Well, it’s less than one month till my due date, which means that I may officially be kicking it into panic mode. There’s still so much that I want done around the house, and I’ve refused to let myself buy any baby supplies until the house and baby room are completely in order. So seriously, I’d better get things in order fast.
Part of the stress of being a first-time mom is just feeling overwhelmed by a new responsibility. I’m going to have to care for this infant, and I really don’t know the first thing about babies or infant care. Last week, a friend offered me her favorite brand of butt paste, which was really nice of her. But then I went running to Mike and said, “Butt paste! I haven’t even thought about butt paste! I don’t know when or why to use butt paste! How am I going to care for this baby?” And then Mike, because he’s a perfect husband, reminded me that I didn’t know the first thing about gestational diabetes, but as soon as I found out I had it, I learned quickly what it was and how to manage it. He assured me that having a baby will be just like that. And that successfully calmed me down.
And of course, my mom will be in town and my mother-in-law will be really close and always available to help, too. Thank goodness for that!
But since I really don’t know the first thing about what to expect, I need to rely on lists of baby essentials that I’ve found on the internet. Here are a few links that I’ve found helpful in creating my to-buy list. Are there items on these lists that you’d skip? Some that you’d strongly recommend NOT skipping? Or are there some secret weapons that you have found that aren’t even mentioned on these lists? I’d love any help or input that you have!