Today makes 5 weeks until Annie Bryant’s due date! To say that I’m starting to freak out is an understatement. I’ve been told time and time again that calm parents make for calm babies, but I just don’t understand how people follow those rules the first time around. Everything is so new, so uncertain. I very frequently wake up in the middle of the night just staring at the ceiling wondering what in the world is about to happen.
Not everything can be planned, but doing a little research ahead of time has really been soothing to my soul. I love comparing and contrasting advice from mothers, especially moms who have been through this a few times. There are so many things that I’d never even considered, the first being that there is a whole lot going on in the fourth trimester.
To be honest, I’m embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t even thought about preparing for the baby to actually be here until I was well into the third trimester. I was so focused on all the things that I should or shouldn’t be doing while I was pregnant that I forgot to prepare for what happens after – when baby girl is actually here!
Thankfully, friends, family, and internet strangers have been totally open to sharing everything they know. I love advice when it is asked for. Unsolicited advice? Not so much.
For example, lots of people like to ask what my plans are for labor or breastfeeding, only to say super discouraging things like,
“Oh, you’ll change your mind about that.”
Why even bother asking? Sometimes, I think most people enjoy the sound of their own voice more than they enjoy having an open conversation. But anyway, that’s beside the point! Most everyone else I’ve spoken to has come through with really useful, and sometimes surprising, advice.
Here you go: I created an idea list on Amazon to help you stock up on third trimester and postpartum essentials, including tons of cozy pajamas so you can still feel at least partially put together after baby. I know it might sound unimportant, but so many people have made this recommendation! So treat yourself or someone you know who is about to have their world turned upside down by a baby to something comfy that they won’t have to put much thought into.
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