Friday, January 6, 2012

Baby Shower!

It never ceases to amaze me how awesome and generous the blogging community is. 

But when Charity asked if she could throw me an Internet baby shower, I was floored. I mean, I feel like I know you guys just like I know my friends in real life, but for a lot of people there's still a huge difference between "person in real life" versus "person on the Internet". Charity's offer reminded me of how lucky I am to have friends, blogging or not. 

So at her suggestion, I send you to her blog for the details. I wish I could give you all cake, but I think it would get stale in the mail. ;) If an internet baby shower is just too weird for you, maybe you'd like to go to the comments section and give me some advice. Heaven knows I am going to need it. I am still amazed that in six weeks I will have a little baby to take home, and I will be expected to keep him alive. 

Especially since most days I don't even change out of my pajamas.

I hope you all have an excellent weekend and make lots of progress on your books! I am going to be laying on the couch, feeling like a beached whale, and trying to convince myself to get up to get a snack. 

I know, I know. It's an exciting life I lead. 

Wait, I forgot! I am doing something exciting! Tomorrow I am going for a 3D ultrasound. It's like a regular ultrasound, only there's color and stuff. I will bombard you with post pictures afterwards for your ogling pleasure.


  1. *hugs* I don't miss those beached whale days. Hang in there.

    My advice: enjoy those tiny baby days. They are hard because its all new, but guess what? We all survive it. Follow your heart, forget about house cleaning for a while, sleep when he does, and take lots of pictures.

    I'm so excited for you! (But I'm not going back to baby days! I think I'll wait for grandkids from this point on.) LOL.

  2. Hey, Shamu! Life is a beach!

    Oh, man, a 3D ultrasound? I am too old - the technology is so much further advanced than when I had my not so little munchkin.

    My first piece of advice to any expectant mother is to take all the advice, nod and smile, then assess what YOU think is best and do that.

    If you have any trouble nursing, do two things: contact a lactation consultant (our insurance had a nurse who did that, and she came to our house!) and hang in there, because even if it is rough in the beginning (as it was for me), it really does get better.

    Feel free to call me if you need someone to talk about those sort of things, for a btdt perspective that isn't your own mother. I know my friends were helpful to me.

    Housework doesn't matter. Baby hugs and poopy diapers do.

    Write stuff down. You think you will always remember it - and a lot you will, but there will be lots of little things you really won't, even though you were CERTAIN you would. I remember having to fill out some paper work that asked about a gajillion milestones that I felt I should have remembered in graphic detail to the minute, but I didn't. mea culpa.

    And I look forward to the pictures. Both ultrasound and once he is born. :-)

    Just wish I lived near you, so I could get a baby fix. You ARE planning a trip right away to Idaho so I can meet you and hold your baby, right? ;-)

  3. First, Linda is totally on to it. House work is for crazy mothers. I don't know how they do it, but my house is only just starting to recover (3 years in).

    Second, don't worry about the stuff that will be ruined. If it's really important, hide it in a box in your closet. Everything else is considered collateral (including the couch, so if you're really attached to large pieces of furniture, get a slip cover now; if you think, hmm, I wouldn't mind needing a new couch because I can't get the breast-milk-gone-bad smell out of it, then don't worry about this step... even my computer got a squirt at some point).

    A piece of comfort: things that you think are impossible now, will seem like minor annoyances later. I used to be stressed by so many little things, but after a kid, it changes you. It makes you stronger in many ways. The down side, is it makes you stronger by testing you. So things you think are hard now, won't seem hard later.

    And Linda is totally on to something about the lactation specialist. Do not give up, it's hard but really, really worth it. Good luck, and I'm so excited for you.

    (Oh, and for like the first six weeks, let other people do the cooking (i.e. if someone asks how they can help say "A casserole would be wonderful), order out, eat frozen dinners, whatever, just don't try to kill yourself providing for kid, father and yourself. enjoy the wild early part, it's really hard, but it's important in amazing ways. You'll know what I mean on the other side; sorry to sound so cryptic, but it's really hard to express in a comment on blogger. I don't have enough words).

  4. Charity, Linda, and Rena: Thank you so much for your advice. Advice makes me feel a lot less prepared, even if I don't wind up needing half of it. :D I am glad I have you guys to panic to when something happens with the baby.

    *big hug*

  5. A lot *less* prepared? Is that true, or is it pregnancy brain speaking?

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