I'm coming to the end of my 40 Days. I had sort of intended to go back to church yesterday, but when it came down to it on Saturday afternoon, I didn't know where my clothes that fit and are presentable for church were, I hadn't laundered or picked clothes for either my baby or my older girls, I didn't really think we (I) could handle being out all day for church and then a wedding and reception on my first Sunday back, and my husband was away at a wedding rehearsal and couldn't help me if I'd wanted to tackle all these preparations just the night before. Add to all of those things that my lochial bleeding seemed a wee bit worse this weekend and I'd really like it to stop already, since it really is almost gone! (Sorry if that's TMI.)
So, since 40 days for me would be about Thursday this week, I decided to wait until next Sunday. My parents will be in town anyway for my Dad's and sister's birthdays. (Chicago is a good converging point for everyone—aren't we lucky that we don't have to travel!) I know they'll be happy to see (and help with) the Churching.
Anyway, I'm coming around to the point of this post (really!). I wrote up a list of preparations I'd (ideally) like to finish this week before Sunday so that the day goes smoothly. I thought I'd share it with you all since I know there are a few people who have just had babies recently:
We'll see how much of this I do. I really was brainstorming as much as I could think of so I know exactly what I'm leaving out if I don't do all of it instead of just forgetting to do something important while I instead focus on laundry or something that may not be as ultimately important. Wish me luck!