The 'nesting syndrome' has a strong hold on me. I find myself cleaning everything within a safe reach - tile and grout, baseboards, cupboards, window sills and blinds. Unfortunately for Kent even though he's not the one pregnant he is still enlisted in the chores I am unable to do - cleaning ceiling fans, wiring, shelving for the children's closet, backyard work, etc. 'Enlisted' really is the perfect word, he hasn't much choice and has graciously learned that to heed a list is the best response! ;0) Once most of that was achieved, I began squirreling away food into the deep freeze for those sleepless, incoherent moments when I will need a good meal. I have a rather impressive store of wonton meat filling, steam buns with meat and veggies, spring rolls, potsticker filling and even tang yuen when I'm homesick for a dessert. That's just for the 'Chinese' side in me. I'm working on other stuff, like quiche and pasta as well.
Amid all this, we realized we had yet to work on a Chinese name for our little girl. Chinese names are different in that it is a set of characters chosen to represent characteristics or blessing you wish for the child. In Isaac's case - Tien Ahn - it was a wish of heaven's peace to reside in his soul. Many Chinese girl names reflect beauty, a flower or a precious stone. Perhaps it's because I am a woman and I know the difficulties that she will face as the world tears at her inherent worth as a child of God that finding the right characters means so much to me. To all those who have daughters, what wish or blessing would you give your child that she would hear each time her name was spoken? There are only 7 weeks to go!