If you are a first-time parent, you may be struggling with getting prepared for the task. Fortunately, you have time to get ready. Talking with friends and family who have children can help.
If it's summer and your wife is pregnant, don't take her to New York. I love the city as much as the next guy, but walking the streets this weekend on our quick jaunt into town to visit friends, all we could smell was battling ethnic odors.
Sarah has been trying to get me to babysit our infant niece. A four-hour dry run for the terrors of fatherhood isn't the worst idea in the world, I suppose, but I am far too spineless to do it alone.
If the baby does not cooperate, I'm going to be very annoyed. It does have a tendency to be modest -- at both ultrasounds we've had so far, it's been reluctant to show the goods! So Tim and I have come up with a plan for me to eat a cookie 20 minutes before our appointment.
I'm trying my best to empathize with every single complaint, but it's hard when they're coming one on top of the other. I was working on my laptop last night when Sarah started mumbling something about how these hiccups were driving her crazy.
On the bright side, the baby room is starting to look like a baby room. A big colorful rug, a white dresser, a rocking chair, et cetera. When I opened the dresser and found it full of little clothes, it really hit home. "Wow! Another person is going to be living here."
I spoke with my Bradley instructor afterwards and told her about our maybe-change in plans and she said a great idea would be to take a doula with us. The midwife in the birthing center setting obviously couldn't be with us all of the time, and she said a doula would be valuable
Yesterday Tim and I went shopping for a pair of capris for me and ended up getting Baby Boy a bunch of stuff instead! It was so much fun though! Old Navy was having an awesome sale and we couldn't resist. Here's what we got him:
I made a small (one and a half minutes) video montage of our journey so far to our little miracle! You can watch it here. It was fun seeing my belly progression as I went through the pictures. It's amazing how far this little baby has come!
Today Tim and I went baby shopping! It was fun, and very tiring! People were right when they told me to get it all done by 6 months -- wish I would've listened! We were only gone for about 4 hours (and 2 of that was driving time) but I was still exhausted when we got home.