You are getting so close!
In anticipation of the big day, I just wanted to share a couple of suggestions from the trenches of early parenting. I think that these are probably helpful for everyone, but maybe of particular use to people who don't have another full-time set of hands around. The first month or so can be really hard and overwhelming. Anything you can do to make it easier on yourself will really help.
1. Meals. Freeze stuff now that can be easily defrosted or popped in the microwave or toaster oven- soups, stews, casseroles, pizza. If you don't cook, go to Trader Joe's and stock up. Ask friends to volunteer to bring meals for the first few weeks. If they're planning on coming in or staying, ask them to do the dishes. (I felt SO OVERWHELMED by dishes for the first couple months.) If you don't have anyone to wash the dishes and don't have a dishwasher, consider giving yourself permission to eat of off recycled paper plates for the first couple weeks.
2. Line up friends or family to come over when possible to hold the baby so you can take a shower. I also found that a simple bouncy seat was an indispensable tool in getting anything (showers, laundry, meal prep) done- it was the only place, aside from my lap, that the baby would nap for awhile. A good sling or baby carrier can also help with this.
3. Sleep. If you have friends or family who offer to come sleep on your couch and help out at night, take them up on it. If the baby wakes up in the night screaming and wants some comfort other than nursing, let them take a turn walking him around, bouncing him on the yoga ball, whatever. If you can't get help at night, try to find some during the day so that you can take a nap. Get someone to come over, and the minute he's done nursing, pass off the baby and go to sleep for an hour or so.
4. Nursing. Line up a good lactation consultant NOW. Have her name programmed into your phone, along with the number of a contact person from your local La Leche League. Hopefully you will be one of those people with a brilliantly easy, immediately successful, and pain-free breastfeeding relationship. However, if you're like the rest of us, you may need some help and support. Ask for it sooner rather than later. Believe me when I say that there is no pain like nipple pain, and nothing worse than a screaming, hungry baby who can't figure out how to get what he needs from your breast.
5. If you're feeling overwhelmed, ask for help. We are all here for virtual support, and early parenthood is exactly the right time to start calling in favors from everyone in real life too. I was amazed at how people I barely knew offered to bake lasagnas, hold the baby, and walk the dog for me. Sometimes it can be hard for me to ask for help, but if there's ever a time to get okay with it, this is it.
Perhaps most importantly, remember that it all gets a lot less overwhelming really quickly. For me, the first two weeks were shear hell. By six weeks, things seemed somewhat more manageable. By three months, it began to seem like a lot of fun. And now, at six months, it's just life, and, I really love it!
(I don't mean to sound negative with any of this. There are so many amazing parts to early parenthood too. I guess I just wasn't really prepared for how HARD parts of it would be, and had no idea if what I was feeling was normal. So, hopefully, things will go really smoothly and you'll be happy as a clam. But just in case you feel a bit overwhelmed, just remember that it is normal, and that it will get better.
Eek! I can't believe your little guy is almost here! Seems like just yesterday we were all hanging out on the TTC board together...