I’m working on developing a more positive attitude towards this pregnancy. It seems that every time a new week clicks by, I promise myself that NEXT week I’ll start embracing my pregnancy. “After the NT scan I’ll embrace this… After 13 weeks 3 days I’ll embrace this… After a good 16 week appointment I’ll embrace this…”
This “tomorrow” mentality is doing nothing more than denying me the opportunity to feel joy and celebrate the amazing moments that made up week 6, week 9, week 12, etc. My first trimester was spent in, what I feel to be, justifiable fear. Now I’m in the second trimester and while that fear still lingers, it seems less justifiable. I’m ready to start preparing for and discussing my baby like a normal woman would.
In honor of this decision, this weekend I made my first actual baby purchase. I bought a diaper bag. I know, most people’s’ first purchase for their new baby is some cutey outfit or toy. I’m just not that kind of person and am relying on others to cutey up my kid, I guess!
I have also been reading Baby Bargains with great enthusiasm and taking meticulous notes on what we’ll need. From all of this I have drawn one major conclusion – babies require a lot of stuff and all that stuff can come with staggering price tags. I always thought the expensive part of this journey would be using science to make the baby. Oh, how wrong I was.
So I’ve made a list of everything we need for a baby. On this list are only genuine needs for our lifestyle – no fluffy things like a wipe warmer (no offense to mom’s who swear by their wipe warmers!). Things like a crib, stroller, baby carrier, bottles, etc are all neatly listed along with the highest rated product and then the highest rated AFFORDABLE product and a link to that. It’s given me the organization necessary to begin strategically shopping for used items and things on deep clearance.
When I saw that the highly rated and gender-neutral Ju-Ju-Be “Be Hip” diaper bag was on sale for half-off I could not resist and snapped it up. This morning I saw a Kelty Pathfinder backpack on Craigslist for a song and, after a pep-talk from a very patient friend*, actually emailed the seller saying I’d buy it. I’m still waiting to hear back on that, but am proud of the step I took.
At what point did you find yourself ready to accept your pregnancy? What was your first purchase for your baby? To those still in the trenches, what steps do you plan to take to accept your future pregnancy sooner rather than later?
*Friend, thank you yet again for helping me be more rational and less… I don’t know what you would call me. Irrational does not seem nearly crazy enough 🙂 xoxo