I imagine that this is what’s known as nesting. I admit, I’ve been a bit quiet on the old blog front lately but I’ve hit the stage where, if I’m not falling asleep as soon as I get in from work then I’ve been alternately panicking and trying to sort things out. The sorting helps the panicking for the most part but I still have irrational “things aren’t ready” panics that are less soothed by sorting!
This weekend I washed, dried and packed all of the baby clothes that we’ve been gifted and have bought. This helped my thoughts a lot! I think I am worried that baby will come early, and we will not be ready for this. It’s bad enough that we don’t yet have a mattress for our crib, or any crib bedding, (can’t place an order for these until I’m on maternity leave and can be in for a delivery) but what if baby came early and had nothing to wear? Oh em gee.
Washing and sorting them sorted that one. It’s tricky with baby clothes isn’t it? Trying to second guess what size the baby will be and what size clothes to buy. I’m measuring big, bump wise, and baby feels very close to the surface, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be a Big Baby. On the other hand though, I don’t want to waste money on newborn sizes only for baby to need to go straight into 0-3 months!
We have been given some lovely things though. The baby grows above were from my sister Rachel. I found them a few months ago on the Next website (I was looking at the long sleeved ones I think) and emailed Rachel the link. Then a few hours later she emailed back completely amazed as she’d been out shopping that same day and had bought the above baby grows completely independently without having seen my email or anything! I suppose she just knows me really well :-)
I love the ducky print ones. These were the first things I chose when I was only a few weeks pregnant, and my mother in law bought them for us. They’re in a set with some other bits that all have ducks on. :-)
Rach kindly bought us these after I told her how much I like elephants on baby clothes (I think they’re so sweet.)
I love these ones too, for three reasons. Firstly, stripes and spots are one of my FAVOURITE things. Secondly, they have ingenious little scratch mitts built into the hands, and thirdly they were chosen by my mother in law’s husband which is really lovely because I was unsure whether he was excited about the baby or not and this showed me that he is.
We’ve also been gifted lots of little vests and things which is ace, and such a help. There’s a lot of newborn vests so I wonder if my (potentially) big chubby baby will fit them!
Anyway, this weekend I washed them and packed them (panic number 32424: do you need to use different fabric softener for baby clothes? Went and bought one with a baby’s face on the bottle just to be sure) into little sealable bags like this:
Firstly to keep them clean and secondly so that I can stuff them in my hospital bag and know what I have got when I pull them out. Or I can say to Andy to fetch some 0-3 sleepsuits for our chubber baby and he will know which ones I mean. Also because organising things stops me panicking that we don’t have everything ready. Which we totally don’t, but at least baby has something to wear while we sort everything else out.
I have also started adding thing like this onto the weekly shop:
I’m researching reusable nappies but I have no idea how they work and just though, I know how disposables work, let’s learn to work a baby first before thinking about complicated nappies! Tis on my list for the future though. (I told my mum about the nappies, she said “Yeah that pack will last you about a day.” Great!)
Oh and just in case you wanted to see just how big bump is now, this was taken last night. I still have nearly 8 weeks to go. I dread to think what my final size will be.
I’m continually torn between just wanting to hold my baby NOW, and freaking out because there is still so much to do/buy/tidy/sort/clean before baby arrives. On the plus side I have finally saved enough money to buy my lovely expensive pram (it’s been a few months of frugal dinners and NO spending money for anything else), and I’m trying to save up for an armchair to have in baby’s room for feeding but seeing as I only have one pay packet left to come my way from work I think it’s unlikely and I will be sitting on the bed (that we have not yet bought!) for all of that.
Told you there was a lot to do ;-)