This was all brought on this morning when I rolled over in bed (for the hundredth time) to try and ease the pain that was taking over in my left hip. It was just about 6Am and I knew B's alarm would be ringing shortly. I felt more awake than tired, which is normal for me most mornings, so I grabbed my phone and starting browsing through my favorite apps. One of my first stops was my 'What To Expect' app. Commonplace for me throughout each week of this pregnancy. I love seeing how much he is growing, and comparing his size to another piece found in the local produce aisle.
I am constantly updating B with little facts that I learn about what myself or Baby G are going through. As far as I know, he enjoys hearing about it, and if he's growing tired of all my 'facts' he sure doesn't show it.
So, this morning, like many others, I showed him the home screen on my app. We both marveled at the fact that G is now the size of a cucumber and could be close to 15 inches long! Truly amazing.
It was then that B said 'only 13 more weeks until we finally get to meet Gavin!' Right then and there, my heart about burst. This is really happening. All of the dreaming, the praying, the planning and purchasing of baby clothes and furniture has brought us down the road that is leading us to our son. Even typing that right now, I sit here in amazement. Fully of joy and curiosity about what the next chapter of our life will be like.
This is my long winded intro into asking for your advice. The advice of other Mom's out there that have been in my shoes before. You have been there. Preparing your heart, your home, your pets and your relationship for your first baby. What are the best pieces of advice you ever received? What are the worst? Anything absolutely horrifying or overwhelming you want to share with me? You know, the good stuff that they say 'no one ever tells you.'
Maybe you don't have any 'words of wisdom' leaping out of your head, but you have a few items that you absolutely could not have LIVED without during those first few weeks after you brought your newborn home for the first time. I have been picking the brains of all my close friends with kids trying to make sure that I'm doing my best to prepare our home for G's arrival. Swaddles, swings, breast pumps, nursing tanks. What might I be forgetting?
All advice is truly appreciated!