It seems like we have so much time before Sam gets here, but then I start sorting out all the things we have to do and figure out before he does and YIKES - we don't have that much time after all! We've got five months left. And everyday I think of something else we need to sort out. And really, I'm wanting to have everything baby figured out and put together by the time Thanksgiving gets here. For a couple of reasons... (1) You never know when baby is going to act up and either put you on bed-rest or insist on coming early, and (2) the holiday season is so crazy busy for us and I want to be able to just enjoy it and not be frantically finishing up the nursery or something. And then hello, it's suddenly January and it's almost time!
So here are some of the major things we're looking to accomplish over the next few months. Feel free to jump in and add something I need to consider because, obviously, I don't know what the hell I'm doing...
- Setting up the nursery (duh). We've got all our furniture except the rocker. We're still looking around for the best price for that item, as it will undoubtedly be the most expensive piece. I'm not a big fan of the wooden gliders, so I really want to find an upholstered chair/rocker. I like the style of the basic Pottery Barn Kids version, but not at $1200 (once you add in delivery, etc). I've got some places to look, thanks to fellow momma friends, but if you have any suggestions, please advise! The Baby Bargains book suggests looking at regular furniture places too, so we'll probably do that as well. Aside from furniture, we're wanting to do built-in bookshelves along the back wall so we're working on figuring all that out right now. I got a quote for a monogrammed cornice board for the window, laughed out loud, and then decided we could make one on our own. And we've also got a closet and bathroom to work on. So much to do! But it all looks fabulous in my head. I'm currently waiting on fabric swatches to arrive so we can figure out the bedding and go from there.
- Registering for gifts. We're planning to do this next month and we're going to bring along a momma friend to help us since we don't know what we're doing and Babies 'R Us is mildly terrifying. May do Target too. Any other suggestions? Maybe Pottery Barn Kids, but honestly I don't think I'd have more than a few things that I'd put on there, so what's the point? I'm not registering for my bedding anywhere - we're just going to buy that because hell if I'm waitin'!
- Becoming parenting experts. Apparently we need classes... so I've got us all signed up for a bunch of stuff. Piedmont Hospital offers up a free prenatal series, so we're doing that in October. And we're also doing a breastfeeding class in December (yeah, that's after Thanksgiving, but just barely). AND we're signed up for a CPR class next month. Oh yeah and a hospital tour next month as well. After December 3rd, we should know everything there is to know about parenting!!!
- Figuring out daycare and healthcare. Next month the hub and I are taking off a day to peruse local daycares and also visit pediatricians in our area. I've never doctor-shopped, so this should be interesting. Luckily, we have lots of great friends nearby who have offered up referrals. Good thing too, because otherwise I'd have no idea where to start. I guess we'll need to actually make appointments with the doctors, but we just plan on dropping in on the daycares.
That is the major stuff. And of course there are other important things in the mix as well, like getting our wills established. That task has been "in process" for months, but it's time to finally bite the bullet and get it done. We should have them anyway, regardless. And figuring out how to best adapt our pups to having a new little brother in the house. We predict they'll be super protective of Sam - they're both great around little kids. But it's how the two dogs are with each other that can cause problems. Two crazy bitches. So we just have to set up precautions there. Lots to think about!
So in other baby news, my mom and I went to our first baby and kids' consignment sale yesterday and it was NUTS. To say we were overwhelmed is an understatement. I'm not sure I'm cut out for these things. Well for one thing, I didn't know what the heck to look for. And there was just SO much stuff. And generally I'm not the type who likes to fight crowds and dig for stuff. There were times when I just stood there with our basket and stared off into space because I didn't know what to do! But, we did come away with some cute clothes, a clock that might work in the nursery, and we also found a pack of monogrammed burp cloths that all said "Samuel." Too funny - had to get those. I'll get some pics up later of our loot. There was a ton of baby gear, but I just didn't know what to do with it. I think after Sam is here and I'm a parenting expert, I'll know better how to navigate these mega consignment sales. But for now, it's a bit much for me.
Well, hope you all have fantastic weekends! We will be painting the nursery closet (for real this time) along with other fun chores around the house. Pics to come!