The things you figure out when getting ready for the big day. When trying to get pregnant or finding out your pregnant, there’s just things everyone knows comes with the territory like having difficulty getting dressed, shaving, drinking caffeine, and so on. But here are things that was more like, OHHHH- I didn’t even see this coming!!!!
- Folding Onesies – From what I understand babies go through these like kids go through candy so I wanted the easiest way to maintain these. I’ve been up on Pinterest figuring out the best way to store clothes and folding them was the most widely used method. I use to work retail and have folded everything from jeans, shirts, hoodies, tanks… but what in the world do you do with this tiny contraptions? I ‘googled’ it and it certainly isn’t hard, but then I wanted them to fit like how I fold all my t-shirts – stacked on it’s side and each one visible when you open the drawer. I took these drawer organizers, positioned up on it’s side and start folding the onesies in 3rds and stacked them in organizer.
- Baby Clothing Sizes – I received a huge stash of baby clothes from new to hammy-downs and oh my word was getting dizzy from all the different sizing options. Some of the clothing looks big, some run smaller, and from what I hear some brands just fit better than others. I absolutely have no idea if my sorting is going to work until our Little Man is here; however this method seems logical regardless of how big or small it looks. N, 0-3 Months, 3 Months, 3 – 6 Months, 6 Months, 6 – 12 Months, 9 Months, and then anything at or over 12 months is kept in a storage box under the crib. That way as baby grows, I can begin looking at the next size and see if anything runs small and so on. Then once I have the sizing separated, I sort short sleeves with long sleeves – hopefully this will help as the seasons change. I keep the nightwear and sleep sacks separate as sizing can very – especially with the sleep sacks. I’ve hung pants/shorts with clothes pins and hangers in the closet and sort the same way as the onesies. As clothing becomes too small, they will be removed from the inventory and stored for future needs.
- Installing a car seat – I pulled this giant thing out this tiny person is suppose to fit in. It was like “what is this for?”, “is this suppose to do that?”, “how do I get the seat out of the base?”. So many questions and then there’s the “four out of five car seats are installed and/or used incorrectly, endangering lives of children” fact. I might have watched 4 – 6 you tube videos, making sure I knew what each feature was, how to use it, and how to properly secure the car seat. I remember the time when my niece was in the back of my car with her car seat. We hit a bump and the handle of her seat smacked the side of car in turn scared both me and her. But I just learned that safekidsupstate.org has a Child Passenger Safety Program where I can go somewhere for FREE to ensure I’m doing it right. They will inspect the seat, teach you what you need to know, and even ensure the proper fit for your child.
- Empty your Bladder and Soon! It’s pollen season here in the south and pollen is everywhere. Yesterday when I got home from work, I didn’t even have the urge to use the bathroom and I sneezed – surprise! I’ve been trying to keep my bladder empty way before this, especially when they baby decides to start kicking me in those awkward places. But ladies, sometimes it just happens.
- Drink, drink, DRINK WATER! We should ALL know by know the importance of hydration, but during pregnancy it’s even more important and what surprised me is the amount you should drink. As your weight increases during pregnancy, so should your water increase so it’s not just 64 oz. of water a day. This is the formula I follow: Your current weight divided in half – and that’s how much water in oz. you should be drinking.
- Postpartum Recovery – I had NO IDEA! My husband said once, “Don’t tell me and don’t tell your friends who are single or haven’t had kids yet”. Some of my sweet girl friends gave me a surprise baby shower and it was around the time I was looking into this. After sharing my learning experiences, one of my friends was like “I went home and thought, I just can’t do it. I can’t get married and do the baby thing”. I think she’s okay with it now… but it is mortifying what a woman goes through. Another friend who had a baby said to me, “They will give you stool softeners at the hospital, but when you leave just… just DON’T STOP!”.
- Breast Pumps – First I assumed I would get a free breast pump due to Obamacare. Well, I found out my insurance plan was “grandfathered” in and did not cover a breast pump. Call your insurance company early so you can begin to plan! Secondly, I had no idea how they worked, what I needed, and how to maintain the parts and cleanliness while I’m at work. What a process!!!
- Normal Conversation – By nature, I am an introvert and I really like my solitude even if I am at the grocery store. I don’t think this is going to change even after delivery as people will gawk as the little baby, but I get so tired of everyone noticing and starting at my belly. People just want to talk about my belly ALL-THE-TIME. I wish I had a shirt that says my due date, the gender of the baby, and “we are doing great”. With my friends and family, it’s different – we talk about whatever we want and the baby, plus they already know the answers to the surface questions I get asked all day, everyday.