I’ve had a few people ask me what I want for Christmas.
I usually can’t think of anything. Nothing specific anyway; nothing available for $49.95 that wraps nicely and fits under the tree.
And I like surprises anyway. Usually. It depends on who is doing the surprising.
But there’s a meme doing the rounds of the blogs. And on Tuesday, the lovely Kelly at Handmade Tears and Triumphs invited me to share my Christmas wish list. Five things I want for Christmas.
Which made me think about what I actually want. Dagnammit.
So here goes. My 2012 Christmas wish list.
1. A vat of Cankles BeGone
Pregnancy doesn’t agree with me. Not just the morning sickness part (although that’s well-documented).
All of it.
Fluid retention is not nice to look at. Luckily, I’m generally the low-maintenance type and don’t really mind what’s staring back at me in the mirror. Especially not while pregnant – after all, it’s such a small percentage of my entire lifetime. So the fluid around my face, arms and chest? Meh.
But cankles aren’t just yuck to look at. They hurt. Oh, how they hurt.
Walking hurts. Thinking about walking hurts. Moving my ankles at all hurts.
The very act of owning ankles? It hurts. It hurts so much.
So if someone could please a) invent Cankles BeGone and b) leave it under my Christmas tree, I’ll be very grateful.
And if you decide to apply it directly to my cankles via a two-hour foot and ankle massage, I’ll be even more grateful.
2. A cleaning fairy
|Not this one
|Something more like this
This one is pretty self-explanatory. No more cleaning, please. No more renovating requiring extra levels of cleaning, please.
At least, no more cleaning of the bathrooms. When planning our new, extended house, I was excited at the thought of having four bathrooms. I didn’t really think about who would be cleaning them. Over and over and over…
3. Time to read all the books I want to read
So many books. So little time. How to find this time? See above to kickstart the planning.
4. A simple birth for bub
Another self-explanatory one. Ashleigh’s birth was horrible. Thanks to my health issues (some of which I’ve written about before), she was to be delivered by an early planned Caesarean section. But she takes after her mum a little too well, and decided to come along even earlier.
Not in the usual way. Waters breaking, contractions, dilating, all that jazz? Too simple! What good is an entrance if it’s not preceded by some drama? You have to build the tension to create a good story. Sheesh, mum, you should know that.
All’s well that ends well, but baby boy, please please PLEASE don’t pull the same trick your sister did. My blood pressure can’t handle it.
(Note for Santa – I don’t want to receive this on Christmas Day. That would spoil the ‘not too early’ part of the simple birth. An IOU will suffice until the planned moment. Thanks in advance.)
5. Family and sibling love
Bubs is growing nicely, and we’re looking forward to meeting him. We’re excited, happy, excited, over the moon, and oh-so-excited. Even Ashleigh. For now.
May that continue. May she love her actual real-life brother as much as she loves him in bump form, and may he love her in return. May they share many years of hugs, wrestles, tickle attacks, scheming, planning, fighting, making up, tears, tantrums, cuddles, talks, texts, status updates, tweets, and whatever other forms of communication haven’t been invented yet.
May they be friends. May they understand each other. Support each other. Be there for each other. Share news and jokes with each other.
And may they include their parents in the sharing of said news and jokes from time to time.
What does your Christmas wish list look like? (If you’ve already made one, feel free to link it in your reply.)
And what books can you suggest for my already overflowing book reading wish list? (I need to start stocking up before the cleaning fairy arrives…)