Preparing for Baby!
...and just like that, I am 35 weeks along!
I can't believe how quickly this pregnancy has gone. It seems like just yesterday we were staring at a red line and calling all of our friends in a frenzied state of excitement. At the same time though, it's hilarious for us to think back to the spring, when we were convinced we were having a girl and realizing that we probably needed to move out of our studio apartment.
It's been a tumultuous and crazy nine months.
When it came to actually preparing for having a kid, I feel like the one thing I really kept in mind was that every woman, every pregnancy, every birth, and every baby is different. Each one has their own unique story, and what works wonders for one person might be useless for the next. I am preparing for birth and for bringing a new person home, but I think having an open attitude and spirit about the whole thing in general is the way to go. I don't want to be so engrossed in my own "perfect plan" that I miss out on the utter newness and miracle of it all, or be disappointed when something crazy and unexpected happens. Really, it's just a matter of planning wisely and simply.
I scoured Pinterest and asked my seasoned mom friends what I really needed, and what was kind of a waste of time and money. Garrett and I focused on being selective with what necessities we truly needed, and decided to forgo on a lot of the cutesy but unnecessary things. Our friends and family have been so incredibly generous to us. It was a huge blessing to have the wonderful support system that we have, both in Arizona and home in Michigan. We have our little car seat and stroller, a massive stash of hand-me-down clothes, places for him to sleep, and a hospital bad that is packed and ready to go.
I am beside myself with excitement to meet this little person! It's been so strange to be physically attached to another human being for nine months without really knowing who they are or what they are like. I can't wait to soak in all of the wonderful and profound moments of his new life and the beautiful, intense, and hard days that will immediately follow.
Baby Nam, we are so ready to welcome you into the world!