The Never-Ending Baby Checklist

This has been a busy week in the baby planning department. We accomplished three important things:

Thing #1: Interviewing a pediatrician (also known as, can you help us freak out less when anything goes wrong with the baby?) We went to a “Meet the Doctor” session at a practice about 5 minutes from our house- very convenient. We were the only ones at this session so we got 1 on 1 time with the doctor. We both felt very comfortable with her, and she seemed easy to talk to and knowledgable. She is flexible on immunizations, but believes children should have most of them, which is our viewpoint as well. The office hours aren’t great (typically 9-5), but either she or the other doctor are always on call and have a messaging system that pings them every 30 minutes should you not hear back immediately. We asked a bunch of questions on our Baby Center printout and she took the time to answer them all.

Thing #2: Buying Newborn “Necessities” (also known as, want to see a lot of money go POOF?) We compiled a list of things you should have by the time you bring the baby home and then bought them. These things include but are not limited to: diapers, baby lotion, baby wash/shampoo, gripe water, mylicon drops, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, lanolin, breast pump supplies, a bottle brush, tylenol drops and so on. Um, nesting much?

Thing #3: Birth Class #6- Labor & Delivery (also known as, these images are now burned into your mind forever) Last night in class, we watched a video of babies coming out of vag.inas. I say it like that because most of the time, the camera cut off the rest of the woman and was 100% focused on…well, the baby coming out of her vag.ina. The video did this because all of the women gave birth in a squatting position with absolutely no outside help whatsoever. They simply pushed when they felt they needed to, then out popped the head and a few seconds later, the baby turned by itself and out popped the shoulders and the rest of the body. These women made it look easy…we are skeptical. But it was really neat to see it happen like that. And then we all squirmed when each woman birthed the placenta.

There’s still a lot to do, but I feel like we’re really getting somewhere now!

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7 responses to “The Never-Ending Baby Checklist

  1. That reminds me of a show I saw on disco.ver.y health about women giving birth with no assistance, they called it freebirthing…it freaked me out a little. Not sure I could be so calm. Glad you two liked the pediatrician and are getting all the essentials lined up and ready. I am starting to realize just how much a little human needs! ha

  2. OMG, we saw the same video in our class! It really freaked me out and made me question whether I really want a mirror down there after all. Cool that they made it look so easy, yeah, but difficult to watch (for me, anyway).

    Congrats on getting the baby supplies together, you’re so prepared!

  3. Yay on checking things off your list! The list really is never ending though, even after the baby comes. 🙂
    I saw videos like that too…I’m glad it works that way for some women, it didn’t work that way for me. 🙂
    Birthing the placenta is gross too…they asked if I wanted to see it….ummm, no.

    I’m so excited for you guys!!

  4. would you share that “list of things you should have by the time you bring the baby home”??

  5. S – Emailed it to you 🙂

  6. okseriouslyreally

    You are SO close! WOW! So exciting!

    Jill

  7. everything is happening so fast!! I can’t believe that you only have little over a month to go, I felt like it was yesteday that you posted that you got your BFP! Insane how time flys. You’ll def. need that lanolin, it helps a lot. The mommiies on my floor love it (i work on the mother/baby floor & nursery in a hospital)… =)

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