It’s getting to be about that time. With only six weeks left, there is an air around our household that our newest resident will soon be moving in. The days are flying by, and I cannot believe that we are nearing the end of this amazing journey.
As with anything, preparation is key to success and the other week we attended sessions at the hospital to see what we could learn about what is ahead. We started with a breastfeeding class, and yes I say we. The class was to be a four hour look at breastfeeding, which I must admit made me wonder, “what could we talk about for four hours?”. Now I know that breastfeeding is not always easy and it can sometimes be something that mom and baby have to work to get the hang of, but four hours? I was pleasantly surprised by what I learned in the first 15 minutes of the course and before I knew it we had ended (and no it did not last 4 hours). I soaked in all of the information and came out even more passionate about sharing this special time with our girl. And now my husband knows more than he probably ever needed to know as well.
A few days later, we were back at the hospital for our all day childbirth class. Again, I was not sure what to expect from a 6 hour course, but soon found a wealth of information, samples and other goodies poured into our heads and arms. Although I entered the class with the knowledge of years of friends having babies, there was so much more I was not aware of. From the stages of labor, to the breathing techniques, it was a great way to learn how to prepare for not only giving birth, but what to be doing now. What I am most excited about at this stage is that I still remain calm about the process of bringing baby girl into the world. I am also mentally preparing myself that anything could happen, from how long labor could last to having a cesarean section, I know anything is a possibility. But I am confident in the staff at the hospital, the procedures, facilities and support. And yes, I’m preparing my playlist, bringing my own comfy pillow, and determining what else I will find soothing to have in the room.
And the last phase was completed today, that of packing the hospital bags. I spent the past few weeks reading other blogs and checking the baby boards for pointers. At the end of day, I selected a few comfortable options along with some fun slippers and closed the bag. My favorite part was packing the diaper bag with baby girl’s clothes. At this point, we are not certain what size she will be, so of course, I had to select a few different outfits. It was wonderful to share this experience with my sweet husband, searching through her drawers and closet, finding what we will bring our baby girl home in. As I zipped the bag shut and placed it by the suitcase I suddenly became overwhelmed, for the next time I will be in that bag, she will be here.
With less than six weeks to go, I am rushing to finish last minute preparations (mostly associated with work), but not forgetting the importance of this point in our lives. Therefore, we paused for a few moments the other day to pose together and capture our happiness in photos (view our McFee maternity shoot). Fortunately, I have a built in photographer in my husband and the results were tremendous.
For 8 months we have prepared and captured each phase and now in approximately 40 days our wait will be over. For now, I am enjoying baby girl’s heavy activity in the belly and dreaming of her every night. T-minus…not long now!