Prepping

Gregg keeps telling me how prepared I am for our soon-to-be-here baby.  I’m loving preparing.  Washing clothes, getting the nursery together, decorating, figuring out what I want to store where.  Like the 100s of pairs of socks people have given us and the teeny tiny shoes.  How accessible do these need to be?  I’m thinking socks should be more within reach than shoes.  They’re cute, but does a baby that can’t walk really need shoes?

The nursery is upstairs and we are downstairs, so its been a challenge to figure out what should go where.  So far, we’ve got the changing table, swing, Rock N Play sleeper, and our glider (thanks, Mimi) downstairs.  Upstairs, we have the dresser, crib, a year’s worth of clothes, stuffed animals and books, and, the one item that every baby needs, a fish tank (yep, pictures to come).  Graham will be downstairs with us for the most part, so I really debated over whether I even wanted a nursery, but I’m really glad that we made a space for him.  Its really a space for his stuff, but I like that its organized and not all thrown haphazardly into a room.  I like to call it the staging area, but I don’t think that’s the correct use of the phrase.

Learning

I’ve started listening to a podcast about pregnancy and new mom topics.  While I don’t like listening to pregnant women complain unless they are my friends (there’s some of that on the show), I do like learning.  Through nursing school and my job on the maternity floor, there are some things that I do know.  Like, how to take care of a baby for the first three days of life.  But, that’s where my questions arise.  What happens when you and your baby get home?

I’m enjoying learning about things like babywearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping.  It sounds like we’re going for the hippie-parenting award, but they don’t teach you about these things in nursing school.  Gregg and I went to a childbirth class where we didn’t get on the floor once.  No hee hee hoo hoo’s to be had.  There was just a powerpoint.  I didn’t mind it.  It was a nice review and I learned a couple things.  Gregg, not the classroom type, would rather have been practicing breathing techniques or sleeping.  He was a good sport.

Again, as I’ve mentioned before, there are so many unknowns, so many things that I can’t prepare for. So, if I can prepare for something, I’m going to.  Getting our boy’s gear ready.

Planning

A woman that I work with is pregnant, due about 3 months after me.  Its her third baby and she’s had c-sections in the past, so she will have a scheduled c-section this time around.  She will get to decide when she has her baby.  Or, at least, she will know months in advance when she will have her baby.  I wonder what that feels like.  Once April gets here, I feel like I’m stepping into a great unknown (cue the dramatic music).

The not knowing effects more than just me.  Sometimes I like to see my patients in 2 weeks or a month to make sure they are doing okay, to make sure the changes that we made are helping them.  And I’m starting to say, I should be here in a month.  But, I really just don’t know.  I feel a little bad about that, like I’m leaving them high and dry.  They’ll be able to check in with someone else, but I want to see them myself.

Showering

Graham's Cake

Graham’s Farm Cake

My sister-in-law, Jennica, and her mom were sweet enough to throw me a shower on the Eastern Shore.  Almost all of my book club pals, our doula, and a few other friends were in attendance.  It was farm-themed and we made a bird mobile (pronouced mo-bill or mo-beel?).  We stitched and stuffed felt birds that are now hanging from a nest looking thing ready to entertain our boy.  Thank you, pinterest.

Bird Mo-Beel

Bird Mo-Beel

I’ve had a shower of old friends and this was a shower of new friends.  This shower came with lots of love, too.

Jen and me (she's due in June)

Jen and me (she’s due in June)

2013 Pryor Baird's shower 012

This is how excited I am about my handmade ring sling!

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