Nesting? Preparing for baby? Anxiety.

We hit 30 weeks this past Tuesday!! Yikes, only 10 more weeks to go? Ryan doesn’t understand why this makes me anxious, there’s so much to be done still and so much to be bought. I finally made a list of things to be packed in our hospital bags, and a list of necessities for the baby we still need to buy. I also need to make a list of things to do before he comes.

Things we have done:

-Scheduled maternity pictures

-Set the time and date for the baby shower

-Ordered all the cloth diapers we’ll need for the newborn stash

-Received 2 boxes of clothes (sizes newborn, 0-3 months and some maternity clothes) from my sister

-Washed and put away the newborn clothes, towels, wash clothes, receiving blankets, burp cloths and fabric I bought to make a blanket for him and other things like burp cloths

-Did a little shopping- some things I’ll personally need after baby arrives, a dress for pictures/baby shower, a pair a maternity shorts, a set of baby towels and washcloths, and turquoise (squee!) plates and napkins for the baby shower

-Bought and washed a Moby wrap

-Today I’ll be washing and putting away the 0-3 months clothes just to get them off the table 🙂

What’s left? Soooo much! I need to make a list anyways, so let’s make one.

-I need to finish buying decorations for the baby shower, order the cake, figure out games, etc.

-Make sure Ryan has an outfit that compliments mine for maternity pictures

-Baby classes are next month

-Our bedroom needs rearranged for the pack n play and any other baby stuff we need to fit in there

-Once all the cloth diapers arrive they need prepped

-We’ll need to buy any baby necessities that we aren’t gifted at the baby shower

-I really want to at least make the baby blanket I got the fabric for at a minimum

-Hospital bags and diaper bag need packed (do I have everything I need for this??)

-I should probably finish reading 1 or 2 baby books that I started

Can this really be it? I feel like there should be more but am having a hard time thinking of things besides maybe doing a deep cleaning (or hiring someone to do it) and packing up the office and other things that can go into storage. This is definitely one reason to be thankful that we have no reason to decorate/put together a whole nursery (besides the saving money aspect of it).

You might be thinking “well she has 10 weeks left, plenty of time” and while this is true, we actually don’t have all that amount of time left. Ryan left Friday for 2 weeks for training so that’s time that he can’t help me with anything and the week he gets back we have our first child birthing class (which he’ll probably miss), maternity pictures and the baby shower. So make that 3 weeks that we’re limited on what we can do.

 

Anxiety accurately describes what I’m feeling-unprepared, rushed and so excited to meet our little one!

So Blessed To Be His Wife

Every day I’m reminded of why I fell in love with my husband. It really is the little things that add up, especially when they’re unexpected, as well as the every day things we take advantage of. For example:

Ryan works so hard to support us. Okay, honestly, he would do his job regardless. However, because he does..and has made the choices in life that he has I’m able to stay at home. We both like it this way too, he’ll tell you that he’d like working to be a choice for me, not a requirement. So for the past year I’ve been a stay at home wife and will be a stay at home mom after our little one arrives, our little family is so lucky this is something we’re able to do.

Speaking of support, Ryan supports me in every way possible. I want to start a new venture? No problem, he’ll help me do it any way he can. He makes sure all my needs are met completely-emotionally/mentally, materialistically, etc. He is my partner.

He’s also my very best friend. We talk about everything, share everything, do most everything together.

He compliments me and compliments me every day. He is by far, the sweetest man I have ever known. I’ll frequently wake up to “Good morning beautiful” text messages, such a great way to start your day 🙂

I’m anxious and impatient and he is calm and patient. He is exactly what I need to keep me grounded.

He’s the kindest, most giving, understanding and accepting person I know. If you need help moving, someone to watch your house while your gone, a little help financially, etc., if he is able to he will help you. And he doesn’t judge at all. He’s also a great listener, if I need to vent about something, he’ll listen and validate my feelings. He’s had a long day at work? No problem, he’ll still come home and massage my feet or back, help me put lotion on, whatever I need.

He loves me enough to be honest. A week or two ago we were in bed and I said “I can’t wait to have my body back” and he said “me too.” At first, I was about to be upset (can we say hormonal?!) but then he said that he loves me, he loves my body and my belly and he loves our son and it was the most perfect, unexpected thing ever.

He’s honorable and loyal. The military life is not easy-it’s strict, it takes you away from your family very regularly, it’s a lot of long days and of course the deployments to combat zones just to mention a few. Ryan has other choices, he even went to college before joining the military and he wasn’t drafted, yet he chooses this.

He’ll surprise me. When I was still in Pennsylvania and he was here he used to have the most gorgeous flowers sent. A few days ago he surprised me with a sewing machine I’ve been asking for but had resigned myself into waiting for.

I know that there are so many more reasons I love him but he is an amazing best friend, partner, husband and he will be an amazing father too. I am so blessed to be his wife.

 

Hello Third Trimester!

28 weeks today which is  the “official” start of the third trimester! Where has time gone? I swear it was just yesterday I was looking at a pregnancy test that said “pregnant.” In just 12 weeks..3 months is my due date, needless to say we’re kind of busy on the baby front 🙂

Instead of going out and buying everything we need for the baby at once we’re doing it little by little. I have to say I really think this is a less stressful, it can definitely get overwhelming when you look at all the things you need for a baby. A couple months ago I sat down,, decided what we needed/wanted after looking at multiple blog posts, pinterest pins, talking to mom’s about what they really used and couldn’t live without after their babies were born. My list looks kind of like this:

Baby furniture:

Crib (later-we’ll be moving a couple months after the baby is born so he’ll sleep in the pack n play for the first 3 months or so in our room)

Crib mattress (later-same reason as above)

Crib bedding-(later)-after doing research I decided against buying a set for multiple reasons so instead I’ll buy multiple crib sheets, a waterproof crib mattress pad, and blankets, including a quilt a friend is making for us!

Pack n play with bassinet

Changing table (maybe)– I decided against one

Bouncy seat (getting from my sister later after moving)

Swing (getting from my sister after moving)

Highchair (also getting from my sister after moving when we need it, we’re so lucky!)

Car seat

Stroller (buying from my sister)

Baby:

Cloth Diapers and everything needed with it (this is new to the list!)

Diaper Bag

Bottles

Binkies

Baby Wash

Towels

Washcloths

Bath tub

Burp Cloths

Bibs

Swaddlers

Monitor

Diapers

Wipes

Clothes (including a coming home outfit)-also getting lots of clothes from my sister since she had her son last August

Health/toiletry kit (thermometer, clippers, pain/fever reducer, nasal aspirator, diaper rash cream, etc.)

Baby proofing kit

Me:

Nursing pads

Nursing bras

Nipple Cream

Nursing Cover

Pump

Milk Storage Bags/Milk Savers

Soothies

Boppy

Moby or Boba Wrap

A lot of the small stuff we’re registered for so we’ll wait to buy those things till after the baby shower. We have: the pack n play, car seat (thanks to my in-laws!), some clothes I’ve picked up at a thrift store in various sizes, a pack of receiving blankets, burp cloths, a 3 pack of onsies from Target, a super soft rattle, a 2 hat and mitten set, nursing covers, wipes cover (gift from a friend), diaper bag (may purchase another), a Cloud B Soothing Sounds Giraffe (secret sender gift), a 2 pack of bottles I got brand new for $3, fabric to make a blanket and burp rags and stuff, and possible a couple other odds and ends I’ve picked up. This month I’ll be working on buying cloth diapers, the Moby or Boba wrap and getting stuff for the baby shower!

Since Ryan finally found out when he would be out of town for work we were able to tentatively set the date for the baby shower. I can’t wait to start buying and making things for it! I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and I have an awesome, crafty friend here who is helping and we’re making as much as possible as far as food, favors and decorations. I’ll order the cake from probably another military spouse here who has much more experience than us 🙂

I also have to schedule maternity pictures. This also means I need to start shopping for outfits for our photo shoot!

Researching things has become a favorite past time of mine lately. I’ve downloaded so many books recently I’m sure I’ll never read them all, I just believe knowledge is power and I’ve been hoping it would sooth some of my anxiety. There’s so much to know about babies. Natural birthing information, circumcision vs not,  breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby led solids, different parenting styles and techniques, and so much more, these are just things I’ve decided will work well with our family.

Baby classes start in May. Kind of along with this I should start thinking about hospital bags and at least start making a list.

Things are moving along quickly and I can’t imagine how fast the next 3 months will go compared to the first 7 especially with so much going coming up!