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Our mountain of diapers

Each week that goes by, I get a little more anxious and more aware of just how unprepared I am for this child! I have no furniture, except for a pack-n-play. All the baby things that I have received are stacked in my living room and my house is a disaster (no, I will not show you a picture of that! Haha). I recently received a whole bunch of diapers in different sizes from newborn to size three. I was feeling pretty good about being stocked at least for the one important thing – The Diaper Changing Marathon. Then I started to panic – do I have enough diapers?! I mean, I feel like I have a million here, but what is enough and what is too much, and what am to do about all this! AHHHHH!!!!

So I calmed myself down by talking to myself and breathing – in for three 1-2-3….out to five 1-2-3-4-5 and hopped onto Google.com to research, as any person (with two cents living in the 21st Century) would do. I Googled – how many diapers do you need in the first week?  Ah- Ha! Bingo! 

How many Diapers Will your Baby use is the First Year?

age diaper changes
per day
number of
0-1 mo 10-12 320 $64.00
1-5 mo 8-10 870 $174.00
5-9 mo 8 870 $174.00
9-12 mo 8 728 $145.60
Total 8-12 2,788 $557.60

After reading this information, and re-confirming it on some Yahoo! Answers forums that I found, I felt pretty relieved. I think that I am fairly prepared in the diaper realm of mommyhood and ready for the marathon. Thank you Kidsgrowth.com, you really put my mind at ease. At least that is one thing I can check off my list. Now for the furniture….only four weeks left until D-Day!

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Should I go straight or curly?

Should I go straight or curly?

Usually, when I get up in the morning, I pull my hair back and wrap a rubber band around it and start the day. I have so much hair (thick and lots of it!) that styling my hair is a time-consuming affair. With a hectic morning routine of getting my daughter out of bed, dressing her, feeding her breakfast, then driving her to preschool, I rarely have time to get myself dolled up. So it boils down to, if I’m going somewhere special, have a client meeting, or getting together with some friends, I would make the effort to fix my hair so I look “decent.”

Every morning last week I woke up extra early and styled my hair, which prompted this conversation:

Husband: “Where are you going today?”

Me: “Nowhere. I just want to look good in case we have to go to the hospital and give birth today.”

Husband (rolling his eyes): “Oh, brother!”

Me: “Hey, the first time one goes through labor and delivery it’s excusable to be unprepared. The new mom can look like a train wreck. The next time, she needs to know better. I need to look fabulous!”

So on top of the hair stylin’, I’ve had a pedicure so that I have cute piggies while my legs are in the stirrups (I’m gonna be looking at them a long time!), and I’ve had my wax appointment so that I have soft, smooth legs. I’ve got to be a “Yummy Mummy” this time around – and taking nesting to completely new heights! 🙂

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binsThere’s definitely something wrong with me. I’m either obsessed or possessed! I’m 37 weeks pregnant and I can’t seem to stop organizing, cleaning, and putting things in order. This is like nesting to the 100th degree! It’s 2:37 AM, and I’ve done everything that I can do as far as organizing and reorganizing my daughter, Miranda’s old clothes and placing them in marked bins by size. Shouldn’t I be sleeping and resting instead?

I’m trying to get things in order before the baby arrives. And it seems like once I cross something off my To-do list, two more items have been added. I know that I’m anal retentive, but this nesting thing has made me even more obsessive. It’s quite maddening to witness. I feel like I’m watching myself go insane. (OK… that sounded insane!)

Last week, I caught up with my scrapbooks, ordered any digital albums that had been sitting on my desktop, and bought a new baby book for the little munchkin. I disinfected all the old baby toys that were in storage. I packed (and repacked) my hospital bag. I packed my daughter’s overnight bag. Every time I wash a load of baby clothes, I find something else to wash. Aaaaarrghhhh! It’s never ending. I need to stop! But I don’t…

Last weekend was dedicated to cleaning and organizing. I cleaned all three bathrooms (while doing four loads of laundry) because my husband was too slow to get to them. He was busy installing the baby car seat, washing both of our cars, dusting, and vacuuming. (You’d think he could manage to get to the bathrooms and the laundry done as well, huh?) And when he was done with all that, I yelled at him for not spending time with Miranda. So I made him take her to the park. (Oh, the mood swings!) Three more weeks… three more weeks…

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edandmLast night, as we were getting ready for bed, my husband asked me,

Do we have any of those cloth diaper thingies that you use for when the baby spits up? How about baby blankets? And do we have those little washcloths?

My response was, “Yes, yes, and yes. Why? Do you need them for something?”

“I just wanted to make sure we have enough for the new baby.”

How cute is that? Daddy is nesting, too. 🙂

I reflected on the past few days and realized there were other signs that he was nesting. They’re not necessarily baby-related, but definitely home preparation signs:

  • Last week, he was conversing with our accountant making sure that our taxes are in order, and informing him that we have a new baby on the way.
  • Last weekend, he was rearranging boxes and sweeping every nook and cranny of the dusty, dirty garage.
  • Two nights ago, he was checking the kids’ bathroom and tinkering with the faucet and fixing the seal.
  • This morning, my husband was online researching why our washing machine was leaking oil from the bottom.

So many little issues that I, myself, wouldn’t think about on my own. I am fortunate to have him in my life. He’s a wonderful, loving partner, a supportive husband, and caring father.

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