Baby Prep, Baby Products, Parenting Stereotypes, Pregnancy

Waiting for baby

I am 36 weeks and 1 day pregnant. Our baby is expected toward the end of February so as you can imagine, we are in full preparation mode these days. Although it doesn’t seem as overwhelming as it perhaps should it, we feel like it could really happen any day and in fact think that the baby may actually decide to come a little early. One of my coworkers who wasn’t due until March 6 recently had her baby at 34 weeks. Both mom and baby are doing well so I am thrilled for them. I don’t know when it will be my turn.

Some of the things we’ve done to get ready for baby are:

1. Assembled the dresser (we’re waiting to assemble the crib until my parents get here from India next Thursday)

2. Organized the changing table we were given by one of my coworkers – the changing table has a plastic container full of wipes of different brands; diapers in newborn and size 1; baby’s grooming items – comb, nail clipper scissors, brush, nail file; bathing supplies – Mustela two-in-one shampoo and baby soap, lotion, dusting powder; adult washcloths (will be switching to baby washcloths soon); and a box of diapers, wipes, and baby rash cream sort of my retail supply (the big plastic container has my ‘wholesale’ supplies). I feel quite ready in the diaper changing department. I also bought some disposable waterproof changing sheets that we’ll place over the changing pad as an extra waterproof solution.

3. Organized a diaper bag almost completely and a second one partially with all the essentials. One bag will be the mobile one while the bigger one will stay in the car.

4. Assembled the travel stroller (still got to buy the BOB) and child seat (still need to set up in the car – waiting for my parents to arrive since we’ll need the space for their luggage for the ride from the airport to our home)

5. Got all baby’s clothes organized in the dresser. Did a lot of laundry. Still got to get some done but am waiting for my baby detergent to get here so I can complete that. I did all the previous laundry in normal detergent.

6. Ran all of baby’s hand-me-down toys, both plastic and soft ones through the washing machine

There’s a bunch of other prep stuff I’ve done but I can’t think of them all at this time. Just too many to keep track frankly. I have a number of product recommendations or at least names of products I plan to use in the baby’s early days but I’ll wait on updating that at this time.

One interesting thing about diapers and the whole context of changing diapers is everyone somehow seems to always assume that women or me in this case, know how to change diapers. People are always curious to know if Aaron knows how to change diapers. The funny thing is that I have never ever changed a diaper in my life and even though it seems quite intuitive and I know I will be able to do it without any lessons, no one has ever actually asked me if I know how to do it. So, purely in terms of experience, Aaron actually has changed a diaper and knows how to do it while I have never changed a diaper and only think I know how to do it. Aren’t we a little sexist in assuming that just because I am a woman, I must be able to do it naturally or at least know how to do it? I find people’s assumptions interesting. I am a student of human behavior and I always find such notions incredibly intriguing.

The wait and countdown begins…

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