growing a child is tough work, y’all. not necessarily the physical part, but the knowing what to do. i feel like every other woman who gets pregnant and has a child just has it all together, like she just knows what to do automatically. i know that is just a part of our social media society – everyone gets to flaunt the best parts of themselves, but let me confess – i have no idea what’s going on!
everyone is really quick to give advice (thanks guys!) but how do you know what will work for you? it’s every type a person’s worst nightmare trying to plan for something you just cannot plan for completely. so, i’ve put together a list of resources/people who have helped make me feel a little less crazy and unprepared.
Lucie’s List – i don’t really remember how i stumbled upon this website, but i’ve really learned a lot. she has a list of what you really need to register for and recommends the best of each for different price points. there are millions of baby products, surely i don’t need them all. this list narrows it down to the bare minimum. the weekly emails are helpful, too.
My friend, Kat – Kat is one of my dearest friends from college. she has the sweetest little son, and i trust her opinion, so i sent the recommended registry list from lucie’s list to her to look over and let me know what she actually uses. this is what i got back. websites and blogs are helpful, but to have someone you know and trust available to answer questions is invaluable. i printed this off, made notes, and went to town registering. ps – registering online is so much better than going to the store.
The Nappy Shoppe – i’ve decided that i want to cloth diaper. it’s good for the environment. and let’s face it – good for our budget. and if we can invest some money up front, but save in the long run, why not? but again, i found myself absolutely clueless, so i took a class last saturday. there are so many types of cloth diapers it’s ridiculous. the all in one, pre-fold and cover, pocket, all in two… and then throw in the sizes. it’s crazy. the nappy shoppe offers classes for $15. and the best part? you get a coupon for $15 after the class to go towards a purchase in the store. the ladies there didn’t grow weary of my hundreds of questions. by the time i left, i felt pretty confident in my decision to cloth diaper and walked away with some cute little covers. rest assured, if you babysit you can use disposables.
Breastfeeding 101 – i stumbled across this book on a visit to half price books about a month ago. it’s a quick read and straight to the point. i can’t vouch for my success nursing yet, but i do feel like this will be a great reference if a question or issue comes up. it’s easy to understand and i felt more informed after reading.
these probably won’t be the best resources for everyone, but i feel less overwhelmed. the truth is i just can’t be 100% prepared. and understanding that has given me a lot of freedom. i do know this baby is loved already and we’re eager to meet him or her. 8 short weeks till our due date. we just can’t even wait.