Thursday, September 13, 2007

Getting Ready

My midwife told me last week that she didn't think I'd make it to my due date. Aggghh!! Exciting...scary... 'Course, she can't predict these things 100%, but my cervix is doing all it's supposed to to get ready for the labor and birth process.

I kind of felt frantic after being told this, and made a list of all the things I still need to do.

Saturday, Corey and I finally made it to the hospital for a tour. I always feel more comfortable going into a situation with some familiarity. Walking down those hallways kind of freaked me out - 1) I'm not real fond of hospitals (who is?!), 2) I can't believe that I've come to this point in my life...I'M about to have a baby!

I bought a few more baby supplies yesterday. I just don't want to have to go out and get anything immediately after baby is born or have to send Corey out...:)

Today, I spend all day in the kitchen preparing a couple meals to freeze. I now have 3 meals in the freezer...doesn't sound like much. Maybe I'll get a few more done before contractions start.

Last night at church, the guys started a "pool" (no real money involved - not sure what the "prize" will be) on what day they think baby will be born - cracked me up! I guess every date's been taken from 5 days before to 5 days after. My husband picked the 24th, unknowingly...that's the day exactly 40 weeks after the day we're guessing baby was conceived.:)

I'm feeling ready, as far as getting things done goes. Ready for labor to actually begin...I don't know about that - I'm pretty nervous! I need to do a better job of reading my affirmations on my bathroom mirror!


Baby Love said...

It is scary, but an exciting time as well. I went past my due date, so my doctor induced me. I was soooo big and uncomfortable that I was ready to have the baby. Maybe next time I will wait (with the excitement of feeling the contractions and having your water break) but who knows.

It sounds like you are well on your way in the preparation. Have you had your car seat installed? Do you know how to adjust all of those little straps? We had our carseat checked by someone who went through a 2 day course in car seat installation. You can google it "infant carseat installation" and there is a website for local people that do that sort of thing. Apparantly 90% of carseats are not installed correctly!

Anyway, you will receive quite a bit of stuff from the hospital. They loaded us up with diapers, gauze sponges for cleaning (they advised us to not use baby wipes for 1 week d/t skin sensitivity, but it was fine) the all-in-one soap for hair and body which is great. Pacifiers.. It was wonderful.

We've had Christopher sleep in a bassinet since we brought him home, but soon he will move to a crib. I love having so close to us, so it definetly puts me at ease.

A bathtub is useful (you could always use the kitchen sink, but a little tub is great)...

I love my diaper genie, it really helps with those poopy diapers. We throw all of the pee ones into the regular trash.

I also found quite a bit of my stuff on Craig's List. I don't know if you live near a large city, but Craig's List really helped me find new/used baby items that I would have paid 3times as much brand new.

Hope this helps!

Keelie said...

Your experience is always helpful! Have not yet put the car seat in, but read the manual and played around with it, so I think I've got it figured out - didn't know installing it could be difficult.:/
I've got all the big stuff, thanks to an aunt of mine. My shower will be after baby is born and I'll mainly ask for clothing and diapers.
I wonder if all hospitals send you home with all that stuff...?
Anyway, THANKS!:)

Baby Love said...

My mom had bought us a packet of t-shirts that snap on the side. They were made by Carter's. Those were helpful and easy. Infants don't like having stuff pulled over their heads, so it takes some getting used to. Yes, diapers and lots of them! It's crazy how fast you will go through them.

For breastfeeding I used a special boppy pillow, but don't buy it brand new. Someone gave me their pillow. The brestfriend pillow is better, since it velcros in the back and stays in place better.