1. Julie

    Sounds like you’re doing everything to prepare for the baby! For about 8 straight weeks before I had my son (who is our first), my husband and I went to the movies because we knew we would not be going for quite a while. I think we ended up going to see a movie when our son was 15 months or so.
    Enjoy these last few weeks as just the 2 of you. Being parents is wonderful!

  2. Susan

    I don’t have any advice as I have no kids yet but just wanted to say I enjoyed the update and kudos to you for keeping so active! It’s something not many people choose to do or are able to do.

  3. Nicole

    You are doing great being active. For things you need, the main thing I would say is a Boppy. In fact get at least 2. Bring it to the hospital and everywhere you go at the beginning. The other tip I learned and forgot with the second kid was to not only bring extra clothes for the baby but also for yourself. (Seriously, if you have a kid that spits up like mine you never know when you will need it.) You need some kind of baby rocker. Unfortunately each kid is different in what they like so if you can borrow from people to try out with your baby first that is best. One of the best ones I saw after I had my kids was this one http://www.target.com/p/fisher-price-deluxe-newborn-rock-n-play-sleeper-my-little-snugapuppy/-/A-14583535?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Baby%2BShopping&adgroup=SC_Baby&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9023904&gclid=CjwKEAjwrIa9BRD5_dvqqazMrFESJACdv27GKS9At2RLmlIXqkPfvprVFU6iSp1xLA4ubzUWAWb0vhoCd1fw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds or something like it. We call it a baby taco and my kids would have loved it. The love being snuggled. Also think about getting some kind of bassinet or co-sleeper, especially if you are breast feeding. Don’t give up on the breast feeding, it is hard! But if it isn’t for you then that is ok also. The last thing I would say is unfortunately the worry doesn’t go away but you somehow get a little more used to it at times but the benefits far outweigh any of the negatives. You’ll do great! So my very last bit of advice is don’t listen to others (even me) and do what you think is best. Sometimes you get overwhelmed with the “advice” and blogs. You can listen but in the end do what works for your family and baby. Good luck!

  4. Kate

    Love this update! I can relate as I am due with my first in about 3 days – my husband and I are the same, just excited and in an ignorance is bliss stage re: sleep! My advice is to be as self indulgent as possible during the last few weeks, it’s the best advice I’ve gotten. Lots of sleep, workouts, lazy days, pedicures, socializing and date nights!

  5. Liz

    My daughter is 4 weeks old – I’m actually breast feeding as I type this! – and I would highly recommend getting a few SleepSack Swaddles by Halo. My daughter is a real Houdini when it comes to swaddles, but she can’t escape the sleep sack! It really helps her stay asleep for longer stretches at night. My only other piece of advice is to go easy on yourself during those first few weeks! It’s hard, but it gets easier. You’ll be shocked at how refreshing a three hour stretch of sleep becomes!

  6. Colleen

    You look awesome! I’m due in 12 days, so feeling ready. 8 weeks is plenty of time to finalize your “prep.” Getting the stroller and car seat base installed was fun for me! Which stroller system are you going with – can’t really make a “bad” choice with all the awesome options!

    • Thanks! I was torn between the Uppa baby Cruz and the Nuna Tavo – went with the Tavo because it’s a little bit cheaper and I figure we might want to buy a running stroller too. Good luck to you!

  7. Elizabeth

    Love reading recaps like these because I’m a few weeks behind you (almost 25 weeks pregnant). You said listeria scare – ahhk! (I’m so paranoid about that) Was it a scare as in you actually were sick? I have had a lot of anxiety since this will be my first child too.

    • Yeah – got sick in Bermuda after being a little bit too lax with what I was eating…only lasted a few days though so my doctor said it was just travel related. It’s all a little scary!

  8. Molly

    The only thing I might say is to try to cook and freeze a bunch of meals before she comes. The week before my due date my husband made a big batch of pasta sauce, soup and roasted veggies to have on hand. My friend also set up a calendar for friends in town to schedule when to bring by a meal/visit with baby which was so great (it also helped to spread out visits!) I also had an October baby and feel like we were gifted chili and lasagna exclusively so maybe just go easy on those with what you prepare for yourself:) Congrats and best wishes!

  9. Carrie

    You look great! When is your due date? I’m due October 12th with my first as well! We aren’t finding out the gender so it’s really prevented me from buying anything unnecessary at this point, because I want to see if we’ll be having a boy or girl! Hope you continue to feel good and get lots of rest!

    • Thanks! October 1st. I don’t know how you can stand not knowing the gender – it sure will make the delivery exciting !!

  10. Sarah

    Our second daughter was born last week, and I felt the same way re a birth plan–
    Natural until I couldn’t stand the pain and then epidural. I did this with my first daughter and it went well (got the epidural at 5/6 cm and she was born 2 hour later with 30 min pushing).
    This time around, I was 4.5 cm, and the doc broke my water , which had been leaking and all of the sudden the pain went from bad to hellish and I had to wait for 30 min for my epidural , at which point I was 9’cm. it kicked in time to push but my advice is not to let them break your water until the epidural is in (and if your water does break on its own when you are in active labor, ask for the epidural asap! No matter what, it is one of the hardest, most amazing experiences. Can’t wait to hear about it.

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