This really is the home stretch now I guess. As I enter my third trimester…
OMG is still my standard response when I see myself in the mirror and growing belly. Like, whoa, in 12 weeks give or take, I’m going to be a mother (assuming all goes “well”).
People keep asking about a name. We’re playing around with some, but honestly, nothing is jumping out at me as “the one.” We’ve selected our car seat and stroller, but haven’t gotten them yet. We do already have our bassinet (the Snoo) because we bought it secondhand from a colleague of Leo’s when her son moved to his crib.
Other than that, I’m working on a registry, and thinking about other things we might need, but am really not interested in adding a lot of stuff before he arrives. Maybe I’m naive, and I’m definitely inexperienced, but I don’t think he will need a lot of clothes or accessories for a little while. It’ll be hot as hell when he’s born, so I imagine a lot of skin-on-skin time LOL and tons of blankets/towels. I’m planning a trip to local baby/kids secondhand stores to pick up some onesies, etc, which I’m hoping will carry him through for a couple months.
I’m planning on cloth diapering and am researching services to use, as I think that’s the best way to get Leo on board. I wouldn’t mind laundering diapers myself, but at least at first, using a diaper service will probably be a life-saver.
Other than that, I’m trying to be very realistic about the “stuff” we add for the baby. I do plan on continuing working (with a little maternity break) so I think I’ll want a playpen or a moses basket for him to be upstairs with me in my office. I want to try a carrier or wrap (like this Solly baby wrap).
Believe me, I’m not immune to all the ridiculously cute baby stuff out there (try browsing the baby/kids section on Garmentory, OMG, and Stella McCartney), and in some alternate universe, I’d love to be able to buy it all, but it’s more important to me now to be restrained, and really thoughtful about what I add – about what’s really important.
I’d love to hear what’s been on your newborn essentials list. What could you have done without? What was a surprising thing that you found helpful?