Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Preparation is my middle name

Who knew that preparing a baby room would be SUCH HARD WORK? Dang! For such a tiny tot, we sure need a whole bunch of stuff! Goodness - we have a pram, a feeding chair, two carseats (one big, one small), a cot(t) which needs assembling (that’s a whole other story – one which totally requires a post of it’s own, and a healthy dose of a good sense of humour on my hubby’s part. And my own. Which means that I’ll have to save it for a day in the far future, when we’ve gotten over our sense-of-humour failure. Which is about all I want to say about that. For now. Hehe! Oh boy, I am so DYING to tell you guys about that. But alas, I just love my hubby too much. Where was I? Oh yes…), a campcot(t), storage baskets, toyboxes, a rocking chair, side table for lamp and goodies, breast pump, walky-talky-thingy, countless blankets, cot(t) bumpers, changing mats, quilts, pillows, a baby-backpack for carrying her around in when we go walking on the farm, another baby-backpack sling-thingy for when I’m carrying her around at home, woolly hats, mittens, socks, slippers, boots, thermometers, bottle sterilizers, bunches of fleecy blankets, sheets, “receiving blankets” (and can somebody please explain to me what a “receiving blanket” is and why it’s not just a blanket? Is there something special I will be doing with it, other than wrapping it around little Jesse-Lee?) mosquito nets, gauze-bath-thingy, spit cloths, mobiles, machine-washable teddy bears, diapers and three quizzy cats patrolling in-between everything while we’re trying to sort things out.

And this morning Robin and I realized that we need to pack a hospital bag for little Jesse-Lee, and one for each of us, just in case they phone us to let us know that Lindsay’s gone into labour… OK, so there is still time, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, right?

Just call me McGuyver. Or Hannibal. Not of Hannibal The Cannibal origins. You know, the old guy in the A-Team? Gawsh, see? Now I’ve just given away my age!

I wonder if Jesse-Lee will call me Granny?

Oh my word! We’re getting a baby! How awesome is that? I forget every now and again. And then I just need to take one look into the spare bedroom and see all the piles of stuff standing in a corner while my very sexy and gorgeous and clever hubby is building cupboards for the room, and I remember. Yay! I’m going to be a mommy! Please excuse me while I go and do some booty shaking.


12 comments:

Kelly said...

Really, ALL she needs is milk/formula, a clean diaper, a mosquito net (in your part of the world) and LOVE. But, all the other stuff is so cute!

Kelly said...

ps she won't call you Granny!!!! I was 34 when Kendall was born...then again, I do have a lot of gray hair now!

Andria said...

Hooray for progress! Ok, receiving blankets are great to swaddle with. When Jesse Lee comes home, she will have the Morrow Reflex going on. Swaddling helps to lessen this, and to enable you to get some extra sleep at night. ;) They like to be bundled up close- it reminds them of the womb.

JamieD said...

Yes - a sense of humor is key! Anytime something happens to my husband & I that is less than perfect, we just shrug out shoulders and say, "Well, it will make a good story." Even if we can't laugh at the time, eventually it DOES make a good story!!

Carla said...

honestly receiving blankets are GREAT for spit up catchers. Especially if baby has reflux....

All that stuff is "extra" and you'll be a GREAT Mommy. It's so fun to read your excitement. I can not wait to read about those first months with her. :)

Ms. J said...

'Member my realization that I was bringing home a bona fide TODDLER?! And that in addition to throwing together a nursery I needed to TODDLER-PROOF our house?! LMAO! You are getting a taste of it now, eh?!

Others may not understand the flurry and craziness you are experiencing, because with pregnancy you have many more months to prepare, to slowly accumulate things, to take your time putting together a baby's room.

Not us, eh?!

And YES, it's a delicious problem to have, Amen.

My Goodness said...

Yep, you need lots of stuff and have lots to do...but you'll be THRILLED when you get to use it all!

Kelly said...

One more thing. There is an awesome book called "Secrets of the Baby Whisperer" by Tracy Hogg. It is very common sensical and practical. I found it very helpful and it's an easy read. You could read it before Jesse-Lee gets there and then use it as a reference once she arrives.

Melissa said...

How very EXCITING!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you guys!

Anonymous said...

http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/tips-and-solutions/30/breastfeeding-an-adopted-baby

Remember to buy a medela supplemental nursing system, a adopted baby will always need supplemental feedings, and with this (bottel + tube thingy) there will be less nipple confusion, and the baby will stimulate breatsmilk production while feeding .
Hilda (hvanzyl@verizon.net)

Anonymous said...

http://www.poshmums.com/breastfeeding/medela-SNS-supplemental-nursing-system.htm
another link to see SNS

Char said...

Hi Hilda! Thanks SO MUCH for those links. I'm going to go there right away and have a squizz.

And Andria, thanks for the headsup about the receiving blanket! I could use all the tips I can get.(Carla, I like your idea too... although I have BUNCHES of spitties already washed and ready for all the spit! haha...incidentally, my friends bought me a bib with "SPIT HAPPENS" embroidered on it! hilarious!)