) in a stalkerish manner be checking for updates tomorrow :)
    Relax, kick your feet up, and pamper yourself, you deserve it!!!
    To welcome AndyZ into the world I will go to hapy hour and have a beer for you tomorrow as well :)

  64. Laura says:

    Echoing Michelle – I’m sending you good vibes from 35758! Good luck!!! I can’t believe it’s here already!

    I can’t believe my due date is 6 weeks away. Holy crap!

  65. Skurvy says:

    We will be thinking of you and your family tomorrow! I remember the “exceeded bandwidth” problem when NikkiZ was born. Not that I checked your blog too often or anything. :) I’ll try not to check too often tomorrow. (And will it sound too stalker like if I admit that we got online during our vacation over the last few days just to be sure that AndyZ didn’t show up early? Cause if it does, just ignore that part!) We’re so happy for you!

  66. angie says:

    Wow! I can’t believe it’s already time! I think there might be something wrong with me since I am so excited for someone I’ve never met.

    Good luck, Zoot! Can’t wait to see AndyZ!

  67. canape says:

    I am so excited for you and your family.

    I’ll be thinking of you all day tomorrow and anxiously awaiting the news :)

  68. Nette says:

    I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow. Can’t wait to see the first baby pic!

  69. Wacky Mommy says:

    Thinking of you guys, and YAY!

  70. Stacey says:

    Good luck Miss Zoot and AndyZ – everything will be great! :)

  71. Karin says:

    So excited for you! Can’t wait to see pics of the little guy. :)

  72. elle says:

    good luck!!! So exciting!!!!!

  73. Amy says:

    Best of luck to you . . . and I totally vote for slovenly living on your last night before baby!

  74. Susan says:

    As in the day after today? Tomorrow??? I can’t believe you are going to be holding a brand new baby boy tomorrow! So, so happy for you!

  75. Tam says:

    A matter of HOURS! Wow! I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow…

  76. KimP says:

    :::delurking::: Good Luck tomorrow, enjoy that sweet newborn head! It doesn’t seem like it could possibly be “CS” day already. :::back to lurk mode:::

  77. Dawn says:

    I am SO happy for you!
    “raising beer glass”
    heres to you – welcome to the world of 3!


  78. Marilyn says:

    Okay, I’ve been mildly hyperventilating all day long and I couldn’t figure out what it is (surely not the fact that MAH BABEH is two months old today) (I don’t want to talk about it) until I stopped myself and thought, “Zoot is having her baby tomorrow!! SQUEE!” and that made me feel better. But now I’m back to hyperventilating because now I’m anxious for the big news. When is the c-section scheduled for? Early, I hope? If I have to wait in order to get news, I’m going to be ticked. ;)

  79. Susan says:

    Good Luck- you will be in my thoughts- can’t wait to see the latest addition.

  80. Suze says:

    OMIGOSH!! Best wishes and all things wonderful to y’all tomorrow (if it’s still tomorrow over there, because it’s today here – 21st).
    Anyway, I’m sure everything will go well – can’t wait for the new Z!

  81. supertiff says:

    i go to sleep tonight with visions of a new zoot dancing in my head.
    positive thoughts surround you from all over the internet…

  82. jenn says:

    Good luck tomorrow! (Well, today since it is after midnight.)
    A new baby! *squee*

  83. stace says:

    I’m hoping you got that bowl of cereal or some KKs and they were GREAT!!! I can’t believe the next time I see your sweet family again it will be changed for the sweeter!!! I’ve been praying for you just now and will pray some more tomorrow! (Not that your ol heathen self cares……. haha!!) I love you all!!

  84. I am so excited for you and your family! Next time I see you, you will have another sweet child for me to ooh and ahh over!

  85. dori says:

    Just wanted to add my prayers, wishes, and congratulations to you! I can’t wait to see the story and pictures!

  86. Moogie says:

    Good luck today! Hey, AndyZ is arriving on my 20th wedding anniversary! It’s going to be a great day!

  87. E says:

    I’m a long time reader and only occassional commenter — but I read you every day! And love you! — and I wanted to wish you luck today. I hope everything goes smoothly, and you’re able to hold that little boy in your arms soon (and remember it!) ;)

  88. Lauren says:

    OH MY GOD IT’S THE DAY!!!! EEEEKKKKKK (sorry for the all caps) I am just so excited! AndyZ is coming TODAY! Holy crap, I can’t believe it! Well, I just wanted to say that I am sending all of my “bring on the baby” vibes and wish you luck and ease and comfort and happiness and yay for the Zoot family!

  89. SarahinAZ says:

    Another avid reader de-lurking and wishing ALL of you a wonderful and safe birthday for AndyZ!

    Sending you lots of positive thoughts and prayers from my family to yours. Can’t wait to see the pictures of the the beautiful baby and mom! :)

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