I FINALLY got a birth tub today, after trying to get one lined up for the last 4 weeks. Which really is nobody's fault but mine, since trying to reserve a tub that close to my due date is a somewhat crazy notion. I usually call the "tub lady" in my first trimester, because she books out months and months in advance. Sure enough, she was all booked out.
It was getting to a point where I thought about just ordering a kiddie pool on Amazon, but did not like that idea too much because it would have been pretty shallow compared to an actual birth tub. Then the midwife I had with Miriam and Becky (which sadly did not work out to have her again this time) emailed to tell me she had a birth tub in her garage, and that I could use it for free!
The kids and I picked it up today at her office; it was so nice to see her again. The tub was a breeze to inflate with an electric air pump another lady from church had loaned me, it didn't even take 5 minutes. Of course the kids got all excited about it and wanted me to fill it with water just for fun, but I know better than that! The tub will stay deflated and stored out of their reach until I go into labor!!
Aside from all that fun, I worked on the kids' advent calendars for a little while, and also managed to precook a few more breakfasts and dinners today. I am just now done with the last of it, and getting ready to clean the kitchen one last time, as well as the living room and the other "public" areas of the house. I really enjoy getting everything neat and tidy at night, even though it never stays like that for more than 5 minutes once the kids get up. It's like bailing water from a sinking boat - you don't make any progress, but you have to just keep at it. Off I go!