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So I was reading this thing about "absolute essentials" for a new baby.  Some things made a lot of sense but, of course, some things didn't.  I don't absolutely NEED a basinet - I can put the baby directly into it's crib.  Hell, my mom had people years ago that would put their babies in laundry baskets or pull out a tall dresser drawer.  Cause really, it's not absolutely necessary to get a bassinet. 

Anyway, today I came to the conclusion that I don't understand the need for a daily bath for a newborn.  People tell me I won't have time to brush my teeth in the beginning.  But, I need to make time to bathe a lump that probably hasn't moved at all that day besides being carried, rocked, slept?  Obviously, if there's a diaper blowout or vomit explosion or whatever, a bath is necessary.  But it's not like a baby is off working in the streets all day sweating up a storm.  I'd rather take that time and shower myself or brush my teeth.  Maybe there's just something I'm completely missing here...

I'm kind of surprised that I'm already technically halfway through this whole thing.  I keep waiting for something horrible to happen and I know that's a terrible terrible way to think.  It's just been very easy so far which makes me more nervous even though it shouldn't.  I'm 21 weeks along today.  That means instead of counting up, I'm now counting down to the end.  I've been pregnant longer than I will continue to be pregnant.  That's pretty weird.  Plus, it's a countdown to the worst pain I'll ever have, oh joy.  No matter which way this baby comes out, and of course I have my preferences, it's going to hurt. 

So, on a happy/brighter note, I ordered the bedding the other day.  We couldn't find a single thing we liked in stores - everything is very much boy or girl and I don't like that.  I opted to spent a few more dollars and just got the custom bedding we both really liked off of etsy.  It takes 12-14 weeks so by the time that arrives, I'll be very close to the end.  Weird.  It's black, white, and yellow patterns - stripes, dots, birds, and animals.  Hopefully it turns out as nice as it looks in my head. 

My coworkers are all convinced I'm having a girl.  My family is convinced it's a boy.  Friends haven't really made any guesses yet.  I don't have a preference, at first I thought boy so now I'm just thinking girl because I thought boy earlier.  As long as it's healthy, it really doesn't matter to me.  It's not like I have a say in the matter lol. 

Date: 2011-01-22 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smasharash.livejournal.com
We don't have a bassinet. We used the carry cot part of her pram to begin with, and now she won't sleep in there anymore and we co-sleep.

We try to bathe her every other day, it's not necessary everyday. You can just "top and tail" to begin with as well (washing with cotton wool and water on a changing mat).

I don't think childbirth is painful! I really, really recommend Ina May's guide to childbirth. I hope your second half of pregnancy is as easy as the first :)

I like the sound of your baby bedding! Do you have a link?

Date: 2011-01-23 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alibali.livejournal.com
We will (hopefully) have a bassinet that Mark's dad actually made for his sister and that has been passed around through out the family. If it weren't for that, I'd probably just try the crib directly or play it by ear.

The quick clean up makes more sense.. I have that book on a list of stuff "to read", unfortunately, I haven't gotten around to reading any of them yet and time is going quickly. I'll have to get around to that quicker!

It's a combo of these fabrics: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63813216/custom-black-gray-and-yellow-miller-mod She'll be using 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and gray minky. Hopefully it's not blinding and too busy!

Date: 2011-01-23 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smasharash.livejournal.com
Put Ina May at the top of your reading list, if you only read one book it should be that one! I just read a little bit each day, made time after my bath and before bed (which probably explains why I had so many childbirth dreams!).

Those fabrics look great, and it's so lovely that there is a family bassinet for you to use :)

Date: 2011-01-22 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kjerlandsen.livejournal.com
My doctor(s) have always advised giving baby a bath about once a week, with the exception of major blowouts and vomit messes. But their skin can so easily become dry and it's not necessary to bathe them all the time. =) Once the baby is born, you'll find out that all the baby books have some good advice, but not all of it will be the right fit for you and your baby.

The bedding sounds really cute. We don't know what we're having and so I haven't ordered any bedding. But we co-sleep for a long time, so it's not a concern of mine. And baby won't care if I don't use gender appropriate sheets for a while. =)

Date: 2011-01-23 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alibali.livejournal.com
I feel like my email and regular address have been sold to companies. I never signed up for anything and I get all sorts of email and regular mail regarding baby things. The emails I generally click through quickly and this one was on "ways to save".. it listed buying a $400 bassinet or a $150 bassinet.. it was a bit ridiculous.

It also went on to talk about all the necessities for the newborn's daily bath which made me think of that and how unneccessary most items are.

Date: 2011-01-22 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
I certainly don't bathe my kids as infants every day. It dries out their skin. Even now Kate only gets a bath every 2-3 days.

Those infant essentials lists are a bunch of bs. They're put together by the people who sell the stuff!

You NEED clothes, diapers, something to feed the kid with and a place for the kid to sleep. I've heard of people even today who use laundry baskets and drawers. Other than that, really, everything is optional.

Date: 2011-01-23 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alibali.livejournal.com
Oh the registry lists are the worst! "Make sure to register for multiple strollers and 10+ sheets" Ridiculous.

I figure as long as the kid has something to sleep on/in, something to wear, something to poop on/in, and something to eat - we'll be good.. everything else is just nice to have.

Our house isn't huge so I don't want like a billion things. At least the nursery is very large so it'll fit anything we actually buy/get.

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