Last night DH and I went for the hospital tour, and I was really impressed! All I've read about is how different hospitals have different ways of doing things, and people were sometimes disappointed b.c the hospital didn't do something the way that they wanted...well our hospital lets everything be up to the parents. They keep track of everything you want...do you want the baby in the room with you? Do you want to be woken at night for feedings if you end up bottle feeding? Do you want to try breastfeeding immediately after delivery? Do you want pacifiers used while in the nursery? If using formula, what kind of formula do you want used? Etc. Everything they give you the choice of--really put my mind at ease.
They also talked about classes they hold every day while you are in the hospital to go through the infant care basics, which I was glad to hear about since all of their classes were booked that I wanted to enroll in.
But the tour just really got me psyched--this is really happening soon! There seems like there is SO much to do! I see why women often go out of work early, because while I'm at work all I think about is everything I need to do to get ready, and then when I get home I'm too exhausted to do anything! Then the weekend comes, and it is all about running normal errands, cleaning, and trying to keep my feet up since they get swollen from work all week. Then Monday starts the process all over again
DH keeps telling everyone that we are all setup, but we really AREN'T! I just set up the playyard/bassinet last weekend, but still don't know exactly what to layer in it (have to go through the waterproof pads and stuff I got, I guess) and I took the carseat out of the box to figure out how that works. Didn't put the base in the car, just played around with the straps, buckles, and shade. (By the way, I got one of those "bundle me" things for it, and it just doesn't look right in it with the newborn insert in the car seat--just seemed way too bunched up--anyone use one of those? Is there a trick to it? I might just return it and use a regular blanket.)
Another thing that makes me hesitate to get everything ready, though, is the uncertainty--should I open up the boxes and take everything out? What if I end up not needing something? What if, *gasp* the ultrasound was wrong and it turns out to be a boy?!?! But on the other hand I think it is better to figure out how to use everything now, rather than after I have a crying baby in my arms. I just don't know! Can't you tell I'm freakin' out a bit?