Me too! Clara was the first granddaughter, great-grandaughter, etc. on my side of the family and the first girl that our church had had for nearly 2 years! I had an enormous pink shower. Oh my! :) We waited to find out her gender, so we had a moderate collection of gender neutral stuff too. I am thinking if we have a boy, we'll have a nice blue shower. If we have a girl, I may request no shower, or maybe a few "treats" such as a nice monitor or a good swing.
I really did things low key the first time (except for the flood of pink clothes). We invested in a good carseat and a wonderful Mei Tai and that was about it! This time, I'd like to try a wrap for the infant stage. I need an entire newborn stash of diapers (I think I am going to go GMD newborn and smalls with a few PUL and a few wool covers). I think a good monitor would be a blessing (Last time I got TWO at my shower--one was video even--and scoffed at them living in our one bedroom apartment so I took them back. That was dumb.). I think I would enjoy a co-sleeper rather than a bassinet by the bed (she slept with us most of the night anyway and I was so stressed I'd smother her) and a friend has one she offered to loan me. Also, I think, if the baby likes it, a good swing might be very helpful for the fussy times, and when I need to take a break to be with my first child. I may try to borrow that too. Otherwise, I think we're set.
I really want to MAKE something for this baby. I really regret never finishing something for my firstborn. I was sort of paralyzed by the fear of acrylics and feeling like nothing I could do would be good enough. Silly. Now I have no little sweaters to photograph each of my babies in or anything. :( But now that THAT pressure is off, I'm really going to try to make something. I've been thinking of trying to duplicate the adorable wool Disana Sleep Sack.
Now for my TODDLER, I need to set up a chest of drawers (rather than the baskets on the changing table we have been using for her clothes), a toddler bed, and some potty training appropriate clothes.
Oh, and the summer season is so short and so changable here that I'm sure we'll dress the baby in layers most of the time with light blankets in case of chilly weather. At least I won't feel the need to bundle my baby up in doors or have to run the car for a long time to warm it! February babies in Alaska are tough!
Originally Posted by CrunchyMama08
As for clothes, I'm going to worry more about that when we find out gender. If this is another girl I am set. DD was the first grandchild for my mother & DH's father & stepmother. I saved all her clothes and it's a little ridiculous how much we have! We only really have two months of summer weather here so I'm thinking t-shirts/onsies and lightweight cotton pants for the most part.