Hey, I’m a lurker/newbie but thought I’d join in. The more the merrier, right?
When are you due? August 27th
Do you have a birth plan? If so, what’s in it?
I probably won’t have a defined birth plan, but I’m using a midwife for a hospital delivery. I’m open to the idea of an epidural, and I believe circumstances can always arise that call for other interventions.
Have you set up a nursery or part of a room for the baby? Got pics?
Really all we’ve done is move a Pack n’ Play and a rocker into our bedroom. We plan on moving a few months after the birth, so it doesn’t make much sense to set up a nursery. We haven’t even bought a crib since the baby will probably sleep in our room until after the move.
Have you bought or received most of what you need? What’s left to get or set up?
It feels like there’s a lot left to buy, actually! Lots of small essentials (for the medicine cabinet, diapers, etc.) and also things we won’t need for a few months (eg high chair).
What are you most looking forward to? Is there anything you’re dreading or worried about?
Well, I chose a time to have a baby (end of grad school) that is inconvenient in some ways. Basically, once I come off maternity leave, I’ll need to worry about writing and defending my thesis, finding a new job, and most likely moving to a new city–all by the end of this year, we hope. So that’s stressful to balance with being a new mom. The upside making it worthwhile is that once we have all that out of the way, I can take some time off to spend at home with baby in the transition between school and job. Basically, as much time as we can swing financially. I’m looking forward to that!
Have you started anything to prepare for labour? ( raspberry tea, evening primrose oil etc)
Nah…it still feels too early. Wanna let baby cook some more.
Do you know the gender? Have you decided on a name?
Yes, we’re having a girl and would like to name her Elise! But the name is still a surprise for everyone we know. And we’re still thinking about middle names.
Hardest part of this stage?
The waiting and suspense! And trying to be productive so I can minimize post-baby craziness 🙂
Depends where you count from, I guess. I had crazy horrible morning sickness that made me lose 10-12 pounds in January, placing me in the “underweight” category. So counting from December (pre-pregnancy), I’ve gained 21 pounds. Counting from January, about 10 more than that. I am one of those pregnant women that everyone says “looks great,” but they don’t understand the price I paid for that 🙁
stretch marks? Nope, lucky so far!
do you have a bump photo? Surprisingly, not a recent one!