Friday, September 6, 2013

Baby Wilson: The Final Preparations

As many of you know, Baby Wilson's due date is right around the corner! (September 21st to be exact.) I have done a little bit of nesting when I have the energy to. I thought I would go through some of the things I've done to prepare. 9 months is a really long time to be pregnant. However, there really is SO MUCH to learn about pregnancy and that new little baby so it is kind of nice we had/have some time to do as much research as we can.

In case you didn't already know, local police and fire departments have staff equipped to install infant and convertible carseats. I recently went and the very nice officer installed the seat for me. He gave a lot of safety tips about the chair itself, and even looked up proper placement of the seat in the car in the car's owners' manual. I highly recommend going to your local public service office if you want to give your husband one less task to do. :)


My hospital bag has been packed for a few weeks now. I read somewhere that you should have it packed 6 weeks before your delivery date, just in case. I looked up a couple checklists online to find what I felt would work best for me and the hubs. I was able to fit everything into a single bag. I mean, let's be honest, who wants to worry about bringing multiple bags to the hospital! The most important thing I packed was snacks. Hopefully the hubs has no plans to eat those SPKs in front of me while I'm in labor. (My doctor will allow me to have sorbet and popsicles to go along with the traditional ice chips. I think the extra sugar will only help me out.) I also packed a sparkly ActiveBand to help keep the hair out of my face, and a PickyBar or two for the morning/day after. :)


As mentioned in my update from week 35, Chris and I completed the birthing and baby basics class. He learned how to give me some good back massages to relieve the pressure during contractions. I learned some sweet breathing techniques to get through the pain. We also learned how to change diapers and hold our future little baby. We practiced on these scary looking dolls provided in the class.


I've been stock piling some new toys for Ms. Pepper so that she knows that we still love and appreciate her once this little baby arrives. She has been extra affectionate lately so I've been giving her lots of love, kisses and attention. I mean, how can you not love that face! I actually want to make an appointment for her to get a bath, a trim and her nails clipped before the baby comes. So she is sparkling and can be on her best behavior! Thankfully my friend Steph has agreed to come to our house and watch Pepper when I go into labor. We have tried to desensitize her to lots of the baby's things so she isn't so overwhelmed. Nothing seems to scare her, which is good. She doesn't understand why all these non-squeaking toys are in the house, but she can't play with any of them. Lol.


This baby will be the first grandchild on both my side of the family and my husband's. It is the first great grandchild on his side and the second great grandchild on my side. To say our families are excited about this baby would be a little bit of an understatement. It makes us feel really loved and supported for when our little baby gets here! I've gotten the chance to wash most of the clothes, sleepsacks, sheets, and blankets in anticipation. You may spy some turtle toys and already-packed diaper bags. (I plan on doing a full separate post on diaper bag essentials once I actually figure out what works for me and the baby.)


I'd like to think that we are about as prepared as we can be at this point. So much of what babies bring is the unexpected so I've been trying not to anticipate too much. I'm just going to go into this whole thing with an open mind and see where I end up. Hopefully on the other side with a happy and healthy little nugget baby! :)

12 comments:

  1. Pete B lakefronttrail.blogspotSeptember 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Baby Wilson already owns more clothes than I do! :) After I was born, I believe I rode back from the hospital in the arms of my mom in the front seat . She may or may not have been wearing a lap belt. Times have certainly changed!

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  2. Now, they won't let you leave the hospital without an infant carseat! Yes, times have definitely changed!

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  3. You didnt get the click in car seat base??? Makes clicking the car seat in a 2 second job, I loved mine :)

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  4. We did get the click-in car seat base... You can see it in the pic! :)

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  5. Oh gosh. I would be ALL ABOUT the snacks too. Ha ha ha ha. Do you need any primal sticks in there?


    I think that is so fab police/fire departments will install your seat for you! :)


    And I love hearing how loving and excited your family is. Baby Wilson is going to be so loved!

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  6. Haha, snacks are a big priority! I have quite a variety of things, although I may need to get a few more savory/salty things. Like those individual bags of cheeze-its!

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  7. This has been SO helpful for me:) I completely forgot about packing snacks - and OMG! SPK are my absolute fave! You guys are SO ready - now it's time to relax and enjoy these last few quiet moments!

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  8. oh my gosh its getting so close!! this is the best/worst part of it all. the excitement of going to bed each night and waking up each day wondering if tomorrow/today is going to be the day! you are definitely ready and i am SO excited to find out if henry will have a play friend or a girl friend hehe ;)

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  9. Thanks! I'm so glad this post was helpful! You never know if you could go early so make sure to have that bag packed! :) I was actually in the hospital Saturday night (full blog story to come tomorrow. I'm okay and so is Baby Wilson) but we got to do a little test run of logistics. I was very glad to have had some snacks since some of the hospital food was not so great... We are very excited for Baby Wilson's arrival! :)

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  10. I read this comment to the hubs and he agrees with the excitement part. He hasn't been sleeping well lately and I think that is because he's worried I'll go into labor in the middle of the night... We are so excited!

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  11. Ahhhhhh it's happening!!! It's getting so real :)

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