Monday, April 30, 2012

Biggest Confession Ever

I have not begun preparing for the new baby. Like, at all. There, I said it.


In fact, here is a (likely incomplete) list of things I have NOT done:


1. Sorted through even ONE SINGLE BOX of old Josie baby stuff. This includes, but is not limited to, clothes, receiving blankets, tiny hats, bottles, pump stuff, swings, bouncy seats, etc., etc. etc.


2. Started organizing all the rooms in the house to make space for the things we had gladly packed up. For example, I will likely have to clean out EVERY CUPBOARD in my kitchen in order to consolidate enough to make room for bottles and whatnot (And I plan on breastfeeding! Imagine how much room I would need if I was exclusively bottle-feeding! I shudder.)


3. Started the name battle with Jeremy. In fact, I didn't even make the initial list of names yet, because it is just SO MUCH EFFORT to discuss names with my husband. Every name I love, he hates. Every name he loves, I hate. I have no idea how we will ever match a name like Josephine Isabelle.


4. Come to the realization that there is a STRONG possibility we will be living in this house when the baby arrives (although we had plans to be gone), and therefore I need to make some MAJOR changes to our office to make it into a nursery, including finding a home for all of the crap that lives there and painting the walls a color that the landlord approves (because AS GOD IS MY WITNESS, I will NOT bring my child home to live in a Big-Bird-yellow room).


5. Decided what we will do with the sleeping arrangements after the first few months. My initial plan is this: Josie stays in her room, in her crib (unless she shows some sort of sign that she is ready for a big-girl bed BEFORE the baby comes, which I sincerely hope she DOES NOT), new baby in a bassinet or the Fisher-Price Deluxe Rock n' Play Lightweight Plush Sleeper from my wish list (squee! I still love buying baby things!). BUT, after a little while, we might need that baby out of our room. I'm not going to get into it all here, but I *may* have made some mistakes with Josephine, as far as sleeping goes, and so Baby X might be moving out of our room a little earlier that Josephine did ... in which case, I will need another crib (Yikes!) or Josie will need to move to her big-girl bed (she will use MY big-girl bed that my dad made for me); in that case we wouldn't have to buy another crib, but would have to buy another crib mattress anyway, so ... there's that. There are a lot of variables involved in that one.


6. Bought all the things that I wish I would have had last time or all the things we had last time that were awesome that didn't survive the first child.


7. Figured out what all the said items mentioned in #6 even ARE. I think maybe that can be the first thing I work on. Tomorrow or the next day, I'm going to cobble together a list of stuff I need to get for the baby. (I feel better already) (But I'm not going to do it right now. There's only so much I can do in one day, and confessing is today's task)


8. Decided if we are going to keep our craptastic video monitor and buy another camera to go with it (it can scan back and forth between the two) OR buy a nice new one that actually works (but will cost a lot more than just buying another camera for our existing monitor). 


9. Begun to think about DIAPERS. Oh lord. As many benefits as there are to cloth diapers, I am starting to get a little nervous. Josie's still in diapers, and there's always the possibility that she will be out of them by the time Baby X arrives, but I am not counting on it by any means. So, that means I have to plan on having to babies in cloth diapers, and I'm not going to lie to you -- pretty much every other day there is a situation where I am PRAYING the dryer gets done before Josephine soils the diaper she's wearing, because it is the LAST clean one in the house. 


And, of course, all the other little odds and ends that will eventually need to get done, like picking out a "coming home from the hospital" outfit, and making a fun bow to match, and finding a baby book so I can get new-baby footprints stamped in the front at the hospital, and blah, blah, blah. It would be easy to say "Oh, but I have so much TIME!" but not really, when I have done NOTHING. If I had started, at least I could say, "Well, we have clothes for the first month and a place for her to sleep, we'll make it!" We don't have that yet. Oopsie.


I'm not sure how I, a manic, cleaning, planning, type-A person, got here. But here I am. Some seasoned parent please tell me that I am normal or some non-parent please tell me to shut up because everything will be fine. Thanks!


At least it's not a boy and I don't have a shit-ton of clothes to buy, am I right? :)

15 comments:

  1. I thought the second one was easier becasuse I knew what was coming...and it was harder because I knew what was coming.

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  2. But, at least you've done this before. So, the stuff isn't ready, but you have mom experience :) I hope making this list helped you start getting ready.

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    1. Aww, thanks, Mari. I;m just afraid I'll have the experience to know what I need in the moment and then have it be in a box in the basement or something! Ha!

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  3. Eh... You will be fine! As long as you get the new baby clothes and a place to sleep you will be fine!

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    1. I'll just pull out a drawer in our dresser and she'll be all set!

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  4. You're right about the clothes-buying. Chin up, buttercup.

    It's lovely that you get to pass down a bed that your dad built- I will get to do this someday too and I am so excited!

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    1. Ha! chin up, buttercup -- I'll keep that one in mind. :)

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  5. Baby girl clothes are also more fun! I swear all the little boy stuff looks the same, and half of it isn't even that cute...

    And I think you've got this - you're a seasoned pro! :)

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    1. Yeah, I try not to admit it to my mom friends with baby boys, but it's just true! :)

      And thanks!

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  6. Let us know if you need help painting or something. We could drive there on a weekend and help you do something. I'm so glad you are having another sweet little girl!

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    1. You are so sweet to offer! Thanks honey!!!

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  7. Well, my first reaction was to wag my finger at you because being a fellow planner and lover of lists, I had baby things out and organized within weeks of becoming pregnant (extreme, I know, haha)and pictured you doing the same! However, sometimes time just flys and before you know it your to-do list is a mile long and it's easy to get lost in it. So.....instead I'll say you will be fine. :) Even though you haven't done any of those things yet, it's in your head and that's a great start! Get crackin!! It'll be really fun to go through all of Josephine's old baby stuff. :) I'm excited to hear about baby names too!!

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    1. I know! It's shameful! I was too busy dying for the entire first trimester and a few weeks of the second, and then all of a sudden it was today and I still hadn't done anything. DUM DUM DUM!!

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    2. LOLs! Sickness takes away all the fun. :(

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