My mind is absolutely absorbed by "baby-stuff" lately. I never intended this blog to morph into a pregnancy/baby only space, but as time ticks down, preparing for the baby is consuming my thoughts more and more. Now that work has settled back into a normal pace and I have time to think, I'm definitely starting to get into "nesting mode."
I've chosen a "theme" for the nursery and I'm pretty excited about it. I'm keeping it hush hush so no one steals the idea ;) but I will post pictures once it's complete. I'm all registered for all the necessities. I'm finding steals on craigslist for essential baby items. Baby shower plans are in the works.
I am now in the third trimester. Less than three months to go and doctors appointments every two weeks from this point on. Time is moving by so quickly.
So in the interest of preparation, I thought it would be fun to see what all of you veteran moms and new moms think about some of the things you can do to get ready. I know I'll never be "ready" but nesting and prepping seem to be an important part of a first time moms experience. I'm hoping to focus on the stuff that will actually be helpful (or at least make me feel more calm going into it even if it won't be truly applicable).
What do you think about...
- Classes -Birthing, breast feeding or otherwise. Did you take them? Would you recommend them? Helpful? Harmful? I know at the very least I want to do a hospital tour to get an idea of where to go and what the experience will be like. This is baby #1 after all!
- Reading Birth Stories -I've always loved reading birth stories on blogs. They make me feel ready for all sorts of scenarios and more calm about the fact that no matter how things go, in the end it's all about having a healthy baby. But the closer I get to my due date, the more real the stories feel. Is it better to avoid them and go in with no expectations?
- Reading Baby Books -Are they helpful? Should I be reading about birth, breast feeding, or taking care of baby after birth? What books are helpful versus harmful? (I already got a few recommendations on my post for book recommendations a few weeks ago).
- Birth Plans -I'd like to have a birth plan but do doctors/nurses even look at it or abide by them? The stories I've heard seem to indicate that they usually don't mean a whole lot. Whatever happens, happens. Is it worth it to try?
- Nesting -Nesting seems important for first time moms. If for no other reason than just feeling like you're doing something to get ready. I'm hoping we find a new apartment with enough time for me to put together a nursery. But what are other ways to "nest" and what were your favorite things you did to get ready? (IE decorating the nursery, putting together a book collection etc).
- Resting -Should be sleeping and relaxing as much as possible? Or should I combat my normal laziness and start trying to get used to being productive in my down time? I DO want to get a maternity massage. I've heard good things about those...
I love hearing your thoughts! Let me know what you think! How did you get ready for baby?