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Today, our son is 5.07(2.29 kg) pounds and is 18.1 inches tall…about the size of a pineapple.
Small Pick Ups
In the beginning of Week 34, my girlfriend and I went to do a little bit more baby shopping. Since we’re winding down, waiting for his arrival…we only picked up a few things that we still need. There are a couple of big purchases but most are smaller things, like bottles, thermometer/thermostats and maybe a couple things for his mommy also. We picked up an Ubbi Steal Diaper Pail which is really cool because you’re able to use traditional garbage bags instead of being limited to a certain kind like the Diaper Genie ones. Besides that, there is a small opening on top that opens and closes so that the smell is contained. We also picked up a Snuggle Nest which a cushion-like baby bed that allows the baby to safely sleep in bed with you. The design is pretty nice. It has high walls to protect the baby from any potential inadvertent arm swings or rollovers that you or your spouse/partner makes while sleeping. It also folds up nicely for easy transport if the baby is going to grandma’s house. We also went on a trip to Heaven Sent Children’s Resale, a kids consignment store in Federal Way, WA to pick up a couple more swaddling blankets. We got them for a good deal…only about $5 each!!
My Biggest Test
This week, I went to the doctor to get a few things checked out. I got my liver checked and had a few blood panels done. They were tests for liver function, cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels to name a few. It was one of the worse checkups I’ve ever had. My liver is fine but has extra fat around it, my LDL and overall cholesterol is very high, my Triglyceride level included and my blood sugar is slightly above normal. Since these findings, I’ve intensified my workouts by going faster on the treadmill and adding in weights along with a push-up, crunches and squats routine. I’ve also started fasting 16-18 hours a day, taking a multivitamin and other supplements, making healthier food choices and only eating about 1200 calories a day. I guess I kinda went overboard with the sympathy weight haha. My motivations for my lifestyle changes? I want to be there to watch my son grow up. I see myself at his high school and college graduations. I also want to be there for my girlfriend. I know she needs me and I need her, especially once our son here. I have to be there for them, failure is not an option!!
The Pressure Is Off
Yesterday, I went to Discount Tires to get my tire pressure sensor replaced finally. A few years ago, my tire sensor light started flashing on my dashboard when I started my car. I went to the dealership to have them check it out. They told me that it’s one of the tire pressure sensors and that it would cost about $500 to replace. I asked them that if I checked my tire pressure regularly, if that would suffice. They told me “yes”. Since then, I’ve checked my tire pressure pretty often. But, I can’t help but feel a nagging feeling of discomfort looking at the tire pressure light on my dash, especially when I’m on the freeway because the feeling turns from discomfort to paranoia. Lately, I’ve felt like things are falling into place finally. Things seem to be happening for a reason because I went to get my tires rotated at Discount Tires a couple weeks ago. When they got done, the associate that pulled my car up to me told me that they replace tire pressure sensors. He mentioned that they do it for about $60 per sensor and even tested each tire sensor to find out which one was out. I paid closer to $90 after tax because they charged $19 to dismount and remount my tire. I was just grateful that it wasn’t $500!! Now that I have a baby on the way, his safety is the utmost importance, so it’s a huge relief to have that item checked off my list.
Our baby is due in 2-5 weeks. Yes!! I said as early as 2 weeks. Kinda crazy right? Right now, my girlfriend and I can get up and go somewhere with only a moments notice. It is possible that in a couple weeks we will no longer have that luxury. But that luxury will be replaced with a happy responsibility. I can’t wait to meet my son. Just the thought of him in my arms brings a smile to my face. I look forward to all the sleepless nights and long days because I will get to spend them with him and his mother. I can’t wait to be able to show him to my family and friends. I want to teach him so many things including the Mien language. I want to hug him, kiss him and show him that I love him. I want to raise him to be a nice gentleman.
I look forward to meeting my son. At the same time, I am nervous. Nervous because I want to be a great father. Nervous because I’m a germ-a-phobe that has to deal with diapers. Nervous that I’m not perfect. I have to tell myself sometimes that I will be fine. That all I need to do is to want to be there for him and everything will work out. That everything will come with experience. That I don’t need to be perfect. I know that I want to be the man I need to be for him and I also know that I will become that man once he’s here. The man that I’ve always wanted to be. The man that I need to be. The man with a responsibility that he can’t fail at. The man that wants a better life for his child and girlfriend. The man that won’t stop until he achieves what he is after. A man that I can be and will become. A man that continues to evolve to something greater.