Jan. 22nd, 2011

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. 



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