Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gratitude: Baby Showers and Birthdays

Jo Hunter Adams

Eug says he's happy my birthday is closer to the baby's than his-- less birthday competition. I had a great birthday this week.

We also celebrated Noah's baby shower this past Saturday, and Eug and I received so much. My friend and college roomate Ee Cheng organized everything, and my mom-in-law hosted. We're so indebted to all of you who came and shared so generously.

We also got amazing gifts from family in South Africa (thank you all so much, and thanks mom and dad for bringing the gifts so far). Mom and dad gave me proper (South African)Cadbury's to make labour seem more fun. Debbie, do you remember betting that I'd eat chocolate in the hospital hours after my gall bladder was removed? I figure if I wanted chocolate then, I may just want it in labour.

Noah Prep
Last Friday I ran into my midwife at Trader Joe's while I was laden with ready made tortellini. I felt pretty self-conscious, like I should be home cooking up vegetable casseroles or something. I had planned to make a lot of meals ahead of time, but ready made food from Trader Joe's seemed more and more attractive the more tired I got. So, we have some meals that don't require much prep for those first weeks. Yeah!

We're down to the last week before the baby is supposed to come, and I'm trying to figure out what we really need to get this week. Diapers and wipes and a diaper pail seem to be the main necessities.

I've received a lot of suggestions to take it easy this last week, so I'm taking some time to ponder what's about to to happen and prepare a little emotionally, physically and spiritually. That may mean watching a lot of hulu (physical preparation), but there's also the prospect of awesome summer weather in Boston this weekend.

After a lot of research and advice from friends, we're going to be buying BumGenius 3.0s for diapers. We're going to ease into cloth diapering a little, as the one-size diapers tend to only fit after a baby reaches 8 pounds. Thanks to Dan and Leah, the transition phase is going to be marked by a foray into the awesome G-diapers (where the insert is compostable/flushable, reducing both landfill waste and washing during the time when we're most new to parenting). We're not purists, though: we'll be starting with a pack of landfill diapers. I'm also hoping that Noah and I will be able to learn how to breastfeed quickly.

Otherwise, nothing is set in stone and we're praying to be equipped for the hardest job ever. We're so grateful for all the support and prayers, and I'll keep you updated on prayer requests and news here on Concrete Gardener.


leah said...

I praise your decision both to use cloth diapers and to use disposable for the first few weeks. The first few black-tar poops that the baby makes are pretty gross!

This is an exciting time! Enjoy it or survive it! (or both!)

Debbie said...

I remember the "chocolate incident" all too well... Cadbury's is pretty irresistable though... I reckon going through a birth process definitely entitles you to chocolate :)